The chrysanthemum is the November birth flower. Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China many centuries ago, and have appeared in ancient Chinese writings since 15th century BC. The Chinese used the chrysanthemum as an herbal remedy for various ailments such as headache relief, reducing blood pressure and as an anti-inflammatory.
From China, the chrysanthemum migrated across the sea to Japan where it was further cultivated by Buddhist monks in AD 400. Due to its beauty, the flower quickly became the official flower for the Japanese emperor’s crest and official seal. The Japanese word for chrysanthemum is “kiku” and every year the country celebrates National Chrysanthemum Day, which is also referred to as the Festival of Happiness.
The chrysanthemum finally made its way over to Europe in the 17th century where Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, coined the name “chrysanthemum.” The name is a fusion of the words “chrysos” meaning gold, and “anthemon” meaning flower. Today, this November flower has become one of the most popular flowers around the world.
Chrysanthemum Meanings and Symbolism
As the birth flower for November, the chrysanthemum is one of the most colorful flowers that blooms in fall — a season that’s known for having only a few colorful blooms. Therefore, the chrysanthemum symbolizes joy and beauty despite the oncoming colder months.
Different chrysanthemums carry different meanings across various time periods and cultures. According to the Victorian language of flowers, chrysanthemums symbolize friendship and well-wishing. In Buddhism, chrysanthemums are used as offerings to emit powerful Yang energy. In China, chrysanthemums are commonly offered to the elderly, as they symbolize long life and good luck. In Australia, chrysanthemums are the official flowers for Mother’s Day due to their nickname “mum.”
Chrysanthemums come in a variety of different colors, each holding a different meaning:
- White chrysanthemums symbolize loyalty and honesty.
- Red chrysanthemums symbolize love and deep passion.
- Violet chrysanthemums symbolize a wish to get well.
- Yellow chrysanthemums symbolize neglected love or sorrow.
The month of November officially has two birthstones: citrine and topaz.
The citrine is known as a “healing quartz” due to its ability to promote vitality and energy for the wearer. It’s meaning has roots in Chinese feng shui philosophy, where this gemstone is known for creating wealth. The citrine is available in a variety of colors, ranging from yellow to deep orange. Despite its beauty, it is a pretty affordable gemstone due to its abundance in nature, and can be found in Brazil and Spain.
The topaz symbolizes love and affection, and is a stone that is available in a wide variety of colors including, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and blue. The most prized topaz is the called the imperial topaz, which has a deep orange color with undertones of pink and was a favorite amongst Russian czars during the 1800s. Blue topaz is created when colorless topaz is treated with heat, which results in a blue hue.
November Zodiac Horoscope
According to the zodiac horoscope, both the Scorpio and Sagittarius are born in November.
Scorpios are characterized as determined, magnetic and elusive, and is known as one of the most misunderstood signs. Despite a cool and aloof exterior, scorpios are intensely emotional on the inside and they completely give themselves to those they love. Extremely determined, they give 110% towards everything that they do. Scorpios who are born between November 15th to the 22nd, fall on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp where the more intense Scorpio traits are balanced out by the easygoing spirit of the Sagittarius.
Sagittarians are characterized as having an unstoppable drive, and a carefree lifestyle. They are known to be very self-confident, which can easily come off as overconfident, and generally believe that they can achieve anything they want. They’re known for taking risks and hate to hear the words “That’s impossible.” Sagittarians are incredibly fascinated by life and will stop at nothing to achieve self-understanding and promote their own personal growth. Sagittarians who are born between November 22nd to the 27th fall on the Sagittarius-Scorpio cusp are typically less laidback and have a much stronger determination than the average Sagittarius.
Famous Birthdays In November
- Albert Camus, French philosopher, November 7, 1913
- Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, November 3, 1949
- Billy Idol, punk rock musician, November 30, 1955
- Anne Hathaway, Oscar-winning actress, November 12, 1982