August Baby Fun Facts

August is the third month of summer, and like July, it originally bore a different name before being renamed for one of the great Roman emperors, Augustus. Augustus had a number of military triumphs in the month of August. It was the month that he expanded the empire by conquering Egypt.  Babies born this month have some interesting facts associated with their birth month.

August is celebrated as a harvest month in the pagan festival of Lughnasadh. It is also International Beer Day (not great for your baby—but fun when he or she grows up!), Independence Day in several countries, and also a month marking many important events which ended World War II. The middle week of August is the high point of the Perseid meteor shower, a beautiful event which lights up the night skies with falling stars.

The birth flowers for August are the gladiolus and the poppy, and the birthstones for this month are the peridot and the onyx. The gladiolus represents strength of character and takes its name from the Latin word for sword—another August connection to ancient Rome and martial power. Poppies bear a more ominous interpretation of sleep and death—but also of resurrection. They remind us that all things change, and that the coming months will bring autumn and winter, but that spring will come again. Your new son or daughter will go through ups and downs, as every growing child does.

Peridot relates to health and wealth and allows the user to fend off negative emotions by enabling a deeper understanding of relationships. In traditional remedies it has been used to cleanse the heart and open the heart chakra. Onyx is a grounding stone which centers and calms the mind, reducing emotional energy. It promotes reticence and self control.

Babies born in August are either Leos or Virgos. If you are a Leo, you are a fire sign and a natural leader who is generous to others and wants to provide and to lead. You have the capacity to help others, especially if they are willing to follow your lead. You may struggle with anger should others seem unappreciative of your efforts, and you will need to carefully check that trait if you are to lead others successfully. You probably will do best in relationships and workplaces where you are allowed to make most of the decisions. Famous Leos include Bill Clinton (August 19) and Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28).

If you are a Virgo, you are a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. Virgos tend to be reliable hard workers who are committed to their tasks. Virgos excel to meet the highest mark in work and in relationships, but can be overly critical of others. Virgos favor constancy and stability, so if your baby is a Virgo, make sure you provide a stable home for him or her to grow up in. Famous Virgos have included Mother Teresa (August 27) and Michael Jackson (August 29).

August is a month associated with change, growth, and accomplishment. If your child is born in this month, he or she may grow to change the world and others.

July Baby Fun Facts

July, the second month in summer, is the warmest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. The hot days of summer invoke memories of childhood fun and games. If your baby is born in this month, his or her birthday will be among those wonderful childhood memories. Life flourishes in full force in mid-summer. Flowers are in bloom and trees are green. July takes its name from Julius Caesar, who was born in this month and ushered Rome into a new era.

July features Independence Day and revolutionary celebrations in over a dozen countries, making it a global month of commemoration steeped in history. July brings together the old and the new, marking change and growth. It is also National Ice Cream Month in the United States.

If your child is born in July, his or her birthstone will be the ruby. The July birth flowers are the larkspur and the water lily, and the horoscope signs for this month are Cancer and Leo. The water lily is the national flower of several countries, echoing again the themes of independence and growth. The larkspur symbolizes openness of the heart and attachment and love.

The ruby is a warm, deep red stone which symbolizes wealth, love, passion, joy and power. It is wonderful for strengthening the heart chakra and for revitalizing emotional energies. This is a stone of leadership which intensifies the emotions. It also can be used to heal the root chakra from associated illnesses.

If your birthday falls after June 21, then you are a Cancer. Cancer is a water sign with a deep emotional current. If you are a Cancer, your life probably revolves around your home and family. You may be sensitive to insults, perhaps even remarks or actions not intended as such. You have a home within your own soul that you can always curl up in when you feel threatened, and the home you create around yourself will feature stability and emotional connectedness. A couple of famous Cancers include Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Leo, which is a fire sign ruled by the sun. Leos are usually ambitious but generous, and make excellent leaders. As a Leo, the happiness of others is always a prime concern, and you will probably put yourself in a position to be a provider. Watch out for your ego though; sometimes if Leos feel underappreciated, they can throw quite a tantrum! Leos tend to take charge in the workplace and in their personal relationships, and do well in positions where they can care for others. Famous Leos have included Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28) and Bill Clinton (August 19).

