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🌤️🍂 An October to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Opals, Calendulas, Poems and Songs 📿🏵️📜🎶


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🍂 An October to Remember 📝

What’s Special about October 2022 ?

This particular October not merely ushers in a new season as the autumn or spring equinox has passed but also the first October to be free from lockdowns and travel restrictions (in most countries) ever since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a pandemic ravaging humanity, even though Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic resulting in Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity have worsened.

It is indeed the first October during which there has been the dramatic escalation of outright exploitation or oppression, heavy-handed suppression or persecution, and unmitigated invasion or annexation, all of which have transpired via or within the regulations, procedures and operations of social institutions both within and between entities, states or countries, most notably those undergoing significant disturbances or seismic shifts in their sociocultural, political and media landscapes and information ecosystems, as well as those engaging in a series of aggrieved contests and existential tussles between (the autonomy of) self-governance and (the autocracy of) an authoritarian alternative. Many regions across the globe are poised between runaway inflation and impending recession, if not already ravaged by climate change, natural disasters, energy crisis, food insecurity, economic instability and the like. The world seems to be entering into an uncharted territory of facing multiple social, political and environmental quagmires.

Moreover, the October of 2022 is the first month to enter the post-Elizabethan era in its entirety, as people bade their final farewell to Her Majesty The Queen👑 in 🌤️🌾 A September to Remember. Ongoing concerns around royal privilege and social inequality aside, there now exist the questions and challanges regarding the continuity and legitimacy of the (supposedly nonpartisan, politically voiceless and uncontentious) constitutional monarchy both within and without the United Kingdom of Great Britain comprising England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, let alone the fallout from Brexit and the revolving doors of the British government and politics.

On the one hand, the passing of October marks the beginning of the festive season lasting from November to early January in the West and other predominantly Christian countries. On the other hand, October is the glorious herald of a season of vibrant festivities painting India, the world’s largest democracy, in vivid hues of joy and celebration through Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja, Diwali and Bhai Dooj. Around the globe, there is no shortage of October celebrations insofar as multinational festivals and holidays in October include the following:

Judaism

Buddhism

Hinduism

  • Navratri: celebrates the conquest of Goddess Durga
  • Diwali: mid-October–mid-November – see “movable”
  • Kartik Purnima: An additional commemoration of the Celestial Diwali, or the “Diwali of the Gods”; hence the Sanskrit appellation “Dev Diwali”, in honour of Vishnu, Kartikeya and Goddess Ganga.

Paganism

  • Samhain: 31 October–1 November – first day of winter in the Celtic calendar (and Celtic New Year’s Day)

Secular

  • Gandhi Jayanti: an indoctrinated festival; the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, falls on 2 October.
  • Columbus Day: 12 October or the second Monday in October
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day: the second Monday in October
  • Halloween: 31 October – also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.

The Birthstone for October is Opal📿, which is the traditional gemstone for the astrological signs of Libra and Scorpio. The Birth Flower for October is Calendula🏵️. Last but not the least, there are plenty of excellent Poems📜 and Songs🎶 composed specifically for October, the best of which have been specially chosen by SoundEagle🦅ೋღஜஇ for you to celebrate and commemorate this highly eventful and memorable month.

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The Coronation of Elizabeth II (2 June 1953) Framed by SoundEagle

👑 Remembering Queen Elizabeth II 🏰

The following two paragraphs extracted from Wikipedia serve well to inform readers about a number of significant events affirming that the second Elizabethan age was one of impressive longevity, aided by the remarkable stability of the Queen’s reign over seven decades in a fast-changing world, during which monarchy has become a rarity:

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria.[1][2] On 6 February 2017 she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne. In 2022, Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 70 years, and large-scale celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee occurred from 2–5 June. She reigned for 70 years, 7 months and 2 days until her death on 8 September 2022.[3]

On 9 September 2015, Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning female monarch in world history.[4][5] On 23 May 2016, her reign surpassed the claimed reign of James Francis Edward Stuart (the “Old Pretender”).[6] On 6 February 2022 (at the age of 95 years, 291 days), she became the first British monarch to reign for 70 years and celebrate a platinum jubilee.[7]

The Queen Had Multiple Birthdays

Whilst the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21st April, certain countries have been commemorating the occasion at different times of the year, as the following excerpts from Wikipedia show:

The King’s Official Birthday (alternatively the Queen’s Official Birthday when the monarch is female) is the selected day in the United Kingdom and most Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch is officially celebrated in those countries. It does not necessarily correspond to the date of the monarch’s actual birth.

The sovereign’s birthday was first officially marked in the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1748, for King George II. Since then, the date of the king or queen’s birthday has been determined throughout the British Empire, and later the Commonwealth of Nations, either by royal proclamations issued by the sovereign or viceroy, or by statute laws passed by the local parliament.

The date of the celebration today varies as adopted by each country and is generally set around the end of May or start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of fine weather in the Northern Hemisphere for outdoor ceremonies. In most cases, it is an official public holiday, sometimes aligning with the celebration of other events. Most Commonwealth realms release a Birthday Honours list at this time.

