Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The month of June, sacred to the goddess Juno

From http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jun1.html:The sixth month of the year derived its name from the Roman junius, a gens or clan name related to juvenis, meaning young. The Roman writer, Ovid, in Fasti, his work on the Roman calendar, writes: Junius a juvenum nomine dictus (v, 79). Another possibility is that it might derive from the goddess Juno – perhaps both explanations are correct.

Juno was the Roman mother goddess, known to the Greeks as Hera, and her original name to the Romans was Junonius. Among her attributes, she is queen of heaven, approximating Frigg in the Northern Tradition, and Mary in the Christian. She is ruler of the high point of year, when there is maximum light and minimum darkness (in the Northern Hemisphere). On or about June 21, the northern Summer Solstice will occur, and here in the south, we will have our shortest day (Winter Solstice).

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

Juno is a counterpart of Janus and the divine watcher over the female sex, so this month is considered the best time to marry ...

More June folklore at this page in the Wilson's Almanac Scriptorium: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/june.html

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