18th November

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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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:
Abhai of Hach (Syriac Orthodox Church)
Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul
Juthwara (Roman Catholic Church)
Mabyn (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican communion)
Rose Philippine Duchesne (Roman Catholic Church)

Festival:
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Latvia from Russia in 1918.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Morocco from France and Spain in 1956.
National Day (Oman)
The main day of the Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá or Chinita's Fair (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

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:

401 – The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.

1210 – Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV

1307 – William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head.

1421 – A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as Sint-Elisabethsvloed.

1493 – Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.

1686 – Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1803 – The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.

1926 – George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize".

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

2003 – In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.


* 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.