At Litha, or the Summer Solstice, the sun is at it's highest and the day at it's longest. The Lord of Light has ensured fertility for the earth, but by doing so has sown his own seeds of death. As the wheel turns the Oak King wanes and the Holly King waxes. The summer solstice is the time of fulfilment of love. Flowers are in bloom and are ready for ready for fertilisation and pollination, yet once fertilised they die so that the fruit may be born. June is often considered the luckiest month to be married and is the time of the Mead moon, or Honey moon. It was tradition for newlyweds to drink mead daily for a month after their marriage, hence the post wedding holiday being named honeymoon. Although the days begin to grow shorter after Litha, the time of great abundance is yet to come. The promises of the Goddess and God are yet to be fulfilled.
This is a time for beauty, love, strength, energy, joy, warmth, and the promise of fruitfulness yet to come. In this time of the celebration of life, we also aknowledge death to come as the Lord of Light begins to weaken after Litha.
Our physical strength seems to be at it's greatest at this time and it is a time for physical sporting events, outdoor fayres and displays of physical beauty.
Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow