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Litha, Summer Solstice and the Night of Sânziene

The 2020 Summer Solstice takes place on June 20 at 21:44 UTC
(June 21st at 12:43 AM EET)

Litha is one of the eight Festivals included in the Wheel of the Year and one of the four Sun Festivals. The Sun festivals are called as such because they are related to the Sun’s position around the Earth. For this reason, their date varies slightly each year. Amongst the four Sun Sabbats, there are two Equinoxes (Mabon and Ostara) and two Solstices (Yule and Litha).
During the two Equinoxes, the day and the night are of equal length: nature is in a perfect equilibrium. Thus, during those Sabbats, all magick should be aimed in reaching balance in your life. In contrast, the two Solstices are moments of extreme imbalance between dark and light, where one triumphs over the other. Indeed, the Winter solstice (Yule) marks the longest night of the year, while the Summer Solstice (Litha) celebrates the longest day of the year. Those two Sabbats are times of transformation, appropriate for protection and purification spells.

The Wheel of the Year represents the metaphorical mythology surrounding the God and the Goddess. This sacred couple is responsible for all creation in Nature, and each has a decisive role to play in the cycles of life during the course of the year. The God is depicted as the forceful Sun, and the Goddess as the nurturing Earth – Mother Gaia.

During this period, the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky. The God is now in his full power and at the height of His virility, and the Goddess of the Earth is now fully pregnant with a Child and she is bringing forth the greatest abundance of the year. The crops are reaching their full maturity and the forests are bursting with lush growth. The Earth is awash with fertility and fulfillment and this is a time of joy and celebration of expansiveness and achievements. In just a few short weeks, the harvest season will begin, but for now we pause to celebrate the manifestation of what was planted in the early weeks of Spring.

Midsummer or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Because this Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation.

This is also the traditional time for gathering wild herbs for medicine and magic, as most are fully grown by Midsummer and the power of this particular day will add to their benefits. For this reason, Litha is known as Gathering Day in Wales.

To celebrate this Sabbat, you can decorate your altar with summer flowers, herbs and fruits, and summer colors like green, blue and yellow. This is a traditional time for rites of dedication to the God and Goddess, as well as divination related to love and romance. Since this Sabbat revolves around the Sun, keep at least one candle lit throughout the day to honor the Sun, and if possible hold your Litha rituals at noon, when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky. Have an outdoor picnic feast to bask in the warmth of the day, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Midsummer is a good time for magic related to masculine energies, issues dealing with solar influences and any situation that needs to be “fired up” in your life.

Traditionally people stayed up all night on Midsummer’s Eve to welcome and watch the sunrise. Bonfires were lit on tops of hills, by holy wells, at places held sacred, to honor the fullness of the Sun. At Litha the bonfire really represents a reflection of the Sun at the peak of its strength. The chosen wood would often be Oak and aromatic herbs were scattered into the fire. People danced around the fires and leap through them. Blazing herbs from the sacred bonfire were used to bless the animals. Blazing torches were carried sunwise around homes and fields. Coals from the Midsummer fire were scattered on fields to ensure a good harvest.

Love has always been a major focus of the Summer Solstice, with the month itself named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of love and marriage. All types of love are celebrated now, including weddings, love between parents and children, love in friendship and self love.

Faeries and the faerie domain are a common theme around Midsummer, as this is supposed to be the time when the veil between our worlds is very thin. Communicating with the faerie domain, and doing magick with faeries is especially potent now.

The more present and connected we become with the rhythm of nature and the spirit of the seasons, the easier it becomes to intuitively celebrate!

Litha: Midsummer, Summer Solstice, Gathering Day, the Day of Sânziene (also known as Drăgaica – celebrated in Romania)
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic
Flowers: roses, sunflowers, chamomile, daisies, marigolds, mugwort, vervain, rosemary, lavender
Incense: Sage, mint, basil, lavender, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, mistletoe (specifically the berries which represent semen), oak, rowan, and fir
Crystals: Tiger’s Eye, Sunstone, Citrine, Jade, Aquamarine
Decorations: Dried herbs, potpourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits
Colors: blue, green, and yellow

The Night of Sânziene (Drăgaica) – Midsummer celebration in Romania
23rd-24th June

People in Romania celebrate Sânzienele every year on June 24th, around the Summer Solstice.
Sânzienele are, in Romanian mythology, good fairies from the class of iele.
The ieles are supernatural female creatures from Romanian mythology, spread in superstitions, whose precise profile cannot be established, due to the inconsistency of folklore; however, the preferred mythological form is of virgin fairies, with great seductive force and magical powers, cumulating the attributes of Nymphs, Naiads, Dryads, and somewhat of Mermaids.
According to the most common global characteristics, they are immortal, beautiful, voluptuous and seductive, excellent dancers and chorus singers; they wear their long hair disheveled and dress in steamy silk or linen garments, usually translucent or even transparent.

