June, the Sixth Month of the Year of Our Goddess, 2013.
June is the sixth month of the year. Its astrological sign is Gemini, the Twins (May 21 – June 21), a mutable air sign ruled by Mercury. It is name for Juno, the principal Goddess of the Roman pantheon and wife of Jupiter. She is the patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. June is a month of plenty. Mother Earth is young and fresh. The air is sweet and the age-old scent of freshly cut hay. Honeysuckle covers old fences and fills June afternoons with its perfume. In the fields, corn and wheat reach for the Sun. In the garden, bees dance among the roses and larkspur. In June, the Ancients prepared for the return of the Sun on the main holiday of the month, the Summer Solstice or Midsummer. Wooden hoops were set ablaze, through which livestock and humans would pass as an act of purification. Herbs such as Vervain and rue were cut on Midsummer and hung over doors and barn stalls to provide protection. the wild white daisies that bloom now along country lanes and in meadows were considered magick, for they represented the Sun. By mid-month, the heat of summer begins which gives June’s Full Moon its name: The Strong Sun Moon. The beauty of summer’s first Full Moon is rivaled only by another flowing token of June, the twinkling firefly.
June’s Monthly Correspondences
NATURE SPIRITS: sylphs, zephyrs
HERBS: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley
mosses of all kinds.
COLORS: Yellow green and orange
FLOWERS: lavendar, orchid, yarrow
SCENTS: lily of the valley and lavender
STONES: topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite
ANIMALS: Monkey, butterfly, frogs and toads
BIRDS: Wren and peacock
DEITIES: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man, Cerridwen,
POWERS/ADVICE: You will be full of energy, a time to protect strengthen and prevent, Decision making, you should award yourself for your personal strengths.
A Fairy Blessed Me
Today a Fairy blessed me and danced upon these walls
Left a scent of roses as she beckoned to my calls
Gave me comfort and wiped my tears
blessed my mind of all those fears
Touched my eyes so I could see
Whispered soft, “Blessed Be”
(Written by Katie G. 1-28-05)
Witches & Fairies
Witches and fairies were often thought to have the same powers: both use magic and both can bless and curse. In fact, the old Romany word for ‘fairy’ is the same as the one for ‘witch’. The Irish believed that a witch was created when a young girl spent seven years in the Otherworld with her fairy lover, coming back somewhat aged, but with knowledge of herbs, philters and secret spells. The famous witch Biddy Early insisted that her powers came from the fairies. She used a blue bottle, given to her by the fairies, for healing and prophecy. At her death in 1873 it was thrown into a lake so that no one else could attempt to use it.
Fairy Flower Oil
1 dram elder oil
1 dram lavender oil
a few dried rose buds
Warm slowly in an enamel saucepan. Let cool. Pour into magic bottles and use in spellwork, philters, and ritual anointing.
To Summon A Fairy Friend
Small crystal bowl or chalice
Pour a small amount of the fruit into the bowl or cup and chant the following:
“With this water of fruits I humbly summon thee, come now I ask to help and join with me, with this water of fruits I choose to give to thee, to graciously take all that you need, and all that I give, all you receive, friendships found and joy abounds.”
Sit where the cat sits. Cross your toes. Close your eyes. And smell a rose.
Then say under your breath:
“I believe in fairies, sure as death.”
“Gadflyins! Gladtrypins! Gutterpuss and Cass! Come to me fairly. Each lad and lass!
- Except from ‘Lady Codington’s pressed fairy book’
“Come out of your Fairy Bower.
Come upon this golden hour.
Come to me, I beg you please.
Fairies dancing upon the breeze.”
All Information In This Section Credited to Fairy Oracle