1st August - Lammas

Lammas - a time to reap what you have sown, consolidate on what you have achieved and carefully prepare for the coming autumn that is approaching, lighting the path ahead with what you have accomplished. All love.


Lammas, Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

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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Goddess Manifest (Mind The Gap), Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2015:
Last Quarter – August 7, 03:02
New Moon – August 14, 15:53
First Quarter – August 22, 20:31
Full Moon – August 29, 19:35




Iona, Summer 2011:Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abgar V of Edessa (Syrian Church)
Alphonso Maria de' Liguori
Æthelwold of Winchester
Eusebius of Vercelli
Exuperius of Bayeux
Felix of Girona
Peter Apostle in Chains

Armed Forces Day (Lebanon)
Armed Forces Day or Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Liberation Army (People's Republic of China)
Celebration of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 which ended the slavery in the British Empire, generally celebrated as a part of Carnival, as the Caribbean Carnival takes place at this time (British West Indies, Anguilla, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago).
Feast of Kamál (Perfection); First day of the eighth month of the Bahá'í calendar. (Bahá'í Faith)
Liberation of Haile Selassie from slavery. (Rastafari movement)
National Day, celebrates the independence of Benin from France in 1960
National Day, commemorates Switzerland becoming a single unit in 1291
Procession of the Cross and the beginning of Dormition Fast (Eastern Orthodoxy)
Statehood Day (Colorado)
The beginning of Autumn observances:
Lughnasadh, traditionally begins on the eve of August 1. (Gaels, Ireland, Scotland, Neopagans)
Lammas (England, Scotland, Neopagans)

The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London)
Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire, England)
World Scout Day, anniversary of the first day of the Brownsea Island Camp in 1907, where Robert Baden-Powell began training small boys for the military (aka scouting).

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Beetroot, Carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Calabrese, Fruits Harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

902 – Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army.

1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes probably the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.

1820 – London's Regent's Canal opens.

1833 The British Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force, abolishing slavery throughout most of the British Empire. The exceptions being territories controlled by the Honourable East India Company and Ceylon which were liberated in 1843 when they became part of the British Empire. Legally frees 700,000 in West Indies, 20,000 in Mauritius, 40,000 in South Africa.

1838 1 August – enslaved men, women and children in the British Empire finally became free after a period of forced apprenticeship following the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.

1927 – The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.

1960 – Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1966 – 'Purges' of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official People's Republic of China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

1967 – Israel annexes East Jerusalem.

1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discovers a the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.

2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office. Quite right too.

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