18th October

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

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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:
Justus of Beauvais
Luke the Evangelist

Festival:
Alaska Day (Alaska)

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:

320 – Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).

1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock.

1648 – Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.

1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1851 – Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.

1929 – The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overrules the Supreme Court of Canada in Edwards v. Canada when it declares that women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law.

1977 – German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.

* 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.