2nd November


Learn from the past. Live in the present. Look to the FUTURE.


Samhain, 2011: Jamie Reid

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

The Eightfold Year is the division of the year into its eight essential parts, including the two solstices (the shortest and longest days of the year), Summer - June 21st, Winter - December 21st, and two equinoxes (when the hours of day and night are equal), Spring - March 21st, and Autumn - September 21st. These dates are generally correct but there can be some occasional adjustment by a day or two. The remaining four symbolise critical seasonal dates: Imbolc - February 2nd, Mayday - May 1st, Llamas – August 1st and Samhuinn (Halloween) - October 31st. They relate to the positioning of earth to the sun, moon and stars and are instrinsically linked with the farming calendar - lambing, harvesting etc. They are timelessly rooted in the diversity of cultures world wide and are essential to spirituality, religion, ritual and agriculture. They establish our place on this earth and our connection to the cosmos, bonding our understanding of nature and natural law and universality…

The Eightfold Year is reflected in my work, particularly in this series of 365 painted cards - one for every day of the year, and also in numerous large paintings and hangings often used in rituals and at various festivals. Many of these drawings and sketches - and numerous photos – have been created on site on numerous journeys and walks throughout the British Isles and Ireland.


Near Ardmore, County Cork: Jamie Reid

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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Onwards and Upwards!

All Souls Day (Christian)
Coronation of Haile Selassie
Day of the Dead, The second day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. (Mexico)

Saint's Day: Victorinus

Moon Phases, November 2014:
Full Moon – November 6, 22:23
Last Quarter – November 14, 15:15
New Moon – November 22, 12:32
First Quarter – November 29, 10:06



Flowering now: Mugwort the Herb of Samhain
Artemisia Vulgaris.
Family: Asteraceae. (Compositae).
Gaelic Name: Liath Lus and Bofulan Ban.
Also Known as St John’s Herb, Cingulum Sancti Johannis and Felon Herb.


This beautiful herb sacred to the Goddess as reflected in the Greek name of the Genus ‘Artemis’ one of the most popular ancient Greek Goddesses, is very common throughout both the so called old and new worlds and in each land it inhabits the local cultures have venerated the magical uses of this plant and its healing virtues making this herb possibly one of the oldest plants used by humankind.
The Gaelic Name of ‘Liath Lus means the ‘Grey Weed’, and ‘Bofulan Ban’ means the ‘Grey Toad’, both names in reference to the colour and shape of the herb.
The name ‘Mugwort is derived from the use of this plant being added to beverages and also being drank on its own as a tea, the herb having slightly narcotic effects. It was named in honour of St John the Baptist, hence the name ‘St John’s Herb and Cingulum Sancti Johannis, which refers to this plant being used as girdle (Cingulum) for St John the Baptist when he was wandering in the wilderness to protect him from evil spirits.


The herb has strong associations with clairvoyance and communication with the dead and spirits as well affording great protection from maleficus spirits, for this reason the plant was greatly used during the Samhain celebrations which marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year, and celebrated the harvest and was a time of purifying and communication with ancestors and the spirits of those departed, this was later Christianised into All Souls Day. It was also strongly associated with aiding travellers, being sacred to thunder gods and was worn as crown on the Isle of Man when the Islands new laws for the year were read out as a proclamation to the people.


The herb was used medicinally to ward of the cold and the chill, was much valued in fighting epilepsy and palsy and much used as tonic and bathed in to invigorate the body, it was also placed in the shoes for long journeys as an aid to the feet and to protect the person whilst on the road.
It was much used to fatten farm animals and poultry as well being much loved by the insect world.*

Also on this day:

1899 – The Boers begin their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities".

1930 – Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

1965 – Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war.

1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

* 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.