16th 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.

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!

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Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid

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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Over There, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Fortunatus of Casei
Gall
Gerard Majella
Hedwig of Andechs
Marguerite Marie Alacoque
Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
Silvanus of Ahu
Day of Pope John Paul II (Poland)
Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan (Pakistan)
Teacher's Day (Chile)
World Food Day (International)

Festival:
Air Force Day (Bulgaria)
Boss's Day (United States and Canada)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Common Fleabane
Inula Dysenterica.
Family: Composite. (Asteraceae).
Gaelic Name: Lus Bui Na Ndreabcaidh.

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Also known as Pulicaria Dysenterica, Fleawort, Job’s Tears and Middle Fleabane.
This beautiful plant is often found in masses along the banks of rivers or the in moisture laden meadows of these Isles, and as its names suggests it was much used for driving away fleas and other irritable insects. Its other most famous use is also found in its Latin name of ‘Dysenterica’ were the plant was used to treat dysentery.

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The ancient Irish used this plant to drive away the way flea to as reflected in the Gaelic name ‘Lus Bui Na Ndreabcaidh’ which loosely means ‘The Yellow flower plant that drives away the human flea’. The names Job’s Tears stems from Arab traditions regarding the plant supposed use by the Biblical Job in treating his outward sores wounds.

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The plant is much loved by insects especially by various species of the micro moths that inhabit these Isles.*

Also on this day:

1384 – Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman.

1793 – Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.

1834 – Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London burns to the ground.

1934 – Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and Cuba begins.

1968 – United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the USA's team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.

1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1993 – Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters.

1998 – Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.


* 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.