Litha (Summer Solstice) For Introverts

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Litha, or Summer Solstice, is the longest day of the year. This year it occurs on Wednesday, June 21st. It’s the day of the year when the sun is at its full life-giving power. Many feel vibrant and alive this time of year. I’m not one of them! 90 degrees is not my anointed temperature. I sweat like crazy and have to slow down my activities quite a bit. My brain also feels a little foggy. Therefore when the sun is at its full power, I am not. I’m one of those weird people who feels more alive and creative in January than I do in July. Perhaps that’s because I’m an introvert and January is definitely a more introverted month than July.

If you’re like me and don’t feel like lots of merriment this Litha, it’s a good time to reflect on the significance of this turning point in the wheel of the year. Wait for the cool of the evening if that’s possible. Light some candles. Pick an incense with a floral or citrus scent. Have a nice glass of wine or other relaxing beverage. Then take time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished since Yule. Have the seeds of ideas and projects you planted during the first part of the year been able to grow? If not, is there anything you can do to help them germinate during this time of the year that is focused on the greening of the earth?

The second part of your reflection should include the observation that June 21st begins the “long dying of the year” as each day gets shorter and shorter. It’s the time to begin thinking of the things you need to let go of: emotional weights that are preventing you from moving forward, project that just aren’t going to happen, etc. For me, this is not a morose activity.  t is very life-giving as we lighten our load so we can move more joyfully and freely in the world.

So, that’s my Litha celebration for introverts. I’m looking forward to a quiet evening and if that’s your thing as well, I wish you a calm and cool evening!  Blessed be!

Copyright ©2017 by David Taliesin, http://www.sabbatsandsabbaths.com

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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5 Responses to Litha (Summer Solstice) For Introverts

  1. hillaryal says:

    Thanks for sharing! Summer days give me a weird inner struggle; on one hand I want to go out and get things done, on the other hand I just want to stay home and read.
    Introverts unite! 😉

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  2. Erin Vestal says:

    I am also an introvert. A lone witch in my community. I end up feeling a bit out of place a lot of the time. I am a Christian witch, on neither side do I get much understanding. I was raised by my mother who loves Christ and all of his teachings and has set down before me a pallet of all religions with an extensive education of all of them as well. My father who died when I was young was born of a witch who was born of a witch all the way back to Germany. My grandma Hasty as tried to teach me some of our family’s secrets and share with me the history….but my mother saw her differently. Our knowledge was shared in secret. I love both religions and the history of both religions is bloody and dark but also amazing and filled with light and love. So because I am a one of a kind where I reside so far. I will raise my glass to you in spirit and imagin you doing the same. Salude.

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    • Take heart! Here are more of us out there than you can possibly imagine. Christianity has always had its share of magical and mystical people throughout the ages! Bright blessings!

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  3. kitlat says:

    Reblogged this on Alaiyo's Solitary Pagan Corner and commented:
    A great post for those who like myself tend to be solitary practitioners.
    Also another reminder that there is no set way to be observant.

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