July is hot afternoons, sultry nights, and mornings when its joy just to be alive.
July is a picnic, a red canoe, a sunburned neck, a softball game, and ice tinkling in a tall glass.
July is a blind date with summer. My life, I realize suddenly, is July!
July Birth Flowers: Larkspur and Water Lily
The name larkspur comes from the Tudors, due to the bloom’s resemblance to a lark’s spur or claw. According to Greek mythology, this July flower blossomed where the blood of Ajax was spilled in the battle of Troy.
Larkspurs are annual species of the genus delphinium, the names are used interchangeably. Larkspurs are known as a protective plant to repel venomous snakes and cure scorpion stings. In England, people even sprinkled larkspur in their bathwater to protect themselves from ghosts and magic. Since it grows wild in the United States as well as Europe, Native Americans picked it for dye.
The larkspur represents the strong bond of love. In general, it signifies an open heart, ardent attachment to someone and the celebration of positivity. As with many flowers, the symbolism changes with the color of the bloom.
Blue larkspur symbolizes dignity and grace
Pink larkspur symbolizes contrariness
White larkspur symbolizes a happy nature
Purple larkspur symbolizes first love
The other birth flower for July is the water lily. The root word for this plant is Nymphea, and it can be translated as ‘’nymph’’, which is a Greek word that means a feminine soul that had lived in nature, and she was found in rivers, wells, and even lakes.
Most people will agree water lilies are simply beautiful and special! Their beauty is in the shape of the flower, its petals, and even the lily pads. And they are special because they can grow in dirty soil or mud. In addition, water lilies are so different from one another. There are water lilies that only bloom at night, while many others only bloom during the day, there are types of water lilies that can only be found in certain areas, and many others are an endangered species.
Water lilies one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, not only because of their appearance but because of what they represent. Their history can be traced back to thousands of years and this is the reason why they are very important in many cultures and religions around the world. Ancient Egyptians regarded water lilies as a symbol for the unity their nation. Also, they had a blue water lily that represented the Sun, and, as a consequence, they thought it was also a symbol of rebirth. The cycle of life was seen in water lilies, and they even placed these flowers in their temples. Buddhists think water lilies and lotus represent enlightenment. These flowers have many different meanings that all depend on the color of the flower. Red lilies are a representation of passion and love, white Lilies personify peace and purity, and purple Lilies represent power. However, the water lily they respect the most is the pink lily, as it represents knowledge.
Ruby is the sole birthstone of July. The name comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. It is symbolic of love, passion, and energy. Many cultures have admired the ruby, going back to ancient times where early cultures believed that rubies held the power of life.
Hindus offered rubies to the god Krishna in the belief that they would be reborn as emperors. In China, rubies were traded along the North Silk Road and noblemen believed that adorning their armor with the gem would grant them protection. In Burma, warriors who thought the protective powers of rubies would make them invincible in battle even inserted them into their flesh.
Do you have a Ruby wish list?
The Liberty Bell Ruby
The world’s largest mined ruby, the Liberty Bell Ruby, was discovered in the 1950’s in eastern Africa. The 8 1/2 thousand carats large ruby is sculpted to represent a miniature version of the Liberty Bell. 50 diamonds have also been included in the bell. Unfortunately, the Liberty Bell Ruby was stolen during a jewelry heist in 2014 and is yet to be recovered.
The Prince Of Burma
One of the rarest rubies in the world, the Prince of Burma is a large uncut ruby weighing 190 g (about 950 carats). It exists in the crystallized form on a marble deposit. The Prince of Burma was discovered in Myanmar’s Dattaw-Mine in 1996. Despite not being subjected to heat treatment, the gemstone has a unique pigeon-blood red color. If a gem is cut out of this uncut piece of gemstone, it might result in a ruby that weighs 300 carats, making it one of the world’s biggest piece of cut rubies. However, due to the sentimental value associated with this gemstone, no plans to process it is known to currently exist. According to reports, The Prince of Burma is currently owned by a German gemstone trader.
July Zodiac Horoscope
According to the zodiac horoscope, both Cancer and Leos are born in July.
A water sign, Cancers are characterized as kind-hearted, sensual, instinctive, and temperamental. Underneath a tough exterior similar to a crab’s protective shell, Cancers are notably sensitive and caring. A Cancer born between July 16th and July 23rd falls on the Cancer-Leo cusp. The combination of Cancer and Leo makes for a loyal friend and faithful partner. At heart, a mediator, the fire of Leo can heat up the emotional nature of mid-July Cancers.
A fire sign, Leos are categorized as motivated, ambitious, loyal, and charitable. Represented by the lion, Leos are born leaders known for their vibrant energy and flair for drama. Leos that are born between July 22nd and July 29th fall on the Leo-Cancer cusp. The cool, feminine influence of Cancer will balance the fiery masculinity of Leo for a loyal, generous, and intuitive personality. Late July Cancers love to be of assistance to others, and champion the underprivileged.
Famous Birthdays In July
Frida Kahlo, artist, July 6th
E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, July 11th
Henry David Thoreau, essayist, July 12th
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, July 18th
Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer, July 24th