By Isabella @TheWandCarver
The longest day of the year has just rolled around again – well, not today but Saturday last. I hope it was not miserably hot for you, wherever you are in the Northern Hemisphere. But it is now nearly Litha for us and we have a few warm months ahead, even if we are not allowed to go many places. And a Happy Yule to our lovely witches Down Under where it is Yuletide. We hope you are enjoying yourselves safely. For us northerners, we must decide how to spend Litha on lockdown.
I am, for myself, keeping to lockdown rules as best I can, being a woman of a certain age. So, I’m not going out in search of a festival, although I would certainly enjoy one! This is the time of year in the past where, if we could get the time off work or just wanted an overnight “day trip”, off to Wiltshire we would go to see the sunrise at Stonehenge and feeling special because of all the generations of some of my ancestors whom lived there for centuries probably saw the same event at some point in time or another. I do know of some whom planned to go regardless, and you could times that by 100 and it would probably be too many for proper social distancing. Yes, I know… it is outside. But I also know what people are like and whilst they have a limit on how close you can literally get to Stonehenge proper; people will budge up as close as they can… and possibly get ill. I certainly hope not.
There are generally thousands who go each year. I feel that may probably be closer to hundreds this year, but I might be wrong. Of course, there is also Avebury circle, another henge, which is also located in Wiltshire, but both Stonehenge and Avebury are being mostly excluded from visitors as the modern-day custodians of the two sites are asking people to stay away… owing of course to Covid-19. And, a livestream was being used for people to watch the sunrise -if unlike me – who missed it – you could watch.
Still, I don’t expect that stopped the Druids. 😊
How ever you enjoyed your Summer Solstice, I do hope it was fun. And when we celebrate the beginning of Litha on the 24th, I hope you have enjoyable plans for then as well. At least we can “bubble” with some others, depending upon where you live. So, stay safe and stay healthy and Happy Litha!
Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x