Folklore

Articles of weather folklore, flower lore, myths, legends and more from the Farmers’ Almanac.

December Birthstone – Turquoise – The great Clarity Stone

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December’s birthstone, turquoise, has long been seen as a talisman for luck and protection. From burial rituals in ancient times to the deep history of turquoise in Native American cultures, there is much to discover about this gemstone. Learn more about its fascinating facts and folklore. Read on! Turquoise Facts Where is it found? Turquoise is

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November Birthstone — Topaz — The Beautiful Friendship Stone

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Yellow topaz is the November birthstone. In ancient times, topaz was associated with wealth, beauty, strength, and protection. Today, yellow topaz is linked to friendship much like the yellow rose. Learn more facts and fascinating folklore surrounding this beautiful gem. Read on! Topaz Facts Its name is derived from the Greek word topazios which is

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11:11 – Good Luck And History!

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11/11 is widely recognized in the US and abroad as Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, respectively. But did you know that the time 11:11 (especially on 11/11) is believed to bring good luck? Learn all about the history, folklore, and mathematical significance of this special time and date below! The following article is inspired by

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October Birthstone: Opal – The Beautiful & Mysterious Rainbow Jewel

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October’s birthstone is the opal. This rainbow-colored jewel holds many secrets. No one knows how it is scientifically formed. Over time, it has had curious connections with luck and magic. The Aztecs believed it brought necessary destruction for new creation. Read on to discover the opal’s rich folklore and history! Facts How It Is Formed

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Have You Seen The Persimmon Forecast 2022-23?

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According to popular folklore, a persimmon can predict winter weather. How do you make a persimmon forecast? It’s easy. Just split open a seed of a locally grown fruit and look at the pattern inside. If you see a fork, winter will be mild. A shovel (or spoon shape)? It will be snowy. A knife

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Shooting Stars And Good Luck

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Have you ever wondered why wishing on a shooting star is believed to be good luck? Learn more about shooting star superstitions and what makes them so special. Read on. What Is a Shooting Star? Shooting stars are a delight to see streaking through the night sky, and while these fleeting dashes of light only

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Sapphire September Birthstone: The Great Gem Of Connections!

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Sapphire, September’s birthstone, is a stunning gem once reserved for royalty and believed to facilitate communication with the divine. This precious stone has been said to bring blessings from heaven to the wearer. In ancient times, one would wear a sapphire ring while visiting an oracle to increase the odds of receiving a prophecy. These

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August Birthstone — Peridot: The Great Space Gem

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The August Birthstone is peridot—an enigmatic gemstone! It is often misidentified and mispronounced. Did you know that it falls to Earth in some meteorites? It’s also been found on the Moon! That’s why we call it the “space gem.” The peridot stone is believed to bring happiness and a sense of one’s destiny in life.

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July Birthstone — Ruby

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July’s birthstone is the ruby. Its name comes from the Latin word ruber meaning red. But its name in Sanskrit reveals more of its mysterious power and value: ratnaraj, the ruler of jewels. Prized for its distinct beauty and believed protective qualities, it is also thought to increase motivation and connect one with their passion

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June’s Birthstone — Pearl

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June’s birthstone is the pearl. Its name comes from the Old French word, “perle” which, oddly, is derived from the Latin word for “leg”—as in “leg-of-lamb.” It is believed that this was a reference to the shape of mollusk shells, where pearls form. Interestingly, pearl is the only birthstone that is not mined from the

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