On June 21st it will be the Solstice, also known as Litha.
On the longest day of the year the sun is bright and proud and we bask in its energy and heat. This marks the turning of the wheel once again, we are reaping the rewards of fertility in our ideas and actions and preparing for the journey inward that is inevitable.
The solstice is a fire festival but also comes on the heels of cancer the crab which is a water sign. This pleasant duality is what we will explore in our Litha art project.
In my three tenets of art magick, this one would sit happily in any or all three of devotion, exploration and invocation.
Often the art projects I share encourage an end or result, a spell for example or a message from the divine. Here we will simply enjoy process and sit with our creativity in the heat of the sun, in the soak of the rain.
You will need:
An orange candle
Watercolor paint in pale blue
Your book of shadows or journal or a heavy piece of paper.
Your preferred ritual items (chrystals, cauldron…)
If possible, do this outside but if it is quite breezy you might have trouble with your candle!
Light your incense/smudge etc.
Cast a circle, going clockwise.
Cleanse you materials.
Sit cross legged in your circle with you materials close to you.
Breathe deeply. Feel yourself rooted to the earth, imagine your spine growing like a large root into the earth, the crown of your head is the crown of a beautiful tree canopy.
Rub your hands together and generate some heat.
Place your hands on the page.
Continue to focus on your breath. Listen to the blood in your ears imagine the water in you ebbing and flowing like a tide.
Light your candle and allow it to burn a little. Drip the orange wax all over the page, watch it dance and move imbued with the power of its heat and the pull of gravity.
When you are ready, stop. Take your paint brush and load it with blue paint. Dab it all over the same page. Drip water and let flow over the page.
If possible try dripping the wax onto the page with one hand and water with the other.
Enjoy the process. Leave it to dry in the sun.
Open your circle thanking the divine, muses deities for being with you.