3rd October

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Eyebright, Machair, 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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Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Abd-al-Masih (martyr)
Ewald the Black and Ewald the Fair
Théodore Guérin

Festival:
German Unity Day (Germany)
National Day, celebrates the independence of Iraq from the United Kingdom in 1932.
National Foundation Day or Gaecheonjeol (South Korea)
Siege of Leiden (Leiden)
Soldiers' Day or Morazán Day (Honduras)

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:

1283 – Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first nobleman executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.

1712 – The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.

1849 – American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

1908 – The Pravda newspaper is founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.

1957 – Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.

1981 – The Hunger Strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army and Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after seven months and ten deaths.

1987 - Demonstrations held in Liverpool for Namibian independence.

1990 – Re-unification of Germany. The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist and its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity 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.