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June takes its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage. Not surprisingly, June became the traditional month for marriage in Rome, and it continues to enjoy tremendous popularity for weddings today. Besides this, June is the favored month for flower festivals, likely due to the abundance of earth's blossoms around this time of year.

June's energies are focused on socialization and activity. It is a capricious month, filled with young love, romance, and the companionship of good friends. Any magic aimed at enhancing one's relationships, communication skills, and the personal energy level necessary for maintaining both will be augmented by working during this month.

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June Moon Names

Aerra Litha Moon
Blackberry Moon ~Greek
Buffalo Moon ~Omaha
Corn Tassel Moon ~Taos
Dark Green Leaves Moon
Dyad Moon ~Medieval English
Fish Spoils Moon ~Wishram
Flower Moon ~Cherokee
Green Corn Moon ~Cherokee
Green Grass Moon ~Sioux
Hay Moon
Hoer Moon ~Abernaki
Horses’ Moon ~Celtic
Honey Moon ~Algonquin
Hot Moon ~Algonquin
Hot Weather Moon ~Ponca, Arapaho
Leaf Moon ~Assiniboine
Leaf Dark Moon ~San Juan
Leaves Moon
Lotus Moon ~Chinese
Lovers’ Moon
Major Planting Moon
Making Fat Moon ~Lakota
Mead Moon
~Janic (full)
Planting Moon
~Neo Pagan
Ripe Berries ~Dakota
Ripening Moon ~Mohawk
Rose Moon ~Algonquin
Strawberry Moon ~Anishnaabe, Dark Janic, Algonquin
Strong Sun Moon
Summer Moon ~Kiowa, Passamaquoddy
Turtle Moon
Water Melon Moon ~Natchez
Windy Moon ~Choctaw
June Celebrations:

The original Roman name for this month was Junoius, after the
Great Mother Goddess Juno; her counterpart among the Greeks
was Hera. The month’s name was originally Junonius.

Juno has may attributes, the chief of which is as the Queen of
Heaven. This is attribute is ascribed to Frigg in the Northern
Tradition and Mary in the Christian. As ruler of the high point
of the year, the time of the maximum light and minimum
darkness, June is the light counterpart of Janus, the ruler of
the New Year period.

Because June is the divine watcher over the female sex, the
month of June is held most favourable for marrying. In
medieval times June was chosen for the month to marry
because the annual baths of the populace took place in May.
From May to the following May cleanliness was not a part of
their daily ritual as it is today. It was an annual event. So,
being that they were relatively clean in June made it a good
time to have a special event such as a wedding.

As Juno Moneta, guardian of money and wealth, the goddess
had a temple dedicated to her on the Capitoline hill in Rome.
This contained the mint where coinage was produced. This
theme of wealth can also be seen in the runic year cycle: the
half-month of Feoh, the time of wealth and abundance, begins
on 29 June.

On or about 21 June is the Summer Solstice, the festival of
Midsummer, the Anglo-Saxon Lith and the Alaban Hefin of the
Druids. The Irish name for June is Meitheamh, while the Anglo-
Saxon name was Aerra Litha, “before Litha.” The Franks called
June Brachmanoth, “break month,” while in modern Asatru it is
called Fallow.

The Summer Solstice has been and still is important to many
religions and cultures around the world. Not only was it sacred
to goddesses of fertility, marriage, and love, but it was
considered to be a time when faeries, elves, and many other
supernatural beings were abroad in great numbers.

This Moon has enormous energies for calling upon and working
with elementals of all types. Tides of psychic energy flow
freely, enabling even the most staid of people to experience
unusual happenings.

The Summer Solstice festival in Slavonic-Russian cultures was
called Kupalo and Jarilo. Other names were Kostroma, Sobotka,
Kresnice, and Vajano. Kupalo/Kupala was the name of an
ancient Slavic deity, originally a goddess, later a god. Special
features of this festival were the lighting of fires, the
sprinkling of water, and foretelling the future.

The Full Moon festival of Edfu in Egypt honored the goddess
Hathor. The cow horns on her head represented the Crescent
Moon. Every year at the new Moon the stature of Hathor was
taken from her temple at Dendera and transported by boat to
the temple of the god Horus at Edfu, arriving on the Full Moon.l
This festival celebrated the frank sexual union of the two
deities. It was a time of great festivities and very likely human
marriages, since it was considered a period of good luck.

