Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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!
Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, October 2014:
First Quarter – October 1, 19:32
Full Moon – October 8, 10:51
Last Quarter – October 15, 19:12
New Moon – October 23, 21:57
First Quarter – October 31, 2:48
A Ragged Kingdom, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes
Saint's Days and Observances:
Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy
Crysanthus and Daria (Western Christianity)
Crispin and Crispian
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Gaudentius of Brescia
Minias of Florence
Armed Forces Day (Romania)
Constitution Day (Lithuania)
Day of the Basque Country (Basque Country)
Earliest day on which Nevada Day can fall, while October 31 is the latest; celebrated on last Friday in October. (Nevada)
Republic Day (Kazakhstan)
Retrocession Day (Taiwan)
Thanksgiving Day (Grenada)
Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Common Fleabane
Family: Composite. (Asteraceae).
Gaelic Name: Lus Bui Na Ndreabcaidh.
Also known as Pulicaria Dysenterica, Fleawort, Job’s Tears and Middle Fleabane.
This beautiful plant is often found in masses along the banks of rivers or the in moisture laden meadows of these Isles, and as its names suggests it was much used for driving away fleas and other irritable insects. Its other most famous use is also found in its Latin name of ‘Dysenterica’ were the plant was used to treat dysentery.
The ancient Irish used this plant to drive away the way flea to as reflected in the Gaelic name ‘Lus Bui Na Ndreabcaidh’ which loosely means ‘The Yellow flower plant that drives away the human flea’. The names Job’s Tears stems from Arab traditions regarding the plant supposed use by the Biblical Job in treating his outward sores wounds.
The plant is much loved by insects especially by various species of the micro moths that inhabit these Isles.*
Also on this day:
1415 – The army of Henry V of England defeats the French at the Battle of Agincourt.
1917 – Traditionally understood date of the October Revolution, involving the capture of the Winter Palace, Petrograd, Russia. The date refers to the Julian Calendar date, and corresponds with November 7 in the Gregorian calendar.
1920 – After 74 days on Hunger Strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney died.
1924 – The forged Zinoviev Letter is published in the Daily Mail, wrecking the British Labour Party's hopes of re-election.
1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".
1944 – Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.
1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison.
2004 – Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned.
* 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.