The name “Sânziana” comes from the Roman Goddess Diana, the patroness and the great Goddess of the Moon, the hunt, birthing and the Protector of the forests and all wild, untamed life. Sânziana or Drăgaica is also called the Empress, the Mistress of the Sisters, the Queen of Holders, the Bride, depending on the geographical area of the country.

Diana Sancta from Sarmizegetusa became Sânziana, a central figure of Romanian folklore. Religious and linguistic continuity was ensured mainly due to the fact that the transformation process took place in a popular environment, rustic and wild.” – Mircea Eliade

Among the people, it was believed that the night before Sânziene is a magical one in which all miracles are possible. Also on this night both the forces of good and those of evil reach their peak. According to popular belief, on the night of June 23rd to 24th, the skies open and Sânzienele begin to dance. This holiday celebrates the Sun, love but also the lust for life.

If we follow the legends, Sânzienele are extraordinarily beautiful beings, like fairies, who live in forests or plains. On the night of Sânziene, they catch in the choir, sing and dance. They give special uses to plants and weeds, so they can be used to treat certain diseases. Moreover, Sânzienele protect the hailstorms, bear fruit for sowing, bless brides and contribute to the multiplication of plants and animals.

The customs and traditions of Sânziene are diverse and numerous, depending on the geographical area of the country and the specific influences of the region.
As expected, the day of Sânziene has its own specific rituals, mainly focused on love spells. In some regions, especially in the countryside, it is common that the young girls to play the role of Sânziene. One of the girls is chosen to represent Drăgaica, the most powerful Sânziana. After she is dressed in white and embellished with golden wheat spikes – the symbol of Sun and Summer – she must gather all the other girls into a big circle and dance. Then, they all go collecting Lady’s bedstraw flowers and create beautiful wreaths. In some regions, the girls throw their wreath in water while chanting their wishes of love. In other parts of the country, the wreaths are thrown over the house; if the wreath stays on the roof, the girl will marry soon, if not, the girl still has to wait.

Another custom specific to the day of Sânziene is the bathing of women in running water or in the morning dew. At sunrise, the women wash in a river and then roll in the dewy grass. In this way they will stay clean and healthy, they will wash away diseases and problems. Any failure will be resolved, and those who want children have a good chance of getting pregnant.
In order to ward off evil spirits, people lit fires over which very strong-smelling herbs and plants were thrown. They would shout out loud around the fires to keep the evil spirits at bay.

May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!

Alessandra Neagu

Festival of Humanity

Festival of Humanity

On 5th June we welcome the Full Moon, the day that we celebrate the Festival of Humanity, or the Festival of Goodwill, which occurs every year at the Full Moon while the Sun traverses Gemini.

The Ascended Masters and Spiritual Hierarchy under the direction of Sanat Kumara, Lord Buddha, Lord Maitreya and the Chohans of the Seven Rays celebrate 12 Festivals each year, all occurring on the Full Moon. The Full Moon functions like a window or magnifying glass for the intensification and downpouring of planetary and cosmic energies to disciples, initiates and to the Earth.

The three major Festivals are:

  • Festival of the Christ – Love aspect of God – Hierarchy – Aries – April’s Full Moon
  • Wesak Festival – Will aspect of God – Shamballa – Taurus – May’s Full Moon
  • The Festival of Humanity – Divine Intelligence – Humanity – Gemini – June’s Full Moon

The three major festivals function to build the divine attributes into human consciousness. They function to establish the divine aspects. The divine aspects have to do with the qualities of the first three rays : Power, Love-Wisdom and Active Intelligence. The divine attributes are the qualities of rays four through seven : Harmony, Concrete Science, Devotion and Ceremonial Order and Magic.

