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The Birthstone for October is the Opal

Opal, the birthstone for October, is one of nature's most prized gems. The stone - which also happens to be the recommended jewelry gift for couples celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary - was mined by eastern Europeans, the Aztecs and the ancient tribes of Central Africa. Opals have been featured in the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor and the crown jewels of France. They were mentioned in the plays of Shakespeare and the novels of Sir Walter Scott. Napoleon gave an opal to Josephine. Queen Victoria gave them out as wedding gifts.

One of the reasons this gem has been so revered is because of its supposed mystical powers. Scandinavian women wore opals in their hair to prevent it from going gray. The Arabs thought opal would ward off lightning and grant invisibility to its wearer. Other powers ascribed to the gem include the ability to grant vigor, aid the heart and kidneys and protect against fainting and infection.

Worshipped by the Romans as a symbol of hope, fidelity, purity and good luck, opal is sometimes called the "queen of gems" because the stone can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow.



The Flower for October is the Calendula

Originating in Egypt, Calendula is a member of the marigold family and is valued for its medicinal and culinary properties. The word officinalis means ~medicinal~ and the Latin word ~calendae~ means ~throughout the months~ meaning that the ~plant flowers for many months.~

Calendula likes full sun but does poorly in hot weather. For centuries this plant was associated with the sun and believed to open with the sunrise and close with the sunset. Because the flower heads follow the paths of the sun (like sunflowers), the Calendula is sometimes called ~Summer's Bride~ or ~Husbandman's Dial.~

Early Christians called the Calendula ~Mary's Gold~ and placed them by the statues of the virgin Mary. Considered to be one of the most sacred herbs of ancient India, used in temples and weddings. The blossoms were strung into garlands and placed them around the necks of the gods.

Calendula has been used to treat ulcers and other illnesses. It also helps speed the healing of wounds and was used during the Civil War. The Romans used Calendula, mixed with vinegar, for seasoning meat and in salads and preserves. Eating Calendula was thought to make one see fairies, be easily induced to sleep, or to feel more amorous. The dried flower heads are used to flavor soups. The flowers served as the original dye in cheeses and for coloring butter.

Astrology Signs for October

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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

About Scorpio
(October 21 to November 20)

Horoscope

The sign of the scorpion. Scorpions are the most sexual of the signs in terms of cravings and desires. Never satisfied with just one love, constantly needing to get another notch on their belts. Scorpions are sly and have a bit of a dare-devil streak in them, definitely the most risqué of all the signs. Never tell a scorpion a secret - they won't keep it!

Quality: Negative
Ruler: Mars
Triplicity: Fixed
Quadruplicity: Water

Traditional Libra Traits

Determined and forceful
Emotional and intuitive
Powerful and passionate
Exciting and magnetic

On the dark side....

Jealous and resentful
Compulsive and obsessive
Secretive and obstinate

Likes

Hidden Causes
Being involved
Work That is Meaningful
Being Persuasive

Dislikes

Being Given Only Surface data
Taken Advantage of
Demeaning Jobs
Shallow Relationships
Flattery and Flattering

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