12th April

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!

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Fritillary on balcony, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, April 2017
First Quarter – April 3, 19:39
Full Moon – April 11, 07:08
Third Quarter – April 19, 10:56
New Moon – April 26, 13:16

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Alferius
Blessed Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
Erkembode
Pope Julius I
Zeno of Verona

Festival:
Cosmonautics Day (Russia)
Yuri's Night (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Scorpio: Set, gather, dry out medicinal herbs.
Singling is favorable.
Mow a lawns.
Water indoor plants.
Enrich flowers and lawns.
Graft orchard and bushes.
Make a regenerative pruning of old trees.
Rich harvest. Binned well for a long time.
High quality seeds.*

Also on this day:

1633 – The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins.

1831 – Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.

1934 – The U.S. Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.

1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets record "Rock Around the Clock" in New York City.

1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

1961 – The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital fly, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).


* more information can be found here.