Juno – Goddess of Marriage and Union

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  • Attributes: Goddess of marriage, conjugal union, perseverance and determination
  • Symbols: Peacock, golden crown, lily
  • Place: Rome

The Goddess Juno is the Queen of the Gods in Roman Mythology. Jupiter‘s wife and sister, Juno does not have an exact origin, it is only known that she is one of the oldest Roman deities, having records dating from the fifth century BCE.

She is the Goddess of conjugal union and monogamy, being faithful to her husband, giving him support and conviction even though Jupiter does not treat her in the same way. Several times she was betrayed by Goddesses and mortals and had her wrath provoked, causing frequent storms reported by the Romans.

After the arrival of Greek culture there was a confusion between the Greek and Roman Gods and Juno was quickly associated with the Goddess Hera. Despite appearances, one should not be confused with the other, for Juno was an important Goddess with her own story.

The Peacock Complaining to Juno by Gustave Moreau 1881
The Peacock Complaining to Juno by Gustave Moreau 1881
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The sixth month

The calendar wu use descends from the first solar calendar model imposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BCE where the sixth month, “June”, was done in reverence to the Goddess Juno. That is why there is a superstition that this is the month of marriage, for all couples who would unite under the blessing of the Goddess would have much happiness and peace throughout their life.

In ancient times several festivities were held during this month to honor Juno, these feasts were called “Junonia” and over time coincided with the catholic festivals celebrating the birth of St. John. In order to attract more faithful for catholic religion the Pagan festivities were not extinct but slowly assimilated. Then the June festivities became what we know today.

Summoning Juno

As a representative of the Triple Goddess, Juno represents the Mother face, the Full Moon. This moon phase is the best time for a ritual in her praise.

Juno is primarily summoned to aid in marriage problems or for the preparation of a marriage, but she extends her blessings to all who need protection and strength during a difficult time.

Necessary items:

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  • A handful of silver coins (if you have silver coins is better)
  • A goose feather
  • Red wine or grape juice
  • A bowl or glass filled with 1/3 of water
  • A plate or a tray

It is not necessary to perform this ritual under the moonlight, but it is preferably done during any day of the Full Moon phase. Relax and purify yourself as you normally would for any other ritual. When you are ready, write the following verse:

“Protecting Goddess of the Sacred Feminine, protect me and my destiny”

Go throwing the coins in the water one by one and try to think about what situation you ask for the guidance and protection of the Goddess and in what situations you have proved strong and worthy to receive it.

When they are finished, pour the wine / juice into the water and meditate on your answers in silence.
Whisper your gratitude to the feather and drop it into the water. This feather will be filled with your desires, keep it as a reminder of the Goddess’ blessings and when your request is fulfilled release it in the wind.

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The Goddess Tarot

The Goddess Tarot - Juno
 

Juno is one of the Goddesses present in the Goddess Tarot. The card number V, Juno, represents the Tradition.

Juno had the honor of being the protector, the patron Goddess of marriage and other traditional ceremonies of passage in women’s lives. It was believed that this Roman Goddess watched and protected all women – from first to last breath.

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