Who comes with Summer to this earth
And owes to June her day of birth
With ring of agate on her hand,
Can health, wealth, and long life command
June is named after Juno, the goddess of the Roman pantheon. She symbolizes marriage and welfare of women. Juno is said to be the wife and sister of Jupiter. Juno is also known as the Greek Goddess Hera. Getting married in the month of June is considered good luck.
Rose & Honeysuckle
The rose, its sweet fragrance and timeless beauty herald the advent of summer like no other bloom. The name “rose” is derived from the Latin word rosa. During the height of Rome, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East and used as medicine, perfumes, and at celebrations as confetti. In England, roses as emblems suited the mood of the romantic Victorian age. The famous 15th century “War of the Roses” was titled due to its wartime symbolism. White represented York, and red represented Lancaster; both factions were competing for the control of the country. Their use as emblems became famous after William Shakespeare and other authors wrote about the struggle, although the name didn’t originate until the 19th century.
Rose Meanings and Symbolism
The meaning of the rose depends on its color, though the June birthday flower is generally known to signify love, beauty, honor, faith, and devotion. You can also use roses to communicate different meanings depending on the number. A bouquet of roses signifies sincere gratitude while giving a single stem amplifies the meaning of the color.
• Red roses mean “I love you”
• Red and white together symbolize unity
• Pink roses symbolize perfect happiness
• White roses symbolize innocence and purity
• Yellow roses symbolize friendship or jealousy
The honeysuckle, a symbol of happiness and devoted affection is the other birth flower for June. Honeysuckle flowers are magnets for hummingbirds! There are shrub forms of honeysuckle, which make great hedges, and there are vining forms such as the trumpet honeysuckle.
Here is a fun idea for non-winged honeysuckle enthusiasts
Use your honeysuckle flower syrup to sweeten iced tea, homemade lemonade or add a few drops of honeysuckle syrup to sparkling water. It can easily sweeten your favorite cake, muffin recipes, a topping for ice-cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet. Part of the fun of making honeysuckle recipes is harvesting the honeysuckle flowers. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of foraging wild honeysuckle blossoms. Use caution when collecting wild plants and only collect from areas that aren’t treated with chemicals. This recipe calls for honeysuckle flowers only.
Honeysuckle Syrup Recipe
This simple honeysuckle syrup recipe captures the intoxicating scent of honeysuckle flowers in a deliciously sweet syrup.
PREP TIME: 5 minutes / COOK TIME: 15 minutes / TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
About 50 honeysuckle flowers
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and honeysuckle flowers.
Using medium to high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Strain out honeysuckle flowers and pour syrup into a jar.
Notes: Stores up to a month in the refrigerator. You can freeze syrup in an ice cube tray to prolong storage time.
“It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes, and pleasant the noses.” – Nathaniel Parker Willis
3 Times the Birthstone Energy
June is one of three months that has three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
The pearl is a symbol of purity. Ancient Greeks believed they were the joyful tears of Aphrodite, goddess of love. The moonstone was named by the Roman naturalist Pliny, who believed that the stone’s appearance changed with the phases of the moon. It is also known as the “traveler’s stone” and has a reputation for protecting travelers at night and over water. Alexandrite was named after the Russian Czar Alexander II, who came of age on the day the gem was discovered in 1834, according to legend. It was found in Russian emerald mines, and its colors change from bluish green in daylight to a purplish red when viewed beneath the light of an incandescent bulb. Poets have called it an “emerald by day, a ruby by night.”
June Zodiac Horoscope
According to the zodiac horoscope, both Gemini and Cancer are born in June.
Geminis are symbolized by twins and are said to have a dual nature. Geminis are characterized by their diverse interests, love of variety and multi-talented personalities. Their passion for a wide variety of activities gives Geminis magnetic personalities that draw people towards them. Geminis born between June 14th and 21st fall on the Gemini-Cancer cusp and may have difficulty deciding whether or not to make decisions with the head or heart.
Cancers are symbolized by the crab and are characterized as adaptable, selfless, sensitive, and nurturing. This often extends into the professional sphere, and many Cancers work in healing professions. Cancers born between June 22nd and 30th fall on the Cancer-Gemini cusp. The intellectual traits of the Gemini balance out the emotion of Cancer and make June Cancers perfectly suited for mediation.
Famous Birthdays In June
• Marilyn Monroe, actress, June 1st
• Josephine Baker, entertainer, June 3rd
• Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, June 8
• Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, June 10
• George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, June 25