Friday, October 02, 2009

New Month of OCTOBER ...

What is the Birthstone & Flower for October?

( Photo credits  to R.Weller/Cochise College )

For those who were born in the month of October the Opal is the traditional birthstone. The October birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Opal is associated - hope, innocence and purity. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The healing properties of the October birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. The Opal is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.

October Birth stone poem - the Opal
"October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know,

But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest."

18K Gold Wire necklace with Opal pendant bought by dear hubby from Opal Fields when he went to Australia some years ago.

The word Opal is derived from the Latin word "opalus" which means "a stone". The precious opal presents a peculiar play of colors of delicate tints, and is highly esteemed as a gem. One kind, with a varied play of color in a reddish ground, is called the harlequin opal. The fire opal has colors like the red and yellow of flame. The Common opal has a milky appearance. Menilite is a brown impure variety, occurring in concretions at Menilmontant, near Paris. Other varieties are cacholong, girasol, hyalite, and geyserite. The crystal structure of the Opal (hydrous silicon dioxide), the October birthstone, is Amorphous. Opal miners restrict use of the term opal to precious opal, calling material that does not show a good play of colors, 'potch'.

October Birth Flower

The October Birth Flower is the Calendula (Marigold), as shown below:

( Photo by Delicious Monster of Flickr )

The meaning of the October Birth Flower, the Calendula (Marigold) is sorrow or sympathy
Sign of the Zodiac and Dates:
Libra - September 23 - October 23
October Birthstone: The Opal
Characteristics of Libra :
Charming, Perceptive, Diplomatic, Pleasant & Refined