“I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me.”
— M. J. Slim Hooey
June – Strong Sun Moon
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 named 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 with 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 brings the magick of Midsummer–the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer is ripe now with bird song and the pleasant buzz of evening insects. The gentleness of spring has given way to the powerful heat of Summer. Various cultures pay homage to Sun gods this time of year. In some places Summer is just getting started and the hottest months are yet to come, yet after the solstice we don’t even notice the days beginning to get slightly shorter. This is the time for enjoying the splendor of summer and to honor the faeries–leave offerings for them of ale, milk, fruit or bread before cutting flowers or herbs and they may help your garden grow.
The Strong Sun Moon
In June, the sun has taken over and the fields are growing. The full moon this month is called the Strong Sun Moon in many folkloric traditions, but it’s also known as the Lover’s Moon or the Strawberry Moon. In some Native American belief systems, this time of year is associated with the woodpecker.
Flowers have bloomed, we’re beginning to see some early summer fruits and vegetables (a great time for strawberry crops!), and the days are getting longer and longer.
It’s a far cry from the darkness of winter, and we typically try to spend as much time outside as possible. It’s a time for bonding with friends and family, and forging what connections we can. Nurture your relationships, your garden, your career, and your soul this month.
Colors: Sun colors — gold, yellow, orange
Gemstones: Topaz, agate
Trees: Oak, maple
Gods: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone
Herbs: Parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
Because the nights are short, June is also a good time to tap into solar energy, and it’s not uncommon for the full moon to be visible in the sky before the sun has actually set. Take advantage of this, stay outside later than normal, and embrace the power of the sun and the moon at the same time. It’s a perfect blend of opposites and balance – sun and moon, masculine and feminine, day and night.
This is the month where magical workings are well suited to maintaining and enhancing things you already have.
Weed your garden, prune the bushes, give your lawn all the tender loving care it needs. Take time to let your personal life blossom as well — focus on things that improve your job or education, as well as your relationships with family and friends.
Incorporating Solar Power into Your Spellcrafting
Here are just a few of the ways you can incorporate the sun’s power and energy into your magical workings:
- Hold a Midsummer Sun Ritual and celebrate the warmth and power of the sun. Summertime – especially around Litha – is a great time of year to get outside, enjoy the extra hours of daylight, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
- Utilize the sun’s energy to add a bit of magical oomph to your ritual tools, with this simple Tool Recharging Ritual.
- During Litha and Yule, hang solar symbols around your house to celebrate the energy of the sun – remember, at Yule the sun is returning to earth, and at Litha, it’s at its highest and most powerful point in the sky.
- When it comes to plant magic, the sun is associated with a number of flowers and herbs, including sunflowers, daisies, dandelions, chamomile and rosemary. Use these in your workings for a bit of extra solar mojo.
- Got a solar eclipse coming your way in the near future? In some magical traditions, workings performed during an eclipse of the sun are extra powerful – read more here: Solar Eclipse Magic and Folklore
NATURE SPIRITS: sylphs, zephyrs
HERBS: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses of all kinds.
COLORS: Yellow green and orange
FLOWERS: lavender, 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, Bendis, Ishtar
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.
Symbols for the Month of June
June’s Festival: Summer Solstice (Litha)
(Symbols include the sun, fire, sunflowers, vegetables, and oak leaves).
June’s Sign of the Zodiac
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Cancer(June 21 – July 20)
June’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Huath (May 13 – June 9)
Duir (June 10 – July 7)
June’s Runic Half Months
Odal (May 29 – June 13)
Dag (June 14 – June 28)
Feoh (June 29 – July 3)
Pearl and moonstone
June’s Birth Flower
Dog roses, ox-eyed daisies, wild orchid
Other: The Queen’s birthday trooping of the colors, the longest day, Environment Day, and the beginning of exams
“A calm June puts the farmer in tune.”
“June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.”
“Summer doesn’t start till the elder is in flower.”
Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Pagan Calendar of Events for June
- 1: England’s Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect
- 7 – 15: Roman Festival of Vestalia
- 9: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn ends
- 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins
- 10: Hanging of Bridget Bishop, first victim in the Salem Witch Trials
- 13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner in 1884
- 17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk
- 19: Father’s Day
- 20: Full moon — Strong Sun Moon at 7:04 am
- 20: Litha
- 20: Yule (Southern Hemisphere)
- 22: England’s last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951
- 27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956
Midsummer, or the longest day of the year, is celebrated on June 21. During this period, the first fruits begin to appear on the trees. Life is easy and good, there is food, and the cold weather is disappearing. The days are warm and long. In myths, this is the time in which the goddess is impregnated by the god, her belly swells, and new life is created in her vicinity. In agrarian societies, this is the time between sowing and reaping – the time in which Mother Earth “swells.”
