The celebration of the summer solstice when nights are the shortest. It was believed to be the only time of the year when the earth revealed its secrets. Ferns bloomed to mark places where its treasures were buried, the trees spoke and moved, and the wild witches gathered. Celebrated as summer solstice here on June 21st – 22nd and in the slavic countries on July 6th & 7th due to the old calendar.
Many of the rites related to this holiday are connected with the role of fire and water and it’s relation to fertility and ritual purification not only for the body but also the harvest People jumped over the flames of bonfires in a test of bravery and faith. If a couple holding hands jumped and failed in completing the leap it was a sign of their destined separation. The fires were also used to burn herbs gathered in the previous year and various items of no further use, particularly those that had been blessed with holy water and could therefore not be discarded by normal means. The fires were never extinguished, but were always allowed to smolder out.
Light this mini bonfire candle with it’s herbal offerings, jump over it to prove your love, bravery, and to bring sacrifice and acknowledgment to the upcoming end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the harvest. My your families crops be plentiful and your world full of prosperity.
Never blow out vigils as that is like blowing away your spell. Pinch out or place a dish on top of the candle to let it go out.