The rose is the June birth flower. Its sweet fragrance and timeless beauty heralds 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. The emblematic roses became famous after William Shakespeare and other authors wrote about the struggle, although the name wasn’t coined until the 19th century.
The honeysuckle, a symbol of happiness and devoted affection is the other birth flower for June.
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
June is one of three months that has three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. The other three-stoned months are August and December.
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
There are more than 100 species of roses, available in a wide rainbow of colors, making a rose bouquet the perfect gift for a June birthday. If you’re looking for more inspiration, these thoughtful birthday gift ideas are sure to delight.
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