Seasons: Summer

Animal: Bear, Bluebird, Cicada, Dragonfly, Duck, Eagle, Goat, Goldfinch, Grosbeak, Lion, Magpie, Meadowlark, Oriole, Otter, Prairie Dog, Quail, Raccoon, Swallow, Waxwing, Woodpecker

Celebrations: Litha, Lughnasadh

Days: June 20th – 22nd – September 22nd – 23rd

Direction: South, Southwest

Elements: Fire

Energy: Yang

Gods: Apollo, Byelobog, Njord

Magical: Dragon, Phoenix, Thunderbird

Minerals: Alexandrite, Garnet, Opal (fire), Ruby, Spinel, Zircon

Plants: Grain (corn)

Tarot: Wands

Zodiac: Aries, Cancer, Gemini, Leo Virgo

Issues, Intentions, & Powers: Encouragement, Friend/ship, Growth, Increase, Life, Light, Love, Marriage, Nurture, Patience, Protection, Strength, Warmth

– Alfrún

Celebrations: Litha

Midsummer, also known as St John’s Day, or Litha, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. The Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John’s Day begins the evening before, known as St John’s Eve. Continue reading

Deities

Paganism tends to be very much about the Journey rather than the Destination, and as there is no root Dogma, we tend to  be incredibly flexible when it comes to Deity. Someone once remarked to me, Paganism was very much a practice of perception, and I would have to agree. There are many out there who follow Bast, the Egyptian Lady of Cats, but I can guarantee you, each of them will view Her in a different light, or have an individual relationship with Her.

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Recipe: Moon Cookies

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup oil

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

5 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

Powdered or colored sugar

Cinnamon

Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, oil, salt, and vanilla together. Mix flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl. Add slowly in batches to wet mixture until thoroughly combined. Roll dough into one inch balls, then shape into half-moons, suns, or stars. Or roll out and cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or sugar before baking. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Makes 8 dozen.


– Alfrún