Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.
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Onwards and Upwards!
Fortingall, Glen Lyon, Perthshire 2003: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, December 2013
New Moon – December 3, 0:22
First Quarter – December 9, 15:12
Full Moon – December 17, 9:28
Last Quarter – December 25, 13:48
Allotment under frost, Liverpool 2010: Jamie Reid
Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet
Feast of Masá'il ("Questions"), the first day of the 15th month of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)
Jamhuri Day, celebrate the independence of Kenya from Britain in 1963. (Kenya)
Neutrality Day and Student Youth Day, celebrate the status of permanent positive neutrality recognized by the UN General Assembly Resolution on Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan on December 12, 1995 (Turkmenistan)
Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Herb Robert
Gaelic Name. Lus An Eallain and Lus An Rois Righeal Cuil.
Also known as Bloodwort, Cranesbill, Red Robin, Cancer wort, Felon wort and fox geranium.
A highly regarded herb by the ancients, who highly esteemed the medicinal qualities of this beautiful plant. The name geranium and the family name Geraniaceae are derived from the Greek ‘Geranos’ meaning Crane, because the seed pods resemble in shape the bill of a crane, hence the countryname of Cranesbill, the names Bloodwort and Cancerwort attest to its medicinal qualities, bloodwort for its blood staunching qualities and cancerwort as the ancients recognised it as a vital plant in the fight against cancer. Its gaelic name of Lus An Eallain(Cancer Weed) also attests to its fight against cancer.
The Gaelic name Lus An Rois, Righeal Cuil means Fly repeller. And it is also known as Fox Geranium as the leaves when crushed have a rather unpleasant smell which very much resembles the scent of a fox. The name Herb Robert is a bit more ambiguous and has a few possible sources, it is derived from the medieval Latin Herba Roberti, there are three possibilities of who this Robert could be, the first being Robert duke of Normandy(died 1134) the second being St Robert of molesme (Died 1110) famous for his piety and sanctity, and finally St Rupert of Salzburg(Died c.718) a decendant of the Merovingian family, and patron saint of the state of Salzburg, he was famous for his work with cases of erysipelas, a painful skin disease and many claim it was him who discovered the herbs power to stem bleeding.
In folklore the plant is said to belong to Robin Goodfellow, Robin being a shortend version of Robert. Robin Goodfellow is Synonymous with Puck a nature sprite or fairy of a mischievous but protective nature, the name puck being derived from the Old English Pucelas (wild men of the woods) and the plant was under his influence, familiar sayings in regards to this are ‘ When red stalked herb Robert is in bloom, you should be careful how you treat it’ as to needlessly destroy this flower would bring disaster, ‘treat Robin well and he will help you with your house work’ as Puck is also the protector of the household and finally ‘treat the flower well and it will help you to staunch wounds’. It is common to find that plants with Robin in their name have a strong association with the fairy traditions of these isles.
A remarkable healing herb it has Astringent (Shrinks or constricts body tissue) Antibiotic, Styptic(anti haemorrhagic), Antiviral, Tonic, Diuretic, digestive. Antioxidant, Sedative, and acts as an Adaptogen (increases the bodies resistance to Stress, Fatigue, Trauma Anxiety etc). It is regarded as the most therapeutic herb we can use on a regular basis, containing Vitamins A,B and c and the minerals Calcium, potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus and it is a excellent source of Germanium, which a valuable element to the body, in as much as it as the ability to make oxygen available to the cells, and more oxygen at cellular level gives the body a better opportunity to fight of disease by its own abilities, and allays cancer, as lack of oxygen to the cells causes free radicals and a toxic state within the cells.
Herb Robert has been used with great success against the fight of cancer, an ability within this plant that the ancients recognised, a most famous case was that of Anna Cruz Caridade who had an inoperable lung cancer, which had spread to her neck and arms, she heard about the healing virtues of Herb Robert, and after time she was completely healed. Dr Otto Warburg, twice Nobel winner said that the prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygen to the cells and that the use of this plant on a daily basis would provide us with the arsenal to revert major health imbalances within the body and help ward of cancer. It was also famous in treating felons (inflammations near the fingernails and toenails) which accounts for its folk name of felonwort , the whole plant was also used as poultice to treat wounds and repel insects.
It yields a brown dye and is the main food source for the barred carpet moth (perizoma taeniata) and the long tongued hoverfly.*
Also on this day:
1098 – First Crusade: Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan – Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism. Nice.
1531 – Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.) An image appeared miraculously on the cloak of Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City.
1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black U.S. congressman.
1915 – President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China.
1948 – Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre – 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
1982 – Women's peace protest at Greenham Common – 30,000 women hold hands and form a human chain around the 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) perimeter fence.
2005 – Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician, is assassinated.
* 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.