The Summer Solstice, June 21st, marks the longest day of the year. Additionally, this holiday celebrates the Sacred Marriage between the Goddess and God. The following invocation of the Summer Queen and Summer King was designed as part of a larger interfaith ceremony, comprised of many components from other faiths to create a rich celebratory ritual. This invocation was lead by my partner John and I to call the Divine into the circle.
Materials: Chalice w/honey water, bowl of strawberries
Invocation of the Goddess & God
The Summer Queen and Summer King stand on opposite sides of the circle and call to each other.
Summer King (SK): I call out to you, Goddess, Queen of Summer, I pray, come unto me.
Summer (SQ): I am here, my Lord Sun King and I pray, come unto me.
As couple walks in toward each other, call and respond. Summer Queen is carrying the chalice and Summer King is carrying the bowl of strawberries.
SQ: You are the honey in my body. You are the fire in my heart. You are the solace in my soul. And I adore you.
Each turn slightly toward the other members of the circle, while still walking slowly toward each other, proclaiming –
SQ: I am the rose. I am the well. I am the Land. I am the Legacy.
SK: I am the greens that grow. I am the rains that flow. I am the sun shining bright. I am all creatures who live and die.
SQ: I am the fire spark. I am the breath. I am the love that lives in the world.
SK: I am the passion. I am the inspiration. I am all things seen and unseen that rejoice in that love.
The Summer Queen & King reach the center and stand together still facing each other.
In unison: In a love so complete, two join as one. Our sacred union is the fertility of this beautiful, bountiful Land.
Summer Queen lifts up chalice and Summer King dips a strawberry into the chalice. The Summer Queen and King in turn, offer each other a bite of the strawberry
SK: My Love and my Lady, may you taste the sweetness of life.
SQ: My Love and my Lord, may you taste the sweetness of life.
The Summer Queen and King turn to their circle mates and look into their eyes in turn –
In unison, while holding the chalice and the bowl up: May you taste the sweetness of life. Blessed Be.
May you taste the sweetness of life!
Blessed Summer Solstice! May the fires of inspiration ignite within you and stir you to do beautiful things in the world!
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