The three festivals provide a unique opportunity for people to join together to invoke these forces in a dynamic way. This a beneficial and potent time to meditate, do ceremonies and focus our intentions.

The Festival of Humanity and Good Will

In the solar month of Gemini, at the Full Moon, the Light generated at Wesak is now fully released. The Christ, the Lord of Love, brings an abundant tide of love for Humanity to use as goodwill in establishing rightful world conditions.

The day of this festival is called World Invocation Day, as it celebrates the collective aspiration of humanity to act in harmony with its highest spiritual goals. It is also known as the Festival of the Spirit of Humanity, the Goodwill Festival and the Festival of Unification.

The Goodwill Festival during the full moon of Gemini is the subsequent opportunity for approach to Hierarchy. The Christ stands as the emissary for Humanity and we stand along with him calling out for the energies of Light, Love, and the Will-to-Good which Mother Gaia desperately needs. Our task is to work closely with the Christ, who stands at the “center where the Love of God is known” and invoke, receive and channel this electromagnetic force directly into the planet, stimulating and activating the expression of Goodwill and Right Human Relations in all areas of life. Over time, the significance of this meditation ritual is revealed to those who become more soul attuned and less personality oriented.

The Sun’s transit through Gemini offers opportunity for uniting soul and personality, and vitalizes the changes needed for the evolution of the Christ consciousness by channeling the energy of Love into our solar system, and on to Earth.

The Festival of the Spirit of Humanity aspires toward divinity, atonement to God’s will and right human relationships. It occurs each year at the Full Moon in June. It is a day to recognize and honor the divine nature of humanity and aspire toward spiritual fellowship. This festival represents the effects in human consciousness of the work of Gautama Buddha, Lord Maitreya and the Master Jesus.
The force that is prevalent at this festival is the force of reconstruction. This is the force of the first ray, or will aspect of divinity, that is directly connected with Shamballa. This force is mainly effective between nations of the Earth. Its effect on any given nation is governed by the level of evolution of any particular nation. The two extremes are egocentric nations versus nations focused on world unity. The United Nations is one manifestation of this force in its more positive aspect. The three forces of restoration, enlightenment and reconstruction express the light, love and knowledge of God.

The synthesis of these forces and the effects of these festivals consciously celebrated by humanity will produce the following results, as outlined by Alice Bailey in Serving Humanity:

  1. Power will be given to the disciples and initiates so that they can direct efficiently and wisely the process of rebuilding.
  2. The Will to Love will stimulate men of goodwill everywhere, gradually overcoming hatred. The inner urge in men and women to live together cooperatively already exists and is subject to stimulation.
  3. The Will to Action will lead intelligent people throughout the world to inaugurate those activities which will lay the foundation for a new, better and happier world.
  4. The Will to Cooperate will steadily increase. Men and women will desire and demand right human relationships as a natural way of life.
  5. The Will to Know and to Think Correctly and Creatively will become an outstanding characteristic of the masses. Knowledge is the first step toward wisdom.
  6. The Will to Persist will become a human characteristic, a sublimation of the basic instinct of self-preservation and self-centeredness. This will lead to a persistent belief in the ideals presented by the Spiritual Hierarchy and the demonstration of immortality.
  7. The Will to Organize will further a building process which will be carried forward under the direct inspiration of the Spiritual Hierarchy. The medium will be the potency of the Will to Good of the New Group of World Servers and the responsive goodwill of mankind.

Together, each of the three spiritual Festivals progressively launch, build, and vitalize creative impulses. The Spiritual Hierarchy uses the festivals to strengthen and guide human thought and activity toward spiritual purpose. Their responsibility is to bring the Plan of God into manifestation and they work through the Full Moon opportunities year around, culminating with these three springtime festivals, to awaken humanity to these ends.

The three Full Moon Festivals of spring are destined to become a focal point in the new Aquarian Age, as more and more people of goodwill come together to celebrate that Humanity is One, despite religious or cultural differences.

The twelve annual festival, in concordance with the study of astrology as to their meaning, will provide a complete revelation of divinity to humanity. This will also connect humanity to the understanding of the seven great rays, which underlay even the science of astrology. This approach will also connect humanity to the workings of the Spiritual Hierarchy and ascended masters, leading to the new world religion made manifest on Earth.

