Consulting the Oracle by J. W. Waterhouse (1884)
Midsummer - Litha - Summer Solstice
Midsummer or Litha is celebrated on or around June 21st, it is the Summer Solstice and the longest day and the shortest night of the year. It is a day to honor the sun as it is in its height of power. From now on, the light will begin to wane and the darkness will predominate. This is also the time of the Oak & Holly Kings. On Midsummer, the Holly King defeats his twin brother the Oak King and begins His annual reign. On Yule, the Oak King will defeat the Holly King and reign until Midsummer.
Litha is practically the classic time two perform magick of all kinds. Healings, love magick and protections are especially suitable. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you are celebrating outdoors. Leap the fire for purification and renewed energy.
This time is the honoring of the Sun/God at his power. Also saying farewell to the waxing year and preparation for harvest. Honoring the pregnant Goddess and the beginning of the waning year.
Blue, Green, Gold and Tan
Fire, the Sun, Blades, Mistletoe, Oak Trees, Balefire, Sun Wheels, Faeries
Father Gods, Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Deities and Sun Gods.
Emerald, Jade, Tiger’s Eye, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond
Ritual Oils -
Heliotrope, Cinnamin, Sandlewood, Lavendar, Orange, All Mint Oils, Lemon and Saffron.
Fresh fruits are standard for this Sabbat. Summer squash, lemons and oranges, just to name a few.