A Crafting Litha

Adapt this ritual to suit your situation and ability. We are using the natron, the simple Litha incense, and the magickal wash, made in our previous videos, all viewable online, bringing them together for this work. In this ritual the “work” is three parts: cleansing and reconsecrating our tools, rededicating ourselves to the Craft, and creation of a piece of art to represent the solar god until Lammas. Gather and craft all that you need before the ritual.

Begin your ritual with cleansing yourself by either taking a bath or bathing in holy water made by mixing your natron salt with the water and a teaspoon of the magickal wash.

Cleanse the space for your ritual with holy water made from the mixture of natron and water. Fumigate the space with the simple litha incense burning on a charcoal in a heat safe container.

Cast your circle with the words below or your own:

“I cast this circle to protect from all harm on any level, I charge it to draw in those energies perfect and profound for this ritual and banish those that are not, I consecrate this circle as a space beyond space and a time beyond time where the truest Love Will and Wisdom can be served. So mote it be.”

Call your quarters using these quarter calls or ones of your own:

“To the north, I call to the power of Earth and its guiding presence the Great stag, Bring your strength and stability to this circle as you guide and Guard it. Hail and Welcome.”

“To the east, I call to the power of Fire and its guiding presence the Great Horse, Bring your passion and motion into this circle as you guide and Guard it. Hail and welcome!”

“To the south, I call the the power of Air and it’s guiding presence The Great Crow, Bring your wisdom and cunning into this circle as you guide and guard it. Hail and welcome.”

“To the West I call to the power of Water and it’s guiding presence the Great Snake. Bring your ease of transformation and calm into this circle as you guide and guard it. Hail and welcome.”

Call to the Goddess, God and Great spirit in your own words. Let spirit guide you as you name the work and express your own thoughts about Litha and the height of the power of the sun.

Begin cleansing each of your tools using the magickal wash and passing them through the simple litha incense thinking about cleansing the energy it represents within you and the universe. When you finish with a tool, reconsecrate it to the energy it represents. Use your own words or ones you have found to bless and reconsecrate them. As you Cleanse and reconsecrate them you are cleaning and reconnecting to these parts of your self.

In your own words, if you want, to rededicate yourself to the Craft and its work.

Lastly, in your own words call to the lord of the sun at his peak of power. In a meditative way create a small piece of art that will represent the energies of the sun to you. A poem, a painting, a drawing, or some idea of your own making are all great possibilities. My plan is to create a small watercolor of the idea that rings true for me in representing the sun. A sun rise, a sunflower, a tall oak tree, a sun, or whatever comes to mind. Mix a little of the magical wash and the natron in the water you use for your paints. Take joy in its creation, for it will represent the sun only until Lammas on your altar or in a space where you will see it. Make it knowing you will burn it at Lammas to represent the sacrifice of the Solar King to become the Lord of the Grain. Keep this in mind when you think about the size of your art. With your art and your own words charge this art to represent the solar energies and beings.

In your own words Thank the Goddess, God and Great spirit.

Release your quarters with these quarter releases or some of your own making:

“To the North, I thank and release the power of earth and the guiding presence of the Great Stag. Hail and farewell.”

“To the West, I thank and release the power of Earth and the Guiding presence of the Great snake. Hail and farewell.”

“To the South, I thank and release the power of Air and the Guiding presence of the Great Crow. Hail and Farewell”

“To The East, I thank and Release the power of Fire and the Guiding presence of the Great Horse. Hail and farewell.”

Release your circle with these or words of your own making.

“This circle is undone but not broken, It flows outward throughout time and space to touch the circles of my sisters and brothers as a gentle blessing. So mote it be!”

Keep your artwork handy on your altar or a place you will see it until Lammas.

Adam Sartwell is a founder and high priest of the Temple of Witchcraft. He is lead minister of Virgo, involved in the crafting work of the Temple, along with healing and service to the community through the Temple Store. Adam is the author of two books, Twenty-one Days of Reiki and The Blessing Cord, and maintains a website and practice at adamsartwell.com.

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