Happy New Month!

July: The seventh month of the year, during which the sun enters the sign Leo. It is so called from Julius, the surname of Caius Caesar, who was born in this month. Before that time, this month was called Quintilis, or the fifth month, according to the old Roman calendar.  Back then, March was the first month of the year.

July made its way into English via the Norman word, Julie.  Naturally, the Normans picked the word out of Old French where it was, Jule.  The Latin word julius probably came from jovialis (of Jupiter, descended from Jupiter). 

As an aside, if you want to see Jupiter, look into the night sky these days.  Do you see those two bright stars right next to each other?  They are not stars.  They are Jupiter and Venus.  They’ve been hanging out with each other lately.