Communication planet Mercury moves into fair and sociable Libra on August 27, 2015, putting us in a much gentler frame of mind than we’ve been in since Mercury moved into critical Virgo at the beginning of the month.
Mental Mercury becomes so much more fair-minded while in airy Libra that we can’t help but communicate our thoughts more effectively, see everyone’s differing points of view, and generally just get along better with others.
If your thinking has been too sharp for the past few weeks and it’s been causing trouble in personal relationships, things should become more peaceful now. This is a time for honesty and patience and soft-spoken words, so we all have a much better chance of being heard and understood.
In fact, if you’ve had any misunderstandings or fights, or if you’re holding a long-term grudge with someone, this is a good time to resolve it. Libra loves to build bridges and connect us with each other, so it’s truly possible you’ll be better able to overcome your differences during this time.
One challenge of this kind transit is the tendency to be too nice. Can one ever be too nice, you ask? Well, yes, when it interferes with being truthful. Don’t sugar coat things or withhold just to avoid rocking the boat. Speak the truth while Mercury is in Libra, because even if you disagree with someone during this time, they’ll get where you’re coming from.
Mercury enters Libra today for a longer stay than usual due to an upcoming retrograde cycle in the sign (Mercury will retrograde from September 17th to October 9th), until November 2nd.
•The Moon is in Capricorn until 4:03 AM.
•The Moon is void from 3:19 AM to 4:03 AM.
•The Moon is in Aquarius from 4:03 AM forward (until Saturday, August 29th, at 4:50 AM).
•The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
•A First Quarter Moon occurred on the 22nd and a Full Moon will occur on the 29th (in Pisces).
•Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
•Mercury enters Libra today (Mercury transits Libra from August 27-November 2).
Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.
There can be a building desire to improve these days, dear Aries, although there can be a hurdle today that likely revolves around the past or your own guilty feelings about enjoying yourself and moving forward in your love life. Do what you can to build your faith in your creativity and make peace with the past. This will free you up to take better advantage of opportunities this week, as you are looking especially good and might even be the object of desire. Charm comes naturally. Good energy is with you for expanding your personal horizons through creative endeavors. Love can be magical and your powers of attraction are strong. It’s a good time for friendships and dating, personal attraction, and your social life in general. There may be good news on a financial level for some of you, and a sense of abundance for others.
There can be some frustrations with friends and family if they are not mixing well in some way, dear Taurus, or you could be feeling conflicted about plans that haven’t come together well. Adjustments and sacrifices are in order, but dealing with these now can help to free you up for real opportunities revolving around your home, family, and personal life later today and tomorrow. Nice opportunities can arise to bond with those closest to you. This can also be a time for buying a special item for the home, or when money comes through. Taking a trip down memory lane can be satisfying now. There is mostly good humor today, although you can be a little prone to impracticality and exaggeration. This is a good time to expand contact, strengthen ties, and find peace with the past. Your powers of attraction skyrocket.
If you’ve been taking on too many new interests, you’ll feel the need to tone things down, dear Gemini. There can be information overload, or new information comes up that challenges a previous belief or your own optimistic outlook. Find ways to straighten things out now, and to alleviate stress, as a very pleasant aspect occurring later today and into tomorrow can bring opportunities. Let go of attitudes and projects that no longer serve you or that are less important so that you can make room for the new. Watch for opportunities in the form of new interests, connections, and learning. For some, there could be a creative project, speaking engagement, a publishing of your work, or even a romantic connection made. Success tends to come through word of mouth, others, or clever ideas. People are appreciating your ideas and the power of your words is strong. Your good cheer and optimism can help strengthen close relationships.
Something happening today, or simply a feeling, can lead you to question a belief, goal, project, or even a person, dear Cancer. If you don’t have the answers right now, have faith that you may not need them at the moment. Consider carefully ways that guilt may be undermining you or keeping you from enjoying yourself. There is a Venus-Jupiter alignment today and tomorrow that can bring in nice prospects or opportunities to feel more comfortable and secure. Money is not just about security for you these days, however – it’s also about freedom. You may be especially motivated to make more, and this attitude can bring greater wealth into your life. This can be a good time for starting or advancing projects that have long-term appeal and profitability. Some of you could uncover a resource or information that benefits you greatly. There could be a significant gift or bonus or you may simply be feeling generous, with others and yourself! Opportunities to make more money could emerge for some of you. Think big and vow to take care of the details later, as the details may not yet be clear – do some overview thinking.
