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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Festival Of Juno

juno_by_moreauThe festival of Juno begins on June 1st and continues through June 2nd. Juno (Latin: Iūno [ˈjuːno]) is an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. She is a daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars and Vulcan. Juno also looked after the women of Rome. Juno offers a helping hand in every aspect of our relationships, especially the safety and happiness of women and children in those settings.

The name Juno was also once thought to be connected to Iove (Jove), originally as Diuno and Diove from *Diovona. The goddess rules over these themes: Feminity; Love; Relationships; Romance; Kinship; Time; Protection (Women and Children); Leadership. Juno symbolizes : Cypress; Peacocks; Cuckoo; Luxurious Clothing; Figs; Moon (or Silver Items).

According to Roman folklore, marriages that took place  during the Festival of Juno (June 1st or 2nd) were believed to form long, happy relationships. June 1st is a great to for commitment ceremonies, engagements, weddings, and reaffirmation of bonds and commitments. These actions and rites will be blessed by the goddess. Take care to your clothes on this day, wear colors and fabrics that please both you and your partner, maybe something nice that the other has bought for you on special occasions. This will draw in the positivity and energy of Juno. For foods on this day make sure to have fig filled cookies and treats made with figs as part of the feast to attract the feminine attributes and leadership energy to govern the day with balance. End the commencement with the chant below. Fill in the blank with the aspect of Juno you desire after feeding each other a fig filled treat.

Juno, bring _______ to my spirit, my wish fulfill. By your power, through my will.
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