:sun: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Solstice Festivities of Light

Something else from my BOS

Midsummer Invocation

Gemini to Cancer
The Moon becomes the Queen
Mighty Herne pursues her
In the forests dark and green
Summer’s bright enchantment
Workings of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

Oceans glitter in the heat
As passions raise the tide
The Oak and Holly navigate
For the favors of the bride
Summer’s bright enchantment
Working’s of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

Faeries dance upon the air
Making circles round
Luring humans to the earth
Beneath the sacred mound
Summer’s bright enchantment
Workings of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

Roman Faunus plays the flute
The notes a binding spell
Of love and healing conjured
From the waters of the well
Summer’s bright enchantment
Workings of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

Shakespeare’s night of potions
Bright world of in between
Where gnomes hide buried treasure
And devas dance unseen
Summer’s bright enchantment
Workings of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

Crossroads vibrate open
The dead no longer rest
I am a Witch and I know how
To conjure up the best!
Summer’s bright enchantment
Workings of my will
“I know” begins the power
That turns the magick mill

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I love this so much! Going to add it to my own BOS!

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I love it too! It’s a beautiful way to start the summer.

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I wasn’t originally planning on doing anything for this challenge but I had a dream of a deity in the form of a young man requesting that I finish a painting of a sunrise that I started several months ago after having a similar dream where a young boy asked my to paint the sunrise.

I’m planning on working on it in chucks over the weekend and I’m mostly done with the sky itself. I’m going to add mountains, then trees in front of those, then a person and a fire.

I’ll add a picture of what I have so far when its dry and I’ll add another after every session so y’all can follow my progress.

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I’m looking forward to seeing your painting @Torista! I’m not exactly sure what I am going to do because of a weather change outlook for this weekend where I am… but that’s okay, I have another idea though. I just have to put it together now :laughing:

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Challenge Entry - Saturday, June 18, 2022

Festivities of Light

  • Some festivities include using Solar :sun: Magic :dizzy:, for those who haven’t practiced Solar Magic regularly or are new to it, I found some interesting information.

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Magic & Rituals involving the Sun :sun:, much like involving the Moon :full_moon:, has phases that correspond to different things.

  • Sunrise: new beginnings, changes, health, employment, renewal, resurrection, and finding the right direction. It can also be very cleansing.
  • Morning: magical power for growth, positive energy, resolutions, courage, harmony, happiness, strength, activity, building projects and plans, prosperity, and expansion of ideas.
  • High Noon: magic for health, physical energy, wisdom, and knowledge. It is also a good time to pop your tools or crystals out that need charging.
  • Afternoon: energy now is good for working on business matters, communication, clarity, travel, exploring and anything professional.
  • Sunset: magic for removing depression, stress and confusion, letting go, releasing or finding out the truth of a situation.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much sun in the forecast this weekend, so I had to change what I was doing for the challenge. I may look into this further for my own practice, the sun has a very cleansing & calming & centering effect on me. I love to sit in the sun with my eyes closed & feel the breeze go through my hair & around my skin while listening to the sounds in my neighborhood from the local wildlife. Ie: birds, squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies, dogs, and cats either their vocal sounds or the sounds of them moving through or over leaves, grass, brush, and fences.

I had never thought to look into doing magic according to the phases but it makes sense that there would be the same idea for the sun phases as the moon phases although the sun phases are a lot quicker :laughing:

I will add the picture of my altar once everyone in the house is awake :smiling_face:

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I thought of something that any of us can do. All you need is water, a jar and the sun. I got this from Wikihow.

Sun water is water that’s charged in the sun for spiritual healing and spells. The sun’s cosmic energy is infused in the water, making it the perfect channel for spells, cleansing, and healing rituals. Once charged, sun water holds positive, encouraging, and uplifting properties that can be used to douse negative energy and strengthen self-confidence.

  • The sun’s spirit is thought to be a physical force in witchcraft.
  • Sun water can aid in physical well-being, rebirth, and anything ego-related.
  • Moon water is the polar opposite of sun water, as it’s charged under the moon and represents emotional well-being.
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Fill a clear glass jar with water. Opt for a container with a resealable lid, such as a mason jar. This will help keep outside elements out of your freshwater.

  • The container must be glass and clear for the water to take in all the sun’s energy. The sun’s rays are full-spectrum, and a colored container or glass would block the light from charging the water.

Hold the jar of water in your hands and set an intention. Ask yourself what you want from the universe and turn that want into a mantra. Take the jar of water in your hands and close your eyes, visualizing what you want as you speak your mantra into existence.

  • For example, your intention might be “I am courageous,” “I make peace with change,” or “I have a happy and healthy life.”

  • Stay away from “I want,” “I need,” and “I hope” statements. Although you want something from the universe, you have to imagine it like it’s already happened.

  • Setting an intention on sun water is very similar to the practice of charging crystals with intentions.
    Set the jar of water in a sunny area. This could be on a sun-filled windowsill or outside on the ground. All in all, the perfect spot is one in direct sunlight.

