8th November

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Ritual at holy well, North Wales: Jamie Reid

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



Saint's Day: Willehad of Bremen

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven (Eastern Orthodox Church)
World Urbanism Day (International)

Flowering now: Common Mallow
Common Mallow.
Botanical Name. Malva Sylvestris.
Family, malvaceae.
Gaelic Name. Fochas Leamhad.
Also known as: High Mallow, Cheeseflower and Country Mallow.
The Gaelic name of this plant Fochas (mocking) and leamhad (vexatious) refers to it’s abiltity to ease most annoyances that inflict the throat. The name Malva comes from the Greek for soothing and sylvestris is Latin meaning of the woods.
Medicinally the plant creates Mucilage which makes it a Demulcent ( soothing for inflammation) a Emollient (softens). Astingent (help restrict flow) and also used as a diuretic.
It was used as a tea for coughs, hoarsness, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsil irritations and inflammations.
The plant was held in high esteem for its curative powers, Pliny the elder stated it cure all the diseases of man, It was used in many folk and magic charms, the Celts would place the disc shaped fruit over the eyes of dead holy people to stop evil spirts entering the soul and hitching a ride to the blessed realm. It was also one of the main flowers for the garlands and chaplets for celebrating may.
A beautiful creamy yellow dye is also produced from this plant.*

Also on this day:

1519 – Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.

1901 – Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.

1917 – The People's Commissars give authority to Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.

1939 – In Munich, Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes the assassination attempt of Georg Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.

1942 – World War II: French resistance coup in Algiers, in which 400 civilian French patriots neutralize Vichyist XIXth Army Corps after 15 hours of fighting, and arrest several Vichyst generals, allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers.

1965 – The Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.

1987 – Remembrance Day Bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb explodes in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland during a ceremony honouring those who had died in wars involving British forces. Twelve people are killed and sixty-three wounded.

* 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.