We have now reached the month of November. There is beginning to be a crispness in the air. This is a time for reflection and thankfulness during the harvest season.
The gemstone for November is the Citrine. It is a warm colored gem stone. The name citrine was used as early as 1385 when the word was first recorded in English. In French, the word “citrine” meant lemon. It ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber, named Madeira, due to its resemblance to the red wine. Most citrine is mined in Brazil, but other sources of the quartz are Bolivia and Madagascar.
The Romans were thought to be the first to wear yellow quartz, crafting it into highly polished but unfaceted cuts of the stone set into jewelry. Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a charm against evil thoughts, to strengthen the mind and increase wisdom. It was also considered to have medicinal properties. Legends speak of the quartz as promoting vitality and energy. In Chinese philosophy it was believed to create wealth and abundance. During the middle ages only royalty and clergy used this gem.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a few pieces of this beautiful gem stone in her collection. The citrine and topaz are similar to her down-to-earth elegance.
The yellow topaz is an alternate gemstone for those born in November. Its golden color was believed, by the Egyptians, to be the glow cast by the sun god, Ra. Yellow topaz ranges in color from peachy blush to a deep cognac. A gift of this gem stone is thought to symbolize friendship and to strengthen one’s capacity to give and receive love.
With qualities like these, you can’t go wrong. Many Psi Iota Xi sisters have these qualities of loving and giving. This reminds me of one of our closing verses, “It is a noble thing to give cheer to those less fortunate about you.” So many of you get up early, stay late to finish a task, plan socials and fundraisers and are always thinking of ways to give to others. Your loving smiles and acts of kindness go farther than just words, to speak of our goals as Psi Otes.
Citrine is symbolic for hope and strength. It has a sunny brightness, which is ideal for helping anyone get through the tough times in life. Reach out to a nearby friend, neighbor or family member. Share the warmth of our sisterhood. “Anyone can give away something expensive. But only those who understand sacrifice can give away something valuable.”
Beth Keeney National President