June Folklore

June is the start of summer and the land is in bloom……..

June Moons;

  • 2nd June – Full Moon
  • 16th June – New Moon

Names for the June Moons;

  • Native American; Full – Flower, New – Strawberry
  • Old American; Full – Milk, New – Rose
  • Old English; Full – Flower, New – Hay
  • Celtic; Full – Bright, New – Horses
  • Wiccan; Full; Hare, New – Dyad
  • Neo Pagan; Full – Grass, New – Planting

Birthstone; Pearl

Flower; Rose

Zodiac; Gemini and Cancer

Folklore & Mythology;

In June we will celebrate Litha (Midsummer’s Day) on the 21st, that has a raft of Folklore and Mythology of its own so I will do a separate post for this later on in the month. June is named after the Goddess Juno, who is the Goddess of marriage and as such has always been regarding a good month to tie the knot. The flower of June is the Red Rose, also associated with love and more often with the love of lovers as opposed to the Pink Rose which is the universal flower of all types of love. Other flower associations are that the Summer doesn’t start until the Elder is in flower and this typically happens in June, whilst the countryside is full of Cow Parsley I haven’t seen an Elderflower yet in my part of the world. ‘Well Dressing’ also traditionally takes place inJune, with springs of natural water being decorated in fresh flowers and greenery to give thanks to the spirits of water for continuing to be abundant in the warmer summer months.

Feast of St John the Baptist;

With the coming of Christianity, many pagan midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist. People would light fires on midsummer eve and stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day. Midsummer was a time of magic and mystery. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful plants was known as ‘chase-devil’, now called St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands, believing this would shield them from evil spirits.

Appleby Horse Fair;

Taking place on the Thursday before the 2nd Wednesday in Appleby in Cumbria. The best known of the Gypsy Horse Fairs, where traveller families meet up to celebrate their history, music, folklore and family relationships, and most importantly to trade and barter in livestock. The fair was first established in 1685 under the protection of a charter granted by King James II. An autumn fair at Brough, also in Cumbria, dates back even further, with a charter from 1330. These two fairs are the largest and most popular in northern England.

Almanac;

1st-2nd Poor planting days.
3rd-5th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
6th-7th Poor days for planting.
8th-9th Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Favorable time for planting late root crops.
10th-11th Poor planting days.
12th-13th Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.
14th-15th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
16th-18th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
19th-23rd Poor period for planting. Clear fencerows, or clear land.
24th-25th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
26th-27th Plant seedbeds. Extra good for planting fall lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and other leafy vegetables. All aboveground crops planted now will do well.
28th-30th Poor planting days.

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