A Little About August Birth Symbols

August Babies

“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen, The hey-day of the year, With robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear.” —R. Combe Miller

Zodiac: Leo until August 22 and Virgo from August 23

Gemstone: Peridot
The gemstone is formed deep inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. They are believed to contain healing powers that protect against nightmares and bring the wearer power and influence. Colors range from yellowish green to a greenish brown.

Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy
The gladiolus brings remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. Poppy is also a popular August flower: red means pleasure, white means consolation, and yellow brings wishes of wealth and success.

Tree: Cypress, Poplar, Cedar, Pine

FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#09

August’s birth flower is gladiolus, or ‘sword lily.’ Gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. With gladiolus, the recipient’s heart is being “pierced with love.” The other August flower is the poppy. A red poppy signifies pleasure, a white poppy is given for consolation, and a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

August Birthstone – Peridot

Peridot, a symbol of vitality and is the gemstone for people born in August. The official name for peridot is olivine, and can be found in a wide spectrum of green from light-yellow to dark olive. The Egyptians were known to mine for the peridot on Saint John’s Island around 1500 BC. It was used to ward off night terrors and more specifically, when set in gold, would ward off evil. It has also been ground into a fine powder to treat asthma sufferers and used as a cure for thirst most experience during a fever. It has been said that its owner, when worn would have the power of invisibility, and that if a thief about to be hanged or beheaded might escape if one was held in their mouth. It can bring peace, protection and sleep. It has also been worn to calm anger by soothing ones nerves, expelling negative energy. They also can attract love.

The peridot has many symbolic purposes, one that it promises growth for the future and gives strength to individuals and those in relationships. Peridot is a brilliant young green and were first discovered in the black sands of Hawaii. Hawaiian legend states they were tears shed by the volcanic goddess, Pele. It is a connection to nature and Early Egyptians drank from cups made of peridot, believing they would be drawn closer to the goddess of nature, Isis.

The Egyptians also called it the “gem of the sun”, due to its brilliance that it would showcase in the desert sun. By miners, it is said that even in darkness, the peridot could be seen, and they would mark the location. They would then return in the daytime to retrieve them. Perhaps this is why the peridot is at times referred to as the “evening emerald”. Today, it is mined in Hawaii, the Congo, Arizona, Burma, Norway, Australia and Brazil.

August is a month in which for many is viewed as the end of the summer cycle. A time when some need to make plans and begin preparing for the cooler months of fall. It is a time of harvest and hard work. Our bodies are challenged with physical work and long hours. This is a time when one might need to search for strength from an outside source or symbol. During this month we are once again in touch with the earth and the significant seasonal shifts. The birthstones representing each month are meant to empower their owners with gifts specifically needed for each of these seasonal shifts. When the human condition falls short of spiritual or mental needs, these precious stones have been believed to gift their owners strength and endurance in many forms.

Other interesting facts about the August Birthstone of Peridot:

-They were discovered first in Egypt on a tiny island named Zabargard over four-thousand years ago

-In earlier times, Catholic Bishops would wear a peridot ring as a symbol of their purity

-In Medieval times, churches were obsessively adorned by them

-Considered a gift from Mother Nature

-They are created from the conditions of extreme heat from volcanoes

-The most abundant deposits are found in Burma.

-They have been recommended for gall bladder and liver illness

Other Symbols of August:

August Birth Flower:

The Poppy, more specifically the poppy native to the Mediterranean regions. These yield a source of opium, that in the ancient world would bring on sleep and ease pain when taken in smaller amounts. Poppies were associated with the god of sleep, Hypnos and Morpheus, the god of dreams by the Greeks.

August Birth Tree:

The Pine tree. It represents, immortality and longevity.