Join in and help build and strengthen the channel for the powerful energies which are streaming in to form the framework of the emerging new world.

It is important to dedicate this day to the Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy and make a Sacred Ceremony at the exact time of the Full Moon, which will take place on 5th June at 7:12 PM UTC (10:12 PM EEST – Romania time).

What you can include in the Sacred Ceremony:

Short Version of the Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of GOD
Let Light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of GOD
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of GOD is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men—
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

Long Version of the Great Invocation

Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind
Let the Spirit of Peace be spread abroad
May men of goodwill everywhere meet in a spirit of cooperation
May forgiveness on the part of all men be the keynote at this time.
Let power attend the efforts of the Great Ones
So let it be, and help us to do our part.
Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth
Let Them bring succor to the sons of men
Let the Rider from the Secret Place come forth,
And coming, save
Come forth, O Mighty One.
Let the souls of men awaken to the Light,
And may they stand with massed intent
Let the fiat of the Lord go forth
The end of woe has come!
Come forth, O Mighty One
The hour of service of the Saving Force has now arrived
Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.
Let Light and Love and Power and Death
Fulfill the purpose of the Coming One
The will to save is here
The love to carry forth the work is widely spread abroad
The active aid of all who know the truth is also here
Come forth, O Mighty One and blend these three.
Construct a great defending wall
The rule of evil now must end.
From the point of Light within the Mind of GOD
Let Light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of GOD
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of GOD is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men—
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

The Affirmation of the Disciple

I am a point of light within a greater light
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial fire, focused within the fiery Will of GOD and thus I stand.
I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way, and thus I stand.
And standing thus, revolve and tread this way, the ways of men,
And know the ways of GOD. And thus I stand.
I strive toward understanding.
Let wisdom take the place of knowledge in my life.
I strive towards cooperation.
Let the master of my life, the soul, and likewise the one I seek to serve, throw light through me on others.
In the center of the Will of GOD I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from His.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the triangle divine, work out that will within the square, and serve my fellow men.
I am a messenger of Light.
I am a pilgrim on the way of Love.
I do not walk alone, but know myself as one with all great souls, and one with them in service.
Their strength is mine. This strength I claim.
My strength is theirs and this I freely give.
A soul, I walk on earth, I represent the One.
I am one with my group of brothers, and all that I have is theirs.
May the love which is in my soul pour forth to them.
May the strength which is in me lift and aid them.
May the thoughts which my soul creates reach and encourage them.
I know the law, and towards the goal I strive.
Naught shall arrest my progress on the way.
Each tiny life within my form responds.
My soul has sounded forth that call, and clearer day by day it sounds.
The glamour holds me not.
The path of light streams clear ahead.
My plea goes forth to reach the hearts of men.
I seek, I try to serve your need. Give me your hand and tread the path with me
The sons of men are one and I am one with them.
I seek to love not hate.
I seek to serve and not exact due service.
I seek to heal not hurt.
Let pain bring due reward of Light and Love.
Let the soul control the outer form and life, and all events, and bring to light the Love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight.
Let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
Let Love prevail.
Let all men Love.
We know, oh Lord, of life and love, about the need.
Touch our hearts anew with Love, that we too may love and give.

