17th 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:
Catervus
Ignatius of Antioch
Marguerite Marie Alacoque (formerly)
Rule of Andrew
Richard Gwyn

Festival:
Dessalines Day (Haiti)
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (International)
Loyalty Day (Argentina)
National Edge Day (Straight edge movement)

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:

1091 – London Tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.

1346 – Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

1604 – Kepler's Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.

1660 – Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered.

1814 – London Beer Flood occurs in London, killing nine.

1931 – Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.

1945 – A massive number of people, headed by CGT and Evita, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to demand Juan Peron's release. It calls "el día de la lealtad peronista" (the loyalty peronista day)

1961 – Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.

* 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.