16th May

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!


Warm Wings, Liverpool 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2015:
Full Moon - May 4, 04:42
Third Quarter - May 11, 11:36
New Moon - May 18, 05:13
First Quarter - May 25, 18:18




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Aaron (Coptic Church)
Abda and Abdjesus, and companions:
Abdas of Susa
Andrew Bobola
Brendan the Navigator (Roman Catholic Church)
Honoratus of Amiens
John of Nepomuk
Margaret of Cortona
Peregrine of Auxerre
Simon Stock
Ubald (see Saint Ubaldo Day)

Mass Graves Day (Iraq)
Middlesex Day (Middlesex)
National Day, declared by Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Southern Sudan)
Teachers' Day (Malaysia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

1532 – Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.

1770 – 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.

1866 – Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer.

1920 – In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc as a saint.

1960 – Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union thus ending a Big Four summit in Paris.

1966 – The Communist Party of China issues the 'May 16 Notice', marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolutio

1986 – The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.

2005 – Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

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