*Midsummer/Litha is also the Feast of Faeries*

Mid-Summer/Litha, the Summer Solstice, is one of the three annual Feasts of Faeries, the Fae. The other Faerie Festivals are on Samhain and Beltane. The day of the Summer Solstice is when access to their realm is the easiest and the Faes’ powers, strongest. They frolic about bonfires, joyously singing and dancing. Celebrate and enjoy a feast fit for the Faeries with recipes provided.

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Faeries
The Fae are creatures who will work in gardens to ensure abundant harvests. They, most often, look like humans and usually have wings. People with the gift of clairvoyance, psychic seeing, can see them in gardens, forests and water. They will help people if they are treated kindly and shown gratitude. Honor them and give thanks on their Feast Day.

 

Feast of Faeries: Celebration
Light fires or candles to celebrate the Sun in full power on Pagan Midsummer, the Summer Solstice: Wiccan Litha and Druid Alban Hefin, Pagan Day of Magick, Celebration. The altar cloth is gold. Decorate the altar with red, orange, yellow, green and blue candles in gold colored holders. Add Faerie figurines, seashells, silk, dried, potted or cut oak leaves, holly, lily of the valley, roses, lavender, wisteria and myrrh. Burn pine incense. Put flower garlands, herbs, ribbons, seashells and bowls of milk outside to thank and gift the Faeries.
Bless the animals. Ancient herders brought a token animal to be blessed to protect their herds. Ask for protection and blessings for pets, livestock and wildlife.

Midsummer is one of the most powerful nights for magick, especially healing, love magick, energy, protection and purification. It’s a time of gratitude for kin and friends. Reflect on the progress of seeds that you planted in the earth. Get rid of patterns, and objects that no longer serve your Higher Self. Strengthen your connection with Otherworld beings, especially the Fae.

 

Feast of Faeries: Activities
Walk in nature. Some Urban Pagans might find this difficult; however, Litha: An Urban Pagan Midsummer Celebration offers alternative suggestions.

Mid-Summer Eve at dusk, especially when the moon is full, is the best time for seeing Faeries. The oak, ash and thorn are the faerie tree triad and where they grow together, people can see the Fae. Mist wreaths often surround Faerie mounds, Faerie rings, stone circles and other magickal places. Gaps in the mists allow people to go through the veil into the Otherworld.

Faerie mounds are open and the Fae can be seen feasting inside. Walk, clockwise, nine times around the mound to find the entrance to view them. The King of Faeries dances with his entourage on a patch of thyme. Give the Faeries offerings, such as a bowl of milk to thank them for their gifts.

There are mischievous Faeries, as well as impish people. There’s protection from their pranks while strolling outside. Wear garlands of marigolds, ivy and St. John’s Wort. Carry white lily petals, rue, and oatmeal in you pockets or in baskets. Bury a Witch Bottle, a glass container filled with sharp objects such as pins, nails and needles, ashes and salt before entrances to your home for protection.

 

Festival of Faeries Feast

Traditional fare includes bread, cheese, edible flowers, citrus fruit, mead, wine, milk, ale and vegetables. More recipes are offered in Pagan Celebration of Midsummer/Litha – the Summer Solstice.

Faerie’s Kiss: Shake together 2ces each white Crème de Cacao and white Crème de Menthe and 4 ounces cold milk. Pour over ice chips. Garnish with mint leaves and Maraschino cherries. Non-alcoholic version: Blend 1 cup chocolate milk and 1/2 teaspoon mint extract.
Rock Cornish Game Hen with Tarragon: 1/2 cup margarine in sauce pan. Add 1/2 cup dry white wine and 1-1/2 tablespoon crumbled dried tarragon. Simmer for five minutes. Put 4 ( 1 pound) Rock Cornish Game hens into baking pan. Pour wine sauce over. Roast at 375 degrees for about 1 hour or until done, when juices, when pricked, run clear, basting frequently. Serve with wild rice.
Sautéed Carrots and Pecans: Sl1 pound carrots diagonally and gently boil until crisp. Drain and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons margarine. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon sugar and carrots. Mix well. Sauté until carrots are golden.
Penne with Blue Cheese: Cook the 1 popenne until done and drain. Return to pot. Add 6 ounces crumbled bleu cheese, 4 ounces margarine and 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives to the penne. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese is melted and ingredients are blended. Serve immediately.
Summer Salad: Toss together 1/2 poundh sliced raw pea pods, thinly sliced raw mushrooms, sliced cucumbers or zucchini, sliced radishes, 1 (16 ounce) can sliced artichoke hearts and 1/4 cup slivered almonds. Dressing: Blend together 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon honey mustard and a pinch of coarsely-ground black pepper. Refrigerate dressing overnight.
Citrus/Blueberry Compote: Blend toget1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons marigold petals, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind. Boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool. Combine 1 1/2 cups each orange, lime and tangerine slices and 2 cups blueberries. Pour water mixture over fruit and chill overnight. Serve over lemon angel food cake
Feast of Faeries: Afterglow Celebration
Relax after dining on fine food and drink. Contemplate the personal power within your Higher Self. Reflect on the symbolism of the Sun and the Divine guidance that is given.

Recognize that that the power of Summer is the gift of attaining all that you want to manifest, through the grace of the Divine, is yours to bring into fruition now. Thank the Fae for their gifts. Abundance will be yours.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holland & Flannery
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 23:39:07

    We loved reading this! Whilst that Faerie world is always there alongside us, there is something special about Midsummer and contact with the Fey. The veil is a little thinner, the presence more strongly felt and we fully agree with your suggestion to get out there if you can and ‘walk in nature’, there are certain places where one can have some memorable experiences. Great post! Wishing you a most enjoyable Solstice/Midsummer.

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  2. mysticalmoonstar
    Jun 20, 2014 @ 23:48:54

    Thank you Holland & Flannery, so glad you enjoyed reading my post, may you also have a wonderful and fulfilling Solstice/Midsummer celebration.

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