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Midsummer's: One of the Most Magical Nights of the Year

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Midsummer's Eve or Saint John's Eve and Midsummer's Day

Tomorrow, June 23 is known as Midsummer’s Eve, one of the most magically powerful nights of the year. Today is a good day to prepare for this powerful energy and plan your celebrations. It's also a good day to boost or replenish your psychic power – this can be as simple as getting some extra sleep and rest, using crystals, or preparing yourself this delicious Hibiscus Psychic Power Tea.

Hibiscus Psychic Power Tea:

  1. Pour boiling water over dried hibiscus flowers, peppermint (dried or fresh), and lemongrass (dried or fresh). Adjust the proportions to your liking. Spearmint and lemon verbena can be substituted, however, there is no substitute for the hibiscus.

  2. Sit with the tea while it infuses, inhaling its steam and interpreting the patterns it makes. Sip slowly, paying attention to how you feel as you drink it. If you're energized all is well. If you're feeling tired, make sure to get extra rest, as this is an indication that your energy is depleted.

June 23, Midsummer’s Eve, also known as Saint John’s Eve, is among the most powerfully magical nights of the year. Although the original Midsummer’s Eve was intended to coincide with the summer solstice, it is now a fixed date associated with the feast of John the Baptist.

Midsummer’s is dedicated to fire and water magic, as well as botanical magic. Botanicals gathered tonight or tomorrow, especially at midnight or sunrise, are believed to be among the most powerful spell ingredients of all, and their therapeutic properties are said to be enhanced if picked during this time as well.

Midsummer’s Eve celebrations usually consisted of bonfires being lit and wheels set ablaze being rolled down hills and coming to rest in seas, lakes, or rivers, likely intended to represent the sun at its highest point, beginning its descent toward the winter solstice.

This is an ideal time for spiritual baths. If you aren’t near or can’t get to a lake, spring, or the sea, you can create a ritual bath right at home. Incorporate flowers, plants, and crystals, if possible. Botanicals especially associated with Midsummer’s include mugwort, St. John’s Wort, tarragon, wormwood, lavender, mullein, mandrake, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, rue, and orpine, hazel, and rowan. Crystals associated with Midsummer's include moonstone, sodalite, selenite, quartz crystal, and smoky quartz.

Don’t feel like you can’t celebrate Midsummer’s if you live in an urban city. Creating a private Midsummer’s Eve celebration is easy: light some candles instead of creating a bonfire – even battery-operated candles will work – and enjoy a magical bath or shower if heading to a spring, lake, or the sea is out of the question.

This is also a great time to perform rituals to protect animals. (Note: if casting spells for animals, make sure to use botanicals that are not harmful to animals.)

Midsummer’s is intended to bring joy, not stress, and to encourage us to feel magical and powerful!

In the New Orleans Voodoo community, Saint John’s Eve is a sacred night. And in Russia, Midsummer’s Eve is known as Ivan Kupalo or Kupala Night. The word kupalo and kupala means “to bathe”. Kupala is an ancient Slavic goddess of fertility, magic, and water. Her ancient rites include magical bonfires and ritual bathing. Kupala’s consort is Kupalo; they are envisioned as two beautiful young people, who consummate their relationship tonight. After Russia’s conversion to Christianity, the festival remained, but the feast of Saint John was superimposed over Kupala’s Night – John’s associations with baptism and the magical powers of water made this an easy fit.

Today is also one of the three great fairy festivals. For those practicing Fairy Faith, tonight is considered holy. Tomorrow, June 24 is International Fairy Day. If you long to see, contact, or otherwise celebrate fairies, this is a perfect time. Although fairies can be dangerous, they are also powerful healers. The Sanziene is a species of fairies from Romania. Unlike other types of fairies, the Sanziene are gentle, kind, and generous to people. Powerful healers, they bring prosperity and fertility to humans, birds, and animals, and protect us from suffering. They imbue plants with magical powers and their name derives from the goddess Diana.

John the Baptist:

June 24 is Midsummer's Day and the feast of John the Baptist, the most magical of saints. It is a highly unusual feast, as it celebrates John’s birth, rather than his death. John the Baptist is believed able to fulfill any request and perform any miracle. He banishes nightmares, demons, and spiritual dangers. A great healer, he is invoked to heal seizure and convulsive disorders. He protects against migraines and other headaches.

Weaving and wearing a wreath made from freshly harvested mugwort today is said to banish migraines for a year!

John is the patron saint of those on Death Row, as well as prisoners, swordsmiths, and those who care for birds, chimneysweeps, orphans, and foundlings, especially those left on doorsteps and thresholds. He is the guardian of witches, magicians, midwives, Freemasons, and anyone who works with herbs in any capacity or just loves him. John is also the patron of natural springs and water magic.

I hope you found this information fun, insightful and informative. All information was obtained from the book: Daily Magic by Judika Illes.


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