Example: Pagans/Wiccans only please!?
Okay, so I'm a NeoPagan. Midsummer/Summer Solstice is coming up, and I need to know what I have to do in order to host a good ritual. I'm a solitary Pagan, and I know I'm going to cast a circle and do some meditation, but I need some other ideas.
Is there anything important I have to do on that special day?
What herbs should I use?
I've been a Pagan for less than a year, so this is all pretty new to me.
Oh yeah, and non-believers who think I'm talking a load of rubbish, you can have a good laugh at my question, and I can have a good laugh at your answer. Simples.
Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God,
honoring the pregnant Godddess
Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King,
end the ordeal of the Green Man
Tools, Symbols & Decorations
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches' ladder.
Blue, green, gold, yellow and red.
Bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others, cutting
divining rods, dowsing rods & wands, herb gathering, handfastings, weddings, Druidic
gathering of mistletoe in oak groves, needfires, leaping between two fires, mistletoe
(without berries, use as a protection amulet), women walking naked through gardens
to ensure continued fertility, enjoying the seasonal fruits & vegetables, honor the
Mother's fullness, richness and abundance, put garlands of St. John’s Wort placed
over doors/ windows & a sprig in the car for protection.
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor,
Ishtar, all Goddesses of love, passion, beauty and the Sea, and Pregnant,
lusty Goddesses, Green Forest Mother; Great One of the Stars, Goddess of the Wells
Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur, Gods at peak power and strength.
Wren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird
Lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye, all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade
Anise, mugwort, chamomile, rose, wild rose, oak blossoms, lily, cinquefoil, lavender,
fennel, elder, mistletoe, hemp, thyme, larkspur, nettle, wisteria, vervain ( verbena),
St. John’s wort, heartsease, rue, fern, wormwood, pine,heather, yarrow,
oak & holly trees
Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine
Nature spirit/fey communion, planet healing, divination, love & protection magicks.
The battle between Oak King, God of the waxing year & Holly King, God of the waning
year (can be a ritual play), or act out scenes from the Bard’s (an incarnation of Merlin)
"A Midsummer Night’s Dream", rededication of faith, rites of inspiration.
Honey, fresh vegetables, lemons, oranges, summer fruits, summer squash,
pumpernickel bread, ale, carrot drinks, mead.