4th October

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!


Eyebright, Machair, Isle of Lewis, Autumn 2011: Saul Hughes

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




Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Francis of Assisi
Petronius of Bologna.

Cinnamon Roll Day or kanelbullens dag (Sweden)
Day of Peace and Reconciliation (Mozambique)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Lesotho from Great Britain in 1966.
The beginning of World Space Week (International)
World Animal Day (International)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Yarrow
Botanical name. Achillea Millefolium.
Family, Asteraceae.
Gaelic Name. Lus Chosgadh na Fola.


The Gaelic name of this plant means the plant that stops bleeding, and it is from this use in stemming bleeding that its botanical name comes to us, from the Trojan hero Achille.s who healed his wounded troops with the curative many lobed leaves (millefolium)


It was highly valued by the ancients having widespread uses in medicine, often because of its Astringent effects, it is valued for its action in fighting influenza, cols, circulatory problems, digestion problems, infact it was a cure all for so much that yarrow was said to have a greater number of indications than any other herb.


Yarrow is a valuable herb in magic and superstition, it was believed to be bound to air and venus, and as it was bound to air it was considered particularly useful in rituals and spells that were spoke aloud so the words would carry on the wind, being under the influence of Venus made it ideal for love magic and potions. It was carried as a protection herb and to ward of fear.
Yarrow sticks were the original I Ching divination sticks for centuries, till it was replaced in modern times by coins. *

Also on this day:

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15.

1883 – First run of the Orient Express.

1957 – Launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

1966 – Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.

1991 – The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.

1997 – The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.

2004 – SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.

* 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.