Juno, goddess of domesticity, rules the month of June, which makes it perfect for weddings or Handfasting.
Handfasting was common centuries ago in the British Isle. Wiccan and Pagan couples who are interested in either a "wedding" or a betrothal of a year and a day, which the participants can then decide to renew or not at the end of that period.
- Juno (Roman): In ancient Rome, Juno was the goddess who watched over women and marriage. As a goddess of domesticity, she was honored in her role as protector of the home and family.
Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins.
Seventh month of the Celtic Tree calendar, June 10th - July 7th
The Oak is a symbol of power and strength.
The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids. The Celts called this month Duir, which some scholars believe to mean "door", the root word of "Druid". The Oak is connected with spells for protection and strength, fertility, money and success, and good fortune. Carry an acorn in your pocket when you go to an interview or business meeting; it will be bring you good luck. If you catch a falling Oak leaf before it hits the ground, you'll stay healthy the following year. http://thegoddesstree.com/trees/Oak.html
The June 13 moon, peaking at 12:11 a.m. EDT, is dubbed the Full Strawberry Moon. This name came from the short season for harvesting strawberries during the month. In Europe, this moon was known as the Rose Moon.
is called friggatriskaidekaphobia - "Frigg" is the Norse goddess whom Friday is named after and "triskaidekaphobia" means the fear of "13".
The superstition surrounding Friday 13 could also be linked to Norse mythology. According to legend, 12 gods were at a banquet at Valhalla when Loke, the demi god of mischief who was not invited, turned up, bringing the total number of guests to 13. He was responsible for the chaos that led to the death of one of the good gods – Balder – so all the gods grieved.
The ancient Egyptians thought the number 13 was lucky because they believed that the 13th stage of life was related to the afterlife. After the decline of the ancient Egyptian civilization the number 13 was still associated with death but with fear.
Back in 1306, King Philip of France had hundreds of Knights Templar arrested on Friday, October 13. They were tortured and then executed - definitely bad luck for the Knights Templar.
Pagans and Wiccans. There are thirteen lunar cycles each year, and many of us celebrate the full moons with an Esbat rite.
Thirteen is the number of full moons in a year, so the significance is lunar and associated with the Goddess of the moon
Thirteen is the traditional number of witches in a coven. Wiccan author Scott Cunningham published The Thirteen Goals of a Witch in his book Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, loosely basing the list on an older British traditional source.
Because Friday is associated with the planet Venus, and therefore the Goddess Venus/Aphrodite, Friday is the best day to cast spells for love or to find a new relationship.
Father's Day is June 15, 2014 in many countries. It is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.
Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June, usually fall on the day named in honor of their most powerful god -- The Sun!
MIDSUMMER, LITHA near June 21 – the Sun, stops its climb, is stationary, and then changes direction. This marks the point of year when the Sun is symbolically at the height of its powers. Summer Solstice earth experiences the longest day of the year.
POWERFUL SUN, YOU ARE AT YOUR FULLEST
FLOWER, BUD, LEAF,
YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR PEAK.
Gather mistletoe on Midsummer and sleep under your pillow to gain divine inspiration.
As long as mistletoe continues to grow at the foot of the mighty oak the tree will never die. The mistletoe is harvested at the exact moment of Summer Solstice, when the power of protection is at its fullest.
Mistletoe grew rarely on the oak tree, considered as the King of Trees in the Celtic culture, and was therefore venerated by the druids who believed in its magic powers against evil.
They associated it with fertility, long life, good luck, health and a good harvest in the months to come.
They considered the parasite mistletoe the “soul’ of the Sacred Oak as it sent out its roots into the trunk of the oak tree to feed from its sap.
A whole ceremonial was dedicated to the Sacred Mistletoe of the Sacred Oak.
Druids would gather on the sixth night of the moon leading to the Winter Solstice (and the Summer Solstice) to harvest the Sacred Mistletoe with their golden sickle and would then sacrifice two white bulls.
In Norse myth, an arrow made of mistletoe was the only thing that was able to kill the god Balder. The goddess Frigg had asked all other things to vow not to hurt Balder, but she had ignored the mistletoe because it seemed too small to be dangerous.
The New Moon:The first phase in the lunar cycle is the new moon. The moon is positioned between the sun and Earth at 12 o'clock. From Earth, the sun and moon appear to be in the same part of the sky and will rise and set together. The side of the moon that receives the sun's light is facing away from Earth, so no moon is visible to us on Earth's surface. On a very clear night, you might be able to make out a faint gray outlined view of the moon. This comes from the light of the sun being refracted off the Earth and back out to the moon. One day after the new moon, a faint sliver outline can be seen low on the western horizon at sunset. The moon has moved from new to a waxing crescent phase. As the moon continues in its counterclockwise orbit, the crescent grows larger, or waxes. One week later, the moon reaches its second primary phase, the first quarter moon. Accordingly, the moon has moved one quarter of the way around Earth.
The New Moon phase is best used for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. It's also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival.