30th 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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Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Gregory the Illuminator
Honorius of Canterbury
Jerome

Festival:
Agricultural Reform (Nationalization) Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Botswana from United Kingdom in 1966.
International Translation Day, introduced in 1991 by International Federation of Translators.
Blasphemy Day, founded in 2009 to encourage individuals and groups to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion.

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:

1791 – The National Constituent Assembly in Paris is dissolved; Parisians hail Maximilien Robespierre and Jérôme Pétion as "incorruptible patriots".

1888 – Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.

1938 – The League of Nations unanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations".

1955 – Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24.

1962 – James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.

1970 – Jordan makes a deal with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) for the release of the remaining hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings.

1986 – Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel's covert nuclear program to British media, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy by the Israeli Mossad.

2004 – The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo. Fantastic!


* 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.