  • If you choose to place your water outside, consider resting it on sand, gravel, dirt, or rock. These materials conduct the Earth’s natural energy, so your water will be charged with sun and earth elements!

  • Sun water will take on the properties of the astrological sun it’s under. For example, if you charge water under a Capricorn sun, it’ll have driven and ambitious characteristics on top of its sun characteristics.
    Leave the water to charge for at least 3 hours. You’ve filled your glass, set your intention, and know all that’s left to do is wait for it to charge. The water will be charged in 3 hours, but it’s recommended to leave it out for longer. Try leaving it out from dawn till dusk on one or multiple days.

  • If you want to leave your water outside in the sun for more than one day, remember to bring it inside when the sun starts to set. You don’t want the moon’s energy affecting your sun water.
    Drink sun water. Sun water is a rejuvenating source of energy that’ll have you feeling good in no time! Try taking a few sips of sun water when you’re feeling low or need a quick pick me up. Its positive energy will help balance any negative energies.

  • Remember, sun water takes on characteristics of the astrological season. If you take a sip of sun water charged under a Virgo sun, you may feel more productive and organized.

  • If you’re planning to drink your sun water, make sure the water you originally filled your glass container with is clean and safe to drink.
    Cleanse crystals with sun water. Rather than infusing energy like moon water, sun water releases energy. When a crystal is put in sun-charged water, the energy within the crystal is released, cleansing it. Consider dropping a crystal in a jar of sun water to cleanse it before its next charge.

  • The energy that’s released from the crystal will be transferred to your sun water, changing the energetic properties of the water.
    Add sun water to a bath. A cup or so of sun water to a soothing bubble bath can help your body and spirit heal. The sun water’s energy will add a splash of positivity and vitality, so hop right in and see how you feel!

  • Think of it like cleansing crystals, but you’re the crystal.

  • Sun water baths are great for when you’re doubting yourself or feeling under the weather.
    Perform spells and rituals using sun water. Sun water is often used to heal, protect, encourage, cleanse, and create. The positive, warm energy of sun water is a great base for spells or charms that need water, such as a protection spell or enchanted protection charm.

  • Infused sun water that was used to cleanse crystals can also work when casting spells or performing rituals. Just remember that the water’s energy is now whatever the crystal’s energy was before it was cleansed.

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My Litha altar is done. This time I didn’t light any fake candles!

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I have everything planned and written down for my Draconic Litha Ritual. Summer comes in at 5:14 A.M. on June 21. I couldn’t decide whether to celebrate on the 20th or the 21st and I’m going to settle for both nights. :grin:

Draconic Litha Ritual

You will need:
A candle for each of the dragons that you have worked with (or wish to invite to your ritual), Purple or Black for Veaug, Green for Morthan, Red for Tysteal, Silver for The Dragon Goddess, Yellow for The Dragon God
Dragon salt
Dragon ashes (optional)
Mirror Book
Spicy food (optional)
Cool drink (optional)

  1. The ritual will begin at sundown on June 20th.

  2. Cleanse your sacred space with dragon’s blood, rosemary, or sage.

  3. Light all of the candles on your altar. Wear dragon salt in a necklace or form a circle around the candles. You may also take dragon ashes (ashes of fiery herbs) and draw the symbols of the dragon gods or goddess on your body or some form of draconic imagery like fire or a sun.

  4. Sit for a moment in silence, breathing deeply and slowly. When you’re ready, begin sing, hum or dance however you wish (but always be mindful of others around you such as neighbors). As you do so, try to focus on the heat that your body is generating. The energy of dragons is building up within you.

  5. Afterwards, take some time to relax with a cool beverage.

  6. Take your mirror book and write down what the lessons the dragons have taught you since last Litha. When you are finished, remember to thank them for sharing their wisdom with you.

  7. Enjoy some hot or spicy food if you’d like to ground your energy.

:sun_with_face: :dragon: :sun_with_face: Have a blessed Litha/Midsummer! :sun_with_face: :dragon: :sun_with_face:

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@Kasandra Sic semper draconis! thus always to dragons!

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Beautiful altar @Ostara! Very summery!

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Southern hemisphere celebration for yule: realised that i could just add to my phoenix day set up to make a yule style setup. I collect jars to use for crafts n gifts and plants so i was putting one in the container i have which is an overflow from the other containers. But in the process the sheet covering the boxes had slipped diwn on one corner where some old christmas decorations were in this one box n thinking it was s sign or sometjing as id forgotten id even had it, i puled out some pine cones and bells i found and attatched a bird to one bell for tge candle setup. I lined bells along the dresser drawers whivh backed on to my bed so i can see them. And i found a star which reminds me of the pentagram and elements. So i put it all together with my set up i haf and looking at it, i like it. It feels weird to be celebrating winter solstice when alot of ppl here will be celebrating summer solstice but it feel just as weird if i was trying to celebrate the summer in the middle of winter lol.
Heres my set up to draw on the energy of the winter soltice /yule time of the year.