Jupiter in your sign tends to put you in the spotlight in a very pleasant way these days, dear Leo, but when it forms difficult aspects, there can be some downsides. Today, Jupiter is in awkward angle to Chiron, and you could suddenly feel that you have less answers than you did before. It’s a brief time of doubting or questioning where you’re headed, your current path, or your alliances, and for some, a moral dilemma can be part of the picture. Simplifying, organizing, and eliminating excess can be helpful if you’re feeling uncertain. Look for ways to make adjustments so that you can fully enjoy Jupiter’s alignment with Venus, which can fill you with a nice sense of abundance, perhaps as if puzzle pieces are coming together. Attracting support from others, if you need it, can be easier, and romantic attention is quite likely. You would do well to put a past grudge behind you, as this is a good time for it. You tend to gravitate towards healthy people and situations.
A close relationship might be a little strained today, dear Virgo, if topics are being dredged up from the past, or a secret emerges in a disruptive manner. Insecurities can cloud judgment right now. However, find ways to move out of your comfort zone and rise above insecurities and fears, as there can be distinct opportunities to free yourself from a burdensome attachment. Some of you can benefit from synchronicity – something surfaces now, such as an unusual coincidence, that brings some joy into your life. A private matter can also stimulate happy and warm feelings. Helping others, performing a generous act or service, and possibly behind the scenes or anonymously, can be satisfying. Some of you could revive an old relationship or find out about a secret attraction. Love may be complicated but rich. There can be the discovery of an untapped resource now.
You might come to a realization or concern that certain details of a project or goal are not particularly practical and realistic, dear Libra. If you’ve been taking on too much recently, you’ll feel that excess now and wonder how you can manage everything. However, it’s very important to make the adjustments you need to make and avoid dwelling on the negative now, as there is also strong energy for opportunities. You are connecting with spirited, interesting people, and while your eagerness to share and enjoy others can sometimes have you going overboard, approaching these things with a little more moderation can be wonderful and a stress reducer. Positive attention can come through enthusiastically helping others. For some of you, a friend can come to your aid. Some of you might enjoy new friendships or meet a love interest through a group, friend, or social networking. Don’t hide yourself away at this time, but also be wary of overdoing your pursuit of pleasure or for taking on too many commitments.
A recurring aspect between Jupiter in your reputation /career sector and Chiron in your sector of romance / creativity comes exact today, dear Scorpio, and this is the final one in a set. For some of you insecurities can emerge when it comes to creative endeavors that stop you in your tracks and perhaps have you questioning long-term goals. You could experience a moral dilemma with your work or reputation. Instead of allowing insecurities to drive your actions, aim to learn more about them in order to make important attitude changes, as tonight and tomorrow, Jupiter aligns with Venus helping to open up doors on professional or public levels. This can be, in fact, a strong time for long-term vision, career, and reputation matters, especially if you put yourself out in the world with confidence. You can be in the position to improve your career or financial state now, and for some, your reputation gets a nice boost. People are enjoying and appreciating what you do. You can feel particularly good about your future, where you’re heading, and your ability to manage others. There can be romantic or friendly connections now, and especially through public exposure or business affairs.
You might experience some guilty feelings if you haven’t paid enough attention to important people in your life, dear Sagittarius. There could be a moral dilemma of sorts. However, communication coming out of any dilemmas experienced today can take you to a much healthier place. Talk things out or through, and you will feel your motivation building. You are feeling in big terms now, after a possibly bumpy morning. There are romantic possibilities these days, and particularly with people of a different background than yours, or who are offering you an entirely different perspective on life. Intelligence attracts! You are more adventurous with your feelings and bolder with your affections. Sharing your ideas with others might even lead to bigger opportunities. The future looks bright, and some of you could be making educational or travel plans.
A recurring aspect between Jupiter and Chiron comes exact again today, dear Capricorn, and this can have you questioning your current path, worrying about having paid too much attention to your personal life at the expense of other important activities, or dealing with an insecure partner. Avoid subconsciously expecting too much from others, or putting all of your eggs into one basket. Rise above insecurities in order to enjoy another important energy available today that can lead to the strengthening of a relationship or connection with someone. There could be word of money or support coming through, a windfall of sorts, or an open-hearted conversation that makes you feel quite wonderful. Your people instincts are especially strong, and you may find joy through an intimate moment or a moment of profound self-honesty. This is an excellent time for talking about your needs, as others are responsive and some of the usual barriers and boundaries dissolve.