With the accession of Charles III on 8 September 2022 this holiday may be subject to change.

Australia

Australian states and territories observe the King’s Birthday on the second Monday in June, except in Western Australia and Queensland. As Western Australia celebrates Western Australia Day (formerly known as Foundation Day) on the first Monday in June, the governor of Western Australia each year proclaims the day on which the state will observe the King’s Birthday, based on school terms and the Perth Royal Show.[1] There is no firm rule to determine this date, though it is usually the last Monday of September or the first Monday of October. Some regional areas of Western Australia celebrate the King’s Birthday public holiday on alternative days for locally significant dates or events.[2] In 2012, Queensland celebrated the holiday in October, as the June holiday was reserved to mark Elizabeth II‘s Diamond Jubilee as Queen of Australia, after which the holiday then for three years reverted to its traditional date in line with the other eastern Australian states.[3] However, starting in 2016, Queensland celebrates the holiday on the first Monday of October.[4][5]

Queensland, the Australian state named after Queen Victoria in 1859, is the only state celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II👑 on the 3rd of October. In terms of longevity, Her Royal Highness was the longest-reigning British monarch by a fair margin of seven years over her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

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SoundEagle in October Opal

🍂 October Birthstone: Opal 📿

October Opal 📿

The Natural Birthstone seduced the sign of Scorpio and Libra

Let Her Noble Beauty be fit for a Gallant King of Constantinople

The National Gemstone produced most bounteously in Australia

Set Personal Jewellery worn as a Potent Ring of October Opal

Famous Opals 📿

English: An opal doublet from Andamooka South ...

English: An opal doublet from Andamooka South Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Opal from Yowah, Queensland, Australi...

English: Opal from Yowah, Queensland, Australia. Length: about 20mm. Français : Une opale provenant de Yowah, dans le Queensland, en Australie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Precious-Opal

Black Precious-Opal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Precious-Opal

Black Precious-Opal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Raw opal found in Andamooka South Aus...

English: Raw opal found in Andamooka South Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Opal (length: 6 cm). Australia

Opal (length: 6 cm). Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Opal in rock. Australia

Opal in rock. Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Opal, Australia (length 6 cm)

Opal, Australia (length 6 cm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Opal, Australia (length 5 cm)

Opal, Australia (length 5 cm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A modern opal bracelet from Australia.

A modern opal bracelet from Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Good wishes to all and sundry whose birthdays fall in October! The Birthstone for October is Opal, a hydrated amorphous form of silica (SiO2·nH2O); its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6 and 10%. Due to its amorphous property, it is classified as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, which are considered minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt.

The name opal is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word upala (उपल), which means ‘jewel’, and later the Greek derivative opállios (ὀπάλλιος), which means ‘to see a change in color’.

There are three broad classes of opal: precious, common and fire. Precious opal exhibits colour play known as iridescence, or more precisely, opalescence; whereas common opal and fire opal do not.[1] Play-of-color is defined as “a pseudo chromatic optical effect resulting in flashes of colored light from certain minerals, as they are turned in white light.”[2] The internal structure of precious opal causes it to diffract light, resulting in iridescent play of colour. Depending on the conditions under which it formed, opal may be transparent, translucent or opaque, and the background colour may be white, black or nearly any colour of the visual spectrum. Black opal is considered the rarest, whilst white, gray and green opals are the most common. On the whole, the degrees of opalescence and transparency are the major determinants of the classification and desirability of a piece of opal:

Opalescence refers to the optical phenomena displayed by the mineraloid gemstone opal[1] (hydrated silicon dioxide).[2] However, there are three notable types of opal (precious, common, and fire),[3] each with different optical effects, so the intended meaning varies depending on context. The optical effects seen in various types of opal are a result of refraction (precious and fire) or reflection (common) due to the layering, spacing, and size of the myriad microscopic silicon dioxide spheres and included water (or air) in its physical structure.[2][3] When the size and spacing of the silica spheres are relatively small, refracted blue-green colors are prevalent; when relatively larger, refracted yellow-orange-red colors are seen; and when larger yet, reflection yields a milky-hazy sheen.[2][4]

Precious Opal. The general definition of opalescent is a milky iridescence displayed by an opal which describes the visual effect of precious opal very well, and opalescence is commonly used in lay terms as a synonym for iridescence.[5]

Common Opal. In contrast, common opal does not display an iridescence but often exhibits a hazy sheen of light from within the stone—the phenomenon that gemologists define strictly as opalescence.[6] This milky sheen displayed by opal is a form of adularescence.[4]

Fire Opal is a relatively transparent gemstone with a vivid yellow-orange-red color and rarely displays iridescence.[2]

A piece of blue glass, through which the light shines orange, seeming to behave like the sky at sunset. Tyndall effect in opalescent glass: it appears blue from the side, but orange light shines through.[7]

In a physical sense, some cases of opalescence could be related to a type of dichroism seen in highly dispersed systems with little opacity. Due to Rayleigh scattering, a transparent material appears yellowish-red in transmitted white light and blue in the scattered light perpendicular to the transmitted light.[7] The phenomenon illustrated in the bottom photo is an example of the Tyndall effect.

