Birth Month Signs, Symbols, and Gift Ideas

Updated on September 2, 2016

The year, month, and day of a person's birth is thought by many to play a significant role in shaping that individual's character and future. Learning about the symbolism and meaning associated with a birthday can be fun and interesting, especially when the time to celebrate comes around.

Most of us know each birth month has a gemstone, but did you know that each month also has a flower and a tree? Fewer of you may know that each month has a bird as well.

Learn more about your own birthday month—its flower, tree, gemstone, bird, and associated myths. This article may also help you with gift ideas for loved ones: Imagine their surprise when you know more about their birth month than they do!

Birth Month Birds

January: Great Horned Owl
February: Indigo Bunting
March: Native Sparrow or American Robin
April: Wilson's Warbler
May: Snowy Egret or Nightingale
June: Dove
July: Common Raven or Eagle
August: Kingfisher
September: Redtail Hawk
October: Swan
November: Kestrel
December: Raven

A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual Karma.

— Sri Yukteswar


Those born in the first month of the year have the garnet as their birthstone. Garnets are often deep red, but come in many colors: red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and even colorless clear.

In legend, garnets are called the Stone of Constancy and are said to stop hemorrhaging, cure inflammatory diseases, and resolve anger and discord. They are also believed to balance yin and yang energies. Placed under the pillow, garnets will ward off bad dreams and evil spirits.

One of January's birth flowers is the snowdrop. Snowdrops are among the first flowers to appear in January, so they symbolize the hope of new life. They sometimes even appear before the snow has melted. Consider a gift of jewelry that features this beautiful flower. This pendant honors the most loved of Celtic goddesses, Brighid, who was adopted by Celtic Christians as St. Brighid. Her feast is called Imbolc—the Festival of Lights—and became Candlemass. Those born under Imbolc possess the beauty and the purity of the winter, symbolized by the flowering Snowdrop.

Think twice about cutting snowdrops for a bouquet! Some say it is bad luck to pick them and bring them indoors. A single snowdrop in the house is seen as an omen of death, because the petals look like a shroud. Young girls who pick them before Valentine's Day will not marry that year.

January Trees

January 1
January 2-11
January 12-24
January 25-31
Cypress trees represent sacrifice and are associated with Hades, the god of the underworld.


February's birth flower is the violet. In Christian tradition, violets stand for the virtues of humility and humble modesty. Several legends tell of violets springing up on the graves of virgins and saints. Folk traditions tell us that dreams about violets signify advancement in life. A garland of violets worn around the head prevents dizziness. Some other folk and historical wisdom about violets include:

  • They are considered a good luck gift for a woman in any season.
  • When violets bloom in autumn, epidemics will follow within the year.
  • Romans decorated banquet tables with violets in hopes that the flowers would prevent drunkenness. Romans also used violet wreaths to relieve hangovers and drank a wine made from violet blossoms. They also placed violets on the graves of small children.
  • According to one legend, Venus made violets blue in a fit of rage. She was debating with her son Cupid as to which was more beautiful, herself or a bevy of girls. Cupid, with no fear of his mother, declared the girls to be more beautiful. This sent Venus into such a rage that she beat her rivals until they turned into blue violets.

February's birthstone is the amethyst. Amethysts are said to reduce mental tension, induce pleasant dreams, prevent over-indulgence, help with breaking bad habits, and encourage transformation. The ancient Greeks believed that amethysts protected against drunkenness and passion. The stone's name comes from the Greek word amethystos, or "not drunken."

February Trees

February 1-3
February 4-8
February 9-18
February 19-28
Pine trees symbolize creativity, longevity, and immortality.


The March flower, the daffodil, signifies respect, regard, and unrequited love. It is one of the first flowers of spring, therefore it is also a symbol of rebirth.

  • Avoid taking a single daffodil into the house, as it will bring bad luck. Always have a bunch, to ensure happiness.
  • In Wales, finding the first daffodil of spring bodes well for bringing more gold than silver into your life and home.

