Litha/Midsummer

June 24, 2008 at 3:40 am (magic, religion, shamanism)

So this weekend was Litha or for you mundanes, the summer solstice.  This pagan sabbat celebrates the Sun at the height of it’s strength, and the change from the light half of the year to the dark.  This change is allegorized in the struggle between the Holly King and the Oak King.  The Oak King reigns over the light half of the year and the Holly over the dark.  At summer solstice the Holly King is victorious, at Winter Solstice (Yule) the Oak King is victorious.  It is a holiday of abundance and the awesome splendour of the sun.

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