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Celebrating the Summer Solstice: A Fairy Ritual for Midsummer

Updated on September 10, 2016
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Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year with her family for 25 years as a Wiccan; she's like the NeoPagan Martha Stewart.

Midsummer Fairy Ritual for Wiccans

Fairies are everywhere this night!
Fairies are everywhere this night! | Source

Summer Solstice Fairy Ritual for Midsummer!

Midsummer rituals should be fun and magical. You probably know at Samhain (or maybe you know the more secular holiday rooted in it, Halloween) the ‘veil between the world’ of the spirits and humans is at its thinnest, making it possible for people to interact with those who've passed on to the other side. At the Summer Solstice, another ‘veil between the worlds’ is at its thinnest—the veil between our world and the world of the fay—the wee folk, the fairies.

Wait-- What?!! You don’t believe in fairies!??

First of all, you should NEVER say that (haven’t you ever seen Peter Pan? Every time someone says they don’t believe in fairies, a fairy drops dead! Never take the chance!). Second of all—that’s okay. You don’t have to literally believe in fairies. You can take this ritual more for what they represent rather than as any kind of fairy-worship.

The mood of this ritual should be lively and cheerful-- have fun with it! Dress up in costumes and get playful!

Summer Solstice Ritual - Tools and Supplies

Any incense, candles or tools generally used in your ritual
Something to sprinkle fairy dust (glitter), flower petals, etc. (optional)
Bubbles (kids party bubbles)
Offering to the Gods
Offering to the Fairies
Small pieces of paper (to write wishes on)
Pens/markers
Heat-proof pot
Cup of juice/wine/etc.
Plate of bread/cakes

Summer Solstice Ritual Preparation

  • This ritual is best performed at sunset on Midsummer (the Solstice), but you can schedule it to a time that's more suited to your needs.
  • Gather your supplies and set up your altar. Children may enjoy gathering the stones and creating a fairy circle with them. Since it's a fire festival, you may wish to face the altar South.
  • Perform ritual cleansings (baths, or by smudging, etc.) if desired before beginning.
  • To begin, cleanse and consecrate any tools or supplies you are using, light candles and start your incense burning.
  • If you're a group, a brief group meditation to align energies is beneficial.
  • If you're a solitary, simple center yourself and achieve ritual consciousness as usual.

Fairy Poems and Passages are Perfect

Fairy Ritual Readings
Fairy Ritual Readings | Source

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt. 1: Opening Reading

If you see a fairy ring

In a field of grass,

Very lightly step around,

Tiptoe as you pass;

Last night fairies frolicked there,

And they're sleeping somewhere near.


If you see a tiny fay

Lying fast asleep,

Shut your eyes and run away,

Do not stay or peep;

And be sure you never tell,

Or you'll break a fairy spell. -- William Shakespeare


Someone says (or, if solitary, you can say everything):

Tonight is the night-- tonight, the veil lifts between the world of the fairies and the world of our own. Our circle here is our portal between those worlds, where we can draw back the veil and take a peek into the realm of the fairies, but just for tonight!

We shall welcome them into our circle, and who knows what will happen? If you dare follow, let us begin!


Have Fun with Fairies Tonight

Midsummer Fairy Ritual
Midsummer Fairy Ritual | Source

Summer Solstice Ritual pt 2: Circle and Quarters

Sprinkle fairy dust or flower petals if desired, or use a wand, staff, branch or flower to cast the circle saying:

A circle, thrice, we cast this night

To seal the magic portal tight;

The first time that we come about,

We shut unwanted spirits out;

The second time we go around

we cleanse the air and sanctify the ground;

creating a sphere of sacred space,

a safe and hallowed meeting place;

The third time round, as we go,

As above, so below,

We seal this circle round times three,

As is our will so mote it be!