Famous People Born in August:

Charlize Theron- August 7, 1975

Robert De Niro- August 17, 1943

Audrey Tautou- August 9, 1976

Martin Sheen- August 3, 1940

Andy Warhol- August 6, 1928

Jack Black- August 28, 1969

– See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/august-birthstone-peridot/#sthash.VeUaoXRo.dpuf

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A Little About July Birth Symbols

July Babies

“The glowing Ruby should adorn, Those who in warm July are born, Then will they be exempt and free, From love’s doubt and anxiety.” —Edward Dowden

Zodiac: Cancer until July 22 and Leo from July 23

Gemstone: Ruby
The gemstone’s vivid red color is a showstopper. Rubies are believed to protect your health and bring wisdom, wealth and success in love (though that last wish is a little premature for your wee one!).

Flower: Larkspur, Water Lily
The larkspur generally stands for strong bonds of love, but different colors have different meanings: Pink means fickleness, white means a happy disposition, and purple is first love. The month’s other flower, the water lily, connotes purity and majesty.

Tree: Apple, Fir, Elm, Cypress

FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#08

July’s birth flower is larkspur. Each color variation of larkspur has a different meaning: pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature, and purple normally represents a first love. Generally, larkspur indicates strong bonds of love. The other July flower is the water lily, which signifies purity and majesty.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

July Birthstone – Ruby

The brilliant Ruby is given to those who are born in July. Next to the diamond, it is the second hardest material on Earth. The wearer will be found in good luck and have strong protection. It stands for courage, integrity, happiness and devotion. Ruby is derived from “ruber” in Latin, meaning red, the traditional more sought after color of this precious stone.

The ruby can be found in a variety of shades form deep strawberry to even violet. The amount of aluminum oxide it contains will dictate its shade. Today, the color of many rubies is caused by man-made heat treatments.

The mining of rubies dates back to over 2,500 years ago. There are ruby mines in Thailand, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Napal, Vietnam and India, where it is believed that if you made an offering of rubies to Lord Krishna, you would be reincarnated as an emperor.

According to the Gregorian calendar, also known as the Western calendar, there are specific gemstones have been designated to symbolize our birth-month. Referred to as birthstones, each one aligns with the energy of its given month and the season of where it falls within a year. According to a Jewish historian, Josephus, he claimed that the breastplate of Aaron was inlaid twelve stones. Each of these stones had a connection with the twelve months of the year. Each precious stone aligns with the season, mental and spiritual energies. They are much sought after for their legends of magical and healing powers.

The Hindus regard the ruby at the “Lord of Gems”. In biblical terms, it is a symbol of fire, passion, love, power and importance. For some owners it may bestow upon them fame, virtue, and a commanding power, however, it is discouraged from women, as regular use will destroy body luster. Red is a powerful color, so the ruby has been used for treating blood illnesses and utilized to increase thought patterns, eliminate depression, cures fevers, and gout. For these uses, it is recommended to be worn on the ring finger. It is given as a gift to bring its owner success and prosperity, and will enable one to live a long life. Ruby is one of the family in navagraha stones, which are stones representing the nine planets and have a cosmic influence on every inhabitant. It represents the sun and is seen as the stone closest related to our souls.

Other Interesting facts about the July Birthstone Ruby:

-Whether ruby is in the same family as the sapphire

-In India, a ruby ring is worn for astrological reasons

-Ruby is often preferred to the diamond as an engagement ring, due to its rich color and symbolism

-Ninety percent of rubies in the market today have been heat treated to enhance their quality

-To bring good fortune, it should be worn on the left hand

-Legend states that only if it is worn by its rightful owner, will it bring about positive powers

Other July Symbols:

July Birth Flower:

Water Lily and the Larkspur. The water lily is given through “purity of heart”, and the larkspur inspires levity and lightness.

