13th October

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Onwards and Upwards!

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Whale Bones, Hebrides, Autumn 2011: Saul Hughes

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

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CURRENT MOON

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Late Nasturtiums, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Edward the Confessor (translation)
Gerald of Aurillac
Our Lady of Fatima
Theophilus of Antioch

Festival:
Fontanalia, in honor of Fontus. (Roman Empire)
National Police Day (Thailand)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Forget Me Not
Botanical Name. Mysotis arvensis.
Family, Boraginaceae.
Gaelic Name, Lus Miola Gort. (bitter herb)

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The Botanical name of the beautiful tiny flowered plant Mysotis comes from the greek meaning mouse ear in reference to the soft down on its leaves, the Latin Name Arvensis means of the field.
Folk lore has Christ as a child sitting upon the lap of Mary looking into her eyes and wishing future generations to see the beauty thereof he waved his hand over the ground and blue forget me nots appeared and were named so as not to forget the sacred mother.

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Another origin of the name is a German tale of a Knight and his lady walking along a river bank picking flower when he stumbled and fell in, throwing a posy of this flower to his lasy and shouting forget me not, before he drowned.

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The plant was once used in the treatment of scorpion stings because the coiled stem of the plant resembled a scorpion.
Women would wear a posy of this flower so a loved one would not forget them, and freemasons wear them also in remembrance of fellow freemasons who died under the Nazi regime.*

Also on this day:

1307 – Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into a "confession" of heresy.

1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier.

1881 – Revival of the Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations.

1892 – Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14.

1917 – The "Miracle of the Sun" is witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal.

1970 – Fiji joins the United Nations.

1990 – End of the Lebanese Civil War. Syrian forces launch an attack on the free areas of Lebanon removing General Michel Aoun from the presidential palace.

1999 – The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).


* 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.