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Covenant of Gaia - Church of Alberta announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: Please bring a potluck dish to share after ritual,
Price/Donation: Suggested donation of $5 per person
Acct. Id: 420973
Event Id: 82803
2013 Litha Ritual
When: Jun. 15th. 2013
Where: Calgary, Alberta
Come celebrate Litha 2013
Event Details: Litha
Midsummer is one of the four astronomical Sabbats, along with midwinter Solstice (Yule) , and the two Equinoxes (Spring and Fall) . Various traditions call Midsummer by differing names, but Litha is one that seems to be used locally by a number of peoples.
Midsummer is the height of the sun's power, the longest day of the year. In some traditions coming from northern Europe, the Oak King and the Holly King share the year, changing at midwinter and midsummer. The Oak King reigns from Yule to Litha, the period of growth and expansion while the Holly King rules the other half of the year, the period of withdrawal and rest. In most versions of their tales, they are brothers who fight to gain ascendancy over the world. Despite the fact that one is considered "light" and the other "dark", neither is "good" or "evil" in the Christian sense. They are both necessary for completeness.
One cannot forget that Litha marks the height of the sun's power. After this day, the days' length starts that slow decline into winter. It also marks the mature manhood of the God born at Midwinter who marries the Goddess at Bealtaine. Soon he will fade into his dotage and die at Samhain.
Nearer the equator, this is a less important holiday, since there is not the scale of the seasons that occur further north. The closer one gets to the equator, the less difference there is between day length at midwinter and midsummer. At the equator, it is 12 hours all year long, give or take a minute or two. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the day length at Ottawa is 15:40 hours at midsummer and 8:44 at midwinter. We are north of them by a fair margin and the time of twilight (about three hours at midsummer) extends the "day" even further.
How did our ancestors celebrate? Some didn't bother going to sleep. The Long Dance, as some call it, celebrates the power of the sun in dance, song and contests. In The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin, she describes the Long Dance on the open Sea and how the people believed that the song and dance must continue for the whole night. If it did not then great disaster would befall the people. Our ancestors have done similar things through the ages.
Getting up to watch the sun rise at midsummer is easier if one hasn't been to bed yet. Give it a try this year. The whole world seems a quieter and more magical place at four in the morning.
Old Farmer's Almanac.
The Witch's God, Farrar and Farrar, Phoenix Publishing, ISBN 0-919345-47-6
The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. LeGuin, Bantam Books.
Event Location: Church in Calgary
Event TIME Details: Ritual starts promptly at 7:30 pm
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