Sunday, June 22, 2014

Midsummer / Summer Solstice / Litha Altar 2014



Midsummer is a masculine-based holiday celebrating the longest day of the year.  As such, my altar for this sabbat always includes warm colors, particularly leaning on golds, yellows, browns and oranges with various masculine symbols.


This altar relies heavily on candles, as candles are symbolic of fire, light and the sun.  The center-most candles are in the appropriate colors for the holiday, while tea lights alter in either white or black.


I used more black tea lights than white to represent the lengthening of night from here on out.


Around the center candles, I created a spiral out of black river stones, tiger's eye and carnelian.


Carnelian is notoriously known as the stone of the sun, and tiger's eye is a great protection stone with masculine energy.  I placed this spiral on a turntable and have a wonderful animated gif to show just how interactive the altar can be (if the picture is not moving for you, refresh!).



Behind the centerpiece, I included my ram's horn as a masculine symbol that ties nature with my indoor area.  I also included ivy to do the same.


On one side of the altar, I included my wand, a masculine symbol of air that raises energy, and a lotus candle holder, which represents growth.  The candle holder is appropriately outlined in gold.



On the other side of the altar, I've included a mini besom, a masculine-meets-feminine symbol of protection and purification, along with a tea light holder imbued with a sun symbol.


Also, I'm sure you've noticed the large sunflowers on both sides.


Above the altar hangs my usual wreath.  I've adorned with with ribbons and flowers in white and yellow this sabbat.


I've also added The Sun from my Ghosts and Spirits Tarot deck by Lisa Hunt in the center using artist's tape.



Overall, I really enjoyed putting together this altar.  It still keeps some elements from last year's altar, including the altar cloth and stone spiral, but adds elements that makes it more interesting and interactive.  I'm pretty darn proud of it!


I leave you with a full visual explanation of my altar.  Enjoy!


Hope you had a fantastic Summer Solstice!
Stay tuned for my post on the Liithi Lushede Coven public ritual!

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