October, the tenth month of the year, is the eighth month of the Roman calendar. “Octo” means eight in Latin. However, October moved to the tenth position once January and February were added.
October is a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. However, even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the out-of-doors. However, October is the month used most to determine the kind of winter we will be having. If a large number of acorns fall to the ground, if wooly caterpillars are more black than brown, and if deer have a gray coat, then you can expect to have a hard winter.
Babies born in October are either Libras (Sept 24- Oct 23) or Scorpios (Oct 24- Nov 22). Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious.
Those born in October have the choice of two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline. Rumor has it that it is bad luck to wear an opal if you weren’t born in October, and some believe that the opal is bad luck altogether. If you worry about the luck of the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. According to an Egyptian legend, tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows because it passed over a rainbow on its way journey from the center of the earth.
The birth flower is the Calendula commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the US, the Calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in ritual ceremonies, early Catholic events, and Hindu decorations for deities. In many cultures, it is known for its healing properties
October has had its share of historically significant events. The Postal Service was created in October of 1896, the first presidential telecast happened in October of 1947, and the Berlin Wall came down in Germany in October of 1990. October is also well-known for its Halloween celebration on the 31st, but did you know that you can also celebrate National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month? If you like to eat, then October is the month for you!
If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be President, then you may just be in luck. More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month including Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter. But even if you prefer actors, writers, or business moguls, October has you covered with people such as Julie Andrews, Katy Perry, Angela Lansbury, and Bill Gates.
Longevity also seems to run in the genes of those born in October. Research has shown that those born in the months of September through November are more likely to reach the ripe old age of 100. Just think, the October baby may eventually be a centenarian!