November is the 11th month of the year. In Latin, “novem” means nine, which makes sense since November was the 9th month in the Roman Calendar. However, when January and February were added, November moved to the eleventh spot.
November is the last month of Autumn. As the month falling right before winter, November was known for the storage of food harvested during October. It was in November when farmers could determine whether their year had been successful or not. In fact, Thanksgiving is based on the success of the Pilgrims during the month of November.
The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21). Scorpios are known to be calm, cool, and collected, though perhaps a bit mysterious. Those with a Sagittarius sign are often curious and looking towards the future.
The birthstone for November is the topaz, which comes from the Sanskrit meaning fire, probably due to the fire-like colors of the stone including red, orange, gold, yellow, and brown. The red and pink topaz were often used in Russian royal jewelry. During the Middle Ages, topaz was rumored to heal people and prevent them from dying. Greeks even believed that the topaz could make the wearer invisible.
The flower for those born in November is the chrysanthemum. Originating in China, there are over 40 species of mum with colors ranging from white to red to yellow to purple. This flower symbolizes happiness, joy, and love. It is also used to relieve a sore throat, fever, and headache. In China, the chrysanthemum is used in many different dishes.
Historically, November is known for football, as it should be. The first college football game in the US was played in November of 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton. November also is a time for exploration, it seems, with the Spanish reaching the San Francisco Bay in November of 1769, as well as expansion with the addition of both North and South Dakota in November of 1889. Finally, November is a political month, with the US electing its president every four years and the delivery of the famous Gettysburg Address in November of 1863.
For those who prefer something to celebrate other than football and Thanksgiving, never fear. November is a month filled with holidays. You can celebrate Veteran’s Day which falls on November 11th which commemorates the end of WWI when the guns stopped firing on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. You can also celebrate with Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Aviation History Month, or even National Sleep Comfort Month. Perhaps this will help November babies sleep well early on!
Babies born in November have sharp minds and are full of incredible ideas. Although not terribly talkative, they do make great friends. Singers like Lyle Lovett, adventurers like Daniel Boone, royalty, like Marie Antoinette, actors like Charles Bronson, chemists like Marie Curie, and sports players like Fuzzy Zoeller are all born in November, meaning a child born in this month can be anything they choose!