Someone goes to the South and invokes the Element of Fire:

We call to the Elemental Energies of the Southern Fires,

Subjects of King Djinn, tanned and branded with the sacred flames

We welcome the benevolent Spirits of the Elements to our rites,

To bless, bear witness and bring the spark of your inspiration into our circle

We bid hail and welcome to ye, O Spirits of the South!


Someone goes to the West and invokes the Element of Water:

We call to the Elemental Energies of the Western Waters,

Subjects of Nichsa, Translucent and silver-haired with the fluidity of the waves,

We welcome the benevolent Spirits of the Elements to our rites,

To bless, bear witness and bring the splash of your intuition into our circle

We bid hail and welcome to ye, O Spirits of the West!


Someone goes to the North and invokes the Element of Air:

We call to the Elemental Energies of the Air

Subjects of King Paralda, pale and agile with the breath of wisdom,

We welcome the benevolent Spirits of the Elements to our rites,

To bless, bear witness and bring the wind of knowledge into our circle

We bid hail and welcome to ye, O Spirits of the North!


Someone goes to the East and invokes the Element of Earth:

We call to the Elemental Energies of the Earth

Subjects of King Ghob, broad and glinting with the stability of stone,

We welcome the benevolent Spirits of the Elements to our rites,

To bless, bear witness and bring the strength of stones into our circle

We bid hail and welcome to ye, O Spirits of the East!

Summer Solstice Ritual pt 3: Recite (or Sing) The Stolen Child

William Butler Yates poem (1886) against photo of Glencar waterfall (public domain image).
William Butler Yates poem (1886) against photo of Glencar waterfall (public domain image). | Source

Loreena McKennitt Sings "The Stolen Child"

Own The Stolen Child by Loreena McKennitt:

Stolen Child (Album Version)
Stolen Child (Album Version)

This woman's voice is truly exquisite.

 

Dance and Blow Bubbles!

After the reading or song, place some festive music. Dance around the circle, laughing and having fun!

For a group ritual Have everyone join hands and dance in a circle or a spiral dance going! Have a few members stand around and blow bubbles to fill up the circle.

If you're a solitary, dance around the circle blowing bubbles.

Don't Be Surprised If Strange Things Happen

When fairies are around, you never know.
When fairies are around, you never know. | Source

Finding the Fairy Realm

Stop and one person says:

We've made it! We're here-- let's push aside the veil of the fairies.

Everyone waves away the bubbles. Close your eyes and envision the veil being drawn back. If you're in a group, you may wish to guide the group into a meditation to do so. If you're a solitary, simply meditate a moment and envision what the fairy realm appears to be to you.

One Person Says:

As we stand in this time that is not a time, in a place that is not a place, and gaze through the portal, past the veil, we invite those spirits of the fey who would wish us well and do us no harm into our circle.

Join us, you of the fey who are benevolent and gentle, in our circle between the worlds, to peacefully and joyfully honor the Lord and Lady on this Midsummer Night!

We bid you hail and welcome!


Greet the Fairies

Fairy Drawing: The Project Gutenberg EBook of Stories from the Ballads, by Mary  MacGregor
Fairy Drawing: The Project Gutenberg EBook of Stories from the Ballads, by Mary MacGregor | Source

Midsummer Ritual Pt. 4: Invoking and Honoring the Deities

At this point of the ritual, you should invoke whatever deities you normally honor, or feel compelled to honor, at this time of year (I generally recommend against mixing pantheons, but if you feel compelled to do so please do research in advance-- it doesn't do to call deities who may be enemies, or who may be worshiped by warring cultures).

If you prefer to connect to the 'nameless Ones', the deities beyond any particular cultural idea, simply call to the Lord and Lady.


After the Invocations, say:

On this night, we celebrate the Sun Lord at the height of his power, but know that he shall begin his decline and one day pass willingly under the sickle of the Crone, as must all life.

On this night, we honor the Lady, Mother in who's womb is the portal for the Sun Lord's return. She is the sacred vessel through which all life passes.

