10th November

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Ritual at holy well, North Wales: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, November 2014:
Full Moon – November 6, 22:23
Last Quarter – November 14, 15:15
New Moon – November 22, 12:32
First Quarter – November 29, 10:06



Saint's Day: Andrew Avellino

Day of Russian Militsiya (Russia)
Cry of Independence Day (Panama)

Flowering now: Common Mallow
Common Mallow.
Botanical Name. Malva Sylvestris.
Family, malvaceae.
Gaelic Name. Fochas Leamhad.
Also known as: High Mallow, Cheeseflower and Country Mallow.
The Gaelic name of this plant Fochas (mocking) and leamhad (vexatious) refers to it’s abiltity to ease most annoyances that inflict the throat. The name Malva comes from the Greek for soothing and sylvestris is Latin meaning of the woods.
Medicinally the plant creates Mucilage which makes it a Demulcent ( soothing for inflammation) a Emollient (softens). Astingent (help restrict flow) and also used as a diuretic.
It was used as a tea for coughs, hoarsness, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsil irritations and inflammations.
The plant was held in high esteem for its curative powers, Pliny the elder stated it cure all the diseases of man, It was used in many folk and magic charms, the Celts would place the disc shaped fruit over the eyes of dead holy people to stop evil spirts entering the soul and hitching a ride to the blessed realm. It was also one of the main flowers for the garlands and chaplets for celebrating may.
A beautiful creamy yellow dye is also produced from this plant.*

Also on this day:

1619 – René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy.

1793 – A Goddess of Reason is proclaimed by the French Convention at the suggestion of Chaumette.

1847 – The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, allegedly greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?".

1919 John Archer elected first black Mayor in Britain for Battersea. Born in Liverpool.

1975 – United Nations Resolution 3379: United Nations General Assembly approves a resolution equating Zionism with racism (the resolution is repealed in December 1991 by Resolution 4686).

1975 - British withdrawal from Northern Ireland: 14 including 2 from Liverpool acquitted of 'incitement to disaffection'.

1995 – In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop), are hanged by government forces.

* 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.