Blue sapphire, that is.
Scholars believe the tradition of birthstones comes from the Breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28, 15-30).
The breastplate, a ceremonial religious garment, was set with 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
And corresponding with the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
And the 12 months of the year.
Sapphires were believed to protect against envy.
And even against poisoning.
Ground up, it was used to treat colic, rheumatism, and mental illness.
Ancient civilizations believed the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.
This legend gives September’s birthstone a royal place among gemstones.
Named after the Greek word “sapphirus,” meaning blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite among priests and kings, who considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity.
Sapphires are prominent among the British Crown Jewels.
Prince Charles chose it for his engagement ring to Princess Diana.
September’s flower is aster.
Which happens to be the same in Latin.
Other flowers considered specific to September are starwort and Michaelmas daisy.
In ancient times, asters were believed to have magical powers.
Folks burned aster leaves so their perfume would drive off evil.
Now there’s a thought.
September is the first of the “ber” months.
It’s when Fall falls.
And Daylight Savings Time goes away.
Or used to be.
“But the days grow short
When you reach September…”
It’s the month for football.
Falling rain (we hope).
A poignant time.
“Oh the days dwindle down
To a precious few…
These precious days
I’ll spend with you…”
Enjoy it while it lasts.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.