|Pagan Blog Project-J is for Juno|
|Juno, the main Roman Goddess was also known as Queen of the Gods, Protector
of Women and Children and a believer in holy matrimony. She was the epitome of
the “traditional” roles of woman and mothers (as perhaps seen in the 1950’s to
1970’s). She ruled all aspects of Roman life and especially that of women.
She was usually pictured with peacocks and may have been armed. She is usually wearing a goatskin cloak. She has the look and presence of authority, a true matroness.
Juno is co
The goddess Juno was the daughter of Saturn and Rhea and sister/wife of Jupiter. Her children include Mars, Vulcan and Juevntas. My readings have also produced the name of Hebe. Her siblings are Neptune, Pluto, Vesta and Ceres. She was also a part of the ruling body known as the Capitoline triad with Jupiter and Minerva.
As a patron goddess of women, Juno was always there for them. It was said that each women had a -“juno”- a female spirit who would watch over women from birth to death. Perhaps this can also be associated with a guardian angel.
The first days of each month are dedicated to Juno
Matronalia is the festival of women in honor of Juno Luciana. During this celebration, gifts were exchanged and women in general were treated with honor. It is thought that this day eventually turned into Mother’s day in Europe. This was also the time when men and women would give praise to Juno to strengthen their relationships.
Colors- deep blue, royal purple
Elements- fire, air
Sacred symbols- geese, peacocks, wild fig tree, white cow
Moon- Full moon
Archetype- Mother Goddess
Plants- lily, lotus, anise, balm, blood root, borage, clover, dandelion, hyssop, juniper, mint, mistletoe, nutmeg, sage
Stones- amethyst, sapphire, turquoise
Her positive attributes include leadership, loyalty, authoritative, protector, companionship, supportive. Her n
To work with Juno today, pray to her, make her an altar and offer her a gift (such as those form her correspondences). Ritual work can include those involving childbirth, marriage problems or the strengthening of marital vows or violence against women. Any issue dealing with women can be addressed by working with Juno. Speak to her, she will hear you.
May Juno bless you always. Blessed Be,