Summer Solstice

Sunflower-reorientation

Today marks the Summer Solstice (Litha) or for those on the other side of the world, the Winter Solstice! I live in the United States so today we are going to focus on the Summer Solstice.

I took my second ritual bath since coming back to Wicca last night and it was divine. One of my favorite past times is to start up a hot bath and read for about an hour. My absolute favorite thing to do is take an “oil bath” with bubbles. So it’s like a bubble bath but you put oil in the water to help moisturize your skin.

Last night, I chose to do a ritual bath, like I was saying which means the bath is more special and has more meaning. It’s a magical bath, you could say.

Summer Solstice Ritual Bath:

  • Lavender flowers
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary leaves (pressed and rolled to awaken the scent)
  • Sesame seed oil (about 2 teaspoons only)
  • Black ritual salt (1-2 cups depending on your preference)

Add all ingredients to running bath (this activates them) and enjoy per usual. Be sure to dip your head/hair in the bath for threefold purification. In Wicca, you will notice that a lot of things are done in threes. You can clean, as usual, so if you’re needing to shampoo and condition or shave, it’s still a bath so you can do this. I just wouldn’t recommend because with the oil and flowers, you’re bound to have residual flowers sticking to you when you get out.

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For those that are needing extra purification you can say a incantation while you are in the bath as follows:

By water, I am purified for the next coming season.

By the sun of summer, I am ripened to bloom where I am planted.

May this water carry my sins away and renew my energy.

May my energy reflect the power of the sun on this summer solstice.

Blessed Be.

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