r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 20d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Gender Magic Less parading and more marching/protesting/rioting as needed.

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Holidays β˜€οΈπŸ”₯ Litha & Summer Solstice - 20 June 2024 πŸ”₯β˜€οΈ

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Midsummer / Summer Solstice:

Welcome to the latest sabbat informational post! Throughout the year, we will be posting these threads to share general information about the next upcoming sabbat so WvP's witches, new and old, can prepare for the holiday. These posts will contain basic information about the holiday and open up the floor for further questions or discussion.

For our Southern Hemisphere witches, you'll be approaching the opposite end of the solstice spectrum, heading into the dark part of the year and the beginning of Yule. You can check out our thread about Yule here.


β˜€οΈ Midsummer & the Summer Solstice β˜€οΈ


What's Midsummer? What's the Summer Solstice? When are they and how are they different?

Midsummer (or Litha, pronounced LEETH-ah) is one of the eight sabbats of the modern pagan Wheel of the Year. It is one of the "lesser sabbats", meaning that it is based around either an equinox or a solstice. The others are Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), Yule (Winter Solstice), and Ostara (Spring Equinox). There's a section that goes into the history and connections of Midsummer in more detail below if you're interested.

The Summer Solstice is an astronomical event that happens once a year and marks the event when one of the earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It occurs between 20~22 June each year in the northern hemisphere. In many Western cultures, this starts the beginning of Summer. This year, the summer solstice falls on 20 June.

Many cultures around the world celebrate midsummer in some shape or form. Witch and Pagan Midsummer celebrations generally combine aspects of Western European (primarily Irish and British) midsummer traditions and the Druidic "Alban Hefin" festival. In Wicca, the midsummer celebration is called Litha, the name based on the writings of Bede.

What all of this comes down to is basically this: if you're new to celebrating Midsummer, you have a lot of different directions to look!


Midsummer: History, Connections, and Modern Practice

Historically, humans have been celebrating the Summer Solstice for thousands of years. It's an astronomical event that's simple to understand and appreciate, and it's a great time for a big party, especially in Europe where the long, warm evenings are extra nice. One interesting early Solstice observation was to make a giant wheel of wood, set it on fire, and then roll it down a hill into a river or lake, to bring fire and water into balance. In Rome, the people honoured Vesta during the celebration of Vestalia.

Just as they did to so many other pagan holidays, Christians co-opted the pagan Midsummer celebration, turning it into the feast day for St. John the Baptist, which officially falls on 24 June. All across Europe, Saint John's fires began to replace the older, traditional midsummer bonfires...

In modern times, the longest day of the year is still the time for festivals all around the world. The Midsummer page on Wikipedia talks about some of these traditions. Many of them, especially in Europe, still hold connotations with St. John and therefore remain on 23 or 24 June. However, pagan elements remain and you can still see the blending of old solstice observances with the more modern Christian feast day. This practice is especially noticeable in Eastern Europe, with one of the best examples of this being the festival of JaanipΓ€ev in Estonia.

Midsummer is also an important time for the Fae Folk, so the various cultures and religions that revere or otherwise pay tribute to the Fae often honour or celebrate them during this day. In Celtic tradition, Midsummer is strongly connected to ManannÑn mac Lir, god of the sea and king of the Otherworld, as well as the goddess (and/or fairy queen) Áine. Many people still honour ManannÑn on this day in his traditional home of the Isle of Man.

Outside of the sphere of Western Europe and Christianity, other cultures have their own ways to mark and celebrate the solstice. In Hinduism, Uttarayana ends with the summer solstice and this is celebrated with the kite-flying festival of Makar Sankranti. Many people of Chinese heritage in different countries and regions celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. If you know of any other cultural celebrations for the solstice, you would be most welcome to share them!

As a part of the Wheel of the Year, Midsummer follows Beltane and summer is in the air! The air is fresh with the smell of warmth and growth, and the first summer harvests are in. Days have been getting longer and warmer, and the earth is awash in fertility and energy. This all comes to a climax on midsummer, one big celebration before the days begin to lengthen. Midsummer is above all else a celebration of the sun, abundance, love, and balance.

If you look at the sabbats as a reflection of the self, Midsummer is the time to focus on love of all kinds. It's a wonderful time to spend time with friends, make romantic commitments, or begin the search for a new partner. What kind of love would you like to foster the most this year? Along the way, make sure you spend plenty of time and energy on loving yourself, particularly if you are a person for which that does not come easily. The more love you have for yourself, the more you will be able to spread it to others.