Summing up opal as being “[m]ade of water and quartz, but filled with fire”, Arlene Goldberg-Gist describes the various myths associated with the gem in a 2003 article entitled “What’s that Stuff? Opal” published in Chemical & Engineering News as follows:

Greeks believed [that] opal bestowed its owner with the powers of foresight and prophesy. Romans perceived opal as a token of hope and purity. Arabs believed [that] it fell from heaven. Medieval peoples, however, associated opal with the Evil Eye and even the Black Plague or thought [that] it made a person invisible when the gem was wrapped in a bay leaf. Queen Victoria boosted opal’s popularity by making it a court favorite. More recently, as October’s birthstone, opal is thought to bring luck–but only to those born in October.”

Historical superstitions have also been elaborated by Wikipedia:

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.[58] It was also said to grant invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.[58][59] As a result, the opal was seen as the patron gemstone for thieves during the medieval period.[60] Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott‘s Anne of Geierstein in 1829, opal acquired a less auspicious reputation. In Scott’s novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter. Due to the popularity of Scott’s novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death.[58] Within a year of the publishing of Scott’s novel in April 1829, the sale of opals in Europe dropped by 50%, and remained low for the next 20 years or so.[61]

Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw an opal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more, as the opal was believed to embody the evil eye.[58]

Opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October.[62]

SoundEagle in October Opal
Hello October with Floral Greetings from SoundEagle

🍂 October Birth Flower: Calendula 🏵️

Hello October with Floral Greetings from SoundEagle

🍂 October Poem 📜

 October 

October is the treasurer of the year,
And all the months pay bounty to her store;
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
And fill her brimming coffers more and more.

But she, with youthful lavishness,
Spends all her wealth in gaudy dress,
And decks herself in garments bold
Of scarlet, purple, red, and gold.

She heedeth not how swift the hours fly,
But smiles and sings her happy life along;
She only sees above a shining sky;
She only hears the breezes’ voice in song.

Her garments trail the woodlands through,
And gather pearls of early dew
That sparkle, till the roguish Sun
Creeps up and steals them every one.

But what cares she that jewels should be lost,
When all of Nature’s bounteous wealth is hers?
Though princely fortunes may have been their cost,
Not one regret her calm demeanor stirs.

Whole-hearted, happy, careless, free,
She lives her life out joyously,
Nor cares when Frost stalks o’er her way
And turns her auburn locks to gray.

This poem is in the public domain.

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🍂 October Songs 🎶

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23 comments on “🌤️🍂 An October to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Opals, Calendulas, Poems and Songs 📿🏵️📜🎶

  1. Come sempre un post ricco e interessante.
    L’opale è stupendo e non sapevo vi fossero attribuite leggende. Grazie.

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  2. October is my birth month, SoundEagle! What a treat your post is – brimming with extraordinary information. I learned so much about opals and found the details fascinating. You made my day!

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  3. Stunning opals! I have not seen pictures like these before! An amazing post, thank you. Happy Samhain! Now, here comes Winter, if you’re in the northern hemisphere! 🍄🙋‍♂️

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  4. October has been a month of relevant events, just as you say. More than anything, for me it was leaving behind, once and for all, the pandemic and its restrictions. But what needs to be highlighted is the way you craft your article. Impressive photographs and well-documented narrative to let us know about the properties of opal. And enjoyed reading your post. Have a great week. A big hug.

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  5. Beautiful Opals you’ve included here SoundEagle! October has always been my favorite month. No matter where you travel, the weather is always lovely! It’s a great month to get out and explore!

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  6. Such a fulfilling post, in every sense… Those graphics you have created are stunning, and I have a few crystal collection of my own.. Opals, though are not among them.. Loved the crystals you shared..
    Autumn and October was mild here in the UK even if a little wetter.. But that more than is making up for the dry Summer..
    And yes as you say relative freedom to BE… This whole year has certainly flown by..
    Many thanks for sharing October delights..
    Wishing you well my friend as we head into November… Guy Fawkes had the best idea all those years ago… 😉
    Sending well wishes SE..
    and many thanks for these amazing posts.. 💜💙💜

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  8. Gorgeous and beautiful graphics and pictures SoundEagle❣️

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  9. The beautiful idiosyncratic nature of life. I often pondered, if we are the only light of sanity in an insane world, well, aren’t we considered insane? Sometime in the drowning pool of social and media persuasion, we forget to water that sacred garden within. Thank you for sharing and it was good to stop bye again!

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  11. Last October I took some time to rest and organize myself.

    These Opals are really beautiful, I feel positive energy just by looking at them.

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  12. A magnificent presentation Sound Eagle … haha your music list will get through to the New Year, .. my brother and brother-in-law, birthdays were in October …

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  13. I too am very relieved to be rid of, for the most part, these restrictions. As I am also glad to be free from Creeper Cuomo, the mini-Tyrannous Par Excellence.

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  14. I love opals…it’s all Victoria Holt’s fault (read her a lot when I was a kid)…

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  15. Lovely opals. Great information too.

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  16. An interesting worded perspective. Odd, but true.

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