In Their sacrifice, we know that we shall live again, and thus the wheel ever turns. In our gratitude, we offer this sacrifice to the Lord and Lady.

Place your offering to the Gods upon the altar, or at the base of the altar.


At this point you may wish to perform any particular ritual observation you wish.

This may include prayers and meditations to your Gods at the Solstice, or a seasonal enactment (such as the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King).

Alternatively, you might go around the circle allowing everyone to ask for a Midsummer blessing. Everyone in turn says:

On this Midsummer Eve, I _____ honor the Lord and Lady, and I ask they bless everyone one here with (good health, peace, happiness, prosperity, etc.).

Midsummer Ritual Music

Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)

If you're new to the sabbat, this is a great resources to help you plan your celebration. Whether you're celebrating with a large group, or you're a solitary and plan for your ritual to be between you and the Gods, there's a lot of things you can do to make the most of your holiday.

 

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt. 5: Honor the Fairies

Turn your attention to the fairies. Someone says:

And on this night we honor our revered guests, the ancient spirits of dark and light, beautiful souls of nature. We thank you for joining us on this night to celebrate the magic of the Summer Solstice, the shortest night of the year after the longest day, for your presence in giving honor to the Lord and Lady.

As a token of our thanks to our guests, we offer you this gift.


Place your offerings to the Fairies upon the altar or at the base of the altar.

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt 7: Fairy Magic

Everyone take a leaf and a marker pen.

Write upon it a secret wish in your heart that perhaps the fairies can help you with. This may be to chase away nightmares while you sleep, to help you find a lost object, to help your garden bloom and grow, to lend energy to a spell you've cast or to bless you with good fortune.

It must be something that the fairies can actually do, of course; so keep that in mind.

Also, keep in mind to be careful what you wish for. Fairies are not just cute little dolls with wings-- they're powerful (and sometimes quite mischievous) spirits of nature.

When everyone is finished writing their wish for the fairies, someone says:

Sweet fairies, at this Solstice, we ask you grant us a boon! For we hold you in respect and know that you are the powerful spirits of nature, kin to the Gods, and that your magic is potent, especially upon this night.


Toss your wishes into a ritual fire, or light them on a candle and place them in a heat-proof pot.


At this point, you may wish to perform a meditation-- perhaps a meditation that allows participants to meet and talk with a fairy.

Midsummer Fun!

Frolick with fairies
Frolick with fairies | Source

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt. 8: Cakes and Ale

Bless the ritual drink. Hold up the cup and say these or similar words:

The fiery Sun warms the Earth,

The Earth grows the seed,

The seed sprouts the vine,

The vine breathes Air and drinks the Water,

And all comes from the Lord and Lady.

This (drink) is blessed, a gift of the Gods and the Elements

And all who partake are blessed in turn.

Pour out a libation into a bowl for the Gods and other spirits (you will return this to the Earth later). One person takes a sip. Pass it to the next person with the wish:

May you never thirst.

Keep passing it around the circle.


Bless the ritual bread or cakes. Hold them up and say these or similar words:

The fiery Sun warms the Earth,

The Earth grows the seed,

The seed sprouts the grain,

The grain breathes Air and drinks the Water,

And all comes from the Lord and Lady.

This (bread) is blessed, a gift of the Gods and the Elements

And all who partake are blessed in turn.

Break off the piece, and put it into the libation bowl for the Gods and other spirits. One person takes a bite. Pass it to the next person with the wish:

May you never hunger.

Keep passing it around the circle.

If you are a solitary, naturally you'd just enjoy eating your drink and cake, basking in the energy of the Gods and spirits.


