Would your week be complete without a picture of one of our cat boys? I didn't think so. Here's Sammy going sideways (with a view of my jewelry workshop behind him) Does your cat/dog tilt their head? What to you think it means?
This is a dual purpose post. It covers Libra Birthstone and Inspire Me Monday linky. Happy Birthday Libra! - September 23 - October 22
Libra - Latin for "the Balance" or "the Scales", from the Greek word Zygos.
Libra is balance. Libra will work with concentration and relax with dedication. Some Libras do seek perfection, which can make life trying for those who live with them.
Love and marriage is important to Libra. If you are lucky to marry Libra, your home will be filled with art and music.
The libra birthstone is Opal, which derives its name from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel. Prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called "Cupid Paederos" by the Romans, meaning a child beautiful as love. One legendary explanation for this gemstone's origin is that it fell from heaven in a flash of fiery lightning.
The name opal actually means "to see a change in color." The opal occurs in several types of color. The White opal has a white body color with pastel glints of rainbow color. Black opal has a blue, gray or black body color. The black Boulder opal contains ironstone. Crystal or water opal is The transparent or colorless opal contains brilliant flashes of color within it. Fire opal is a transparent or a translucent opal with a yellow, orange or red body color that may also have a flash of color.
Properties of the Opal
The Opal is associated - hope, innocence and purity.
Happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence.
Reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. The Opal is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.
Where are Opals found?
Australia, Mexico and the U.S.
This is the 13th anniversary of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, where almost 3,000 lives were lost. It's one of those days where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the horrible news, just like when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was downtown working, I had just arrived at the office and one of my bosses' husbands called to see if she was allright and he told me the horrible news. When my co-workers arrived, we gathered around a radio and listened for awhile, many of us with tear-stained cheeks. The director gave us permission to leave. The 9:30 am train was packed. Many people were on their phones or tablets, updating everyone on what was happening. We were all talking to each other. When I got home, my husband pulled into the driveway a few minutes later, and we hugged each other hard. We watched the horrible pictures for most of the day not believing that it actually happened. We prayed and cried together.