6th 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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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:
Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher
Bruno of Cologne
Mary Frances of the Five Wounds of Jesus
Sagar of Laodicea

Armed Forces Day (Egypt)
Armed Forces Day (Montenegro)
German-American Day (United States)

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:

1600 – Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, receives its première performance in Florence, signifying the beginning of the Baroque Period

1789 – French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October

1854 – The Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead starts shortly after midnight, leading to 53 deaths and hundreds injured.

1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie.

1977 – In Alicante, Spain, fascists attack a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers, and one MCPV sympathizer is killed.

1995 – 51 Pegasi is discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.

* 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.