Summer Solstice Ritual with Wine, Charcuterie & Honeycomb

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It’s nearly the summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year, when daylight reigns over night. Have you been trying to figure out how to celebrate this day or how to have your own summer solstice ritual? We’ve got you covered in this article!

After this day in June, the nights will begin to grow longer again until reaching their zenith in December at the winter solstice. (These dates are specific to the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs in December and the winter solstice in June.) The summer solstice is a major day of celebration for many witches and pagans and it was considered especially important in ancient times. The solstice is also known as Litha or Midsummer.

My degree is in Art History and although my research focus was on World War I, I have always been fascinated by the many monumental sites around the world which were likely used for ancient summer solstice rituals. The most famous of these, of course, is Stonehenge in England which aligns with the sun on the solstices and equinoxes and was used by the Druids for summer solstice magic and rituals, (although the construction of the site pre-dates the ancient Druids themselves). I hope to make it to Stonehenge one day to take part in the summer solstice traditions there, although since the pandemic began, the sunrise and sunset events are also livestreamed which is a wonderful treat. Other notable ancient sites that align with the sun on the solstice include Nabta Playa in Egypt and Machu Picchu in Peru.

Summer Solstice Ritual | image of Stonehenge by Mitch Hodge

Even if you can’t travel to one of these ancient sites, however, you can have you very own solitary summer solstice rituals at home, even with tools and ingredients you probably have on hand. This day is really just about connecting with the energy of sunshine, the earth, and the power of mother nature. It is a spiritual celebration of the life-giving light of the sun and a day to gather with friends and family. You don’t need a lot of elaborate tools or supplies to celebrate summer solstice or any of the pagan holidays in the Wheel of the Year.

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Honey, for instance, is a beautiful ally to help you celebrate summer. The busy little bees who make this delicious, sweet treat represent all the activity and bliss of a warm summer day. When I was a kid, my dad kept bees, and I learned how incredible these little creatures are. (And that there is nothing more delicious than fresh honeycomb!) Local honey is even known to help abate allergies, although my own seasonal allergies have always proven too intense to be treated by this simple remedy.

You can use honey for these humble purposes of enjoyment, to sweeten your tea, or treat your allergies, but you can also utilize honey for magickal purposes as well. Honey is often associated with the summer solstice as it corresponds spiritually with abundance, productivity, and joy, all feelings we hope to experience at this time of year when the sun is high in the sky.

Summer Solstice Ritual with Honeycomb

A honey jar is a classic type of spell used to sweeten a person or situation. If you’re struggling with a difficult coworker or frenemy, for example, just pop a photo or memento to represent them into a small jar, cover it with honey, and seal tightly. You might even set your honey jar out on a full moon, (perhaps the full moon closest to the summer solstice), to charge it up with even more joy and abundance. In no time, you’ll find the situation or disagreement has been smoothed over.

A Simple Summer Solstice Party and Ritual

Where I live in California Wine Country, charcuterie (trays of meat, cheese and other snacks) are common appetizers at restaurants and parties. Some of my favorite charcuterie boards even include honeycomb, so that’s the inspiration for this sweet, little ritual which can be performed solo, with a coven, or just with a group of friends and loved ones.

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Lay out all of the food on the cutting board, arranging it in an attractive manner. Place the olives, etc, in small bowls and set knives beside each cheese and the honeycomb. Set up your charcuterie outside, on a patio or balcony, preferably with a view of the sunset in the west – or maybe even somewhere you can also watch the moon rise in the east!

Summer Solstice Ritual with Wine, Charcuterie & Honeycomb

Invite friends to partake with you and pour a glass of wine or sparkling water for each of them. Before you eat, raise your glass and give a toast to the setting sun, such as: To the longest day of the year.

You might also set out some white, yellow, orange, or gold candles and crystals such as carnelian, citrine, or clear quartz. Have each person in your group choose a crystal to hold while watching the sunset. As the sun sinks below the horizon, each person can light a candle to capture the warmth and light of the sun even as we now begin to move slowly into the darker part of the year as the days get shorter again in the coming weeks. As each person lights their candle, holding a crystal, they can share something they are grateful for as gratitude helps us align with the energy of more and more abundance in our lives.

Enjoy good food, good wine and good company in celebration of the solstice!

What will you include in your summer solstice celebration this year? For even more ideas for your summer solstice ritual, check out my book, The Modern Witch’s Guide to Natural Magick!

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