Today is the full moon. I tend to call the June full moon the Dyad moon. From the research I have done, the word dyad is an archaic word meaning pair. I find it interesting that the first three weeks of June fall under the astrological sign of Gemini. Gemini is symbolized by the twin brothers of Greek mythology, Castor and Polydeuces. As the month of June is largely ruled by the celestial brothers, naming its full moon after another ‘pair’ only seems logical.
The Dyad Moon is a moon of balance. Any ritual of balance would be appropriate at this esbat. June’s connection to the fertility of the agricultural year also makes this a good time to tend to those intentions that were planted earlier in the year. Any personal goals or workings that were started in spring can be reinforced at this time. This year, the full moon comes only two days after the summer solstice making its fertility connections even stronger. Another interesting connection to a pair of brothers comes with the proximity of the summer solstice and its battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. The two brother kings engage in battle twice a year, at each solstice, to rule over the waxing and waning halves of the year. This eternal cycle is yet another example of the balance of pairs that occurs during this month.
Here are some correspondences for the month of June and the Dyad Moon:
Other moon names: Mead, Strawberry, Honey, Planting, Windy, Rose, Horse, Lotus, Strong Sun
Colors: yellow, green, orange, gold
Stones: topaz, agate, moonstone, pearl
Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow
Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, parsely
Trees: hawthorn, oak, maple
Animals: butterfly, frogs, toads, peacock, wren
Mythical creatures/spirits: sylphs, zephyrs
Goddesses: Aine, Isis, Persephone, Cerridwen, Ishtar, Juno
Gods: Cernunnos, Green Man
Magical workings: fertility and prosperity, any ritual of balance, decision making, personal strength, tend to those intentions that were planted earlier