27th September

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.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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Fading Sun Flower, Autumn 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, September 2014:
First Quarter – September 2, 11:11
Full Moon – September 9, 1:38
Last Quarter – September 16, 2:05
New Moon – September 24, 6:14

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CURRENT MOON

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Isle of Lewis Sunset, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Adheritus
Vincent de Paul

Festival:
End of Independence War (Mexico)
Feast of Mashíyyat (Will); the first day of the eleventh month of the Bahá'í calendar. (Bahá'í Faith)
French Community Holiday (French community of Belgium)
Meskel (Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Church, following Julian calendar)
World Tourism Day (International)

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:

1066 – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the Somme River, beginning the Norman Conquest of England.

1822 – Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone.

1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².

1937 – Balinese Tiger declared extinct.

1964 – The Warren Commission releases its report, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

1997 – Communications are suddenly lost with the Mars Pathfinder space probe.

2008 – CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.

* 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.