Where did June get its name?
by Craig Chalquist
June is the month in which the sun begins in Gemini and winds up in Cancer, overseeing the solstice on its way. Where did the name “June” come from?
The most common two explanations are:
1. June derives from iuniores, the Roman word for “youngsters,” just as maiores, “elders,” gives us the name of May. It makes archetypal sense that these energies would appear together in the Roman calendar: as Jung reminds us, the youthful presence of the puer (divine child) and the elderly wisdom of the senex (old ones) need to stay in touch with each other. Both benefit, as does the family and society at large.
2. Ovid tells that June comes from Juno, the goddess of heaven, marriage, rejuvenation, societal order, and lasting bonds. The daughter of Saturn and the wife of Jupiter, Juno also safeguards the family. Her attributes include her diadem, scepter, throne, robes, and goatskin. The cow and the peacock are animals sacred to her. She is sometimes referred to as a love goddess, but hers (unlike Venus’s) is the love of commitment, maternal care, and lasting responsibility. She even oversaw the calendar itself.
These two meanings of June could combine into one image of youthful Juno and the family she oversees. Often this family is as large as a nation, a society, even humanity as a whole.
June seems an auspicious time, then, for reflections that focus on family, renewal, long-term commitments (especially their beginnings), relationships between young and old, and the welfare of the human family.
by Zhiwa Woodbury
This month the Resurrection Goddess Eris, whose discovery in 2005 resulted in the demotion of Pluto, conjoins Sky God Uranus in deep transcendental space. Eris embodies the chaos and strife that often precipitates regeneration, much like the Hindu creator/destroyer archetype Shiva, while Uranus is associated with rebellion and the emergent energy of individuation.
These two intense forces are conspiring in the constellation Aries, also associated with life and death (and war, ruled by Eris’ son Mars). These are challenging times, and this is a potent catalyst. We need to pay special attention to the way “generativity” is often masked by chaos and conflict in our lives, and how destruction in the world at large can clear the way for construction of something new. Columbus founded America the last time these archetypes aligned overhead. What kind of new world awaits us this time around?
Myth and Music
by Lola McCrary
This month I would like to introduce you to British singer/songwriter Talis Kimberley. Using folk music to explore mythic themes, activism, and connectedness in day to day life, this talented musician says about her music, “Whether you’re interested in my green/political songs, my history/literary songs, or those inspired by folklore, tea & cake, or knitting, I hope you find what you’re after here!”. With five albums available for sale on her website, you can also download some free music with an account at http://taliskimberley.bandcamp.com/ or find a lot of her music on YouTube. Try “The Finding of the Feather,” possibly my favorite song ever by her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXKNIJ1dUZE . It is a deeply sensual piece that highlights the role of the feminine in the sacred marriage.
I especially recommend her album Queen of Spindles, and will in fact be talking about another song on it in an upcoming blog post.
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