Inspiration in Old Traditions
Guest post by Brenda Sparks
When I wrote A Midsummer Night’s Demon, I knew I wanted the story to center around the Pagan festival of Litha. Litha generally falls in the third week of June, during the summer solstice, as the midsummer heat creates a fiery passion that leaves people breathless. The more I learned about the festival, the more the holiday intrigued me.
Litha celebrates abundance, fertility, virility, and nature. During the celebration it is customary to wear garland and crowns of flowers made from the yellow blossoms of St. John’s Wort. Litha rites include dancing, singing, storytelling and feasting centered around a bonfire. Often courting couples will join hands and jump over the Litha fire three times to ensure a happy marriage, many children, and financial prosperity.
Those who celebrate Litha believe it is a time when the Sun God reaches the peak…
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