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June's Moon ~

Named for: “Juno”, chief Roman goddess and female counterpart
of Jupiter

Anglo-Saxon: Sere-monap

Birthstone: pearl, alexandrite, moonstone

Flower: rose


June Moon Magick:

Mead Moon

Herbs: almond, dill, lily, lemongrass, clover

Stones: citrine herkimer, alexandrite,
blue lace agate

Scents: lily of the valley, lavender

Colors: orange, yellow-green

Trees: oak

Deities: Isis, Green Man, Cerridwen

Elements: Air/Water

Astrological Influences for June:

Gemini:

ruled by Mercury, projective/masculine, mutable/air

Cancer:

ruled by the Moon, receptive/feminine, cardinal/water


Pagan Holiday:

Summer Solstice/Litha

June 21

This is the longest period of daylight in the year, a time of magick, fairies, and the immortalized Mid-Summer's Eve. Fairy contact is generally easier to achieve on this day, for those of you who are brave enough to invoke the mischievous little folk, that is. But don't be surprised if soon after you can't find your favorite earrings, or the car keys, or any other shiny inviting objects you may have left laying around.

This is a popular month for weddings, though few in the Christianized world realize why...The Druid's celebrated the Summer Solstice as the 'marriage between heaven & earth', and thus the popular belief that June is a 'lucky' month for marriage ceremonies.

There will be Pagan spirit gatherings all around the world at this time, the most famous and the most notable at Stone Henge, where large groups of people will light bonfires and stay up all night in order to welcome the dawn.

Herbs: fennel, lavender, chamomile, cinquefoil, mugwort, thyme

Altar Flowers/Herbs: larkspur, rose, wisteria, St. Johns Wort

Feast Foods: apples, citrus, fruits, ale, mead, honey cakes

Animals: butterflies, frogs, toads, wrens

Incense: ylang ylang, thyme, rose, sandalwood, chamomile

Rituals/Spells: all night fairy vigils, candle magick, dream work, familiar blessings, herb gathering, self-dedication, sun magick

My Celebration:

Mid-summer's Eve, the longest day of the year. This holiday, steeped in fairy lore, is a magickal time filled with the Earth’s bounty. Gardens, fields, and forests are blooming with productivity, overflowing with abundant fertility and the promise of rich harvests to come. As the Earth is pregnant with summer’s lush growth, so too is the goddess, pregnant with new energy, infinite possibilities, and the promise of a rich spiritual harvest.

It's all about the fairies, this celebration, this pagan holiday. Fairy contact is generally easier to achieve on this day, for those of you who are brave enough to invoke the mischievous little folk, that is. But don't be surprised if soon after you can't find your favorite earrings, or the car keys, or any other shiny inviting objects you may have left laying around. They are fickle, unpredictable, light-fingered creatures, a loaded gun. If you do decide to invoke the wee folk, you should know that there is a physical reaction you could experience when they appear. Your skin may feel “crawly”, as though there were ants or bugs walking on you. This isn't harmful, and you will be perfectly okay, in spite of the 'ick' factor. It will just be a cue to you that your invocation was successful.

If you prefer to avoid fairies, you should know that they detest iron. To keep them at bay, lay iron nails in the four corners of your house, or your property, keep iron kettles in your kitchen, witches-- keep your cast iron cauldron's out in the open. Fairies will avoid you.

And this all being said, know that fairies heal...they heal. Call upon them when you need them without fear.

This is a popular month for weddings, though few in the Christianized world realize why. The Druid's celebrated the Summer Solstice as the “marriage between heaven & earth", and thus the popular belief that June is a "lucky" month for marriage ceremonies. There will be Pagan spirit gatherings all around the world at this time, the most famous and the most notable at Stone Henge, where large groups of people will light bonfires and stay up all night in order to welcome the dawn.

For several years, all during my son's childhood, there has been one very special tradition at our house connected with the celebration of Litha:

When my son was a little boy, he used to like to stay up through the "Witching Hour" and watch for fairies. He’d get comfy in his pj’s and robe. I’d gather up a lawn chair and place it beneath the large apple tree in our yard; and I’d prepare a special candle, placing it in a fire-proof reseptacle along with some herbs to offer the fairies. It was his time to sit quietly outside in the dark and watch for these magickal creatures, the only light being that of the candle and the moon, if it were out.

Most of the time, these evenings were uneventful, but one Mid-Summer’s Eve, my son’s patience was rewarded.

From across the lawn, he saw what he said looked like three very small blue lights dancing along the top of the fence. Eventually these three tiny lights dropped from the fence to the lawn beneath, where they bounced around in the grass for several seconds, and then they disappeared. My son came back to the house breathless and wide-eyed to tell me what he had seen.

The next morning, we went out to investigate the grass where the lights had been. Overnight, three mushrooms had popped up to create a perfectly formed triangle in this area, and the grass in the middle of this formation was withered and yellowed.

I can’t tell you with 100% accuracy whether what my son saw were fairies or not, but that really doesn’t matter. All that really matters is that one little boy had a very magickal and memorable night.


June ~ Crafting Your Magick

Fairy magic will be powerful and their presence could herald both the mystical and the mischievous. Work on magic now that clarifies communication and highlights the element of Air. Use magic of the wee folk to tap into the fairy realms. Magic now is all about movement-- movement of ideas, creations, people, and places. This is the perfect time to cast spells of transformation, spells to increase/decrease, to banish/manifest. Think about where it is you want to be, either from a mental or physical perspective, and cast the magic needed to move you along to this destination.

The solar plexus is the chakras to focus on. Learn to assert yourself, or to tone down an overbearing attitude. And which energy applies to you? If you don’t know, I’ll bet the people around you do.


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The Solar Plexus


Location: directly below the sternum and over the stomach
Color: yellow
Element: Fire
Essential Oils: lemon, grapefruit, juniper
Crystals: topaz, citrine, amber
Planet: Mars, Sun
Astrological Connection: Aries, Leo
Qualities: self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, personal power, freedom of choice
Life Issues: to develop a strong and healthy self-ego; to know and honor your will
Spiritual Activities: self-discovery through self-exploration
Positive Archetype: warrior
Negative Archetype: servant


Candle Meditation

Discover the strength
of your will, and the
power inherent within
your being.

Enhance your ability
to handle whatever, and
whomever, life throws
your way.

Affirmation:
I find solace in my
own strength and fortitude.
I can. I will. I do.
I am strong.
I am able.



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Sources for Information Found in The Witch' Corner Newsletter ~ 

Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way by Amythyst Raine

The Gray Witch's Grimoire by Amythyst Raine

The Spiritual Feminist by Amythyst Raine

Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham


 

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