Pagan Calendar: June 23, 2016

between_two_worlds_by_moonzaphire-d8u31n8Thursday: Day of Strength
The planet Jupiter rules Thursday, as the French word, jeudi, suggests. Thursday is the day to focus on wealth, success, luck, career development, legal matters, and material growth. It is associated with magic dealing with dedication, endurance, faithfulness, legal matters, loyalty, luck and money matters.

Color of the Day: Turquoise
Healing, prosperity, peace, and growth.

Deities of the Day: Juno (Roman)/Hera (Greek), Jupiter (Roman)/Zeus (Greek), Thor (Norse)
Juno was the ancient Roman great mother goddess. In her Greek equivalent of Hera, she was the mature and powerful Queen of Olympus, and a powerful matriarch. She was a source of fertility, marriage, and childbirth. She was a guardian of women and children, and that of money. She was known by many names, including Juno Augusta, the harvest mother; Juno Februata, the mother of Mars; and Juno Lucina, the mother of light. In this latter aspect, the goddess was pictured as carrying a torch, or scepter of light.

Juno was associated with the lily, the cuckoo, and the peacock. In processionals, her priestesses carried fans made of peacock feathers. The many “eyes” on the feathers were thought to watch over women, and they symbolized the 50 priestesses who served Juno’s temple.

The word money actually comes from the word moneta. In ancient times, Juno’s temples housed the Roman mint. Coins that were made there were considered to be blessed by yet another associative Roman aspect of herself, Juno Moneta.

The Roman sky god and ruler of their pantheon, Jupiter is a god of justice and was originally a god of agriculture who brought the rains that the crops needed to thrive. As Rome developed, Jupiter became more of a dignified and stoic protector and guardian of the city and state of Rome. In that version, he was called Jupiter Optimus Maximus, “the greatest god.”

Jupiter is often linked with Zeus in Greek mythology; many of the images of Jupiter are stylized after the Greek Zeus. He was later identified by the German and Norse people with their god of thunder, Thor. The Roman Jupiter was linked to hospitality (likely because he always rode herd on the squabbling gods and goddesses). Jupiter Optimus Maximus, as the protector of Rome, was also in charge of laws and social order on earth. Oaths, treaties, and alliances were sworn in his name.

The 5th day of the week is dedicated to Thor, for he was–and is–greatly loved. One of the most widely worshiped of the Norse gods, people called on Thor to protect them from evil and bless them with both fertility and abundance. Thor is referred to as the “everyman’s god.” He is often pictured with red hair and a red beard, and is thought to be hearty and hot-tempered. He is married to a golden-haired goddess named Sif. Thor is the strongest of all the Norse gods. When he uses the hammer, he wears a belt, or girdle, that doubles his strength, and he wears magical iron gauntlets. When Thor rides the earth in a chariot pulled by two gigantic male goats, he brings rain to germinate the crops and to make fields fertile. The people believed that the turning of his chariot’s wheels made the sound of thunder.

In spite of seeming like a warlike god, Thor is not. His hammer is thought to be a symbol of his beneficence; in fact, the symbol was used to bless both infants and brides. (There are mentions of Thor blessing a bride by having her hold the hammer in her lap.) He is also believed to be a guardian for the downtrodden and frightened. He is both a compassionate friend and a fierce protector. Thor blesses us with stability and helps us to stay strong, grounded, and centered. He is worshiped as a benevolent god, one who protects both the other gods and humanity from evil and destruction. Thor brings fruitfulness to the fields and happiness to marriage.

Goddess Meditation of the Day:
Cover the earth four times with flowers.
Cover the sky with banks of clouds.
Cover the earth with fog.
Cover the earth with rain.

Let lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder cover the earth.
Let great rain cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard on the face of my mother.

~Sia, Southwestern America, rain invocation

This is the week when the light and dark are least in balance. Light has won the annual struggle. The sun shines brightly for many hours every day.

Yet even now, the earth is moving in the direction of the autumnal equinox, when for a brief time all will rest in perfect balance. Just as both sun and rain are necessary for plant growth, so darkness as well as light is necessary for the earth’s life to thrive. If there were no darkness, there would be no rest for the plants that comprise our basic food. If there were no darkness in our lives, we would not encounter the deep secrets that darkness holds. In this season of light, the earth reaches out to embrace again the dark. Let us do the same.

Source: “The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit”, by Patricia Monaghan

Herbals of the Day: Anise, Clove, Honeysuckle, Meadowsweet, Nutmeg, Sage

Thursday’s Spell: Anoint a blue candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…

By this day’s energies of prosperity and health,
In the best possible way, may this spell bring wealth.
Herbs of Jupiter, lend your abundant energies to mine,
Bring me positive change that will last come rain or shine.

On this Date: St. John’s Eve
St. John’s Eve was a traditional time of meditation, awaiting the northernmost sunrise.

Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick

Tarot Card Associations of the Day: Ace of Pentacles (for feeling good about ourselves and past achievements, and when looking to add a bit of financial boost to our lives), Nine of Pentacles (for material success and emotional well-being, peace, serenity, and protection), Ten of Pentacles (for family issues/keeping a happy home, or where emotional support and encouragement is needed).


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