The month of June is named after the Roman Goddess of Marriage, Juno. It may also be derived from the Roman word iuniores meaning “young ones”.
It is also possible that this month was dedicated to the Junior branch of the legislature.
The Sun in June
June begins with the sun in the astrological sign Gemini and ends with the sun in the astrological sign Cancer.
The Moon in June
The new moon in June may pass through Gemini in the beginning of the month or Cancer at the end of the month, or both in the case of a black moon.
The full moon may pass through Sagittarius in the early part of the month or Capricorn in the later part of the month, or both in the case of a blue moon.
The full moon in June may be called the Strawberry Moon, the Rose Moon or the Flower Moon.
Fun Facts and Folklore About June
Because June is the month of Juno, the Roman Goddess who presides over marriage and the family household, it is considered lucky to get married in the month of June.
Married in the month of June
Life will be one long honeymoon
Icelandic custom says that you won’t age that year if you bathe in the morning dew on June 24th.
The Anglo-Saxon name for June was Sera monath or “dry month”.
- June’s Birthstone: pearl or alexandrite or moonstone or perhaps even agate
- June’s Birthflower: Rose or honeysuckle
June in Myth and Magic
A calm June puts the farmer in tune
Damp and warm does no harm
A swarm in May is worth a load of hay, but a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July isn’t worth a fly.
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.
June is the traditional month for well dressing.
Midsummer Day is a popular day to gather at Stonehenge and watch the sun rise.
Holidays, Pagan Festivals and Important Dates in June
- June is Black Music Month, Carribean Heritage Month, International Accordion Month and LGBT Pride Month
- The first 12 days of June are sacred to Hera
- Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday in June
- The Summer Solstice is celebrated on or around June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere (it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere)
- In Europe, Midsummer’s Day is celebrated on June 24th
- Litha is a Midsummer holiday celebrated by many NeoPagans.
- St John’s Day is June 24th