Well to start with, what is summer solstice? Summer solstice, also known as Beltane, is on June 21st of every year. For this you will want to gather as many covens as possible. There are many different ways that it can be celebrated; it all depends on the witch or the coven.
According to the book, “The Grimoire of Lady Sheba,” the Beltane Sabbat, also known as the summer solstice, which is on June 21st of every year, celebrates the first day of summer and all that comes with it. The cauldron is wreathed with summer flowers and placed south of the altar in the magic circle. A fire is built in it. The magic circle is cast, and all are purified as usual. The high priestess assumes the God position while the high priest, kneeling, invokes and draws down the moon.
All of the covens will concentrate while the high priestess recites the Charge of the Goddess. Once this is complete, the high priestess stands behind the cauldron in the God position. The conveners file past, sun wise, alternately male to female. The men give her the sign of the 1, 2, 3 triangle and the kiss of fealty. The women bow to her. Then each takes a taper from the High Priest and lights it at the Cauldron.
The high priestess assumes the Goddess position, and the conveners walk slowly around the magic circle. A spell shall be recited by the high priestess. The high priest then leads the dance around the high priestess and the altar to the Circle Chant. Once this is complete, the high priest gives the high priestess the sign of the 1, 2, 3 triangle and the kiss of fealty. All men will do this likewise; the women will bow. After the ceremony there are cakes and wine, games and dancing.
Now when it is researched online at www.ehow.com, these are the instructions that are given for celebrating Beltane. Prepare for the summer solstice by gathering a piece of cloth or a cloth pouch for the midsummer herbs that will be collected. Some of the herbs that are used for the midsummer are sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, lavender, Saint John’s Wort, and vervain. These are used so that you can meditate over them about your troubles, pains, worries, and illnesses. Then you will tie up the bag with a red string or yarn and save it for the ritual.
According to the site, the summer sostice is a fire ritual. The site tells you to contemplate what you need protection from, and to write it down so you know what aspects of your life you will need strength for. This is because the summer solstice is a time to gather your courage and be brave. The site advises for the collection of flowers that range from golden yellow, deep red, white, pink and purple. It is advised that you wear something that is a gold or yellow color. And you must also use a gold or yellow candle in the ritual.
Instructions say to cook dishes in which the above ingredients are used. Also, eat fresh fruit or a fruit salad at the close of the ritual for a sweet ending to summer. Set up your altar with your summer flowers, gold/yellow candle, pouch of herbs, and any other tools you wish to use and cast your circle. It is said that you hold the pouch in both hands and concentrate on the pouch. Mentally pour all your troubles and fears into it. At the end of the ritual, bury the pouch deep in the ground.
As you can see, there is a difference between the two listed rituals above. But it is different in everyone’s eyes. It also depends on if you are performing it as a sole practitioner or if you are with a coven. Not only that, but every coven may do things differently. Some keep to the older ways of practice, while others will modernize the ritual to make it easier or smoother. It is different for every one. But the main thing is that you are celebrating the coming of summer. You are looking toward the future and hoping for more in life. No one knows what the future holds for us; therefore, we should cherish it and celebrate it as if it were our last.