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Litha, it’s Summer!
A letter from Julia Martin, owner of theflyingcat.net
Summer Solstice is typically between June 20th-22nd. We’ll celebrate Solstice this year on the 21st. If you’re in the North American Mid-west, things are in full swing here, flowers are blooming, herbs are shining, veggies are popping. It’s been a fruitful year already! I hope you are enjoying the heat, warmth and light of this season.
There is a beautiful golden energy that we can bring into our hearts, bodies, minds, spirits and lives at this time. Maybe spend some time with the sun shining on your crown and let that golden light fill you up! I’m focusing on “medicine” as a concept and a practical application and craft with herbs in this edition, as well as feathers and the magick they bring to us. Grab your copy of Honoring Solstice now!
“Medicine” in a Spiritual Context
• The meaning of The Medicine Wheel
• What is a Medicine Bag
• Earth Medicine
• How to Make Herbal Medicines; Tinctures, Oil Infusions & Salves
• Feathers; how to care for them, use them as spiritual tools
• Identifying Feathers; which ones are legal?
• Feather Doctoring
• Journal Prompts
Wheel of the Year Offerings
Wheel of the Year
Our design of the Wheel is the Solar Calendar on the outside featuring the cross holidays and the cross-quarter holidays. Inside the wheel is the Lunar Cycle with special events denoted like blue moons, black moons, annular, partial and total eclipses and special overlaps in the lunar and solar calendars.
Traditionally the Wheel is a Celtic solar calendar followed by those who once lived close to the land. It was a way to measure life; celebration, harvest and the harsh cold time of the year, a way to “keep track of time by paying attention to the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. The “New Year” starts at Samhain, contrary to our typical Gregorian calendar which begins after Yule.