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Pagan holidays: Litha divinations

Love, pillow, and tarot divinations are popular Litha activities
Love, pillow, and tarot divinations are popular Litha activities
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Litha is also known as Midsummer and the Summer Solstice. It is a Pagan holiday that is celebrated throughout the world each year. This Sabbat falls on or around the 21st of June. Litha has more hours of daylight than any other day of the year. On this day, magic is said to be strong which makes Litha a great time for divination and magical workings. The following are some Litha divinations that were done a lot in the past. Some of these divinations are still used today.

Love divinations

Divinations related to love and romance are very popular during the Litha Sabbat. One love divination that most humans have probably tried at least once involves a daisy. It was believed that by holding a daisy in your hand and, picturing the boy you liked in your head, the flower would tell you if he was the boy for you just by plucking the petals from the flower while saying “He loves me” for one petal and “He loves me not” for the next petal. Repeating this with each petal until the last petal gave the answer.

In the past, it was common for a woman to fast and leave a meal that consisted of bread, cheese, and ale, sitting out on the table. The front door of the home was left open. It was believed that the woman’s future husband would enter the home, drink the ale, and then bow and leave.

Many girls would throw hemp seeds over their shoulders in hopes of seeing their future husband’s faces. This could also be done by baking “dumb cake”.

Pillow divinations

Pillow divinations are done to help a person have prophetic dreams. Mugwort harvested on the eve of Litha can be placed under a pillow before bed to help bring a prophetic dream. Other herbs that can be used for this purpose include; anise, chamomile, ash, and laurel.

If a person places a four leaf clover under her pillow before going to bed, she will dream of her perfect partner. If your boyfriend or girlfriend is away, placing daisy roots under your pillow before going to sleep can help you dream of him or her.

Tarot divinations

Tarot and rune divinations are also popular forms of divinations during this Sabbat. The Medio Tarot Rite or past, present, and future reading are commonly used.

Reference: Franklin, Anna, Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice. Minnesota. Llewellyn, 2003