“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.
Tree: Weeping Willow, Lime, Olive, Hazelnut
September Birthstone – Sapphire
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.
September Birth Tree:
Famous People born in September:
Adam Sandler- September 9, 1966
Raquel Welch- September 5, 1940
Charlie Sheen- September 3,1965
Jada Pinkett-Smith- September 18, 1971
Banishing A Love Rival
By Edain McCoy
Dragon’s Blood Ink
This spell from New Orleans encourages a love rival to turn his or her attention elsewhere and is best done on Friday or Saturday night during a Waning or New Moon. Beginning after Sundown, gather some raw meat a little past its prime, something “broken,” some angelica, a garlic clove and a leek. Tie these items together in a cheesecloth bound by black thread. On the outside paint the letter “X” three times in dragon’s blood ink. Douse the entire charm know as a gris-gris in New Orleans in lime juice. Before dawn, take the charm to your rival’s home and toss it onto the lawn saying:
“By this spell, you must find a love that steals your heart and mind. Turn your heart from my love, and make a new start.”
SPELL TO STOP A TROUBLE MAKER JAR
Write the name of the person on a piece of parchment/paper, fold it twice.
Take a lime and cut it twice, once diagonally and once horizontally, but don’t cut it all the
way into four pieces. Place the paper or parchment inside the lime and hold it together with two long steel nails. Place the lime into a clean glass jar and put into it some ash, salt and
vinegar and screw the lid on tight. The ash and salt are supposed to thwart their efforts to
cause you trouble of any kind, and the vinegar and lime should sour their own affairs at the same time.
Everyone else might be dancing in honor of today’s Lughnasad, or the Celtic celebration of the upcoming harvest, but I’ll be making some magically delicious ‘Lammas Cooler’ to keep the heat away and the mystical here to stay. If you’d like to join me in this uplifting libation then you’ll need one half cup each of blueberry puree and freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately a dozen limes), three tablespoons of agave sweetener, two tablespoons of brown sugar, three cups of cold spring water and some fresh mint for garnish. Place the berries and the agave in a blender and blend until smooth. In a mixing bowl stir the puree, lime juice and the sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Divide this mixture among drinking glasses filled with crushed or shaved ice. Stir in the spring water and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Of course, it couldn’t hurt if you’d like to add a little something more potently potable. Either way, the Llamas libation is believed to banish the blues while allowing you to feel lighter, brighter and better about life in general. Now, that’s a wonderful way to start a waning summer month!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com