5th 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.

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!


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




Windfalls, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Faustyna Kowalska
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (Roman Catholic Church)
Hor and Susia (Coptic Church)
Placid and Maurus
Placidus (martyr)

Armed Forces Day (Indonesia)
Constitution Day (Vanuatu)
One of the three Mundus patet (Roman Empire)
Republic Day (Portugal)
Teacher's Day (Pakistan)
World Teachers' 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 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1789 – French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

1869 – The Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval office.

1877 – Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles. Please read Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee' for the full, sad story.

1936 – The Jarrow March sets off for London.

1944 – Suffrage is extended to women in France

1945 – Hollywood Black Friday: A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.

1968 – Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.

1986 – Israeli secret nuclear weapons are revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times runs Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed — the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal".

2003 – Death of Timothy Treadwell, American bear attack victim (b. 1957) - subject of 'Into The Wild'.

* 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.