Symbols: Sun, Bonfire, Sun Wheel, Dolmen, Fae, Flowers, Seashells
Element: Fire
Colours: 🌈 All the colours of the rainbow are great for Midsummer! 🌈
Plants/Herbs: Oak, Mistletoe, Sunflowers, Elderflower, Saint John's Wort, Rose, Basil, Sage
Foods: Honey, Summer Fruits, Pumpernickel Bread, Mead, Cakes


Simple rituals and ways to celebrate Midsummer include:

  • Get up early to watch the sunrise and/or stay up late to watch it set.
  • Watch the Summer Solstice 2023: Sunrise Live from Stonehenge livestream event hosted by English Heritage.
  • Look for any local Midsummer celebrations in your area, such as bonfires.
  • Otherwise, you can create a Midsummer bonfire of your own! Please use proper fire safety measures.
  • Host a Fae Midsummer Ritual, or otherwise honour the Fae by leaving out some cream, bread, or baked goods overnight.
  • Make an offering at the sea (or other body of water) for ManannΓ‘n mac Lir. Some traditional offerings include rushes or ale.
  • Take part in a Handfasting Ceremony, traditionally held around Midsummer in June. This is also a great time for people in committed relationships to renew their vows, romantic or otherwise.
  • Walk in nature to appreciate the new growth and the changing of the seasons. It's a great time to visit your local national or state parks.
  • Do as much as possible at or around noon, or whenever the sun is at its highest in your location and time zone. The sun at its zenith at Midsummer is when it is at its strongest.
  • Set up, clean, and/or refresh your altar for the summer season. Tumblr has lots of ideas if you're lacking inspiration!
  • Make some Solstice Sun Water.
  • Perform a Midsummer/Litha seasonal rite/ritual. Here is an example of a solitary Litha ritual, for practicing witches without a coven. Additionally, this page has a nice assortment of many different Midsummer rituals. Additionally, Midsummer is seen as the ideal time to perform spells, rituals, or divinations about love.
  • For (aspiring) Kitchen Witches, bake some Midsummer-inspired dishes with honey and all sorts of seasonal fruits and veggies. You can see some wonderful pagan-inspired Midsummer recipes here, here, and here.
  • For our Crafty Witches, you may wish to take a look at some Summer Solstice inspired crafts and projects
  • Celebrate by eating and cooking with seasonal produce.

Tips for New and/or Broom Closet Witches

Midsummer celebrations and bonfires are pretty standard fare in the west these days, so a celebration of this sort is the easiest for broom closet witches to take part in, along with watching sunrise and sunset. Flowers, bright colours, honey, cakes, and the joy of warmth and the season are all relatively safe things to participate in without giving yourself away as a pagan. Even watching the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge online can be written off as curiosity or scholarly interest, since they normally don't do such things.

All things considered, the summer solstice is probably the easiest of the days in the wheel of the year to celebrate, so make the most of it! Enjoy life to its fullest, as much as you can, in preparation for the shortening days and larger harvests coming in the future.

Much of the importance of the Wheel of the Year is to really incorporate yourself with nature and the earth's yearly cycles. Take this opportunity to think about the solstice and the summer season and what they mean to you. Walk through nature to appreciate the warmth and bounty of summer. See what animals are active where you live. How are the young animals born in your area growing along? What fruits or vegetables are already being harvested?


Feel free to ask any questions you might have below or otherwise use this post for discussion about Midsummer!

Special thanks to Einmariya for research, content, & dedication to holidays. πŸ’—β˜€οΈ


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 9h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Art Thinking about getting this tattooed...what do we think? "Lilith and Eve" (1963) by Yuri Klapouh

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 13h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Blessings Reminder that all your phases are utterly purrfect 🌞

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 12h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Modern Witches Happy Midsummer!

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 5h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Selfie Sorcery Just a recent pic

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It’s been a bit since I posted. I hope the magic is still working.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace happy strawberry moon witches πŸ“πŸŒš

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 2h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Familiars LPT: have a stash of tiny witch hats handy

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 8h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace Thank you for your support. Because of your love, I have created many flower wreath series bracelets. I hope these creations bring you joy.

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 19h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ BURN THE PATRIARCHY Every time I catch a man staring at me, I've been practicing holding the gaze, unsmiling, until they look away.