As you can see, a child born in the month of July could follow a path toward leadership, much like Julius Caesar, the warrior and ruler for whom this month was named. If you were born in July, and particularly if you were born a Leo, take care to keep your ambition in check and you will be sure to thrive and lead and inspire others.

Fun Facts About June Babies

June, the month of the summer solstice, is a perfect month to bring a new life into the world.  While June marks the end of spring and most new beginnings, it also marks the beginning of summer when life flourishes.  There are two possible origins of the name of this month.  The first is a reference to the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno (Hera in Greek mythology).  The second reference bears more relevance to your new baby—the Latin word iuniores.  The translation of this word is “younger ones!”

There isn’t really a lot in the way of June holidays, but some important days in June include D-Day and Flag Day in the UK, Denmark, Argentina, and Romania.  Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in June in Luxembourg only, but Father’s day falls in June in Belgium, the US, the UK, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries.

The birth flowers for the month of June include the honeysuckle and the rose.  Honeysuckle traditionally stands for bonds of devotion, love, fidelity and generosity.  Few flowers have as many meanings attributed to them as the rose.  Depending on the type of rose, roses can indicate romantic love, secrecy, desire, gratitude, mourning, impossible hopes, modesty, joy, love at first sight, innocence, sacrifice, and much more.  In the traditional language of flowers, roses are among the most important flowers.

June birthstones are the pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.  Alexandrite represents health and longevity.  Moonstone represents change, new beginnings, and the shifting tides of emotion.  Moonstone can help a wearer to alleviate stress, especially due to sudden changes in life.  Moonstone is also believed to increase intuition and aid in lucid dreaming.  Pearls symbolize purity of heart and faith, as well as growth and transformation through trying circumstances.

Babies born between June 1 and June 21 are Gemini signs.  If you are a Gemini, you are a mutable air sign and your characteristics tend toward high energy and a thirst for new things.  Your talents may include consolidating information and people and using what you learn to charm and inform other people you meet.  Geminis sometimes struggle with repetitive tasks, but excel at communication.  Gemini children often forget to finish their chores, but learn quickly.  You can help a Gemini child to thrive by constantly providing new activities to keep him or her engaged at school and outside of it.  Some Gemini celebrities include John F. Kennedy, (May 29), Marilyn Monroe (June 1), and Judy Garland (June 10).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Cancer sign.  Cancer is a water sign, and the center of a Cancer’s life is usually home and family.  Cancers are deeply rooted, almost like earth signs, but have a strong emotional current in their souls.  They are often sensitive to slights, but have an inner sanctum within themselves which they can retreat to when threatened.  Cancers look for stability, which means if your child is a Cancer, you will want to make sure your home life is as stable as possible.  Later in life, Cancer will prefer stable jobs and relationships, and will notice immediately if something is amiss.  Cancers have a deep emotional connection to the people and world around them.  Two famous Cancers were Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

Both Gemini and Cancer are passionate signs which belong to individuals who connect strongly to others around them, so in your new Gemini or Cancer baby you should find a loving child with a deep nature.

Fun Facts About May Babies

Pregnant womenIs your baby going to be born in May?  If so, May is a wonderful month to bring a new life into this world.  May is a spring month in the northern hemisphere, one of the warmest spring months just before the heat of summer sets in.  The chill of winter is officially gone by May in most places.  In the southern hemisphere, May is a pleasant autumn month and offers a relief from the hotter months.

May takes its name from that of the Greek goddess Maia, whose Roman equivalent is Bona Dea.  Maia was considered a symbol of spring and fertility, both themes relating to your childbirth.  Many holidays fall in May including May Day, Beltane, a celebration of spring, and Cinco de Mayo.  Occasionally Easter falls in early May.  May is a heritage month for South Asians, Asian Pacific Americans, and Jewish Americans.  There are also some fun pop culture events like Zombie Awareness Month and the annual Eurovision contest!