Thank Them and Say Goodbye

Fairies have minds of their own-- they might stick around.
Fairies have minds of their own-- they might stick around. | Source

Summer Solstice Ritual Pt. 9: Closure

Eat, drink and be merry for as long as you desire. When you're ready to close the ritual, gather everyone round again. You might wish to give another reading, such as:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends. -- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)


It's time to thank your guests for coming:

  • Thank the deities
  • Thank the fairies
  • Thank the quarters


Take up the circle and announce the ritual is over


You may wish to bury your offerings or set them outdoors, then go on with your festivities.

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      OllieTrolley 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for this hub! I truly adore fairies and this will be perfect for me and my friends. Voted up!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      These are lovely rituals to the fairies. I live in one of the most spiritual areas on earth, and I have felt the fairies and other devas, but fairies do not reveal themselves. They are very protective of their rings, and they will send the insects and other varmints out to run off a human when one intrudes. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      This is soooo cool! Thanks for sharing all this stuff and celebration. I have seen a real Troll here in these woods that I live in. I have seen many other things too. There is a movie out about Fairies and it is about two girls that saw them and recorded them in pictures and such. So yes, Fairies are very real.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks Ollie, it is a fun ritual, I've done it before. Enjoy it with your friends!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks MizBejabbers; I myself have never had a fairy experience, but I know two people who have, and these are people who I know to be trustworthy and who are not likely to imagine things or make up stories-- 2 people who's judgement I trust implicitly. Thanks for the info, I appreciate your wisdom.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Lady Guinevere, thanks for dropping by, I appreciate your comments. I've enjoyed this ritual with friends in groups with kids a few times and it's always been very enchanting and a festive way to celebrate. There is still so much more to this world than most of us would ever believe.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      The Summer Solstice reminds me of a short story by writer Nick Joaquin, the Philippine's National Artist. You might want to google it. Just type "The Summer Solstice" bym Nick Joaquin. It has the elements of magic, mystery, superstition converging with traditional morals. It's a time when everybody indulges in things they would not normally do. But the premise of the story is that women want to be loved, not adored. I'd suggest you try to look up this story and see how it captures elements of The Summer Solstice as you describe it.

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      CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sounds like a fun Fairy Ritual for the Summer Solstice, WiccanSage. It is a beautiful time of year when we are surrounded by the bounties of nature, so a perfect time to honour and invoke the fairies and deities of the natural world

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for all the incredible art!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks Grand Old Lady, I am definitely going to look it up! I appreciate it!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Definitely beautiful, CM, Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks Huntgoddess; there's a lot of great fairy artwork in the public domain.

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      daborn7 2 years ago from California

      I once went to a gathering during the summer time. A friend and myself were young, and jumped over a fertility fire several times. Here I am today with 5 kids. She wound up with 3 after being told she would never have any. I do believe in fairies :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Great idea about that public domain art!

      Thanks for the tip!

      Here in Wisconsin, we kind of dread the summer solstice, because the longest day means the days will soon be getting shorter, and we wait so long for things to grow --- especially after that dreadfully harsh winter we just had! :-(

      Solstice means growth slows down --- and so soon, after we just started planting.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Sounds like that little fertility ritual worked out really well for you, and especially your friend. That's awesome. Happy Midsummer to you! Thanks for your comments.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi HuntGoddess. Thanks for your comments! The beauty of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year is how well it can be adapted to the local climate. I live in the subtropics, for us the seasons of life & death are reversed; the heat brings death, the cool weather is refreshing and brings life. When most people are planting, I'm harvesting. When most are starting to harvest in the fall, I've just begun planting. For us we celebrate the Summer Solstice giving thanks for the cool weather to come. Thanks for stopping by, blessed Solstice to you!

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      Kriss Gross 11 months ago

      This is wonderful. I am hosting Summer Solstice this year for our coven and have been searching for fun, yet somewhat traditional rituals. We are an eclectic group, some Wiccans, some of Norse traditions, and some who follow Pagan traditions. So this is a perfect blend for all to enjoy. Goddess Bless for sharing with all who wish to learn more and celebrate this often lesser celebrated sabbat. ~~~Lady A~~~

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