July Birth Tree:

The Elm tree, a symbol of strength of will and intuition

Famous People Born in July:

Arnold Schwarzenegger- July 30, 1947

Will Smith- July 4, 1981

Sylvester Stallone- July 6, 1946

Donald Sutherland- July 17, 1935

Hillary Swank- July 30, 1974

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A Little About May Birth Symbols

    • FROM:  http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#06

      May Babies

      “Spring’s last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet, Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet, and golden locks in breezy play, Half teasing and half tender, to repeat Her song of ‘May.'” —Susan Coolidge

      Zodiac: Taurus until May 20 and Gemini from May 21

      Gemstone: Emerald
      Symbolizing love and success, the deep green stone is thought to bring foresight, good fortune and youth to the wearer. It’s also a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings — an appropriate symbol of spring.

      Flower: Lily of the Valley
      The lily of the valley represents sweetness and humility, purity of heart and honor.

      Tree: Poplar, Chestnut, Ash

      FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

      May’s birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. If you want to show your loved one that your life is complete with them, give them a few lilies of the valley. The other May flower is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness. Hawthorne signifies that you want only the best for the recipient.

      FROM: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/

      May Birthstone – Emerald

      May Birthstone Emerald

      The gemstone representing May, is the Emerald. As spring in the northern hemisphere occurs in May, the emerald stands for a time of rebirth and growth. The French refer to the emerald’s inclusions and fractures as “jardin’s”, translated as garden, resembling the color of spring foliage.

      For each stone of the Gregorian calendar, each month of the year brings in a new cycle. Each cycle represents a new season, has a renewed energy, and a new meaning. The month of May is one of abundance and life in it’s youthful beauty. Following the rainy month of April, the month of May is one that symbolizes fresh, new, green life. The emerald as a precious stone for the month of May. Beautiful, fertile valleys blessed with rain are symbolic of the Emerald in that both offer energy both in a spiritual and physical sense giving sustenance for one who might own an Emerald and for those living within the valleys.

      The emerald has been a symbol since the Egyptians engraved the stone with pictures of foliage. It would then be gifted to their deceased loved ones for their burials to represent eternal youth. It is the Egyptians who mined emeralds in the desert to the east over two-thousand years before the birth of Cleopatra. During her reign, this was her favorite stone, and even claimed one of the emerald mines as her own. She would bestow an emerald to a visiting dignitary on their departure. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in South America, they noticed that the natives were wearing some of the largest emeralds they had ever seen. They attempted to hide the mines from the Conquistadors, but were unsuccessful. Today, that area is known as Columbia, where some of the most prize emeralds are unearthed. There are sources of emeralds that have been found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Russia.

      The Romans regarded the emerald representative to the goddess of love, Venus. They wore the gem to honor Aphrodite, their adopted goddess of love for fertility, beauty and love. Their emperor, Nero had eyeglasses that were made of emerald so that he might watch the gladiators battle and maintain his eyes’ health, and to ease the strain upon his eyes.

      These crystals grow slowly within the confines of metamorphic rock, making them rare and thus, very valuable and expensive, sometimes more so than diamonds. It represents wisdom, patience and growth. It often given as an anniversary gift, as these characteristics in a relationship are important. It also represents friendship, faithfulness and loyalty, and they have been utilized for the effective treatment of health issues related to fertility, eyes, spine and for headaches. The Emerald can prevent seizures, reduce fevers and stop bleeding.

      Some other interesting facts about the May Birthstone Emerald:

      -Mostly all Emeralds have been treated with an epoxy resin or oil to fill in surface cracks making them less visible

      -Some of the oils used to treat Emeralds are clear, however, some are tinted green in order to make them appear more vivid

      -Mummies were buried with emeralds

      -It is often times worn by travelers for luck and has legends of calming stormy seas

      Other symbols of May

      May Birth Flower:

      Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn. Hawthorns flower in May and symbolizes the return of spring and summer. Maypoles were constructed of hawthorn.

