The past three days have been cloudy and rainy, including this morning – it’s well welcomed; Maryland’s summer storms have come late this year so I have been relishing in late night thunder rumbles. But as far as celebrating Midsummer outdoors…that has become out of the question.
For those of you who are stuck indoors due to rain or bad weather, illness and colds (count me part of that crew), or have low-energy or low-spoons to celebrate, this post is for you! There are still ways you can honor and celebrate the summer solstice from your bed or home.
As Midsummer is a holiday typically associated with faeries, I watched my favorite Tinkerbell movie and then lazily took a nap. Another good option is any version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If either of those aren’t your bread and butter, pick any movie with feel-good summer vibes and energy, or your favorite fantasy (Lord of the Rings is probably a good choice as well).
Pop on YouTube videos by witchy creators talking about or vlogging the sabbat, some ambient music and scenery, or any feel-good summery content.
The same can be said for books. Curl up with chamomile tea, a good herb for the solstice, and settle down with your favorite fairy tale, adult or kid-friendly, or any witchy book about a topic you’re curious to learn more about. Any summer read or fantasy-fairy novel is a good option.
These are great options for little ones as well!
Open /Crack a Window
If the rain isn’t blowing directly into your window, you may crack the window to let some of that sound, smell, and fresh air into the home or apartment. It is said the fae are very curious and feel invited when a window is cracked. But otherwise, it can help you feel connected to the outdoors even when you cannot go outside.
Food, food, food!
Chamomile tea, lemonade, lemon bars, citrus fruits, strawberry shortcake, salads made with in-season veggies, honey toast or honey marinated meats…food and baking is one of my favorite ways to celebrate any sabbat.
For lower energy or disabled persons, perhaps a tea, lemonade, or pre-cut fruit is the best option. Store-bought sweets are also just as delicious and celebratory.
For those with more energy or kiddos to entertain, cookies, strawberry shortcake, or any food involving honey is a wonderful way to celebrate.
Fill a jar or bottle with purified water and leave on the windowsill or in a sunny spot to charge passively, capturing the energy of the day for when you have more energy. Leave out a bowl of rainwater to collect for later use. I believe you don’t have to do something on the exact day of the solstice or sabbat to take advantage of its energy.
The gloomy darkness may be the perfect reason to light some candles or turn on battery-operated ones. Midsummer is the peak of light and the longest day of the year. The sun is still bright and powerful above the clouds! Honor and bring it closer to you with candles. Do nothing beside it and just watch its flame flicker. Sometimes when I’m not feeling energetic or well, watching a dancing flame eases my heart.
What are some things you’re doing for this sabbat? Let us know in the comments!