The Egyptian festival called the Burning of the Lamps took
place in Sais in the temple of Isis. There, in an underground
chapel beneath the main temple, was a wooden coffin for the
god Osiris. Priestesses, priests, and initiates gathered in this
hidden place carrying lamps. Then they marched in a procession
around the coffin. The Egyptians said it was the light of the
Moon that Isis called upon to bring Osiris back to life. Myth
says that when Osiris ascended to the heavens, he went to the

In Rome, the month of June was sacred to the goddess Juno
and therefore a lucky month in which to be married. It was also
a time for the Vestal Virgins to cleanse the penus (a sacred
vessel) in the Temple of Vesta.

The Roman celebration of the Ludi Piscatari, or festival of the
fishermen, was really a blessing of boats. They believed that
every boat had a personal spiritual entity. If the powers that
went into the boat during its building were not in harmony with
the entity, the boat would never ride easily on the water; it
would always fight with the wind and the waves. The ritual of
blessing the boat harmonized the energies imbued in the vessel,
making it lively, willing, and enduring.

The Celtic Day of Cerridwen and her cauldron may have
originally been associated with the Summer Solstice. Cerridwen
of Wales was a Dark Moon goddess; her symbols were the
cauldron, grain, and the Moon. The white, corpse-eating sow,
representing the Moon, was one of her animal emblems.

In Tibet, this was a time of masked sacred dances and mystery
plays. They had celebrations of the Medical Buddhas and of
the Birth of Padmasambhava, who was considered to be a great
spiritual teacher.

To the Incas in the Southern Hemisphere, this was the season
of the Winter Solstice, since seasons are reversed. They had
the Feast of the Sun, or the Inti Raymi, to celebrate the maize
harvest. Chanting would last from sunrise to sunset. Inti was
the Sun god of the ruling dynasty, represented by a great
golden disk with a human face.

June’s full moon is the Hot or Strawberry Moon. The month of
June is the “door of the year,” the gateway to the inner realms.
The rune Dag that rules the middle of the month, is the rune of
opening, representing the door that excludes bad things and
admits only that which is beneficial. The runic year begins in
June, with Feoh.

The Celtic Tree Calendar month of Huath (hawthorn) ends on 9
June to be followed on the 10th by the Oak month, Duir. This is
a month of strengthening and solidation of gains. It can also be
said to represent the “door” of the year, opening to let the sun
shine in. Duir had the sacred colour of black.

In the Goddess Calendar, the first 12 days of June belong to
Hera. On 13 June begins the month of Rosea.

The precious stone associated with June is the agate, whose
traditional rhyme is as follows:

Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth
With ring of Agate on her hand
Can health, wealth and long life command.

Good weather in “Flaming June” is necessary if there is to be a
good harvest. Conversely, it is said that if it rains on 27 June,
then it will rain for the next seven weeks. But “A wet June
makes a dry September,” and “A dripping June brings all things
in tune.” If swallows fly near the ground in June, it is a sign of
coming rain. Bats flying on a June evening are a sign of hot,
dry weather the next day.
June Birth Signs
(Celtic, Nordic, Astrological, etc)

May 13 - June 9
Sign of the Hawthorn Tree

May 20 - June 20
Sun in Gemini

May 20 - June 20
Sign of the
Lavender Flower

May 25 - June 3
Sign of the
Ash Tree

June 4 - June 13
Sign of the
Hornbeam Tree

June 10 - July 7
Sign of the
Oak Tree

June 14 - June 23
Sign of the
Fig Tree

June 21 - July 22
Sun in Cancer

June 21 - July 22
Sign of the Acanthus

June 24
Sign of the
Birch Tree

June 25 - July 4
Sign of the
Apple Tree

Ring of Fire
Dark Shadows
Midnight Moon
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Nature Spirits:
Dog grass,
Birth flowers:
Lily of the valley,
Birth Stones:
Aine of Knockaine,
Green Man,
Power flow:
Full but restful
energy; protect,
strengthen, and
A time of Light.
Earth tides are

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"This is June, the month of grass and leaves . . . already the aspens are trembling again, and a new summer is offered me. I feel a little fluttered in my thoughts, as if I might be too late.

Each season is but an infinitesimal point. It no sooner comes than it is gone. It has no duration. It simply gives a tone and hue to my thought.

Each annual phenomena is reminiscence and prompting. Our thoughts and sentiments answer to the revolution of the seasons, as two cog-wheels fit into each other. We are conversant with only one point of contact at a time, from which we receive a prompting and impulse and instantly pass to a new season or point of contact.

A year is made up of a certain series and number of sensations and thoughts which have their language in nature. Now I am ice, now I am sorrel. Each experience reduces itself to a mood of the mind."

- Henry David Thoreau
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