Celebrating the Summer Solstice as a Yoga Witch
When is the Summer Solstice?
The summer solstice, also known as Midsummer or Litha, marks the longest day of the year and the official start of the summer season. This is a time when the sun is at its peak, and the days are longer and hotter. For witches, this THE time to celebrate the power of the sun and harness its energy for magickal purposes. With this being the longest day of the year, this also means we are entering the dark half of the year, meaning, the days will begin to shorten after the solstice.
Working with this energy is AMAZING. Think of it as a giant of light energy, it's that liminal space, that in between where magickal practitioners and witches can harness that light into something amazing. It's so important to be grounded in our spiritual practice this time of year so we can tap into this amazing cosmic energy.
With that said, we'll explore different ways to honor the summer solstice and incorporate witchcraft (and a little bit of yoga of course!) into your celebrations.
How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice as a Yoga Witch
Create a Summer Solstice Altar:
Set up your altar with items that represent the vibrant, piercing power of the sun, such as sunflowers, candles, and crystals like citrine or amber. Add symbols of fire, such as feathers or red ribbons, to represent the element of fire that is associated with the sun. You can also place seasonal fruits and vegetables, like strawberries or cherries, on your altar as offerings to the sun.
With that said, this is a great time to work and clear out any blockages on your lower chakras, as they also represent that fire energy. The lower chakras as the root chakra, the sacral chakra, and the solar plexus chakra. Pssst, those links have more information as to how I work with the chakra, give em a read. Or if you'd prefer video content, just click here.
Make Sun Tea:
Take advantage of the hot weather and make a refreshing and magickal drink with sun tea. Fill a jar with water and your favorite tea leaves or herbs, like chamomile or lavender. Place the jar in the sun for a few hours and let the sun infuse the tea with its energy and blessings. Once it's ready, strain it and add honey or lemon for extra flavor.
Perform a Fire Ritual:
Fire is a powerful element associated with the sun, and the summer solstice is a perfect time to perform a fire ritual. Light a bonfire or candles, and meditate on the power and strength of the sun. Write down anything you want to release or let go of, and toss it into the flames as a symbolic act of letting go. We don't want to carry any stagnant energy into the dark half of the year, so really hone in on EVERYTHING you want to release, because holding on to what no longer serves us as we enter the more contemplative dark half of the year will only hinder our magick and spiritual practice. You can also write down intentions or goals and place them in the bonfire, or burn specific herbs or offerings to the sun.
Honor the Fae Folk:
The summer solstice is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, and it's believed that the Fae Folk, also known as faeries, are more active during this time. Offerings such as milk and honey, bread, or flowers can be left outside as a treat for the Fae, and will also lend protection and blessings. Be sure to also ask for permission before entering their realm or accepting their gifts.
Spend Time in Nature:
I will always advocate for staying out in nature, especially during this time of year.The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature. Spend time outside, whether it's hiking, picnicking, or sunbathing...or do it all! Nothing beats that feeling of soaking up the nourishing sun rays on a hot summer day. Be sure to connect with the elements, truly stop and smell the flowers, and listen to the birds singing, yes yes! Enjoy the simplicities and wonderment that Mother Earth provide. Sun-gazing during sunrise or sunset is also a powerful way to connect with the energy of the sun and channel its warmth and vitality (please do this safely).
Summer Solstice Sunset Yoga:
Get yourself out doors and do a summer solstice yoga sequence, heck, even make it a ritual. First of all, yoga is such a great time to feel sensual, and nothing like the sun warming your skin during the twilight hour to feel connected with yourself. To allow yourself to receive the sunshine energy, consider adding camel pose, bridge pose, or even full wheel to your yoga flow. Don't forget the sun salutations, this is the summer solstice, after all!
The summer solstice is a joyous and magickal time for witches to celebrate the power of the sun and all that it represents. By incorporating a little yoga and witchcraft into your Midsummer festivities, you can deepen your connection with nature and the divine, and harness the energy of the sun for growth, renewal, and manifesting your desires. So allow those desires to manifest!
Whether you create a summer solstice altar or perform a fire ritual, remember to embrace the warmth and vitality of the sun and revel in the beauty of nature. This warm energy will come very handy in later months, so be sure to feel the warmth and everything it encompasses. Have a very blessed Summer Solstice!
How do you celebrate the Summer Solstice? Let us know in the comments and check out my YouTube channel @TheSeasonofAnya so I can provide even better, more detailed content in the future. Namaste. xx