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Welcome the Month of June

June 2, 2014

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The month of love, youth, and summer shines in the June edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine!

This fabulous issue shares some fun facts about the month’s Moon, history, birthstone, and summer solstice celebrations.

Welcome the Month of June

June’s full Moon is known by several different (and strange) names: Full Strawberry Moon, Full Rose Moon, Full Leaf Moon, Fish Spoils Easily Moon, and Moon When the Hot Weather Begins.

It’s the Marry Month: The ancients held this month as sacred to the goddess Juno and as a time to honor youth. Juno was the protector of women, especially in marriage and childbearing, so a wedding in Juno’s month was considered most auspicious.

June’s birthstone, the pearl, has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Midsummer Day, also known as the feast of St. John the Baptist, occurs on June 24, near the summer solstice, or what we think of as the beginning of summer. However, to the farmer, June 24 is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting and, traditionally, an occasion for celebration.

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