      May Birth Tree:

      Ash, Popular, and Chestnut

      Famous People born in May:

      Fred Astaire- May 10, 1899

      Mr. T- May 21, 1943

      Bing Crosby- May 2, 1903

      Tina Fey- May 18, 1970

      Audrey Hepburn- May 4, 1929

      Candice Bergen- May 9, 1946

      Anne Heche- May 25, 1969

      Cate Blanchet- May 14, 1969

      See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/may-birthstone-emerald/#sthash.VNnsHCVq.dpuf

A Little About February Birth Symbols

February Babies

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” —Gertrude S. WisterZodiac: Aquarius until February 18 and Pisces from February 19

Gemstone: Amethyst
Amethyst is believed to bring the wearer courage, clarity and quick wit. The stone has long been associated with royalty in addition to myths and legends across many cultures.

Flower: Violet, Primrose
The violet stands for loyalty and faithfulness. Another February flower, a gift of a primrose lets the recipient know you can’t live without them.

Tree: Cypress, Poplar, Cedar, Pine

FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#03

February’s birth flower is the violet, which signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll always be there for them. The other February flower is the primrose, which lets someone know you can’t live without them.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

February Birthstone – Amethyst

 

The gemstone representing the month of February is the Amethyst.  It is also a representative of the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces.  Amethyst is a variation of quartz, and is identified by its long prismatic crystals.  These crystals have six sides at each end that can only show their color at the tips.  Though it can come in many shades, it is only identified as the color purple.  Depending on where they originate, this gemstone is unique to its region and the mine from which it came from. Amethyst has been found in Mexico, Brazil, Namibia, Zambia and also mined in the United States from North Carolina and Maine.

In the most of the northern hemisphere, the month of February can be a one of the coldest and darkest during the winter season. During this time many suffer bouts of depression and sadness. It comes as no surprise then, the Amethyst can be given as a gift to lift a loved ones spirits so that their birth-month can be a time of celebration, even in the darkest of times. It is more than well-known that specific gemstones have been designated to symbolize our birth-month. Each gemstone in the Gregorian calendar offer certain gifts of positive energy to their owners according to the season and time of year. When one is in touch with the specific powers and special energies from each precious stone, they will be gifted with many positive attributes to last throughout their lives.

The name “amethyst” is Greek for “not drunken”, and believed that it would deter the effects of drinking alcohol in excess.  In saying this, it comes as no surprise that it symbolizes sobriety, which in turn might bring one wisdom and security.  A Greek, mythological story tells that, Dionysus, the god of intoxication, one day had been outraged by an insult from a mortal he had encountered, who then created Tigers to deal his wish to have revenge on the mortal.  Amethyst, a young maiden who was on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana, happened to appear in her path en route.  She turned a statue in to a crystalline quartz, so as to protect Amethyst from the apparent danger.  At the sight of the beautiful stone, she cried tears of wine.  Her tears stained the quartz purple, then was born amethyst.

The color purple in itself was the color of royalty, making the Amethyst noble enough to have been worn by powerful monarchs.  They are inlaid on the British Crown Jewels and were also the  beloved gemstone of Egyptian Royalty and Catherine the Great.  It is the stone of Bishops and is the symbol of piety.  For those who might receive an amethyst as a gift, it is also the symbol to create calmness and tranquility, it also grants balance in emotional times.  It was also worn to protect soldiers from the weapons of war and to give them victory over their enemies, also to ensure luck to hunters that they might have a successful kill.

The February birthstone of amethyst is also referred to as the “stone of lovers” and is the stone of St. Valentine, who is told to have always worn it.  During the days of romance and chivalry in the Middle ages, an amethyst in the shape of a heart created the greatest earthly passion a couple to remain in love  for the rest of their lives.

Other interesting facts about the month of February

February Birthstone Flower:

The Primrose or Violets

February Birthstone Tree:

The Pine tree symbolizing life, longevity and immortality.

Famous People born in February:

Elizabeth Taylor- February 27, 1932

John Travolta- February 18, 1954

Cybill Shepard- February 18, 1950

Dakota Fanning- February 23, 1994

Chris Farley- February 15, 1964

Jane Seymour- February 15, 1951

– See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/february-birthstone-amethyst/#sthash.Sd6QhSiW.dpuf