THE BOOK OF 25 – CHAPTER 23
Transformation – When the Seventh became the Ninth Month
September is the 9th month of the year and one of four months with a length of 30 days, in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. September in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Northern Hemisphere.
In Latin, septem means “seven” and septimus means “seventh“; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC, when the first month changed from Kalendas Martius –1 March to Kalendas Januarius –1 January.
September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, as there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven, the number of days in the week. No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year.
With the ninth month in mind, nothing beats the ninth month in pregnancy for transformation. Now, is the time for the finishing touches to your baby’s organs. The lungs make final preparations for birth by secreting surfactant to help them expand at birth. Your baby’s kidneys are still producing lots of urine every day making up the almost two pints of amniotic fluid.
About week 37 the baby’s weight gain slows drastically. The average birth weight is still about seven and a half pounds and measures between 18-22 inches at birth. The majority of babies will show up from two weeks before the due date to two weeks past the date. Labor is caused by the baby’s signals to the mother’s body that he or she is ready to be born. Good luck and remember to grin and bear. 37 is known to become 39.
So the Ode to the ninth month is a beginning and end of one season and on to another. Nine can be a conclusion and an introduction. In as much as the seventh month can transform and become the ninth month we can reference that change is inevitable and as abstracted, as it’s now understood.
The first Roman calendar appears to have been lunar, with ten months. According to tradition, in 509 bce the King Numa Pompilius replaced that calendar with one more like that of the Greeks. A year of 12 months and 355 days. Those months which had 30 days in the old calendar now had 29. Januarius (29 days), named after the god of gates, was added to the beginning of the year and Februarius (28 days), added to the end. In 450 bce, Januarius was moved from before Martius to before Februarius, which established the order of months we still use.