29th 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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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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Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Michaelmas, feast of the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. One of the four Quarter days in the Irish calendar. (England and Ireland)
Rhipsime

Festival:
Inventor's Day (Argentina)

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:

522 BC – Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire.

1650 – Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters in Threadneedle Street, London, a kind of job centre with a free service for the poor.

1885 – The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.

1938 – Germany was given permission from France, Italy, and Great Britain to seize the territory of Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. The meeting occurred in Munich, and leaders from neither the Soviet Union nor Czechoslovakia attended.

1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People's Republic of China.

1960 – Nikita Khrushchev, leader of Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts.

2004 – The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

* 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.