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The Birthstone for September is the Sapphire

Sapphire has been sought after for thousands of years as the ultimate blue gemstone. The name sapphire derives from the Latin form of the Greek word for blue, sapphirus. An ancient Persian legend says the earth rests on a giant sapphire and the blue of the sky comes from the gem's reflection. During the Middle Ages, sapphire symbolized the tranquility of the heavens, and wearing it was thought to bring peace, happiness, and purity of the soul. Medieval priests and monks would wear sapphire jewelry believing it had the ability to quell wicked impulses and impure thoughts.

The gem has long symbolized truth, sincerity and faithfulness. According to tradition, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on tablets of sapphire, making it the most sacred stone. This supposed "divine favor" is why sapphires often were the gem of choice for kings and high priests throughout history. In fact, the British Crown Jewels contain a number of notable sapphires.

Sapphires are believed to activate psychic abilities, aiding a strong connection with the higher self by balancing emotional influences, giving clarity and inspiration, enhancing willpower and faith in judgement. A Sapphire signifies the 45th Wedding Anniversary and is one of the stones for those born under the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Libra.



The Flower for September is the Aster

In Latin ~aster~ means ~star,~ the name also used by the Greeks for for its star-like blossoms, while ~wort~ means ~root~ which signified plants with healing properties. There are over 600 species of aster, the most popular being the Monte Casino. Considered sacred to Roman and Greek deities, asters are ancient wildflowers of the daisy family.

According to one legend, the field bloomed with asters when Virgo scattered stardust on the earth. The other claimed that the Goddess Asterea began to cry when she looked down upon the earth and saw no stars. The asters bloomed where her tears fell.

Known as ~Eye of Christ~ in France and ~Starwort~ in England and Germany, asters were thought to carry magical powers. The early English name ~Starwort~ was later changed to ~Michaelmas Daisy~ as it blooms around St. Michaelmas Day in September.

It was sacred to the gods and so wreaths of asters were placed on their altars. Aster leaves were burned to keep away evil spirits and drive away serpents in ancient Greece. The bite from a mad dog was cured by an ointment made from asters. Virgil wrote that the flavor of honey would be improved if asters were boiled in wine and placed near a beehive. One ancient myth arises from the Iron Age, when people learned to make weapons of iron, the god Jupiter, was angered by all the fighting wiith these iron weapons that he decided to destroy the entire race by a flood. The gods fled the earth and the last to go, the goddess Astraea, was so saddened that she asked to be turned into a star. When the flood waters receded, all that was left was mud and slime. Astraea felt so sorry for them she wept, her tears falling as stardust which turned to lovely starflowers or asters..

Another myth comes from Greek mythology. Every year Aegeus, king of Athens, would send seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. There they would be sacrificed to the Minotaur, a creature with a bull's body and human head. One year Aegeus' son Theseus volunteered to be one of the youth, believing he could slay the Minotaur. When he sailed for Crete he told his father, who dearly loved his son, that when he returned he would fly white sails on the ship instead of the black ones that were raised when the ship left. Theseus did arrive at Crete, where he fell in love with the king¹s daughter Ariadne. With her help, he entered the labyrinth and killed the Minotaur. However, on his return to Athens, Theseus forgot to hoist the white sails. Seeing the black sails his father, believing his son had been killed, then killed himself. Purple asters sprang up from the ground where his blood flowed, the result of a spell put on him by sorceress Medea, who had been once been his wife.

According to the Cherokee Indian legend, two warring tribes, fighting over a choice hunting ground, waged war over a hill, down a valley and into a village. All the villagers were killed except for two sisters who hid in the woods. Both wore doe skin dresses, one dyed lavender-blue with fringe, the other one bright yellow. The sisters sought out the Herb Woman who lived over the mountain in another valley. This woman gathered herbs by day and brewed magic potions by night, a gift given to her by the gods. As the sisters slept that night under the stars, the Herb Woman looked into the future and saw that these little girls would be hunted down by the enemy. So she sprinkled them with a magic brew and covered them with leaves. In the morning there were two flowers where the sisters had been. One was the lavender-blue aster, the fringe from the dress having been turned into the outer flower petals of the aster. The other flower was the yellow goldenrod.

Roman mythological legend holds that one of the dryads presiding over the forest, meadows and pastures, the nymph Belides, was responsible for the origin of this flower. While dancing on the turf at the edge of the forest with the other nymphs, Belides attracted the admiration of the deity who presided over the orchards whose name was Vertumnus. She transformed herself into the flower bellis, it's botanical name, to escape the pursuit of Vertumnus. The bellis flower is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ~daeges eage ~ ~ day's eye~ from the habit of this flower to close its petals at night and on dark rainy days.

Ancient people believed that the odour of the leaves of the aster, when burnt, drove away serpents. Asters were laid on the graves of French soldiers to symbolize afterthought and the wish that things had turned out differently.

A perfect filler flower for arrangements or bouquets, aster stands for Elegance and Daintiness. It is a talisman of Love Flower of the month of September and the herb of the goddess Venus. In the language of flowers asters are a symbol of Love, Faith, Wisdom, Valor Hope, Light, and Power. Asters convey an afterthought or variety. In China they signify fidelity

 

Astrology Signs for September

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About Virgo
(August 21 to September 20)

Horoscope

The sign of the virgin. Typical virgos are supposed to be pure wholesome and good, but this is not always the case. Be sure for every 1 true virgo, there are 3 who should have been a leo. A place for everything and everything in its place, that is the organised life of the virgo in a nut shell. Virgo are very industrious and enjoy dissecting large quantities of information and analysing it.

Quality: Negative
Ruler: Mercury
Triplicity: Mutable
Quadruplicity: Earth

Traditional Virgo Traits

Modest and shy
Meticulous and reliable
Practical and diligent
Intelligent and analytical

On the dark side....

Fussy and a worrier
Overcritical and harsh
Perfectionist and conservative

Likes

Health foods
Lists
Hygiene
Order
Wholesomeness

Dislikes

Hazards to health
Anything sordid
Sloppy workers
Squalor
Being uncertain

About Libra
(September 21 to October 20)

Horoscope

The sign of the scales. Librans typically need balance and stability in their lives to be completely happy. The slightest upset, will upset them. Librans hate to be mis-judged, and they really care what other people think of them. Librans want to settle down, they want marriage, kids and a harmonious life. Definitely the jolliest sign.

Quality: Positive
Ruler: Venus
Triplicity: Cardinal
Quadruplicity: Air

Traditional Libra Traits

Diplomaitic and urbane
Romantic and charming
Easygoing and sociable
Idealistic and peaceable

On the dark side....

Indecisive and changeable
Gullible and easily infuenced
Flirtatious and self-indulgent

Likes

The finer things in life
Sharing conviviality
Gentleness
Wholesomeness

Dislikes

Violence
Injustice
Brutishness
Being a slave to fashion

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