By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Happy Litha and Litha blessings to everyone! Is everyone well? I do hope so! We have a lot to celebrate so let us shake off the cobbies and get on!
Glancing back through some of my Litha blogs over the last few years I feel a little jealous about my unbridled joy of 2018 compared to my dour offering for 2020 BV ‘[Before Vaccines]. Still, even 2018 was not without its sorrows. Not terribly long after I wrote that blog, my best cat friend of 18 years, Chili, passed away after a long illness and of course there were many worries all over the world that year. In 2018 I spoke a lot about what you could do for Litha and where you could go potentially. In 2020, I spoke of a live-stream of the sunrise at Stonehenge as the best way to celebrate. This year, I can at least say, go with what you like, if you are vaccinated and still wear your masks and socially distance as needed. As of today, Britain was meant to be out of full lockdown, however, with new variants, we are still going to be semi-locked down but there is far more freedom than last year! I think we can do a lot more without worry but we must be cautious all the same.
I suppose what I am trying to say is, troubles will always be with us in some form or fashion. What we need to remember is to celebrate every tiny happiness we can. This year, I am feeling much more optimistic about the future, although I am not one to dwell on the future or the past. What is the point? We are not there yet. We are in our moment now and the future has not passed through our moment yet…. So why worry about it? Let us enjoy now… today.
We have loads of reasons to celebrate and not only because we are learning to live with Covid amongst us. We have a few weeks of Summer stretched before us where we can go to beaches, beauty spots, festivals, and concerts [if at least one jab, preferably two can be proven], and we should take advantage of what we can do and not bemoan what we can’t do. We can hug friends again, kiss our relatives, visit Nana in the nursing home… it is a far better Summer than last.
We can decorate our altars with brightness and joy to thank the Gods and Goddesses for watching over us. In Wales, you can have up to 30 friends in your home if you want to hold your own sort of Litha festival. Everywhere in the world has their own restrictions, or lack of them, so just follow the rules for where you live. If you don’t feel the rules are strict enough, follow your own common sense guidelines.
One of my favourite ideas from my 2018 blog [which can be done as we can now have at least six visitors in our homes, depending upon where you live] is this –
“If you have young children, find the story of the Holly King and the Oak King and help them come up with a little pantomime to tell the story. Have them give you a hand in the kitchen getting the witchy victuals ready for feasting. Let them draw and colour in pictures of their favourite things about summer to make a bunting of to hang between a pair of trees in your garden to add to the summery ambience of the festivities. I’m sure you can come up with loads more things to make the day special for them and the entire family!”
I believe it is essential for families to initiate joyfulness into the season for all of us, children particularly, have been on a sort of “high alert” over the last year and a half. We all need to let down our hair!
Let us carry on with our war spirit, making the best of what we have. And I wish the very happiest of Litha / Midsummer’s to everyone. Good health and much happiness to all and many thanks to all whom this way wander x