Litha Loose Incense Blend (June 21st Northern Hemisphere)


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This Litha Blend Loose Incense is made with:

Sunflower Petals, Rose Petals, Lavender Buds, Mugwort, Calendula, Cedar, Daisy Petals and White Sage.

Litha takes place on the Summer Solstice and happens between June 20 and 23rd, in the Northern Hemisphere. The first official day of summer and the time of year that is filled with life and light. Litha is a celebration of the sun star and mother nature. We honor the Sun as well as the Green Man and Lady. Nature is once again at her fullest and all is swelled with abundance.

Traditionally on the eve of Litha there were bonfires lit a top of hills and in sacred spaces in order to honor the sun at her most powerful. The wood for the fires was often oak (representing the Oak King who rules the waxing portion of the year). Herbs were thrown into the fire and then used to bless the animals. Next the coal was scattered into the fields to encourage a bountiful harvest. Participants would stay up all night on Midsummers Eve burning the fires and finally would welcome the solstice sunrise in the morning.

The ancient Romans celebrated the summer solstice as a festival for Juno, the goddess of women and childbirth. She was known to bless women with menstruation. The month of June was named for her, a reason June is still a popular month for weddings. Midsummer was also around the festival Vestalia, a festival honoring Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, held from June 7 to June 15. Women would leave offerings for Vesta, hoping that she would bless their homes. In Europe, they celebrated midsummer similarly to the way they celebrated Beltane—with lots of fire. Early Europeans used to set large wheels on fire and roll them down a hill into a body of water. This was meant to represent the balance of fire and water during Litha. Another popular tradition is for girls and women to place flowers under their pillows, inviting future partners to appear to them in their dreams.

By law, I am required to say that we make no claims and sell these products only as a curio and that these products are for entertainment purposes only. By purchasing this item you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age, you are responsible for yourself all of your actions and your results. We are not responsible for the mishandling of herbs, essential oils or any other items that we sell. It is not edible and is not intended for human consumption. As incense It is meant to be burned in a fire proof container on a charcoal disc. Do not leave it unattended while it is burning.

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