Litha – midsummer 2017

It is here! Another pagan celebration, another sabat, another faery festival! 🙂 The time of summer heat, beautiful flowers, enchanting fragrances of mother nature blooming and times of powerful summer storms. What can I say, it’s a good time. That feeling of anticipation of summer vacation is in my guts and a list of things I need to pack is already building up in my mind.

“Get a new swimsuit, get the traveling insurance taken care of, pay the phone bill before you leave so you don’t die alone somewhere in the open sea in case your phone gets cut off, water the plants, make sure that grandma remembers to feed the cat, make a list of decks I’m taking with me, seriously consider living with just two sets of shorts and a tank top (maybe I could also do without underwear?) so I can pack more decks and books for those two weeks…what to do, what to do? Should I just go naked? Maybe just take a swimsuit and flip flops? What if I feel like working with that exact deck that I’m leaving behind? Hmmm….maybe I should do a spread for that…you know…clarify things…” My mind is basically overheating right now, from the heat and the thinking. But hey, all that is part of the excitement.

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But before all that comes, I need to stop and breathe for a minute, be present in this moment right now. It is midsummer, the day is the longest now and all things are in a wonderful anticipation of abundance. Here in our Slavic lands we call this time “Kresna noč” which literally translates to bonfire night and it is dedicated to a slavic pagan god Kresnik. Kresnik is a god associated with fire, heat, storms and summer solstice (go figure). He is said to be the same deity as the slavic god Svarog. Kresnik is said to live on a magickal mountain with a golden top, being a farmer but also possessing powerful magick. Sometimes he appears as a horse or a stag with golden antlers. He has a brother Trot and a four eyed dog companion, as well as a wife (who is also his sister) named Alenčica, Vesina, Marjetica (literally translates to Daisy) and some other names as well. I don’t know what is it with these gods humping their siblings and birthing weird ass creatures. Of course Kresnik can’t have just one lover – he starts messing around with a sister of his nemesis, and he is initially killed by either her or his wife because of jealousy. What a nice way to go.

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Anyway… he is the ruler of this night. Traditions here are burning bonfires on top of hills (as close to the sky as possible), so we would aid the sun to stay in his full power even when the colder days come, jumping over bonfires, dancing and celebrating. It is the most magickal night in the Slavic lands. It is said that many unusual things happen on Kresna noč, like faery encounters, faery dances, communicating with spirits of nature and with the devil is said to be easy on this night, people could hear animals speak, find treasures and all kinds of magickal things. The waters have special powers on this night – women go to the nearest stream or gather drops of morning dew, to wash with, so eternal youth can be attained. Unmarried girls were to see their future husband if they look into the water on this night. Women in the country still retain the tradition of walking the fields on this day/night, singing songs, calling to the gods to bring abundance and good harvest.

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It is a  beautiful time to see what is best for us and enhance that, to enjoy things that we love, to give time to the projects we worked hard on to breathe a little. Perfect day for a fun drink with friends or family or just in general with loved ones. Time to pull out those bright colored clothes, dress your altar in yellow and orange, put some beautiful flowers on it, burn candles in honor of the light! Even if celebrating on your own – have a bath, pamper yourself a little, eat some really good food, pop open that wine you’ve been saving for special occasions because this is it. It is a day to celebrate life and not hold yourself back from the things that you love and are true to your heart. Celebrate your unique personality because you deserve it by just being your true self. Leave the worries behind for at least a day and smile. This is a special moment that you don’t get back, like every next one. Live it. ❤

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