Despite what many will say we are fascinated by our birthdate; and that it may in fact guide our destiny. Because of this tattoos of star signs, birthstones and flowers are a popular choice for designs.
Do you know your Astrological Star Sign?
Aries: March 21- April 19
Taurus: April 20—May 20
Gemini: May 21—June 20
Cancer: June 21—July 22
Leo: July 23—August 22
Virgo: August 23—September 22
Libra: September 23—October 22
Scorpio: October 23—November 21
Sagittarius: November 22—December 21
Capricorn: December 22—January 19
Aquarius: January 20—February 18
Pisces: February 19—March 20
But did you know your Birthstone?
January’s birthstone is the garnet and is said to keep the wearer safe during travel.
February’s birthstone is the amethyst and is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.
March’s birthstone, the aquamarine, is said to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking.
April’s birthstone, the diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage.
May’s birthstone, the emerald, was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
June’s birthstone, the pearl, is a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
July’s birthstone, the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It is said to protect its wearer from evil.
August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.
September’s birthstone, the sapphire, is said to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire.
October’s birthstone, the opal, is said to symbolize faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
November’s birthstone, the topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.
December’s birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.
So what about your Birth Flower?
Carnations have been traditionally associated with fascination.
Represents faith, wisdom, and hope.
A symbol for rebirth and rejuvenation.
Daisies have long been associated with innocence.
Lilies represent purity
Roses carry a meaning of love and appreciation.
The larkspur is associated with lightheartedness and levity.
For strength and sincerity.
Asters are also known as a symbol of love.
Marigolds have come to be associated with affection.
Chrysanthemums are associated with cheerfulness.
Poinsettias traditionally symbolize success and good cheer.
Did you know?
At one time, only royalty could wear the Amethysts. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning, “sober.”
Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.
That your star sign could be out of date? The ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellation the sun was ‘in’ on the day a person was born. During the thousands of years since, the moon’s gravitational pull has made the Earth shift on its axis and created a one-month shift in the stars’ alignment. Astronomers are now proposing to move all the star signs back one month and introduce a 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, to help readjust the zodiac calendar. The constellation, Ophiuchus, has been known since ancient times, and is better known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder. So your star sign could in fact be…
Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20