9th 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: Theodore of Amasea

Day of the Skulls or Dia de los ñatitas (Bolivia)
Inventor's Day (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

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:

1494 – The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence.

1888 – Jack the Ripper kills Mary Jane Kelly, his last known victim.

1917 – Joseph Stalin enters the provisional government of Bolshevik Russia.

1938 – Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath dies from the fatal gunshot wounds of Jewish resistance fighter Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate the 1938 national pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht.

1979 – Nuclear false alarm: the NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland detected purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early warning radars, the alert is cancelled.

1998 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.

* 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.