Hello November

In the Latin language, novem means “nine” and November was originally the 9th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. [wikipedia]

Yellow topaz and citrine are November’s birthstones.

Yellow Topaz

The yellow topaz stone is known for its powerful ability to help one manifest their personal intentions through their own will. Wear it or add it to your meditation. It’s a stone that represents friendships and encourages helpful people into one’s life.

“Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.” [http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/citrine/]

The chrysanthemum is the flower of the month, and “symbolizes optimism and joy”. [http://www.teleflora.com/meaning-of-flowers/chrysanthemum]

Not only does it grow in multiple colors, it also “comes with a wide variety of meanings all across the globe. In Asia the chrysanthemum signifies life and rebirth, making them great gifts for birthdays and baby showers. In Europe the chrysanthemum signifies an expression of sympathy. Chrysanthemum’s are typically looked at as a flower that signifies respect and honor in America.

The color of the flower can also affect the meaning behind the chrysanthemum. For example, if you receive a red chrysanthemum from someone, it is a symbol of love. A yellow chrysanthemum blossom on the other hand signifies neglected love or sorrow. A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy.” [http://www.easternfloral.com/blog/meaning-chrysanthemum-flower/]

Chrysanthemum - shutterstock_117657757

Chrysanthemum – shutterstock_117657757

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of November, they include:

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

November is also known as the big holiday retail month of the year. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have many shopping in stores and online. I don’t buy a lot of things Black Friday BUT I look forward to going every year with my sister. It’s become our sister time tradition. Broke or rich, we’ll still get together. If anything to just have a reason to sing carols in the car, fuel up on coffee, bundle up with ads marked with possible items we’d like to purchase, and even though we’re not in it for the adrenaline rush to get that major deal, we LOVE watching others silliness.

Black Friday is known to be a Super Deal Day, but you don’t have to wait till the end of this month to shop! There are many deals the month of November brings that fall on the other 29 days as well! – TrueCouponing.com

Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in November to find items to add to your shopping list this month.



Hello September

In the Latin language, septem means “seven” and September was originally the 7th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. (wikipedia)

Her stone is Sapphire, she is most commonly seen in blue, but also has shades of black, green, orange, pink, violet, white, and yellow.

“The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

In Hebrew lore, King Solomon and Abraham both wore talismans of Sapphire, and the Law given to Moses on the Mount was said to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire. The Greeks wore it for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine. Buddhists believed it brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment, and the Hindus considered Sapphire as one of the “great gems” used in offerings in the temples for worship and to align astrological influences. In Christianity it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was cherished by kings and nobility for its powers of protection and insight. [Kunz, 104, 241][Mella, 103][Eason, 247][Fernie, 96, 102-103]

As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person. [www.sacred-texts.com]

Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth. Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. It stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing one to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of self. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for earth and chakra healing. [Hall, 253][Ahsian, 340][Simmons, 339]” from From http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/sapphire.html

Aster is the lovely flower of September, a symbolism of love, faith, and wisdom.

“A Greek legend tells the tale of Astraea, the goddess of innocence, who went to live in the heavens as the constellation Virgo. A flood covered earth, created by Zeus to wipe the planet clean of corruptness. Two humans survived on Mt. Parnassus, which the flood did not reach. Astraea created starlight to guide the pair and as she wept from pity she had for them, her tears landed on earth. From those locations asters grew.

Folklore also states that the perfume generated from burning aster leaves was able to keep evil serpents at bay. They were also believed to bring luck and one legend points to the aster as being able to foretell a change in weather. When the petals are closed, it is a signal of oncoming rain.

Another myth involves magical fairies who were thought to sleep under the aster petals after they close at sunset and as the plant was ruled by Venus, it was a common ingredient used in love potions and referred to as the ‘herb of Venus.’” – from http://www.whatsmybirthflower.com/september-birth-flower/

September is the month that most children are officially back in school and in the old days it wasn’t uncommon for teachers to receive apples on the first day from students in hopes that they’d be in good graces with their teachers.

Did you know that apples have always been a popular tool for reading the future? One method of divination is by counting whole apple seeds after slicing the apple in the middle (transversely / longitudinally).

1 seed- you will have a surprise coming your way
2 seeds- you will have good luck
3 seeds- you will have bad luck
4 seeds- you will have wealth
5 seeds- you will have a happy relationship
6 seeds- you will have success with you work
7 seeds- you will travel someplace you have longed to go
8+ seeds- your life will be abundant

And who doesn’t remember twisting the apple stem as kids reciting the ABC’s with each twist and stopping when the stem breaks free from the apple? The letter we stopped with was supposed to be the first letter of the name of the one we loved or the one who loved us.

September is a month filled with great Summer Clearance sales. Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in September to find items to add to your shipping list this month.

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of September, they include:

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Ovarian Cancer Month
  • National Prostate Health Month
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
  • Food Safety Education Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
  • National Bourbon Heritage Month – “America’s Native Spirit”
  • National Better Breakfast Month
  • National Honey Month – promotes US Beekeeping, the beekeeping industry and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

  • Sept 5: International Day of Charity (International)
  • Sept 5: National Cheese Pizza Day – Yes, a guilt-free reason to order pizza!
  • Sept 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Sept 6-12: National Suicide Prevention Week
  • Sept 7: Labor Day – honors the American labor movement
  • Sept 13: National Grandparents’ Day – Note to self, don’t forget mom (aka Nana by kids) and Grandma
  • Sept 14-17: Constitution Week – promotes the study and education about the constitution which was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787
  • Sept 18: National POW/MIA Recognition Day – honors those who were prisoners of war or still missing in action
  • Sept 20-26: Tolkein Week – We must celebrate the birth of our beloved Tolkein Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of course! It’s said that they were both born on Sept 22nd but several years apart.
  • Sep 26: National Public Lands Day – event of the National Environmental Education Foundation that promotes both enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands

September is also the first month of my favorite season, autumn. Where I live in North Carolina that means I can wear long sleeves and short sleeves without being too hot or too cold. The temperature is just perfect between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. LOVE it! In the United States, considered part of the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox is September 24th. I’ll be celebrating her presence indeed with soups, freshly made bread, and my first warm cup of apple cider of the season.