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!
Fomenting, 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
Our Lady of The Sea, Isle of Barra Castle, Summer 2011: Saul Hughes
Saint's Days and Observances:
Goeric of Metz
Januarius (Western Christianity)
Theodore of Tarsus (Church of England)
Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon
Armed Forces Day (Chile)
Day of the First Public Appearance of the Slovak National Council (Slovakia)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Saint Kitts and Nevis from the United Kingdom in 1983.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Eyebright
Gaelic Names: Lus Na Leac (The Hillside Plant), Rein An Ruisg (Water for the eye), Radharcain (Sense of sight) Lin Radharc (Eye Wet), Soillseachd Nan Suil (That which brightens the eye).
Also known as Euphraisa.
This beautiful little flower found on hillsides, pastures and coastal lands, was famous from the medieval days onwards, as a cure all for all complaints of the eyes, being distilled in water which in turn would be called the ‘Precious Water’.
The name Euphraisa is derived from the Greek name ‘Euphrosyne’ (Gladness) a Greek Goddess, one of the ‘Kharites’ (Charites) or Graces, who were usually three Goddesses, though in some traditions they can number from five to seven, but more generally known as the three graces, Euphrosyne being the Goddess of mirth, and the plant was named in her honour as it brought grace to the one whom suffered with complaints to the eyes; the name is also the Greek name for the passerine bird the Linnet (Carduelis Cannabina), as this bird was said to have been the first to have discovered the healing benefits of this herb for the eyes, and it would pluck this herb to treat its young of eye diseases and it passed this knowledge on to humankind, who from henceforward named this plant in honour of this beautiful bird.*
Also on this day:
1692 – Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.
1870 – Having invaded the Papal States a week earlier, the Italian Army lays siege to Rome, entering the city the next day, after which the Pope described himself as a Prisoner in the Vatican.
1893 - New Zealand becomes first country to give women the vote after a campaign led by Liverpool born Katie Sheppard.
1952 – The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.
1959 – Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland.
1961 – Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis's farm in Glastonbury, United Kingdom.
1995 – The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto.
* 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.