According to Janet and Stewart Farrar, the Sabbats are “seasonal festivals which mark key points in the natural year”. Since Wiccans believe in being one with nature, these seasonal festivals allow us to celebrate nature in all its glory. The eight Sabbats are Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolg, Spring Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, Lammas and Fall Equinox.
The Summer Solstice is also a festival of fertility. The Goddess is pregnant. The God has reached his peak. This is the festival of fire and balefires are lit throughout the night.
This festival represents the fertility of the Goddess and the land. It is a time when the crops are going and getting ready to be harvested, just as the Goddess is pregnant and getting ready to birth her child. It is the festival of fire where fire where evil is driven out and purity reigns. It is the festival of high summer and the longest day of the year.
The Summer Solstice ritual takes place outdoors if it can. A balefire is lit the night before and stays lit until sunset of the Summer Solstice. Festivals, dances and rituals are done all day long in celebration of the Goddess and the harvest. This is also the Sabbat to celebrate success and high points.
Summer Solstice rituals are done all day long and are completed with the sunset. Once the ritual is complete, it is time to begin preparing for the harvest.
Date: 22nd June
Other Names: Midsummer, Litha
Meanings: fire, energy, socialization, vitality, relationship magic, magical herbalism
Colors: red, gold, white-blue
Symbols: tribal fire, light, fruits, flowers