But acknowledging during a time wgen sun is not as evident n it’s importance. I try n get what sun i can for plants n seeds growing while maintaining privacy. Where wont get samaged by storms. I open curtain enough to let light in but so ppl arnt able to see in as well as if it was fully open.

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Hi all.

For this challenge I’ve been busy setting up my altar ready for the Solstice.

Today I’ve created a Solstice spell jar from ingredients in this month’s Wonky Broomstick subscription box.

I’ve also decorated my altar ready, including the beautiful rainbow rose my sister-in-law bought for me for Pride month which I’ve dried.

I’ve got a couple of spells/rituals to carry out on the actual Solstice and I’ve placed the ingredients for those on my altar and asked the Goddess to bless them whilst I was making the spell jar.

It’s also my stepson’s 18th birthday on Tuesday so the Solstice seems charged with lots of good energy this year!

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Beautiful altars @Phoenix_Fire and @IrisW!

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Let’s see, I’ll be doing the Litha Celebration Ritual from this site, without the fire since I’ll be indoors. I’m not big on starting a fire in the apartment so I’ll make do with just the candles and a meditation. I can just me my fat butt trying to jump the fire and setting myself alight! LOL!

But that’s not all I’m going to do, I’ve got myself some Litha incense coming in from Etsy that I hope smells as good as it sounds, and I’ve got this small Air ritual that I’m going to do that seems perfect for this challenge so I thought I’d share it here. I found it in a book called Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha by Deborah Blake.

Here’s how it goes:

You will need incense. Rose, lavender, pine, cinnamon, lemon, or orange are nice, but you can use whatever you prefer. You can also substitute a sage wand instead if you don’t like incense.

Get out of bed in time to see the sun come up. If you can, stand in front of an open window - or go outside - and actually watch the sunrise. As the sky begins to get brighter, light your incense, blow it gently into the air, and say:

Blessed sun, I greet your rays
upon this sacred solstice day.
Welcome be your warmth and light,
bringing day out of night.
I greet the dawn with a joyous heart,
and so Midsummer now does start!

Stand for a few moments with the sun on your face, sending the smoke of your incense out as an offering to the Goddess of the Dawn. Take in the energy of Midsummer and be filled with joy.

Doesn’t that sound lovely? I just hate that I don’t have an East facing window. I face North and all I see are trees, which is nice when it’s hot but when you want to see the sun or moon, it’s a pain in the tuchas. LOL!

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That’s beautiful @Amethyst. I have to work on Tuesday, but the exact time of the Summer Solstice where I am is 6:15 AM, which is perfect for me. I can celebrate before going to work.

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Thanks, this will be the third year I’ve used this chant. It really sticks with you!

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Hi all
This week I have been challenged. I worked a lot, with different people, in different places. Different tasks, different demands. I had to shift my energy a lot. That s difficult for me. I also encountered some will full people. Somewhere I went over the line, and it was not easy to find my way back to me. I got scared, couldn’t concentrate, forgot things, important things.
I knew I had to do something about it. So I found this spell

Make a circle of 13 obsidians, and in the middle a bright clear kristal.
Then say

Speak to me of the fire of protection

Block for me the incoming strife

May all who come to me speak the truth

And those who cannot do so be turned away

I accept only helpful energies

As I will it so shall it be

For me the sun has everything to do with standing in your power, in your light, and being self confident , and also with creating the life which belongs to you, suits you.
I didn’t have time or the energy to dive in the litha festival, so I thought I can combine it with where I am at.

I made this circle with the obsidians which are also rune stones, around it tea lights and sunflowers. In the middle a sigil, I made a while ago as a practice from this site. It stands for me, my personality and on top of it the clear kristal

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That seems lovely @martje! I like the setup you have & the general feeling of them.

We are having a yucky day here & I was thinking yesterday about different types of rose bushes I could plant that are orange, peach, yellow, kinds of colors. I couldn’t for the life of me think of any orange or yellow flowers blooming right now here.

Today is gloomy & rain storms… I went outside for something & looked across the street & there they were:

So then I’m walking back across the street & see this rose bush that I had helped. There were small oaks trying to develop but overlapping the bush…

I went down the side of my house & one flower out of the ones lining the side of my house was open:

When I walked around the side & came across the driveway to the front porch I found this one:

So I found my little bright spots for the day that seemed to go with the challenge when I was feeling down & not expecting it. Honestly kind of sad that I didn’t have any of those colors yet in my yard. Since taking the pictures it also looks like the sun is attempting to come out, but our forecast doesn’t see that staying that way for long.

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They are lovely sunny flowers.! They are doing well compensating the rain. I am sorry for you that the sun is not shining yet, hope it will soon. If not there are these flowers :heart::sun_with_face: and I hope you will feel the sun in your heart :yellow_heart:

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