The February birth flower is violet. Violets have been around for centuries and were first cultivated by the Greeks around 500 BC. Violets are named for their blue-purple color, but also come in of blue, yellow and cream. Today there are almost 500 species of violets that belong to the genus Viola. There are several species that are known as pansies.
The most popular violet in the United States is the blue violet, which grows wild along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. The violet is so popular that it is the official state flower for four different states: Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey.
Violet Meanings and Symbolism
Violets symbolize modesty. According to Greek mythology, violets were created when one of Artemis’ nymphs, who had all sworn to stay maidens, was being pursued by her twin brother, Apollo. To protect her nymph, Artemis transformed her into a violet, which in turn led the violet to become a symbol of modesty. The violet also has roots in Christianity and represents the modesty of the Virgin Mary. The violet also represents spiritual wisdom, faithfulness and humility which are meanings that can be seen depicted in religious works of art.
The February birthstone is the amethyst. It is a purple quartz that was used by the Ancient Greeks to ward off the tempting powers of Bacchus (also known as Dionysus), the god of intoxication and ecstasy. The amethyst was also believed to make the wearer clear-headed, bringing clarity and awareness.
During the Middle Ages, the amethyst was worn by the English to symbolize royalty. Despite its history of being an exclusive gemstone only to be worn by the elite, the amethyst can be found all over the world, particularly in Brazil. The finest amethyst gems are found in Russia.
February Zodiac Horoscope
According to the zodiac horoscope, both Aquarians and Pisces are born in February.
Aquarians born in February are born between the 1st and the 18th. Aquarians are known for their individual style and unique perspective on life. They prefer not to follow conventional paths and are creative thinkers who thrive off of providing fresh and original solutions to problems both personally and professionally. Although Aquarians may come off as detached, they are great communicators and like to assess others before investing in a relationship. They are not afraid of challenges, can not tolerate boredom, and can be quite spontaneous.
Pisces born in February are born between the 19th and the 28th. Pisces are known for being extremely spiritual. Because of this they also have a reputation for being difficult to understand. As friends, Pisces are known for always being reliable and are very compassionate towards others. They are creatures of love and nurture, and are very emotional. Although generous and caring, they expect the same treatment in return, which can make them feel insecure at times. Pisces are very intuitive and their gut feelings are usually right. Therefore, they should strive to be more secure and confident by realizing all of the value they provide to the world.
Famous Birthdays In February
- Farrah Fawcett, American actress, February 2
- Langston Hughes, American jazz poet, February 1
- Erykah Badu, Grammy award-winning artist, February 26
- Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, February 24
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