28th 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.

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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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Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Aaron of Auxerre
Annemund
Conval
Eustochium
Exuperius
Faustus of Riez
Leoba
Lorenzo Ruiz
Paternus of Auch
Wenceslas

Festival:
Czech Statehood Day (Czech Republic)
National Day of Awareness and Unity against Child Pornography (The Philippines)
Teacher's Day (Republic of China and Chinese-Filipino schools in The Philippines), ceremonies dedicated to Confucius are also observed.
World Rabies Day (International)
Ask a Stupid Question Day (United States)

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:

48 BC – Pompey the Great is assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.

1066 – William the Bastard (as he was known at the time) invades England beginning the Norman Conquest.

1238 – Muslim Valencia surrenders to the besieging King James I of Aragon the Conqueror.

1791 – France becomes the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population

1912 – The Ulster Covenant is signed by half a million Ultonians in opposition to the Third Irish Home Rule Bill.

1919 – Race riots begin in Omaha, Nebraska, US.

1944 – Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Klooga, Estonia.

1971 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis

1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

2008 – SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

* 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.