While there can be somewhat demotivating energy surrounding partnerships, values, resources, and finances right now, Aquarius, getting over this hump can be very much worth your while today, as there can be distinct opportunities to win others over or to enhance a relationship. If someone feels they’re giving more than they are receiving, or if there are noticeable discrepancies in values and attitudes about money, then put the energy forth to make the necessary adjustments. This can be a good time for attracting a pleasant or helpful person into your life. There can be mutual benefit through others today, and you might reach a new level of understanding with someone special. You can experience joy in feeling part of a partnership now, if applicable, or if you’re not paired up with anyone, simply being around and being supportive of someone special. You are expressing real confidence and you have a strong desire to move forward – to forgive and forget.
While there can be some tendency to second-guess your recent decisions or to lose focus, it’s very important to take extra time to realign yourself with what you are looking for, as there is excellent energy with you for opportunities to improve or enjoy your daily life and bodily concerns (health matters, work, and so forth). Look out for impractical thinking and too-high expectations, but do watch for interesting possibilities. Good humor can be healing today. You may be feeling happy about getting things done or being of service. Be open about making connections and socializing in places you never thought to do so, and find new ways to explore and enjoy the work you perform or the services you render on a daily basis.
While you’re emotionally prepared for non-routine experiences today, dear Aries, this is in fact a wonderful time to nurture and develop your pet projects or work today. Conditions as well as people in your life seem to support your efforts, or at least allow you the pleasure of going about doing what you want to do without guilt or distraction. You could be motivated to work harder because of clear goals or to better take care of you and yours. There is a real protector in you these days.
You may be learning new things about your love life today, dear Taurus, and you are in better touch with your deeper feelings. There is a feeling that love can overcome anything. This is also a good time for career developments or moves. People look at you with more respect, as you have special executive ability and can easily manage others in fair ways. You have a way of being practical, calm, persistent, and sensible, and these things earn you natural respect. Today and tomorrow, make sure you are around people you love and showing your care. These are strong days for building close relationships.
You can be providing support today in a great range of positions or roles, dear Gemini. You instinctively know that there are learning experiences to be found virtually everywhere, and today, opportunities are rich through friends or networking activities. This is a more sociable day than most, and it’s especially important, both today and tomorrow, to reach out and make connections. Open the lines of communication, as opportunities to advance your current interests and to welcome new people and experiences abound now.
If your life can benefit from doing some research or investigating a particular topic further, dear Cancer, today is an excellent time to dig in. You are in a great position to look for answers, and your eye for uncovering the right information is keen. The day also favors work in general, as well as nurturing relationships with superiors or people who can help you achieve your goals. Emotional focus today is on being useful and productive – satisfy this need, and you’re likely to be feeling especially satisfied and happy. The glamorous stuff can wait!
This can be a powerful day for nurturing your relationships, dear Leo, as your dedication is clear (or that of a partner or friend) and this can help strengthen a bond and enhance a feeling of camaraderie. Today and tomorrow are excellent for coming across well, and for people bringing out the very best in you. If there is a relationship that needs some extra care, this can be a good time for paying the attention it deserves. It’s also a strong time for PR or other promotional activities.
You have a very genuine desire to help and support others, dear Virgo, and this trait is strongly emphasized today. You can go to great lengths to find the information you need to help someone you care about, and can easily get a bit carried away with research or delving a little more deeply into whatever topic or project you’re currently interested in. There can be a stronger need for a bit of solitude or for familiar faces and activities today, as you’d prefer some time to recoup emotionally. However, your mind is very busy, and you should take advantage of this extra focus.
Your powers of attraction and personal magnetism are special today, dear Libra, and your own feelings tend to match the intensity you’re projecting. This is a good day for expressing yourself through creative mediums. You are also coming across as reliable and valuable, so that relationships of all kinds can benefit. Today and tomorrow are especially strong for repairing and strengthening your friendships and partnerships. You are not only received well, you’re also finding more value in the connections you make, and this is radiated in happy ways in whatever you’re doing now.