March's birthstone is the aquamarine, which represents purification and has the power to lift the spirits and calm the nerves.

March Trees

March 1 - 10
Weeping Willow
March 11 - 20
March 21
March 22 - 31
Hazelnut trees symbolize hidden wisdom, dousing, and divination. A number of cultivators of the Common Hazel and Filbert are grown as ornamental plants in gardens.


Medieval knight wearing his lady's daisy chain.
Medieval knight wearing his lady's daisy chain.

April's birthstone is the diamond, a traditional symbol of love since ancient Greece. Diamonds symbolize peace, fidelity, innocence, and serenity. It was once believed that diamonds endowed the wearer with charm and the ability to attract others.

April's flower is the daisy. Daisies are said to have sprung from Mary Magdalene's tears as she washed Jesus' feet. The flowers open and close with the sun's rays, giving them the ancient Anglo-Saxon name, "Day's Eye," which morphed into their modern name.

In magic, a daisy is used in fair-weather spells or rites to honor the Sun. The daisy was associated with Venus, and is commonly used in a lover's divination that involves plucking the petals while chanting "s/he loves me, s/he loves me not." Medieval knights wore daisy chains made for them by their ladies when they rode into battle or tournaments, as a sign of affection.

April Trees

April 1 - 10
April 11 - 20
April 21 - 30
Maple trees symbolize balance, promise, and practicality.


May's birthstone is the emerald. When worn or carried, emeralds strengthen love, intelligence, eloquence, and popularity. The emerald is an especially lucky stone for expectant mothers; pregnant women in ancient Egyptian women made a practice of wearing them.

  • When worn in a ring, emeralds warn the wearer against poisons, strengthen the memory, protect against demonic possession, and ensure success in love.
  • When worn by travelers, emeralds bring good luck and are known to calm storms at sea.

One of May's birth flowers is the hawthorn. Hawthorns symbolize hope because they signal the return of spring. Maypoles used to be made of hawthorn. Sometimes they are called "Fairy Thorn," because they are believed to be haunted by fairies. In Devon, England, it is unlucky to sit under a hawthorn because the fairies might cast a spell on you. However, if you hang hawthorn outside the cowshed, the cows will give lots of milk. Early Christians associated hawthorn with Joseph of Arimathea, owner of Christ's tomb. Medieval legends say he traveled to England and planted a hawthorn staff in the ground at Glastonbury. The staff sprouted to produce a "Holy Thorn," said to bloom on Christmas Day.

May's bird is the nightingale and one of May's flowers is the lily of the valley. One legend tells of a lily of the valley who loved a nightingale, but because she was so shy, she hid in the long grass to listen to his song. The nightingale became lonely, and said he would no longer sing unless the lily of the valley bloomed every May for all to see.

May Trees

May 1 - 14
May 15 - 24
May 25 - 30
The seeds of the ash are used in love divination. If seeds do not appear on a tree, the tree's owner may be unlucky in love or fail in a venture.


One of June's flowers is the rose. According to Greek mythology, the rose was created by Chloris, the goddess of flowers. One day, Chloris found the lifeless body of a nymph in the woods and turned her body into a flower. She called upon Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of wine. Aphrodite gave the new flower a gift of beauty and Dionysus added nectar, for sweet fragrance. Zephyrus, god of the west wind, blew the clouds away so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. That is how the rose was created and crowned the "Queen of Flowers."

One of June's birthstones is the pearl, representing wisdom through experience. It is said to facilitate engagements and love relationships. Pearls are used as love and healing charms, to protect against fire, and to ward off evil.

June Trees

June 1 - 3
June 4 - 13
June 14 - 23
June 24
June 25 - 30
Native to the Mediterranean region, the fig tree appears in some images of the Garden of Eden. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with fig leaves.


July's birthstone is the ruby. Rubies symbolize success, devotion, and integrity. Ancient lore tells us that a ruby is capable of reconciling lover's quarrels.

