LITHA, the triumph of the Sun
in direct opposition or reflection of Yule, Litha celebrates the zenith of Sun’s strength, or, in mythic terms, the “attainment of adulthood “ for the Divine Child. With the work of getting the future harvest in the ground done and the work of reaping still ahead, the summer season allows for a moment of respite. There is the knowing that each day from this time forth inches towards the dark, cold winter months, but, for the moment at least, the full force of the Sun’s power is enjoyed. In ancient times, bonfires, which reflect the intensity and heat of the Sun, were lit at the top of the hills. From these Heights, wheels of straw were set on fire to be rolled down hill, presumably into bodies of water. Greens especially depend upon the delicate interplay of hot sun and nourishing rain. Litha celebrations acknowledge the life-giving gift of the Sun. In the inner landscape, this is a perfect time to take stock of where we are at. Picture yourself having attained the top of the hill after long effort, viewing the journey thus far. -T.L.
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