1st October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, 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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Eyebright, Machair, Isle of Lewis, Autumn 2011: Saul Hughes

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

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/99591/moon-phases-and-dates/#ixzz2gQAn3u7C

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/20193/moon-phases-2012/#ixzz27zraFhMh

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CURRENT MOON

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Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Abai (Syrian Orthodox Church)
Bavo of Ghent
Blessed Edward James
Nicetius (Roman Catholic Church)
Remigius
Thérèse de Lisieux
Protection/Patronage of the Theotokos (Eastern Catholic Churches)

Festival:
Armed Forces Day (South Korea)
Children's Day (Singapore)
Earliest day on which World Habitat Day can fall, while October 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of October. (International)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Cyprus from United Kingdom in 1960.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Nigeria from United Kingdom in 1960.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Palau from the UN Trust Territory status in 1994.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Tuvalu from United Kingdom in 1978.
International Day of Older Persons (International)
National Day of the People's Republic of China (China)
Pancasila Sanctity Day (Indonesia)
Teacher's Day (Uzbekistan)
Unification Day (Cameroon)
World Vegetarian Day (from North American Vegetarian Society)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum Salicaria.
Family: Lythraceae.
Gaelic Name: Lus An Sith Chainnt.

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Also known as Spiked Loosestrife, Salicaire, Blooming Sally, Flowering Sally and Lythrum
The strikingly beautifully Purple Loosestrife is oft to be found growing happily in marshy ground and along the banks of the rivers and lakes of these Isles. The ancient Celts believed that God provided the plant to promote peace, as is reflected in the Celtic saying: ‘Chuir Dia Oirnn Craobh Sith Chainnt, Bha Da’r dionadh gu leoir.’ (‘God put the peace-speaking plant over us, which sheltered us completely.’) The Gaelic name of ‘Lus An Sith Chainnt’ means the ‘Peace Speaking Plant’. The name ‘Loosestrife’ is said to be of Greek origin and the origins of its name meaning are said to be from the plant being used as a garland and hung about the necks of quarrelsome oxen which it would calm down.

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The herb was praised much by the herbalists of old, it being used to treat cholera, dysentery, and its astringent properties being used to treat eye sores, external wounds and sores and diarrhoea.
It is a plant under the dominion of the moon and it has the powers of protection and promoting peace.
The herb is much loved by insects, especially by the Black Margined Loosestrife Beetle (Galerucella Calmariensis), the Loosestrife Root Weevil (Hylobius Transversovittatus) and the Loosestrife Flower Weevil (Nanophyes Marmoratus) which all share their name with the herb.*

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Also on this day:

959 – Edgar the Peaceable becomes king of all England.

1189 – Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar since 1184, is killed in the Siege of Acre.

1814 – Opening of the Congress of Vienna, intended to redraw Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon the previous spring.

1905 – František Pavlík is killed in a demonstration in Prague, inspiring Leoš Janáček to the piano composition 1. X. 1905.

1936 – Francisco Franco is named head of the Nationalist government of Spain. Boo!

1946 – Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg Trials.

1964 – The Free Speech Movement is launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley.

1975 – Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.

2009 – The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over the judicial functions of the House of Lords.


* 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.