12 Nights of Yule- December 25th

As my family and I celebrate Christmas on the sixth night of Yule, I quietly set my intentions for June and Litha- the Summer Solstice.

To be honest, I don’t usually take the time to plan a Litha celebration but this year I’d like to change that by doing some of the following Litha activities:

 Do a Summer Solstice Tarot Spread to reveal what’s to come in the remainder of the year.

Meditate on the Sun Tarot Card while asking for its energy of confidence, happiness and growth.

Honor Aphrodite or other sea goddesses by decorating your altar with beautiful sea shells, self-love crystals and strands of pearls.


Fae Magick. Midsummer’s Eve is another great time to honor faeries by spending time in nature and leaving small offerings like faery treats, clay sun medallions and tiny seashells.

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year so I plan on enjoying all sorts of outdoor activities in the sun, whether it’s a simple breakfast on the patio, barbecuing with my family or enjoying a beach vacation, Litha is all about honoring the sun from sunrise to sunset.

And as the sun finally goes down, I’ll find a quiet spot to sit down within nature and think about all the abundance in my life.

As the midpoint of the year, June is the month to evaluate my yearly goals and the achievements I’ve reached so far. This is also the time to reassess new goals and adjust any behaviors or habits to attain the goals I haven’t accomplished yet.

What do you do to celebrate the Summer Solstice? Let me know and I’ll try to add it to my Litha plans.


The Snow Orchid Witch

12 Nights of Yule- December 24th

On the fifth night of Yule, I set my intentions for May.

The month starts off with Beltane, the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This is the magickal time of year when we focus on the divine union between the Lord and the Lady.

Beltane bonfires are lit, maypoles and ribbon wands are crafted and flower crowns are donned to honor the fertile Earth.

Beltane is a time to consider your relationships- particularly romantic partnerships; as well as sexuality, love, fertility and passion. I personally, adore the imagery of the Horned God embracing the fertile Maiden Goddess amidst their Sacred Marriage.


I associate this Sabbat with the Lovers card and like to place at on my Beltane altar to connect with its energy as I meditate on the idea of romantic love.

What does love mean to me?

How do I show my love and passion toward my partner?

How do I like to receive love and passion from my partner?

How can I celebrate my own sensuality?

Because the veil between our world and the faery world is the thinnest at Beltane, it is a great time to honor them with adorable faery gardens and offerings such as faerie cakes or a simple dish of milk and honey.

When working with the Fae, I like to remind myself of my own childlike wonder. As little girls we believed in faeries, no question asked. Some of us were even able to see through the veil and interact with them on occasion. All we had to do was believe.

As an adult you tend to forget that world of enchantment, focusing too much on your day-to-day obligations like bills, finances, career, etc. It can be hard to shift our minds out of the grownup-realm and into the more whimsical mindset of children.


On a night like Christmas Eve, it’s easier to remember the splendor of being a child where the magic of Christmas lives everywhere. Preserving that kind of magic all year long takes a bit more effort, so I like to do little things that keep the child within me giggling with glee.

Read childhood stories like Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Watch cartoons I loved as a child.

Sing my favorite Disney songs.

Play make-believe and imagine I’m a faerie. What kind of faerie would I be? What color wings would I have? What would my faerie dwelling look like?

Write my life as a fairy tale, beginning with Once Upon a Time…

How do you plan on celebrating Beltane this May?

Leave me a reply and share your Beltane traditions.


The Snow Orchid Witch