  • A ruby engagement ring expresses passion and promise. It brings peace of mind, stimulates sexuality, removes evil and impure thoughts, banishes sorrows, and prevents nightmares.
  • A heart-shaped ruby attracts love when worn over the heart in a red velvet bag filled with seashells.

One of July's birth flowers is the water lily, which symbolize purity of heart.

July Trees

July 1 - 4
July 5 - 14
July 15 - 25
July 26 - 31
Elm trees symbolize strength of will and intuition.


One August birthstone is the peridot. Peridots help the bearer develop inner vision and the ability to look into the future, overcome jealous thoughts, and counteract negative emotions.

One of August's flowers is the gladiolus. Gladiolus flowers represent preparedness, strength, splendid beauty, and love at first sight. The gladiolus is named for the shape of its leaves, which appear like a "gladius" or sword. The gladiolus is said to have symbolized the Roman gladiators.

One of August's flowers is the poppy. A type of poppy native to the Mediterranean region yields a substance called opium, a drug that was used in the ancient world to ease pain and bring on sleep. The Ancient Greeks associated poppies with both Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Morpheus, the god of dreams. Morphine, a drug made from opium, gets its name from Morpheus.

August Trees

August 1 - 4
August 5 - 13
August 14 - 23
August 24 - 31
Pine trees symbolize creativity, longevity and immortality.


One of September's flowers is the aster, which symbolizes charm, patience, daintiness, love of variety, elegance, memories, and love. The name Aster comes from the Greek word for star. In ancient times, it was believed that burning aster leaves would drive away evil snakes. Asters are closely related to chrysanthemums; both are considered classic autumn flowers.

Another September flower is the morning glory. The symbolic meaning of this flower is affection. As the name implies, morning glory flowers open in the morning. The flower typically lasts for a single morning and dies in the afternoon. New flowers bloom each day.

September's birthstone is the sapphire. Sapphires are used to treat mental illness and calm the nerves. The sapphire symbolizes sincerity, harmony, peace, and faithfulness. It is an excellent choice for an engagement ring. A sapphire given by a man to his wife on their wedding day provides insurance for a happy marriage. It assures constancy among lovers.

September Trees

September 1 - 2
September 3 - 12
Weeping Willow
September 13 - 22
September 23
September 24 - 30


An opal in a bay leaf.
An opal in a bay leaf.

One of October's birthstones is the Opal. Opals bring passion and love and stimulate emotional expression. Opals are the national gemstone of Australia, where most of the world's supply is found; the name derives from the Sanskrit wordúpala. In the Middle Ages, opals were considered lucky and thought to possess the virtues of all other gemstones whose colors were represented in the opal's color spectrum. It was also believed to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

Another one of October's gems is tourmaline. Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the the rainbow's colors. Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymph. It is also thought to inspire creativity and has been used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers throughout the ages.

One of October's flowers is the calendula, which symbolizes grief, despair, and sorrow. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.

October Trees

October 1 - 3
October 4 - 13
October 14 - 23
October 24 - 31
The Rowan tree protects against enchantment. Sticks of rowan were used in the art of metal divining. Rowan sprays and crosses were placed over cattle pens and homes to protect them.


November's flower is the chrysanthemum, which symbolizes compassion, friendship, and secret love. The chrysanthemum is one of the most honored flowers in Asia. In Japan, chrysanthemums are called "kikus" and are exchanged between friends as a symbol of the virtue and the incomparable value of friendship.

One of November's gems is citrine. Citrine is known as the stone of wealth. It is believed to promote happiness and to be useful against depression. It symbolizes hope, youth, health, wealth, and fidelity.

November Trees

November 1 - 11
November 12 - 21
November 22 - 30


Narcissus symbolizes self-love and vanity. The flower's name derives from Greek mythology and the tale of the beautiful Narcissus. When Narcissus ignored the lovely nymph, Echo, he was punished by falling in love with his own reflection in a pool. Caught up in self-adoration, Narcissus died. In the spot where he had sat gazing yearningly into the water, there appeared a flower that the nymphs named narcissus. It became a symbol of selfishness and coldheartedness.

