17th December

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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Silbury, 2005 Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2016
First Quarter – December 7, 09:03
Full Moon – December 14, 00:05
Last Quarter – December 21, 01:55
New Moon – December 29, 06:53

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CURRENT MOON

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Allotment under frost, Liverpool 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Barbaras
Daniel the Prophet
Lazarus of Bethany

Festival:
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
National Day (Bhutan)
O Sapientia (Roman Catholic Church)
Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn (Roman festivals)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: Lop off dry branches of orchards and bushes.
During the waxing moon seed crop into the wet soils, seed the lawn grass.
Seed and set not moisture-loving fruits and vegetables.
Inoculate orchard (during the waxing moon in springtime).
Grapple with pest, eradicate the soil, sprinkle from diseases.*

Also on this day:

1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England.

1577 – Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for English Queen Elizabeth I.

1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.

1790 – Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.

1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.

1918 – Culmination of the Darwin Rebellion as some 1000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

1960 – Troops loyal to Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia crush the coup that began December 13, returning power to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.

1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of "A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."

1989 – Romanian Revolution: Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire.

2005 – Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong


* more information can be found here.