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Most of my life I've realized I've turned first, mostly because its AWKWARD and UNCOMFORTABLE. I'm finally courageous enough to start giving it back, and it feels so EMPOWERING.

May you all have your moments of empowerment against the patriarchy. Happy Solstice!


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 46m ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ BURN THE PATRIARCHY Let us be

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 19h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Green Craft There's a parking space for brooms on my favourite hiking trail!

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Just wanted to share this with you guys, thought you might appreciate it 😊

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 12h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Blessings Thank you so much

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Thank you so much for keeping this sub trans-friendly.

I've seen a few anti-trans posts on LGBTQ+ subreddits which have really harmed me emotionally. But this sub seems safer. And I really thank you for that. It means the world.

I hope you're having a good day, you're loved and please drink water 🌿


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 16h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace I made a guiding star necklace with sterling silver and pigment so it absorbs light to emit light

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 3h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Blessings Hey witches

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Please let me know if this is not an appropriate post for this sub.

I've been struggling a lot with mental health lately and feeling really lonely. I love this community, I'm just posting to see if anyone else is struggling right now and how we are all doing. If anyone wants to send me some good vibes I would much appreciate it. Or to anyone else who may be having a hard time right now. We are not alone. ❀️


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Modern Witches Like honestly, no one has ever invited me to a naked bonfire in the woods yet.

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Life is full of disappointments.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 5h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Holidays Camp Fairy Grove

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Really wanted to get away for a few days of backpacking for the holiday. But it’s been a hard year, with lots of travel, and I didn’t want to spend even more time away from the spouse & kid. And the spouse & kid don’t backpack. So instead I spent two days turning a particularly overgrown corner of the garden to a mini campground.

Kiddo is presently lolling on the grass in her birthday suit, spouse is reading Lemony Snicket by the fire, and I get to sleep outside. With my family.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 5h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Holidays Happy Litha/Solstice!

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Happy solstice, my fellow coven 🌞 I went to the farmers market, made a simmer pot, and had a midday charcuterie board with my partner. Weed and mead not pictured. Enjoying the longest day of the year and the full moon! What’s everyone else doing for the solstice?


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 7h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Kitchen Craft I used moon water from the strawberry moon to make strawberry pancakes and syrup

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Someone gifted me a bag of strawberries that were already starting to get soft. I needed to use them today so I used a little a moon water and turned it into a syrup.


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 12h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Book Club In a blue dot in a red state outside the teens' section at my local library! Repost

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Reposted after removing identifying info from image because the library doesn't deserve online hate. Thanks to the sharp-eyed redditor <3


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Meme Craft One of the many Pride celebrations ✨

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Blessings I wanna see your happy place:)

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 10h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace Want to show you good people examples of my latest work. Some pieces were customized requests from fellow members. Which do you like best?

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Serpent and sword beaded hoop earrings

Gemstone pansexual dango earrings (request made from a member of another subreddit)

Nonbinary pentacle keychain (request from fellow member)

Rainbow pride ghost with stars earrings

Trans pride crescent moon keychains (request made by another member)

Girl with cat and snake familiars pentacle earrings

Cats jumping over balls of "yarn" earrings

Bisexual pride keychains (another request).


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 14h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace Round 1 of this year's spooky creations! Witches Brooms and Choas Moons πŸŒ™

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 13h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Marketplace some new drawings

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r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 17h ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Blessings Today Marks 1 Full Year on HRT

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Today is officially my one year ✨Trannyversary✨I had gotten my hormones a few days earlier back in 2023, but I waited until the 2023 summer solstice which was June 21, before starting them. For me the summer solstice is the marker of my rebirth every year. I know the day changes sometimes like this year it is the 20th, but that’s okay. The idea of starting my transition on the longest day of the year has great spiritual meaning to me and always will.

I understand tonight will also be a full moon and it will be a strawberry moon on top of that πŸ“ πŸŒ• further ingratiating the idea that this transition means something not just physically but spiritually as well. It is such a powerful feeling knowing I made the right choice for myself, and I will be empowered forever because of it 🌸🌼🌸🌼🌝.

🌺My body is blossoming into the beautiful strong intelligent woman she was always meant to be and I just wanted to share this little message of peace and tranquility on this day, there’s still a long way to go in my transition, but just like the longest day of the year I started on, I will enjoy every second🌺


r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 1d ago

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ πŸ•ŠοΈ Holidays Apparently tomorrow is the summer solstice and a full moon. Is there any special witchy significance to both happening on the same day?

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Just curious