It’s the longest day of the year. The Chinese celebrate Li, the Goddess of Light, on this day. This is one of my favorite nights of the year. It is considered a sacred time when the sun is worshipped and the door between the “other world” of magic and fairies opens for a night (Halloween is another mini-solstice, an equinox and that’s why we believe the world of the dead is closest on that night). Summer solstice pagans believe that fairies visit the earth at dusk tonight and bring wisdom and joy to those that welcome them.
Herbal remedies for today are taken from Wiccan herbal medicine as it is a pagan day of celebration.
First of all, light a huge bon fire. Or if that’s not practical, if you aren’t living on a farm or next to a hill in rural Scotland, light a candle. The flame is believed to bring the energy of the sun to your land or in to your home, like a blessing.
Ritual Solstice bath. Tie in cheesecloth the following herbs: bay leaves, chamomile, rosemary. Place in a hot bath and steep it until the essence of the herbs is infused. This is a cleansing bath that also recharges you for the upcoming season. Your candles recharge your home and clear it of any negative energy.
Enjoy the slowness of this long day and short night, hot weather and sacred pagan holiday!