Holly, another December plant, was revered by the Druids for its shiny leaves and red berries. Holly stays green in winter, keeping the earth beautiful when the sacred oak has lost its leaves. Holly was the sacred plant of Saturn and was used at the Roman Saturnalia festival to honor him. Romans gave one another holly wreaths and carried them about, decorating images of Saturn.

December's gem, turquoise, is considered lucky when worn, especially when it is hand-carved. It is believed to protect against evil influences. Carry a piece of turquoise in a blue charm bag on a Wednesday for good luck. A carved piece of turquoise brings good fortune into the house. It is often used as an evil eye counter-charm. Turquoise also protects against poisonous bites, blindness, assassination, and accidental death, and absorbs negative feelings. Turquoise possesses a strong healing vibration.

December Trees

December 1
December 2 - 11
December 12 - 21
December 22
December 23 - 31
Apple trees are ripe with meaning in almost every culture. They can signify wisdom, joy, fertility, temptation, peace, love, masculinity, and youthfulness. Europeans considered the apple to be a "life-tree" symbol for boys.

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      samuel omoniyi 7 months ago

      Thanks my lens is open

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      janskie Paar-isa 7 months ago

      What are the different symbols of the different month of birth?

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      Alexis 15 months ago

      Was wondering what culture the weekly trees come from? It doesn't say and I would like to know more about it. Thank you!!

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      Ellie 888888 2 years ago

      Good! Gave me all imfomation I need.

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      It was great all the info enjoyable reading it awesome good to know.....x

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      This piece was a lifacejket that saved me from drowning.

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens.I born in march and so got much more knowledge about this month .Thanks monarch13.

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      I really enjoyed your lens

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      Awesome informative lens monarch13! :D

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      Great lens.

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      Wonderfully positive and affirming. Have a business proposition for you. Please email me. Thanks for the beautiful work.

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      FastSecrets 5 years ago

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      What a fun lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Awesome. I can see why you got a purple star. Blessed!

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens a lot, I am born in November and I must say according to this I am great :))))

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      It's Awesome.

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      MarkJustice 5 years ago

      Great information. December fits my wife to a T.

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      Katyusha 5 years ago

      I like it. Something new, something I have never read before. Take a look at mine and see if you like it :)

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      it was quite educational for me! i have made lens about "krishna making" and

      " see my creation". its about things i made at home. please tell me how to improve my lens?

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      longbitbeard 5 years ago

      I've always wondered about how the month that someone is born influences their personality. Thanks for creating this.

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      joannebella 5 years ago

      great lens .... that was interesting!

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      Rowangaia 5 years ago

      I love this lens: very informative. Thank you and Blessed Be!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens. Lovely information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are quite accurate. Interesting facts. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Beautifully constructed lens and interesting information. Really enjoyable to read. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      As far as I can verify the description of each zodiac characteristics based on birth-moon are extremely accurate. Thanks

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      sanjeevkumaaar 5 years ago

      Another great lens about birthstones.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love it..!!!.

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      mattcut 5 years ago

      Thank you for the useful information in this lovely lens!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to have a t-shirt witll the September them on it. A picture with the blue skies and the lighting and words.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great lens, love the info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome! I loved the information and the gems look pretty facanating

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      This is an amazing resource on birth symbols! I didn't know that each of the birthstones had healing qualities.

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      RosemaryB 5 years ago

      Hello Monarch I came looking for you because you gave me a hug on my Lens and I wanted to thank you.

      And what a useful Lens this is.

      How easy it is to forget, or for those younger, never remember all the symbols and meaning that yester-year held.

      Very nice


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is such a nice resource page for the birth months. I need to stop by to get the info for April, as I'm making a birthday card for someone. Thanks! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great signs and it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i want 2 know what my constalation is!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm uh Scorpio and all i have to say is November is def rite

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      chrisssy 6 years ago

      Mine or my husband's don't really describe us at all. Great lens, though

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Looking at this beautiful lens makes me feel good. Angel Blessed!

