Also known as Midsummer, Summer Solstice and Alban Hefin, Litha generally falls in the third week of June, usually between the 17 and 23 of the month. It is the time of the longest day of the year – after this, each day becomes progressively shorter until Yule – the longest night of the year.
Traditionally, this is a great time to harvest wild or cultivated young herbs to stock your magickal pantry. Young plants have a great energy, and are far more likely to recover quickly from a small harvesting. One must request the permission of the Goddess and of the spirit of the plant itself. Gently take hold of the plant or branch, and politely ask if the spirit will share its bounty. You’ll know, trust me, if you receive permission.
About the Author
An editor and occasional writer, Jodi Lee has spent her entire life on the Canadian Prairies, which she credits for her over-active imagination. She’s often found slicing and dicing prose in her editorial work, or mucking about with book covers, graphics and websites in her design freelancing.
Her fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, Nocturnal Ooze and Necrotic Tissue, as well as numerous anthologies both past and forthcoming. Her non-fiction has found many and varying outlets over the past decade.
She is the owner/editor-in-chief of Belfire Press and it's magazine imprint, The New Bedlam Project.