26th 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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A Ragged Kingdom, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Alfred the Great
Cedd
Cuthbert of Canterbury
Demetrius of Thessaloniki
Fulk of Pavia (Roman Catholic Church)
Quadragesimus
Witta of Büraburg

Festival:
Angam Day (Nauru)
Armed Forces Day (Benin)
Day of Mourning (Libya)
National Day, celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Neutrality in 1955. (Austria)
The first day of Ludi Victoriae Sullanae, celebrated until November 1. (Roman Empire)

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:

1640 – The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.

1811 – The Argentine government declare the freedom of expression for the press by decree.

1881 – The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.

1947 – The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.

1977 – The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.

1985 – The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.

1999 – Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.


* 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.