17th 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

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CURRENT MOON

Saint's Day:
Acisclus
Gregory of Tours
Hilda of Whitby

Festival:
National Survivors of Suicide Day
International Students' Day (International)
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Flowering now: Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Buttercup.
Botanical Name. Ranunculus Acris.
Family. Ranunculaceae.
Gaelic Name. Cearban.
Also known as Crow foot, blister plant and crazy weed.
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The gaelic name of the plant, Cearban, means raggy in regards to the general appearance of this plant, it’s botanical and family name Ranunculus comes from the Latin for little frog, due to this plants preference for wet grounds. The Name Acris refers to its unpleasant taste.
The buttercup is a member of the ranunculaceae family a group of plants that are all poisonous, especially to livestock, despite this it is popular amongst children for holding under the chin to see the bright yellow of this flower reflected on the skin, the brightness denoting how much one likes butter.
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The sap from the buttercup is known to cause contact dermatitis hence its name blisterwort and it was often used by beggars to blister their skin in order to arouse sympathy in passersby. Fisherman used to pour buttercup tea over the ground as it was believed to bring worms to the surface, and holding alrage buttercup to the neck on the night of a full moon or merely smelling it was meant to induce instant insanity, arising in its country name crazyweed.
Culpeper calls the herb Crowfoot, and recommends it as an ointment for the treatment of blisters, but strongly advises against its internal use as it “blistereth the tongue”.
The Irish on mayday used to rub this plant on cows udders to encourage milk production.
Two famous cases of poisoning are related to this plant, one being a man in France who drank a glass of juice made from buttercups and suffered sever colic and died the next day, the other was a sailor, who inhaled the fumes from the burning plant, which induced an epileptic attack in him which he had never had before, two weeks later he suffered another epileptic attack and died.*

Also on this day:

1292 – John Balliol becomes King of Scotland.

1603 – English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

1855 – David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.

1939 – Nine Czech students are executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities are shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.

1950 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is enthroned as the leader of Tibet at the age of fifteen.

1970 – Vietnam War: Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai massacre.

1973 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook".

1983 – The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is founded.

* 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.