14th October

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.

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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:
Angadrisma
Fortunatus of Todi
Pope Callistus I

Festival:
Day of the Cathedral of Living Pillar (Georgian Orthodox Church)
Mother's Day (Belarus)
National Education Day, formerly Teachers' Day (Poland)
Nyerere Day (Tanzania)
World Standards Day (International)

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:

1066 – Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings – In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeat the English army and kill King Harold II of England.

1322 – Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.

1586 – Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England.

1843 – The British arrest the Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy to commit crimes.

1888 – Louis Le Prince films first motion picture: Roundhay Garden Scene.

1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Mr. Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech.

1913 – Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom's worst coal mining accident, occurs, and it claims the lives of 439 miners.

1943 – Prisoners at the Nazi German Sobibor extermination camp in Poland revolt against the Germans, killing eleven SS guards, and wounding many more. About 300 of the Sobibor Camp's 600 prisoners escape, and about 50 of these survive the end of the war.

1958 – The American Atomic Energy Commission, with supporting military units, carries out an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site, just north of Las Vegas, Nevada.

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis begins: A U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane and its pilot fly over the island of Cuba and take photographs of Soviet missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads being installed and erected in Cuba.

1964 – Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thereby, along with his allies - such as Alexei Kosygin - the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), ousting the former monolithic leader Nikita Khrushchev, and sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR.

1967 – The Vietnam War: The folk singer Joan Baez is arrested concerning a physical blockade of the U.S. Army's induction center in Oakland, California.

1968 – Vietnam War: 27 soldiers are arrested at the Presidio of San Francisco in California for their peaceful protest of stockade conditions and the Vietnam War.

1981 – Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges the U.S. Federal Government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner.

1994 – The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords and the framing of the future Palestinian Self Government.


* 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.