> Also, some of the New Age folks use what I assume are pseudo-Gaelicisms, and
> I am trying to track down any legitimacy for the word "Litha" as meaning
> 'mid-summer'. I have checked standard Irish-English dictionaries but can't
> find anything like this.
I don't know if this is relevant, but one of the great
Celtic festivals wasLughnasa, clebrated on August 1st. It was the
feast of the god Lugh,who was associated with high places (amongst
other things). It seemsto have been celebrated as a sort of harvest
festical. The Christian Church seems to have absorbed this as Lammas -
I'm not sure of the literal meaning of the word.
This is also the time of year that St.Patrick climed a mountain
(like Lugh?) to meditate for 40 days, which is why people climb
Croagh Patrick in his memory (usually barefoot!).
I'm no etymologist, but I'm sure litha/Lughnasa must be connected.