top of page

How to Celebrate Litha: Wheel of the Year Guide to the Summer Solstice

Updated: Jun 20

Litha, also known as the Summer Solstice, is a time of vibrant energy, light, and transformation. The days have grown longer, and the sun is at its peak in the sky. This powerful time in the Wheel of the Year marks the longest day and shortest night.

During Litha, nature is at its fullest and most abundant state. The earth is teeming with life, and plants are blooming with vibrant colors. It is a celebration of growth, abundance, and vitality. The summer solstice reminds us to embrace our inner light and let it shine radiantly like the sun. Litha marks the longest day of the year. It typically occurs between June 20 and June 22 in the Southern Hemisphere and between December 20 and December 22 in the summer hemisphere. This year, the Summer Solstice occurs on June 20, 2024.

How to Celebrate Litha

There are many ways to celebrate Litha, each bringing its own sense of joy and connection to nature. Traditional activities include lighting bonfires, which symbolize the sun’s power and allow us to honor and reflect on its energy. Another customary practice is gathering herbs, especially those associated with the sun, like chamomile, lavender, and rosemary. These herbs can be used in spells, teas, rituals, and altar decor.

Another beautiful way to celebrate is through outdoor feasts and gatherings. Sharing meals made with fresh, seasonal produce helps us connect with the earth’s bounty. Additionally, performing rituals or meditations focused on gratitude, transformation, and expressing one’s goals and aspirations for the coming months can be grounding and empowering.

Creating sun wheels, or solar crosses, is another popular craft during Litha. These are typically made from flowers, herbs, and vines and are hung ornamentally or burned to symbolize the sun’s strength and the cyclical nature of life. Each of these activities helps to honor the energy of the Summer Solstice and remind us of the beauty and power of nature.

It celebrates the sun at its highest point in the sky and honors the natural world’s abundance of light and life. For many Wiccans, Pagans, and witches, Litha is a time to honor the sun gods and goddesses, perform rituals to harness the sun’s power, and celebrate the earth’s fertility.

Associations with Litha

Gods and Goddesses: Litha is associated with several deities, particularly those connected to the sun and the harvest. Key deities include:

  • Lugh (Celtic): A god of the sun, light, and craftsmanship.

  • Hestia (Greek): Goddess of the hearth and home, symbolizing warmth and light.

  • Ra (Egyptian): The powerful sun god who travels across the sky each day.

  • Amaterasu (Japanese): Shinto sun goddess and bringer of light

Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Gold

Flowers and Herbs: Sunflowers, Marigolds, Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, St. John's Wort, Calendula

Crystals: Citrine, Tiger's Eye, Yellow Jasper, Red Carnelian, Amber, Ruby, Garnet, Sunstone

Food: Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, summer vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini, and honey and mead to symbolize the abundance of life

Spells: Abundance, Happiness, Positivity, Luck, Success, Motivation, Creativity

Altar Decor for Litha

Decorate your altar with symbols and items that resonate with Litha:

  • Sun Symbols: Gold candles, sun-shaped ornaments, solar crosses, images of sun deities, make a Sunfire Amulet

  • Flowers and Herbs: Fresh blooms and greenery, flower arrangements, make a Sun Magic Botanical Blend

  • Crystals: Citrine, carnelian, and other crystals associated with Litha

  • Foods: honey and citrus fruits

How to Celebrate Litha

Private Practitioner

With Family

Engage your family in the festivities with these ideas:

  • Create Sun Crafts: Make sun catchers, sun wheels, and flower crowns,

  • Outdoor Picnic: Share a meal outdoors, enjoying seasonal foods.

  • Bonfire: Light a bonfire to symbolize the sun’s power and revel in its warmth.

With Community

Celebrate with your community through group activities:

  • Rituals and Ceremonies: Conduct a group ritual to honor the sun gods and goddesses

  • Potluck Feast: Share a meal where everyone brings a dish made from seasonal produce.

  • Music and Dance: Celebrate with music, dancing, and drumming around a bonfire.

Ideas for Spells

Empower your Litha celebrations with these spells:

  • Sun Energy Spell: Use a gold candle, a piece of citrine, and a sun symbol to channel the sun’s energy into your life.

  • Abundance Spell: Create a spell jar with herbs, crystals, and a written intention to attract abundance.

  • Protection Spell: Use tiger’s eye, rosemary, and a black candle to set up a protective barrier around your home.

Happy Litha

Litha is a joyous celebration that honors the sun's radiant energy and connects us with its powerful magic. Whether you’re celebrating alone, with loved ones, or within a community, may the sun’s energy fill you with warmth and light.

Happy Litha,



bottom of page