30th 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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Tolsta Beach, Isle of Lewis, Autumn 2011: Saul Hughes

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:
Alonso Rodríguez
Herbert
Marcellus of Tangier
Saturninus of Cagliari
Serapion of Antioch

Festival:
Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation (Slovakia)
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions (former Soviet republics, except Ukraine)
Mischief Night (United States)
Devil's Night (Michigan)
Thevar Jayanthi (Thevar community)

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:

1501 – Ballet of Chestnuts – a banquet held by Cesare Borgia in the Papal Palace where fifty prostitutes or courtesans are in attendance for the entertainment of the guests.See Pasolini's Salo.

1864 – Helena, Montana is founded after four prospectors discover gold at "Last Chance Gulch".

1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

1950 – Pope Pius XII witnesses "The Miracle of the Sun" while at the Vatican.

1974 – The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire.

1975 – Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over for the country's ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco.

1991 – The Madrid Conference for Middle East peace talks opens.


* 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.