November Birthstone: Topaz

Topaz was one of the original gems on the Breastplate of the Second Temple, inscribed with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name "topaz" comes from the island Topazio, which is in the Red Sea. While many of the birthstones we know today have been changed over the millennia, topaz is one gem that is almost universally accepted as November’s birthstone. It is the gem of the zodiac sign Sagittarius—a mutable fire sign always striving on a passionate quest, full of intellectual intensity. Read more or view our
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Reed: Celtic Tree Zodiac for November

Reeds are large perennial grasses with smooth, flat leaves. They grows in wet areas such as marshlands or streams—often at the edge of distinct ecological zones. Today reeds grow a few yards high, but there are accounts of reeds growing up to twenty feet—almost as tall as a small tree. Reeds have been used to make arrows, brooms, candles and papyrus. Another important way that reeds were used were related to music—whistles or flutes create a mood or atmosphere, and are even used to invoke the spirits or even call in the fairy folk.
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A Celtic Approach to Thanksgiving

Celtic spirituality exudes a sense of joyful gratitude that is often absent from our lives. Gratitude is one of the key Celtic virtues. It recognizes that we stand on the shoulders of others. Without the support of elders, family, friends, and teachers, we would be lost. There are no self-made persons, who have created their health or wealth on their own. Life, for the ancient Celts, wasn’t always easy, but they trusted in the ultimate source of all gifts that grace every season of life. Thanksgiving revels in the beauty of life, and the Celts had a sense of beauty.
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