Deity of the Day
Areas of Influence: Juno was the Goddess of marriage, pregnancy and childbirth.
She was the Queen of the Gods and part of the Capitoline triad that also included Minerva and Jupiter.
This Deity was an embodiment of the traditional female roles of wife and mother.
One of her titles was Lucino (meaning light) as she helped to bring children into the light of this world at birth. She was also said to set and strengthen a child’s bones.
She was also Goddess of conception, a Goddess to be called upon in labour and one who helped settle disagreements between spouses.
Juno protected the finances of the Roman people. In this role she was the patron Goddess of the royal mint.
Before she absorbed many of Hera’s characteristics several scholars suggest that she was a Maiden Goddess.
The Month of June was named after her and it was considered the most favorable month to get married in.
Her other claim to fame is that as an archetypal figure she appears in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
Each Roman woman was said to have her own Juno which represented her female spirit.
Origins and Genealogy: According to later Roman myths she was the sister and consort of Jupiter and the mother of Mars, Hebe and Vulcan.
Mars was conceived when the Goddess was impregnated by a flower.
Strengths: Leadership and a loyal wife.
Weaknesses: Jealousy and vindictiveness.
This Roman Goddess had a more warlike nature than Hera and was often depicted in a goat skin coat that was favoured among Roman soldiers.
She was also able to throw lightning bolts like her husband Jupiter.
Sacred Birds: Geese and peacocks.
Sacred Plants: The wild fig tree.
Festivals: A special ceremony was dedicated to her in the home to celebrate the beginning of each lunar month.
Her main festival, the Matronalia was held on 1st March. On this day married woman asked their husbands to give them money to make offerings to the Goddess.
A smaller celebration known as the Nonae Caprotinae took place on 7th July.
Greek and Etruscan Equivalents: The Goddess Hera was the Greek equivalent to Juno.
Uni was the Etruscan Goddess who shared many similarities with this Deity.