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Litha Newsletter

Blessings of Litha and we hope you enjoyed the Sacred light of the Summer Solstice! We have some exciting news to announce in our next Lunsasa update. For Litha we've made some performance improvements and updated several graphic design elements including new slideshow images. Please enjoy our free Litha Meditation available in-app and as always, if you run into any troubles or have any suggestions, please let us know at:
The festival of Litha, Summer Solstice or Midsummer is also a celebration of the Goddess and God at the height of their power. They are the King and Queen of the fertile lands, and together they rule over the fertile, growing Earth. The Summer Solstice or Litha is the longest day of the year - on June 21/22 (Dec 21/22 in Southern Hemisphere). The Anglo-Saxon name for June and July is Litha, so the name is often used for midsummer festivities. It is important to note that the separation of the light and dark halves of the year have nothing to do with good and evil. Light signifies growth and expansion; dark means withdrawal and rest. Both are necessary. 
At Litha, the first official day of summer, we celebrate the warmth of the sun's rays on us and its nourishing effect on the earth, the plants, trees, and even the waters. 
A Message from the Goddess Litha:
"There are no 'good' or 'bad' products and services, just ones that impact more and ones that impact less on on biodiversity, human health and the climate, so choose consciously".
Midsummer Meditation:

Today marks the next festival on the "Wheel of the Year". Pagan traditions basically mirror nature to work with the natural cadence of life. In summer, the pull to nature is deep and strong, it pulses within and through us. Join in with this meditation to journey through gardens of light and blooming life, and allow this beautiful day to bring you abundance and celebration!  
Solstice Inspiration:

Plant a Tree: Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. We love the idea of planting trees to combat pollution. If you join the Arbor Day Foundation, they will send you ten trees. Or they will plant ten trees for you. Memberships are as little as $10. Not too bad a deal. 
Recommended App:

PlantSnap by Earth.com.
Have you ever been on a hike, or an afternoon walk and wondered what species that plant, flower or tree was? With PlantSnap, you can reconnect to the natural world around you and learn about nearby plants, or browse our gallery to discover new and exotic plants all across the globe. 
Recommended Book: In Anam Cara (Gaelic for "soul friend"), John O'Donohue invites you into the magical and unobtrusive world of your own divinity, to a place in the soul where there is no distance between you and the eternal. The ancient wisdom, poetry, and blessings of Celtic spirituality will awaken and grace the beauty of your heart's landscape. Exploring such themes as the mystery of friendship, the spirituality of the senses, the brightness within solitude, work as the poetics of growth, aging as the art of inner harvesting, and death as eternal homecoming, this book will encircle your heart with Celtic benediction.
Recommended Movie:
An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate people about global warming. The film features a slide show that, by Gore's own estimate, he has presented over a thousand times to audiences worldwide. Winning several awards the movie aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Team Profile: Brad Austen is a meditation teacher from Australia and has contributed some of his magical guided meditations to the elixirs section of Celtic Whispers. Brad has been on a spiritual path since a young age and has had training in meditation, psychic development and mediumship. He has been producing guided meditations for 13 years, covering themes and topics such as spiritual growth and self-discovery, relaxation, healing and meditations to aid sleep. For more information, please see visit his website.
Celtic Living for the 21st Century:

Home Economics. The ability and confidence to create your own meals is a life-skill everyone, both boys and girls should have. If your school doesn't offer it as a subject, petition them.  For an easy way to get started we recommend Jamie Oliver's “5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy food:”, ideal for those of us who don't know our way around a kitchen just yet. 
Celtic Whispers Shop:

If you like the artwork and style of Celtic Whisper’s we also offer our designs on physical products as well. We invite you to visit our shop and see if any of our Celtic Designs would look good on a t-shirt, mug or sticker.

Beannacht :

Whatever the Mid-season of Litha holds; be Calm and Mindful of your duty as a Celt to protect your family and your tribe, to honour the Elders and our home the Earth. We hope as modern Celts to play our part in fulfilling the Prophecy of the Rainbow, for to be a Celt is to be a Warrior of the Rainbow.
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