Today brings good energy for emotional connections and the work that goes into making relationships healthy and satisfying, dear Scorpio. It’s also a fine time for putting in extra energy when it comes to personal interests, work, and fitness or other health programs and routines. You’re motivated to provide, support, and nurture the people you love and to honor the processes that help you and yours thrive. People are drawn to you today – they seem to appreciate all that you do, and find your presence calming and possibly even healing.
This can be a wonderful day for finding new ways to communicate, dear Sagittarius, as well as to show how much you care about someone through your words or simply the act of reaching out and making a connection. You may be in the position of go-between now. The Moon has moved into your sign, and emotions are heightened. There can be an urgency felt now when it comes to fulfilling your emotional needs, but taming this a little can go a long way towards greater happiness today. Be moderate, but listen closely to the feelings that surface now.
There is a strong focus on making life more secure and fulfilling today, dar Capricorn. A happy and safe environment at home can be a prime motivator now, and you seem to have the support of others and circumstances to find ways to improve your well-being. You can also be experiencing deeper desires and a need for a stronger connection with someone special. The Moon has moved into your privacy zone, and attention is drawn to your inner world as well today. You may need more time alone to think, decide, and process recent events and feelings.
This is a strong day for working on pet projects or studies, dear Aquarius, as you can be super motivated to put time and effort into your work and interests. You have a special way with words today, and you may be recognized for your insight, wit, intelligence, and concern or care. Your ability to get to the point is strong, and your ability to see what others may need is powerful as well. Today and tomorrow are especially good days for meeting new people or enhancing existing relationships with warm, generous energy.
This can be a time when you’re especially motivated to make yourself more secure, dear Pisces, and if this means working harder to make more money, then so be it. You are feeling particularly independent and focused. This is also a good day for releasing resentment or negative feelings in order to move past or beyond an emotionally “stuck” place. Today and tomorrow are particularly strong for letting go so that you can more fully appreciate the good in your life.
Expect an electric bolt of excitement in your love life this Monday as Venus makes a perfect trine to Uranus, the planet of surprises. You might meet someone special unexpectedly and feel as if it’s “love at first sight.” If attached, you and your partner may enjoy doing something together that you usually don’t do. Go ahead and shake things up — variety is the spice of life! Then, on Wednesday, Venus and Jupiter will embrace in a gorgeous conjunction to offer the very best of romantic indulgence. Your lover may splurge on an expensive gift or a grand gesture of affection. Take it!
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You’ll have the most stimulating love life potential this week so be sure to make the most of it! On Monday, you might find romance in the unlikeliest circumstance. Someone who you think would never be “your type” may wind up being your perfect soul mate. Go ahead and date someone out of your comfort zone — you won’t regret it. Then, on Wednesday, romance gets even sweeter. One way or another you’re sure to feel the love.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
The very best of your romantic potential this week is somehow connected to home. Perhaps you and your lover are in the mood to nest for most of the week. It’s also possible that the two of you are making serious plans to move in together — and it might happen quite unexpectedly. Circumstances that quickly shake things up between you and your lover will happily go in the right direction. Open your heart and go with the flow.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
This week you may have an opportunity to release yourself from a certain fear you’ve been carrying around connected to sharing resources with your partner. If you’ve been holding back on a commitment due to anxiety over how you would divvy up what is “yours” and “mine” then you can expect an awakening on Wednesday. At the very least it’ll open up dialogue for an honest conversation about what’s holding you back from this relationship merger.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
A situation between you and your partner will likely come to a head this Wednesday, thanks to a Full Moon in your relationship sector. If you and your mate are on solid ground, then you have no need to worry about this Full Moon breaking things apart. In fact, it may present a situation that helps each of you realize just how deep your love is. If, in fact, the two of you are going through a rough patch, it might be time for an honest conversation.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You’re in an enviable position this week. Both of the benefic planets in the zodiac — Venus and Jupiter — are currently touring your sign and will embrace this Wednesday. As a result you’ll possess an incredible type of allure and charisma that’ll be hard for anyone to resist. Your heart is open wide and you’re ready to give all of your love to someone special. Someone who truly deserves what you have to offer. Go ahead, give all you’ve got. Love is beautiful. And so are you!
