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. Girls may float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on rivers, and attempt to gain foresight into their romantic relationship fortune from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated it.
Anoint yourself with this blessed water to bring purification. It may also be used in tool and altar consecration. Sprinkle in the four corners of your yard to bless your land or it can also be used as an offering for your ancestors, fertility blessings or rain-making. DO NOT DRINK! This water was collected in Northern Alberta, blessed by a Ukrainian Orthodox Priest in a cemetery during blessings of the graves. The land where this occurs also happens to be my family land and was donated to the church two generations ago for them to build a cemetery.
My your families crops be plentiful and your world full of prosperity.
Limited when it’s gone its gone!