Before the rite, make up a small cloth pouch filled with herbs such as lavender, chamomile, St. John's wort, vervain, or any of the Midsummer herbs1. Mentally pour all of your troubles, problems, pains, sorrows, and illnesses, if any, into this petition as you construct it. Tie it shut with a red string. Place this on the altar for use during the rite. The cauldron should also be there or nearby. Even if you use candles to mark the quarters, the red candle in a holder should also be on the altar. For outdoor rituals, light a fire—however small—and drop the pouch into this.
I celebrate the noon of the summer with mystic rites.
Lay the wand on the altar. Take up the herbal petition and light it in the red candle on the altar (or, if outdoors, the ritual fire). When it is burning, drop it into the cauldron (or some other heat-proof container) and say:
I banish you by the powers of the Goddess and God!
Pause, seeing the hurts and pains burning into nothingness. Then say:
O gracious Goddess, O gracious God,
Reflect upon the purification you have undergone. Feel the powers of nature flowing through you, washing you clean with divine energy.
Fresh fruits are standard fare for Midsummer.
3The Simple Feast: Hold up a cup of wine or some other liquid between your hands to the sky, and say: Gracious Goddess of abundance, bless this wine and infuse it with your love. In your names, Mother Goddess and Father God, I bless this wine (or brew, juice, etc.). Hold up a plate of cakes (bread, biscuits) with both hands to the sky and say: Powerful God of the harvest, bless these cakes and infuse them with your love. In your names, Mother Goddess and Father God, I bless these cakes (or this bread).
Excerpted from Wicca: A Guide for Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. ...