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      allenwebstarme 6 years ago

      Nice its perfect all most close to my nature.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It really shows who I am

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      If only rubies really did stop my nightmares! I am passionate and devoted to my family and work though so it's not entirely wrong.

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      Vallygems1 6 years ago

      Great Lens


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. My month is February and I like amethyst.

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      As born in May I supposed to have attractive personality. Totally agreed;)

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      such a pretty lens, I loved reading it. Thank you and happy holidays.

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      tinaanne 6 years ago

      I like my month. It really shows me what I am

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens each month is thoroughly covered, it gives me so many ideas for gifts. I loved reading the ones for my partner and I we have some really nice birth symbols and as we collect crystals we now know what to get. Nice lens.

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      BabyMonitorsOnl 6 years ago

      Very fun lens! My month is great, and explains me completely :)

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      I love how my birth symbols are the Daisy and Sweet Pea. Very nice lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      CanadaREVIEW 6 years ago

      Great lens! I love my month!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Nice lens, though I have to admit, I've always been a bit miffed at garnet and carnations for January - not your fault of course lol. They are my least favourite gem and flower. Maybe that says something about how I feel about my own nature...hmmm...oh boy, better stop before I really go off on a tangent!

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      jasmine11911 6 years ago

      October's birthstone is the Opal or Tourmaline.How about Aquamarine, Topaz, Garnet, and Ruby......they were also October's birthstone.Hmmm....

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      jasmine11911 6 years ago

      October's birthstone is the Opal or Tourmaline.How about Aquamarine, Topaz, Garnet, and Ruby......they were also October's birthstone.Hmmm....

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      mimosachatterjee 6 years ago

      nice work!!!

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      GardenArbor 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      carredsal 6 years ago

      Lots and lots of info..Thanks:)

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      Michelle77 LM 6 years ago

      Love the info. here :) i always like to read stuff like this and compare it with those i know to see how it stacks up to their personalities....quite amazing how it descibes them so close!

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      jstarley 6 years ago

      I absolutely love this! What a great resource I will now be using! Love and light my friend!

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      Really good lens, lots of info on each sign.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Very informative!

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Very interesting angle to look at our birthday. And by the way it is accurate. 5*

      I also like that you use the drop down menu, this save a lot of time in browsing when we look to a specific module.

      If you are curious I am a lion (aug.)

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Very nice lens! Blessing it and featuring it on my astrology angel lens!

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      dwnovacek 7 years ago

      Beautiful and informational lens. I loved it! Angel Blessings to you!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      It seems I need to find an ash leaf and stick it in my shoe quickly. Loved reading about all the months!

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      I was born in June, and it's interesting to know more about my borth month.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Oh, it's interesting: we can therefore, base the gift on the details of the months!

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Interesting and informative. Great lens thank you for writing.

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I love the Primrose, but I am not born in February.....

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Beautiful job! I think perhaps astrology is the mind of God.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Believe or not believe...

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      This is really a wonderful lens and I learned so much about my birth month December. I have featured on: Purple Valentine Gifts. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is amazing. I really enjoyed reading the Signs and Symbols of each Birth Month. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It is really obvious that i was born in this month of August where my name derived. Amazing when i read your poster, its just the same as exactly my personality with your poster says....But God who really determines our times and our destination. Jesus is the God of the Universe that is why I'm so happy to live fully here morever in Heaven of course!..Thanks for posting

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      peacefulpaths 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this amazing Lens. I'm December born and i definitely resonate with two of my trees: fig and apple!

      Love it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really enjoyed reading ALL of the info!!! I have been trying to learn April's "bird", I noticed only May has a listed bird. Is this a "new" thing, Months and it's Bird?

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      What a beautiful and informative lens. Love the pics and descriptions associated with each month and my month was some I'd heard before and some new information, too. Cool! :)

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is such a pretty and informative lens, I love it.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      I love this lens. The description of my personality based on my birth month , December, is right on (I hope). :)