Golden Chamber Ascension Activation Meditation

Close your eyes. Let us begin by taking a deep breath. Exhale.
We call forth all the Masters of the Planetary and Cosmic Hierarchy to help in this meditation.
We now call forth a Planetary and Cosmic Axiatonal Alignment.
Allow yourself to just completely relax and soak in all the Cosmic energies and ascension activations.
We now call forth to the Seven Chohans, Djwhal Khul, Lord Maitreya and Lord Buddha, to provide a gigantic group Merkabah for all in attendance, and we ask to be taken spiritually to the Golden Chamber of Melchizedek, in the Universal Core.
We call forth each person’s 144 soul extensions, from their Monad and Mighty I Am Presence, to join us, if they choose, for this meditation.
We call to the Seven Chohans, for the opening of all Chakras, the Ascension Chakra, and all Petals and Facets of all Chakras.
We call to Archangel Metatron, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Microtron.
We call to the Lord of Sirius, for the anchoring and activation of the Scrolls of Wisdom and Knowledge, from the Great White Lodge on Sirius that are appropriate for this group.
We call forth Sanat Kumara, Vywamus and Lenduce, for help in establishing each person’s Planetary and Cosmic Antakarana, back to each person’s Oversoul, Monad and to Source.
We call Melchizedek, Mahatma, Metatron, the Elohim Councils, and the Archangels, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Planetary and Cosmic Tree of Life.
We request the complete opening and activation of the Seven Cosmic Seals, and the Ten Sephiroth, as well as the Hidden Sephiroth of Daath.
We call forth from the Cosmic and Planetary Hierarchy, the anchoring and activation of all Fire Letters, Key Codes, and Sacred Geometries to help in this process.
We call to Melchizedek, the Mahatma, Metatron, Archangel Michael and the Planetary Hierarchy, for the anchoring and activation of the Anointed Christ Overself Body, our Zohar Body, our Overself Body, our Electromagnetic Body, our Gematrian Body, our EKA Body, our Epi-Kenetic Body, our Higher Adam Kadmon Body, and the Lord’s Mystical Body, as described in The Keys of Enoch.
We call forth the permanent anchoring and activation of the 64 Keys of Enoch, in all five Sacred Languages.
We call forth the illumination of the 72 areas of the Mind, as described in The Keys of Enoch.
We call forth the Deca Delta Light Encodements and Emanations from the Ten Superscripts of the Divine Mind.
We call forth to Metatron, for the anchoring and activation of the 76 Names of Metatron, to permanently flow through us.
We call forth the removal of all veils of Light and Time.
We call forth Djwhal Khul, Lord Maitreya, and Lord Buddha, for the permanent anchoring of the Greater Flame of the Monad and Mighty I AM Presence, into the Lesser Flame of the Personality and Soul incarnated on Earth.
We call to the Mighty Archangels, for permanent anchoring and activation of the Twelve Heavenly Houses, and Twelve Cosmic Stations.
We call to Lord Buddha, whose festival we celebrate, for the permanent anchoring and activation now, of the Planetary Sun and the Planetary Cosmic Heart, into the core of our being.
We call to Helios and Vesta, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Solar Sun and the Solar Cosmic Heart, into the core of our being.
We call to Melchior, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Galactic Sun and Galactic Cosmic Heart, into the core of our being.
We call to Melchizedek, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Universal Sun and Universal Cosmic Heart, into the core of our being.
We call to the Mahatma and the Multi-Universal Logos, to now permanently anchor and activate the Multi-Universal Sun and Multi-Universal Cosmic Heart, into the core of our being.
We call to the Godhead, for the permanent anchoring and activation of the Ultimate Great Central Sun and God’s Own Heart, into the core of our being.
We call forth to the Source of Our Cosmic Day and Melchizedek, for the anchoring of the 43 Christed Universes.
We call forth to Melchizedek, to initiate each person attending this celebration, into the Order of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek, we ask you to do this now with your Rod of Initiation, if it is each person’s individual free choice to receive this blessing at this time.
We ask that each person who has inwardly given this permission, receive the Rod of Initiation directly from you Melchizedek, with no Earthly person needed as an intermediary in this process.
We call forth the entire Planetary and Cosmic Hierarchy, and hereby collectively request a complete merger of the Light Bodies of all the inner plane Masters in attendance with this Group Body in this room, both individually and collectively.
We call forth God, the Mahatma, Melchizedek, Metatron, Elohim Councils, Archangel Michael and the Archangels, to now anchor from the Cosmic Treasury of Light, the Light Packets of Information from the Tablets of Creation, the Elohim Scriptures, the Torah Or, the Cosmic Ten Commandments, and the Cosmic Book of Life.
We now call forth from the entire Planetary and Cosmic Hierarchy, and all the inner plane Masters that each person has brought with them to this festival, for a combined Light Shower the likes of which this world has never known before.
Let us begin the closing process of this meditation by repeating out loud together the famous mantra from The Keys of Enoch:
Kodoish, Kodoish, Kodoish, Adonai, Tsebayoth.
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts.
We now call forth our inner plane Spiritual Hosts, and request now to be taken together in our group Merkabah, back into our physical bodies and back into the room.

May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!

Cosmic Ascension: Your Cosmic Map Home by Joshua David Stone
Serving Humanity by Alice Bailey