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Litha

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Firstly: One day late! It's better than the last three! Also I hate yellow.

Part six of an eight part Pagan Festival project.

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"Solstice, Midsummer or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun. It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation.

This date has had spiritual significance for thousands of years as humans have been amazed by the great power of the sun. The Celts celebrated with bonfires that would add to the sun's energy, Christians placed the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June and it is also the festival of Li, the Chinese Goddess of light.

Like other religious groups, Pagans are in awe of the incredible strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For Pagans this spoke in the Wheel of the Year is a significant point. The Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility. For some Pagans the Summer Solstice marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and see their union as the force that creates the harvest's fruits.

This is a time to celebrate growth and life but for Pagans, who see balance in the world and are deeply aware of the ongoing shifting of the seasons it is also time to acknowledge that the sun will now begin to decline once more towards winter.

When celebrating midsummer Pagans draw on diverse traditions. In England thousands of Pagans and non-Pagans go to places of ancient religious sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury to see the sun rising on the first morning of summer. Many more Pagans hold small ceremonies in open spaces, everywhere from gardens to woodlands."
- Taken from a BBC Article
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deoxymelt's avatar
I'm featuring this in my journal! :heart:
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l-aurens Photographer
I'm not fond of yellow, but I like this one. It feels nice to me. Perhaps it's the outfit. Nice work!
Damica's avatar
I never used to like yellow, until one day I put on a yellow sun dress...I looked good on me...I was afraid....

However, this is a very pretty piece, and I can't wait to see the whole collection done ^_^
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
LOL, I have occasionally see something yellow in a shop and thought "oooh nice!", before coming to my senses and running far far away. :p

Thanks!
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AnGeLdEviL90Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesome, I really want to try my hand at this style of art, as it reminds me alot of Mucha, and I love his work.

Your little comment thing says Advanced Critique Encouraged;

so, one thing I see that is a bit off is her hand laying on her leg, her fingers look a bit stiff, they have no joints in them... thats all I can see :D so all I think it needs is some joints.

Well thats all! Wonderful work! a fav from me he h ehe :D
mizzd-stock's avatar
wow its gorgeus dear :clap: :love:
Leppardra's avatar
Oh, you're not late at all, hun. Today is Litha, so you're right on time! :nod: :thumbsup:
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