Jun 14, 2008
In the space of a week, we in the US have two occasions which
celebrate the masculine. At least, those of us who are
Wiccans and Pagans have such a double-opportunity. One is
Father's Day, which in the US is always a Sunday in June. The
other is Litha, the Summer Solstice.
Litha celebrates the full maturity of the god who was born at Yule and who will be dying at Samhain to be born again at the Yule which follows Samhain. He came of age at Beltaine, but this is his full maturity. In terms which most Americans will appreciate, it means that while he could buy his own drinks at Beltaine, at Litha he's matured enough to not get "carded" anymore.
There are those who criticize Wicca and Paganism for supposedly over-emphasizing the feminine. It is true that there are those who might not have bothered with balance, but it is also true that it takes a goddess to give birth to a god. And those whose idea of the Divine is "A white man in the sky keeping score on you," might see any thought of the Divine including the feminine as being overboard. But it seems to me that there is a need for both. And this is the time of year when the god is in full maturity.
What a perfect time to have a celebration of the most important role which a god or a mortal man could have!
And so, let's look at that and celebrate it!