8th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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Whale Bones, Hebrides, 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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Late Nasturtiums, Liverpool, 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Days and Observances:
Palatia and Laurentia
Pelagia (Roman Catholic Church)
San Ernesto, Che Guevera as a saint. (Bolivian campesinos)

Festival:
Air Force Day (India)
Earliest day on which Columbus Day can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Monday of October (United States)
Earliest day on which Discoverer's Day can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Monday of October (Hawaii)
Earliest date on which the first day of Fire Prevention Week can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second week of October. (United States and Canada)
Earliest day on which International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Wednesday of October (Hawaii)
Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 8 falls. (United States and Canada)
Independence Day, celebrates the official separation of Croatia from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Navy Day (Peru)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Forget Me Not
Botanical Name. Mysotis arvensis.
Family, Boraginaceae.
Gaelic Name, Lus Miola Gort. (bitter herb)

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The Botanical name of the beautiful tiny flowered plant Mysotis comes from the greek meaning mouse ear in reference to the soft down on its leaves, the Latin Name Arvensis means of the field.
Folk lore has Christ as a child sitting upon the lap of Mary looking into her eyes and wishing future generations to see the beauty thereof he waved his hand over the ground and blue forget me nots appeared and were named so as not to forget the sacred mother.

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Another origin of the name is a German tale of a Knight and his lady walking along a river bank picking flower when he stumbled and fell in, throwing a posy of this flower to his lasy and shouting forget me not, before he drowned.

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The plant was once used in the treatment of scorpion stings because the coiled stem of the plant resembled a scorpion.
Women would wear a posy of this flower so a loved one would not forget them, and freemasons wear them also in remembrance of fellow freemasons who died under the Nazi regime.*

Also on this day:

1480 – Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which results in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.

1829 – Rail transport: Stephenson's The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.

1895 – Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.

1962 – Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about a NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany's army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.

1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

1969 – The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security, thereby opening a broad corridor for the terrorization and exploitation of innocent people worldwide.

* 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.