Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

January/February 2017 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Summer Sabbats for Teens

This article was written by Megan Atwood
posted under Pagan

Each year, right around August, I start to wonder if I’ve taken enough advantage of the summer. Living in Minnesota, summer months are painfully short and I like to get in as much activity as I can while the sun is still shining. No time can be wasted! There are bikes to be ridden, lakes to swim in, walks to be had, and sports to be played … There’s a sentiment in the air that the promise of the outdoors is a precious gift and should be experienced to the fullest. However, you really can’t underestimate the sheer joy of a lazy summer afternoon—eating ice cream or watermelon, sitting around chatting with friends at a barbecue, hanging out in the park reading a good book, or even taking a nap. These sorts of lazy days can make summer the most enjoyable time of the year.

Esoterically speaking, summer holds a lot of mystery. Besides Midsummer and Lammas, two holidays full of magick. I suggest you take the following book to a beach or a park, soak up the sun, pack a fabulous lunch, and read up on the magick mojo that summer can bring.

Author Ellen Dugan knows teens—she has three. That’s why her book Elements of Witchcraft speaks so well to those surviving the tough years between twelve and eighteen. Ellen has advice for those teens wondering how to celebrate the Sabbats. For Midsummer, otherwise known as Litha, she writes:

The sabbat occurs in the month of June on the first day of summer, the date of the summer solstice. The summer solstice is a time for faeries, the Green Man, and flower magick. If you live near the water, go swimming and collect some shells or stones. Lay out on the beach, the shore, or even at the pool, and feel the strength of the sun as the rays shine down on you. (Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. We don’t want you to get burned.) The sun is at its highest point in the sky today so go and celebrate it!
If you missed Midsummer and weren’t able to celebrate properly, Ellen talks about Lammas, or Lughnasadh, which occurs on August first:
This is the midpoint of summer and fall, the harvest of berries and grains, and the first of three harvest festivals. This sabbat is celebrated with herb gathering and bread baking. Natural decorations include sunflowers, marigolds, gourds, and dried wheat.

At the first of the three harvest festivals, be thankful for the things that you do have and for your right to be free. Go berry picking. Go on a nature walk with your family. Hey, it’s hot outside! Cool off and help out the plants and trees in your yard at the same time by watering them. You can always use this as the perfect opportunity to playfully nail one of your family members with a hose.

For some reason, my teenage kids and their friends seem to dance carefully around me whenever I am watering the garden. They never turn their backs on me. I suppose they are a bit nervous of being around me when I have a hose in my hand. Why? Because they know I may squirt them at any given time (keeps them on their toes).

Don’t even roll your eyes at me. When was the last time you played in the sprinkler or had a water fight? It is fun to play outside. Yes, I realize you are a cool teenager and you have an image to uphold. Now go and have some fun, will ya? Laugh and enjoy yourself! I am often at my happiest and most content when I’m digging around in the garden (maybe it’s because I like to play in the dirt). How about you? What simple things make you happy?

Are you noticing that days are definitely growing shorter? The wheel of the year is turning. Summer is quickly drawing to a close, so you better enjoy your summer vacation while you still have it!
No one says it quite like Ellen. She captures the essence of the joy a summer day can bring. It’s a time for relaxation, play, sunshine—a time to let go of any inhibitions you might have. Who doesn’t enjoy a jump through the sprinkler?

With books like Elements of Witchcraft by Ellen Dugan, you really have no excuse but to lay back and enjoy your summer vacation. School is coming soon, and it’s time to take a breather. When you need a break from swimming at the beach, playing tennis, riding your bike, or running around with friends, grab your hammock, snatch up this books, and lay back and enjoy your time in the shade. Say hello to the lazy days of summer!


RELATED PRODUCTS

Elements of Witchcraft
Elements of Witchcraft
Natural Magick for Teens
Ellen Dugan
$14.95 US,  $22.95 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

If one thing has been sacred to our species since time immemorial, it is our trees. Dwelling between the realms of earth and sky, we humans are beings of both worlds, and our very life is a balance and synthesis of form and spirit, below and above. What more appropriate symbol for this could there be than a tree, rooted in the earth, and... read this article
A Checklist to Discern Your Empathic Abilities
Being Physically Active: Plan for Success by Planning for Failure
The Witch's Crown: Sovereignty, Power, and the Faery Tradition
The 7 Habits You Must Adopt in 2017
Trance Dance Your Way to Happiness

Most recent posts:
Not just for tarot beginners
Tarot Fundamentals is the first in the three part series. This first volume provides over 600 pages of everything you need to develop a strong...

Into the Realm of Enchantment: Pop Culture and Magical Consciousness
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Storm Faerywolf, author of the new Betwixt & Between. Magic is the heart of witchcraft. The...

When Mindless is Better Than Mindful
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sharon Lipinski, author of the new 365 Ways to Live Generously. Some things you have to think about...





Everyday Witch Tarot Everyday Witch Tarot
By: Deborah Blake, Elisabeth Alba
Price: $29.99 US,  $34.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2017 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2017 Magical Almanac Llewellyn's 2017 Magical Almanac
Practical Magic for Everyday Living

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
The Elusive Elixir The Elusive Elixir
By: Gigi Pandian
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!