If you’re a May baby, your birthstone is the emerald and your flower is the Lily of the Valley.  Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness, innocence and purity.  Emerald symbolizes love and fortune.  Emerald is considered a deflector of negative energy and an attractor of abundance, harmony, and love.  Emerald is worn to bring inspiration and to provide healing, patience, truth and wisdom in relationships.  If worn with diamond, the power of emerald can be amplified.  In folk remedies, emerald is recommended for blood and heart problems, childbirth, and detoxification.  It is a stone loved by ancient cultures for thousands of years.

Your zodiac sign is either Taurus (April 20-May 20) or Gemini (May 21-June 20).  If you are a Taurus, you are an earth sign, and you share the stability of the earth.  You may tend toward conservative choices, but you make a loyal and lasting companion.  In intense situations, you keep a level head, but if pushed over the line, you can explode.  If you have a baby in May who is a Taurus, you can expect him or her to perform well in school and later in work, particularly if a stable environment is provided which matches the Taurus personality.  Some famous Taurus personalities include Ulysses Grant (April 27) and Audrey Hepburn (May 4).

Gemini is a mutable air sign, and in many ways quite the opposite of Taurus.  If you are a Gemini, odds are you are energetic, fast paced, and constantly striving to learn new things.  You draw information and people together and can entertain and inform others.  You may become easily bored with tedious tasks or leave tasks unfinished unless they are very compelling.  If you have a Gemini baby in May, you can look forward to a child who will master the skills of communication early and learn at an incredible rate.  Your Gemini child will have a magnetic personality, but may neglect school tasks or chores (or relationships) unless constantly given new, exciting aspects to keep him or her engaged.  Famous Geminis include John F. Kennedy, (May 29), Marilyn Monroe (June 1), and Judy Garland (June 10).

Whether your baby is an energetic Gemini or a grounded Taurus, he or she will bring a unique inner strength to life as a child and later as an adult!

Congratulations to all expectant moms due in the month of May.

Fun Facts about April Babies

spring babyIf you’re expecting a baby in April, congratulations!  April is the first full month of spring and is a time of renewal and growth.  Easter generally falls in April.  Both the religious and secular celebrations of Easter symbolize new life.  Baby chicks and bunnies are symbols of Easter and also make wonderful plush toys for your new baby!

April is believed to take its name from the Latin word aperire, which means “to open.”  April is the month when blossoms open and new leaves appear on barren trees.  Colour and life return to the northern hemisphere as the southern hemisphere moves into autumn.  It is also thought that the name may be a reference to Aphrodite and that the month may have been originally called “Aphrilis,” or “Apru,” after the goddess’s Etruscan name.

Along with Easter, there are many other holidays in April, quite a few of them with religious significance to various traditions.  These include Passover, Buddha’s Birthday, St. George’s Day, Good Friday, and St. Mark’s Eve.  Other holidays that fall in April include April Fools’ Day, Earth Day and Arbor Day.  April is National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month.

If you were an April baby, your birth flowers are the daisy and sweet pea which bloom in April, spattering the earth with color and adding their sweet scent to the air.  Your birthstone is the diamond.  The diamond is believed to be a great amplifier of the energies of other stones and of the wearer.  You can use diamond to amplify the positive effects of aquamarine, emerald and amethyst, as well as your own energy.

An April baby can be either an Aries (April 1st-19th) or a Taurus (April 20th-30th).  Aries is a strong fire sign.  Most Aries are curious, energetic, ambitious and restless.  In approaching their goals they act with confidence and in their dealings with others they are direct.  If you have an Aries baby, be ready to raise a bold and competitive child.  Aries usually retain their competitive natures into adulthood and carry the force of their personalities into the workplace and their relationships.  Famous Aries include Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15).

Taurus is an earth sign and generally a Taurus is a stable, grounded person who is conservative with decisions and makes a deeply loyal companion.  Taurus is generally level headed even in intense situations but can be explosive if pushed over the brink.  As a child, Taurus is usually pliable and reasonable but also can be intensely stubborn.  They usually fit well into school and work situations, and thrive best in a stable environment which reflects their own inner natures.  Some well known Taurus figures include Ulysses Grant (April 27) and Audrey Hepburn (May 4).

Whether your April baby is a fiery Aries or a grounded Taurus, you are sure to find yourself with a strong willed and energetic child who will grow into a powerful adult.  As the first full month of spring, April is an encouraging month to be born indeed!

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