Litha Tarot Spread: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
Last Updated: October 26, 2022
The Summer Solstice is a time of celebration and growth. It is a time when we come into the light and enjoy the fruits of our labor. And I loved creating this summer solstice tarot spread! This year, why not celebrate this pagan holiday with a tarot reading? This easy to perform Litha tarot spread will help you to focus on the areas of your life that need attention, and keep it simple. Let’s take a look at what the cards have in store for you!
What is Litha?
Litha is a pagan sabbat celebrated on the Summer Solstice. It is a time when we honor the sun and all that it brings us. Litha is also known as Midsummer, and it is a time of magick, divination, and wonder. Litha is a sabbat very easy to celebrate from a secular, non-religious point of view. My favorite ways to celebrate include eating all the strawberry-flavored things, making a bonfire, drinking Dandelion wine, and spending time outside in nature. A late-night picnic with friends is a beautiful way to celebrate Litha as the atmosphere feels so magickal. Why not create yourself a friendship braid using threads that are corresponding with Litha (yellow, orange, reds) and have it charge in the sun with some clear quartz crystal? Hang it in your home or on your altar, and wear it on the days you need that extra summery support.
Litha tarot spread layout & questions to ask
This 6 card Summer Solstice tarot spread is simple to perform and follow. You will need a tarot deck and a quiet space to work in. I like to light a candle and some incense before I begin to incorporate fire energy, but you can do whatever feels right for you. Even just visualizing the warm light of the sun is a great way to enjoy this reading more, especially if you’ve not been able to get outside for the solstice itself.
To begin, shuffle your tarot deck and draw a card for each position as shown in the below layout.
Finally, take some time to reflect on the questions that each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you. If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.
Tarot Card #1: Sunrise - Celebration of my Fire aspects
This card shows you where you can celebrate your own inner fire. This is the energy that burns within you, your drive, and your passions. It is also the light of creativity, so if you have been working on any creative projects, this card will give you an indication of how they are going to progress.
Tarot Card #2: Support - Supporting my commitments
This card shows you an area of your life where you may need some extra support. This could be in your personal or professional life, or it could be something that you are working on internally. The key is to focus on what you need right now in order to move forward.
Tarot Card #3: Shine - What beams with joy for me
This card will share with you something the Universe can see that brings you joy. It could be a creative project, a new relationship, or simply something that makes you happy. This is the light of happiness and it is important to remember what brings you joy. It also can indicate something that you should be proud of, or enjoy deeply, as the situation or person, or project is very happily aligned with you.
Tarot Card #4: Solstice - Things continue to benefit me
This tarot card will share with you things that are ongoing and will continue to be of benefit to you. This could be a current situation, a relationship, or even just your own personal development. It is important to remember that the things that benefit you can sometimes be small and insignificant, but they are still worth celebrating.
Tarot Card #5: Sunset - Things that need wrapping up
This card asks you to take a moment to reflect on your day/relationship/situation/area of personal development, and that maybe it is time for you to start wrapping up this scenario. There may be loose ends that need tying up, or it may be time to move on from this chapter in your life. It is important to trust your intuition with this one, as only you will know what is meant by ‘wrapping up’.
Tarot Card #6: Light - The light you see in me
This final card is completely separate and if you pull any cards for the solstice, make it this one. This card is a reminder of the light that you see in others, and how it can be a source of strength and support for you. It is also a reminder that we all have light within us, and that no matter what challenges we face, the light will always be there.
What to do after this tarot reading
After you’ve finished a tarot reading, there are a few things you can do in order to reflect on the experience and integrate the insights you gained. Here are some suggestions:
Use a tarot journal to record your findings
Jotting down your thoughts in a tarot journal after reading can be helpful in a few ways. First, it can help you remember the details of your reading later on, such as how you felt at the moment and perhaps your first impressions of what a card meant. Second, it can provide a space for you to process the information you’ve received and explore what it means for you. Third, it can be a way to keep track of your progress over time as you revisit your journal entries and reflect on your journey.
Take a picture of the cards
If you want to remember the position of the cards and what they meant in relation to your questions, take a picture of the spread. This will help you look back on the reading later and review the insights you received. Sometimes, clarity is better acquired after you’ve stepped back from the situation for a little while and had some time to process it.
Some people create Instagram accounts or Pinterest accounts specifically for this, and if you use any of our spreads please tag us @backyardbanshee if you feel comfortable!
Take some time to meditate and reflect
Immediately after a tarot reading, it’s important to take some time to sit with the insights you’ve received. This can be done through proper meditation, visualisation, or simply taking some time to reflect on the reading. It can be helpful to think about what the messages from the cards mean for your life and how you can apply the advice that was given to you. That time can also be used to replenish your energy level and cleanse your tarot deck.
Get a second opinion from a close friend
If you have close friends who also happen to be tarot practitioners, it can be helpful to get their take on your reading. They may be able to offer additional insights or perspectives that you hadn’t considered before. This is also a good way to get feedback on your own interpretation of the cards.
Ensure to ask permission before just blindly sending your cards across in a message and saying “what does this mean to you?” as your friends may not have the energy or have a boundary with this sort of thing – manners cost nothing, and this is especially to note if they are a professional tarot reader who normally gets paid to interpret readings.
Layer your reading with more divination
Why not try adding astrology dice or a pendulum reading to your tarot session? Your intuition will guide you on how to best use these tools, but they can be helpful in providing more clarity around the messages from your tarot reading. We have lots of methods for you to utilise here on the website.
At the end of the day, tarot readings are meant to be a helpful tool, not a replacement for your own intuition. The best way to use tarot is to combine the insights you receive with your own understanding of the situation. Trust your gut and follow your heart—the answers you’re looking for will come.
So there you have it, my 6-card Litha tarot spread! I hope that this reading brings you some clarity and insight and that you are able to find the support that you need in whatever form it comes. Remember to celebrate your own inner light, and embrace shining your light out into the world. Have a bitchin’ Litha!
I have been passionate about reading divination for more than 15 years. This gives me a unique perspective when it comes to creating fun, supportive and creative tarot spreads. I hope they help you find the clarity and insight you are looking for.
Lammas is a time to give thanks for the harvest, celebrate the bounty of the land, and enjoy the fruits of our labors.
This Sabbat is all about celebrating growth and joyous change, and there’s no better way to do that than with a tarot reading!