11th January

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


Cold Dawn Over Liverpool, 2007: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, January 2016:
Third Quarter - January 2, 05:30
New Moon - January 10, 01:30
First Quarter - January 16, 23:26
Full Moon - January 24, 01:45




Teasels, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Leucius of Brindisi
Paulinus II of Aquileia
Theodosius the Cenobiarch

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Day (Puerto Rico)
First day of Carmentalia, in honor of Carmenta. (Roman Empire)
Independence Resistance Day (Morocco)
Kagami Biraki (Japan)
Republic Day (Albania

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1569 – First recorded lottery in England.

1693 – Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.

1787 – William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons around Uranus.

1943 – Italian-American Anarchist Carlo Tresca is assassinated in New York

1949 – First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California.

1994 – The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here