A friend once said if the world is to come to an end, it will probably happen in November! She is not alone in this sour view about November. Indeed, apart from Thanks-giving Day messages, all you hear about November is, dreary, blue-nosed misery, a dying year, lethargy, etc. Thomas Hood stridently drives home the so-called gloom of November in his iconic poem No!
“….No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds –
For all the gloomy things said and written about the month, I chose to savor the beauty of Chrysanthemums, the birth flower of November! Chrysanthemums sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are not just ornamental plants of high economic value, but are popular for their culinary, environmental and medicinal uses. Chrysanthemums tea is acclaimed for easing respiratory problems, high blood pressure, inflammation and calming the nerves. Some reliable sources say mums contain the kind of Vitamin A that helps in slowing down the aging process and age related blindness.
I choose to feel the energies of November birthstones, Topaz and Citrine! Expensive Precious Topaz which symbolizes love and affection, is reputed to enhance understanding/wisdom, control angry passions, aid in tissue regeneration and bestow strength on those who wear it; while, the more affordable Citrine is known as the “healing quartz” because it supports vitality and health, helps in ridding the body of toxins as well as inspire hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.
I chose to celebrate November babies; fabulous men and women who have given so much to humanity! How can I forget these fabulous friends, whose cheerful and lighthearted nature I draw so much hope, love and joy from!
Above all, I look forward to the new month of November with confidence in the Grace of the Most High!
Happy New Month, dear friends!
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