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Welcome to October!
In many parts of the US, the tenth month of the year is when autumn really kicks into gear. The falling leaves and cooler weather mean it's time to get those sweaters and jackets out.
Halloween occurs on October 31st. This holiday may be a spook-tacular event, a scary time or an opportunity to indulge in your favorite candy. (When my kids used to go trick or treating, they always “gifted” me any candy that had coconut.)
Keep reading to learn more about the very colorful month of October or just click on the link below to jump to that particular section:
The traditional birthstone of October is the opal. Pale and somewhat milky in color, it diffracts light, so may appear to have many other shades within. Opals are said to symbolize purity, hope and confidence.
The modern birthstone is the tourmaline. One crystal of tourmaline may contain several different colors, including green, pink, red and blue. Tourmalines represent compassion and healing energies.
The birth flowers of October are Cosmos and Marigolds.
Cosmos are lovely flowers that are similar to daisies in appearance. The distinction is in the petals: cosmos petals are shorter and wider and daisy petals are longer and narrower.
Cosmos are said to represent balance and harmony. This can be seen in the flower itself as its delicate petals are evenly spaced. You’ll most often see cosmos in white, pink or lavender.
Marigolds are easy-to-grow ornamentals. Known for their vibrant colors, they’re most often seen in orange, yellow and gold.
When used as a birth flower, marigolds are said to symbolize the power of the rising sun, prosperity, and passion.
If you’re thinking, “Haven’t I seen marigolds at the Day of the Dead?” You’re right!
In Mexican culture, it is believed that marigolds help guide the dearly departed to their altars. It’s interesting to note that the marigolds used in these Mexican celebrations are significantly larger--up to 3 feet across! --than ones seen in the US.
The two zodiac signs of October are Libra and Scorpio. People with birthdays of September 23 to October 22 are Libras, and those born on October 23 to November 21st are Scorpios.
Libra is an air element that has the colors of pink and green. It is represented by the scales, which makes perfect sense since “libra” is Latin for scales. You may also recognize the Libra’s scales as Lady Justice. (Libra is the only zodiac sign to be represented by a physical object. The 11 other zodiac signs use animals or mythological creatures.)
Libras tend to seek peace and the company of others. Other personality traits include:
Scorpio is a water sign that has the colors of red and rust. It is represented by the scorpion and is said to feel emotions intensely and lash out if threatened.
Scorpios tend to be passionate truth seekers who often have a mysterious side. Other personality traits include:
October is a great month for a birthday party! In most parts of the US, the weather is cool, but not cold.
Here are some birthday party ideas to help you celebrate October birthdays:
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Here are ten gift ideas for the October birthdays in your life:
Given that those born in October tend to be passionate truth-seekers, it’s no wonder there are so many famous figures born this month!
Living October Birthdays
Deceased October Birthdays
Include one of these quotes in an October birthday card or just enjoy them now!
"I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
"I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring."
“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”
“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”
"October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month."
Henry Ward Beecher
“October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception."
Oliver Wendell Holmes