The accessories used in the rituals include pink roses, oak leaves, and various symbols connected with the sun. The dominant colors are red and green. This is a good festival for personal spells, as well as for those that are done for the sake of society and the universe as a whole. This time is suitable for festivals. Witches and wizards celebrate with feasts of fruit and vegetables. Even though it is the longest day of the year, it carries with it the awareness that from now on, the days will get shorter, and the winter will ultimately arrive.
This is the time of the goddess as a mother, and she is at the peak of her glory.
—Day-by-Day Wicca: A complete guide to Wicca from Beliefs and Rituals to Magic and Witchcraft
Correspondences for Litha
Purpose Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God,honoring the pregnant Goddess
Dynamics/Meaning Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King,end the ordeal of the Green Man
Tools, Symbols & Decorations
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches’ ladder.
Colors Blue, green, gold, yellow and red.
Customs Bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others, cutting divining rods, dowsing rods & wands, herb gathering, handfastings, weddings, Druidic gathering of mistletoe in oak groves, need fires, leaping between two fires, mistletoe (without berries, use as a protection amulet), women walking naked through gardens to ensure continued fertility, enjoying the seasonal fruits & vegetables, honor the Mother’s fullness, richness and abundance, put garlands of St. John’s Wort placed over doors/ windows & a sprig in the car for protection.
Goddesses Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, all Goddesses of love, passion, beauty and the Sea, and Pregnant, lusty Goddesses, Green Forest Mother; Great One of the Stars, Goddess of the Wells
Gods Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur, Gods at peak power and strength.
Animals/Mythical Beings Wren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird
Gemstones Lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye, all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade
Herbs Anise, mugwort, chamomile, rose, wild rose, oak blossoms, lily, cinquefoil, lavender, fennel, elder, mistletoe, hemp, thyme, larkspur, nettle, wisteria, vervain ( verbena), St. John’s wort, heartsease, rue, fern, wormwood, pine, heather, yarrow,oak & holly trees
Incense/Oil Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine
Rituals/Magicks Nature spirit/fey communion, planet healing, divination, love & protection magicks. The battle between Oak King, God of the waxing year & Holly King, God of the waning year (can be a ritual play), or act out scenes from the Bard’s (an incarnation of Merlin)“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, rededication of faith, rites of inspiration.
Foods Honey, fresh vegetables, lemons, oranges, summer fruits, summer squash, pumpernickel bread, ale, carrot drinks, mead.
The Gods At Litha
Litha, also known as High Summer, Midsummer, the longest day of the year, and the Summer Solstice, is traditionally set on June 21, but when calculated varies up to a couple days on both sides. This day is the most energetically masculine of the eight Celtic high holidays.
The Father God, known by many names, is the consort of the Goddess. He is the god of fertility, the harvest, death and rebirth. Two themes that dominate the sabbats are the story of the Sun God and the battle of the Holly King and Oak King. Most Pagans are familiar with these two stories and know that the God sacrifices himself throughout the year to nourish the sacred harvest.
The Sun God travels the Wheel of the Year. He is born at Yule and in his infancy he represents the return of the Sun and longer days. The God grows through winter and spring and dies at Litha, only to return to the womb of the Goddess for the second half of the year.
The Holly King and the Oak King together make up the God. They have two great battles in which one king defeats the other in order to rule. The Oak King, often depicted as light, rules from Yule to Litha. The dark Holly King takes control of the other half of the year. As they are two halves of the same being, they do not truly die.
In both stories, the God sacrifices himself to ensure that the grain takes hold and the three harvests will be realized, so that people do not go hungry. In this way, he is the Great Father, nourishing and protecting his children. He reminds us to love and assist those who are in need. As he is strengthened by the Sun, the Summer Solstice is the ideal time to honor this aspect of the God with a Sun spell.
Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2017
Honoring the Father
This ritual is best done in the noon Sun (on most days in June) or on Litha. Since sunlight is the key, perform the spell outdoors; otherwise, use a space that is well lit by natural sunlight.
Cauldron or some other vessel in which to safely burn things
Charcoal blocks to burn the herbs
Food items that will be donated
Herbs to be burnt:
Lavender to attract good spirits
Rosemary for purification
Sage for sacred ritual
Call the quarters and cast the circle as you normally do.
Place the charcoal block in the cauldron or other vessel and light it. Add the herbs. Spend a moment focusing your mind. What does the Father God represent to you! What do you understand of his annual sacrifice? Spend some time thinking about the importance of the harvest and of having enough to eat.
Pass the good items through the smoke from the incense. Meditate on the great sacrifice that the God makes each year to ensure that we can all eat.
Once the spell is complete, thank the God, Goddess, and quarters. Open the circle. In the coming days, donate your items to a local food bank.
Like the mythical phoenix bird, the God dies only to be reborn from the ashes. He is with us always, in our hearts and minds, urging us to think of those all around us. How can we make the world a better place?
Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2017
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
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