9th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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!

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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:
Denis
Dionysius the Areopagite
Ghislain
John Leonardi

Festival:
Hangul Day (South Korea)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Uganda from United Kingdom in 1962.
Independence of Guayaquil from Spain in 1820 (Guayaquil)
Leif Erikson Day (United States, Iceland and Norway)
National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust (Romania)
Takayama Autumn Festival (Takayama)
World Post Day (International)

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:

1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1604 – Supernova 1604, the most recent supernova to be observed in the Milky Way.

1635 – Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land.

1824 – Slavery is abolished in Costa Rica.

1845 – The eminent and controversial Anglican, John Henry Newman, is received into the Roman Catholic Church.

1934 – Regicide at Marseille: The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Foreign Minister of France.

1967 – A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.

1989 – An official news agency in the Soviet Union reports the landing of a UFO in Voronezh.

1992 – A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu.

* 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.