Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.
You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.
We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.
Onwards and Upwards!
Stairs, 2008: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, September 2014:
First Quarter – September 2, 11:11
Full Moon – September 9, 1:38
Last Quarter – September 16, 2:05
New Moon – September 24, 6:14
The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon
Saint's Days and Observances:
Acepsimas of Hnaita and companions (Syriac Orthodox Church)
Agricola of Avignon
Antoninus of Pamiers
Castor of Apt
San Esteban del Rey (Acoma Pueblo)
Independence day (Transnistria, unrecognized)
National Day, celebrates the independence of Vietnam from Japan and France in 1945.
Sedantag (German Empire)
Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Borage
Gaelic Name: Borrach.
Also known as Burrage, Herb of Gladness and False Bugloss.
The bright blue flowered Borage, lifts the spirits of the heart when sighted upon and raises the heart even more when the star shaped flowers are added to wine, a favourite of the ancient warriors and the dandy Knights for its courage inducing effects.
The hardy herb of Borage is much famed from ancient days for its healing qualities, edible flowers, vegetable leaves and as a favourite food source for bees, which delight in its nectar.*
Also on this day:
44 BC – Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion. Cicero also launches the first of his Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.
31 BC – Final War of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium – off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul's Cathedral.
1752 – Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
1792 – During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic Church bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
1807 – The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
1859 – A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service.
1885 – Rock Springs massacre: in Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who are struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers killing 28, wounding 15 and forcing several hundred more out of town.
1958 – United States Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan in Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members are killed.
1990 – Transnistria is unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.
* All information regarding the uses of the plants is exactly for that informational purposes only, and that the author and owners of the web do not encourage anyone to be eating, or disturbing wild plants, but merely to admire them in their natural environment and to ponder on their rise and fall within human culture.