18th 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.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

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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:
Flannan
Gatianus of Tours
O Adonai
Our Lady of Expectation
Sebastian
Winibald

Festival:
Eponalia, feast of Epona, celebrated during Saturnalia. (Roman Empire)
International Migrants Day (International)
National Day (Qatar)
Republic Day (Niger)

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:

218 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.

1620 – The Mayflower lands in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts with 102 Pilgrims on board.

1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.

1878 – John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.

1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets a new land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car. This is the first recognized land speed record.

1912 – The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson.

1916 – World War I: The Battle of Verdun ends when German forces under Chief of Staff Erich Von Falkenhayn are defeated by the French and British, and suffer 337,000 casualties.

1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.

1969 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan's motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years.

1996 – The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.


* more information can be found here.