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
If you’ve been wrapped up in a casual affair or if you’re dating someone and things just aren’t progressing, you may have a reality check on the situation. The emotional sobriety you’ll feel will help you end a lackluster connection with someone without you feeling as if there’s nothing left for you in terms of romantic potential. In fact, there’s every indication that you have feelings for someone else and are keeping them secret. This week, you may be ready to change that.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
A love connection that has the potential to turn into something substantial might happen for you — in an instant! On Monday, you may meet someone in an unexpected situation. One of your friends might set you up with someone for example, but not let you in on the secret. You might think you’re meeting your pal for drinks after work but he or she brings along a “friend” who also happens to be exactly your type. Yep, that’s exactly how this week might go for you in love. Unexpected but happy developments. Enjoy!
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
If you’re single, it’s possible that an enchanting love connection is near. The person you meet while traveling or working on an internationally related creative project might be serious soul mate material. At the very least, the two of you will have stars in your eyes for the first date. If you’re dating someone, then you may discover that you share a deeper spiritual connection than you originally thought.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Romance might be connected to spiritual or intellectual pursuits this week. You might have a crush on your professor or other mentor who you hold in high regard. Much to your delight, on Wednesday it’s possible that you’ll discover the feeling is mutual. Although this person has wisdom beyond his or her years, you still feel a deep connection. It’s worth exploring. If you’re attached, it’ll be a five star communication week for you and your mate. Make a vital decision together.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You’ll wear your heart on your sleeve thanks to a Full Moon in your sign on Wednesday. If there are any feelings you’ve been keeping to yourself that you know are only hurting your relationship, this is the time to “come clean”. Be vulnerable enough to share your innermost thoughts about whatever is troubling you. You’ll be surprised at how receptive your mate is. He or she might have been waiting for this moment all along.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Communication with your love will be at an all-time high this week. Mercury, now in your true love sector, will be at a gorgeous angle to several planets — Uranus, Venus and Jupiter. Expect sweet conversations about stimulating topics that allow you and your mate to fall even deeper in love. This week, you may also receive a lovely surprise from your partner. It can be an indulgent gift, sweet gesture or declaration of love that takes your breath away.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You may re-evaluate the company you keep this week and realize that a social connection isn’t worth the stress you’ve been feeling. Talk to your partner about this situation since there’s a good chance that he or she will be able to offer some valuable perspective on the situation. At the very least, your mate will be the ideal sounding board if you simply need to think out loud. On Wednesday, romance is divine. Enjoy the fairytale.
“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne
Zodiac: Libra until October 22 and Scorpio from October 23
Gemstone: Tourmaline, Opal
Tourmaline is available in many colors — and many stones are bi-color or tri-color, containing multiple hues. It is often referred to as “the gemstone of the rainbow,” and signifies love and friendship. Opal means “precious jewel.” Like the tourmaline, it’s often multi-hued, and it signifies faithfulness and confidence.
Flowers: Marigold and Cosmo
The marigold brings a message of undying love. The other October bloom is the cosmo, which symbolizes peace and serenity.
October’s birth flower is the pumpkin bloom. Just kidding—it’s actually the marigold. Marigolds are often given as a sign of warm or fierce, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient. The other October flower is cosmo, a symbol of order, peace, and serenity.
The Opal is the birthstone of October. The name, “Opal”, means “to see a change in color” and might make one drift off to daydreaming and envision a rainbow following a summer rain. Ancient monarchs treasured the opal mainly for its protective powers. Thus, they were set in into their crowns and worn in necklaces. The opal dates back to prehistoric times and according to Arabic legend, fell from heaven in a flash of lightening.
The Latin word, “opalus”, means precious jewel, and that it is. It contains up to thirty percent water and must be protected from harsh chemicals and heat. If not, they can cause the opal to dry out and may lead to a loss in its luster and cracking. It can also be broken very easily and must be guarded from any knocks or blows. The opal is made up of a non-crystallized silica, that can be found near the earth’s surface, typically in areas where geothermal springs once existed. Opal is mainly found in Australia, where ninety-five percent of the world’s black and white opals are mined. They are also found in Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
For centuries, before time was even recorded, the discovery of precious gems within the Earth’s crust inspired many. With each discovery, humans believed that there was a cosmic connection and energy emitted from these gemstones. As time went on, they became symbolic of certain times within the year. The calendar we are all familiar with today, the Gregorian Calendar or Western Calendar has a stone symbolic for each month of the year. For those offering these gemstones as gifts to their loved ones, they have been believed to possess magical or healing powers, or sometimes seen as a gift offering protection. Each of these precious stones are unique not only in their compositions, but their energies and strengthening powers.
