June: Celebrating History, Traditions, and Personal Growth

June is best known for heralding the start of summer breaks and school vacations, but there is much more to this vibrant month than meets the eye.

The Origins of June: Juno and Hera

June is named after Juno, the ancient Roman goddess of youth and protection. Her name, derived from the Latin “Iūnō,” stems from the root word for “young” (Iuuen), signifying vital energy and fertility. Juno was revered as the queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage. In Greek mythology, she is equated with Hera, the queen of the gods and the goddess of love and marriage. Could this connection to Juno and Hera explain why June is such a popular month for weddings?

Significant June Holidays and Observances

June also marks the celebration of several significant holidays and observances:

  • June 1: Kicks off Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.
  • June 5: World Environment Day.
  • June 10: My best friend’s birthday (a little personal touch there!).
  • June 16: Father’s Day this year.
  • June 20, 2024: Marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This summer solstice occurs at 4:51 p.m. ET, to be exact.

The Dual Nature of June: Relaxation and Responsibility

June typically brings a sense of spaciousness, a slowing down, and a chance to change things up. We shed our layers, both literal and metaphorical, and often find more opportunities to meet up with friends and family or practice a beloved hobby. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Some people don’t get a break, may struggle with having extra time, or find themselves with increased responsibilities, such as those with children at home for the summer.

Connecting to Your Inner Calendar

Regardless of your situation, it’s crucial to connect with your inner calendar. Amidst the blazing sun, evolving plans, household chores, and accumulating obligations, finding a moment to pause and take stock can be transformative. Notice where you are right now. Pay attention to what your body is doing and the sensations you are experiencing.

Ask yourself whether this is something you want to continue feeling or not. Taking even a minute to check in with yourself can shift your experience to be more grounded and fuller, regardless of whether it’s a positive or negative experience. I refer to this practice as finding “Me.” Try it and see if you agree.

Wishing you a wonderful June filled with awareness and connection.

Warm regards,

Mari Grande

We are all beings of light on this blue planet, here to shine love on ourselves and each other.



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