The gift of an Opal symbolizes confidence and faithfulness and can be used to ward off nightmares. They have even been ground and ingested for healing properties to treat issues relating to the eyes. It has also been gifted to those going into battle for protection and utilized to ease child birth. It symbolizes hope, loyalty, happiness, innocence and purity. It should be stated that the most common of all opals, recognized by its pearly iridescent hues of aqua and baby blues and pinks, should be given as a gift to only those born in October, otherwise they can be a token of bad luck. However, lucky for other lovers of the October birthstone opal, the opal ranges in many colors and shades from all over the world. Another form of opal known as fire opal is transparent of orange and red colors with flicks of yellow, but the most valuable are that of the black or gem opals, which showcase one or more colors against a background of black.
Other Symbols of October:
The Candula. It is usually associated with grief, sorrow and despair.
October Birth Trees:
The Rowan, Maple and Walnut. The Rowan tree will guard against enchantment, and was also used in the art of metal divining. The berries of the Rowan tree feeds birds during long winters and have a pentagram shape. This shape is an ancient symbol of protection. Due to the berries shape, it is no surprise that it has also been referred to as the “Witch Tree”.
“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, With summer’s best of weather, And autumn’s best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson
Zodiac: Virgo until September 23 and Libra from September 23
The vibrant gemstone is said to protect loved ones from envy and harm. It is associated with heaven — in medieval times, clergy wore the gems to symbolize heaven. Sapphires are generally thought of being various shades of blue, but they occur in hues of purple, green, orange, yellow and even pink.
Flower: Aster, Morning Glory
A symbol of powerful love, the aster is joined by September’s other flower, the morning glory, a symbol of affection.
The Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The deep blue color is most associated with this stone and was one of the most popular among Christians in earlier biblical times. This mysterious, abyssal depth of blue symbolizes heavenly grace and ancient Persian civilizations thought of the world set in front of a giant sapphire during the night sky.
The word sapphire is derived from the Greek word, “sapheiros”, “means “precious stone”. It is a reflection of constancy, and blesses its owner with clairvoyance, interpretation and insight. In earlier times it was also used to increase the power from Venus, banishing evil thoughts. Kings and priests favored this gemstone the most and saw in the sapphire a token for wisdom and purity. According to the bible, it is believed that the Ten Commandments were written on tablets of sapphire. There are many healing properties of the sapphire from lowering fevers, and curing hearing problems. It can relieve pain from cancer and also burns.
It can be found in Burma, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Kasmir, Cambodia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka(once a part of India), where it was mined for as early as the seventh century BC. There are a variety of colors they can be found in other than blue, but include pink, yellow and white as well. These are referred to as “fancy sapphires”. The blue color is given by very small amounts of oxide, iron and titanium within the stone. India boasts having found the most famous and largest of sapphires, weighing in at 563-carats. Its home resides in the American Museum of Natural History. As it is in the same family of the ruby, like the ruby, it is also second to the diamond in hardness, making it an ideal gemstone for jewelry.
It is a traditional gift for the fifth wedding anniversary, and has been given in place of a diamond for an engagement ring. Princess Diana had an engagement ring given to her by Prince Charles, and is also the engagement ring of Princess Anne. When wearing a sapphire, it is believed that it will give to its owner anything their heart desires; wealth, longevity, happiness and health. It also can restore lost property and wealth, alleviating long-term misfortune.
Each month and its season month throughout the year brings in a new cycle. It does not need to be stated that each of these seasons have a renewed energy, and a new meaning. Specific gemstones throughout many centuries have been designated to symbolize our birth-month. These stones are in accordance with the Gregorian or Western Calendar. Earlier civilizations of India and Babylonia viewed gemstones as magical, mystical symbols. They believed that each one possessed a magical attribute or property that connected their significance aligning with the Zodiac calendar.
Other interesting facts about the September Birthstone Sapphire:
-It is said that it must be set in silver or white metal and worn on the middle finger for any therapeutic purposes.
-Suspicions of ancient India state that the gem should be kept close to one’s skin or under the pillow while sleeping for at least one week before the final purchase is made.
-It is one of the navagraha stones, that represent each of the nine planets. Standing for Saturn it is related to duty and salvation.
Other September symbols:
September Birth Flower:
Aster and Morning Glory. The symbolic meaning of the morning glory is one of affection.
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