20th March - The Coming Spring Equinox

spring equinox-alban eilir. a time of balance and reassesment.12 hours
dark-12 hours light.but moving towards the light of summer.time to plant
seeds in all senses.moving forwards and growing.light over the waters.
but amidst great turmoil...bumpy rides ahead. when will it end?gaia is responding to it all,she has to protect herself....but remember light follows the dark and remember to put your spuds in...alllove.


Alban Eiler,
Spring Equinox, Trefoil with full moon centre. 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.

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

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Onwards and Upwards!


Magical Fritillaries, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, March 2017:
First Quarter - March 05, 11:32
Full Moon - February 12, 14:53
Third Quarter - February 20, 15:58
New Moon - February 28, 03:57




Early Spring frost, Liverpool, Spring 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abdon and Sennen, celebrated in Soissons, France
Cuthbert of Lindisfane, patron saint of Northumbria

Earliest date for the vernal equinox:
Bahá'í Naw-Rúz, started at sunset on March 20. The end of the 19-day sunrise-
to-sunset fast. (Bahá'í Faith)
Chunfen (China)
Earth Day, during its first celebration in 1971. Now celebrated on April 22.
Nowruz (Iranian diaspora, Kurdish diaspora, Zoroastrians)
Ostara in the northern hemisphere, Mabon in the southern hemisphere.
International Astrology Day (astrologers and astrology enthusiasts)
Shunbun no Hi, a national holiday in Japan.
World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Tunisia from France in 1956.
International Day of the Francophonie (International Organization of the Francophonie)
The second day of Quinquatria (Roman Empire)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: Set fruits, large-statured vegetables and fast-growing trees.
Prune orchards and bushes (during the waxing moon in spring).
Sow grain.
In spring enrich grain, vegetables and fruits.
Grapple with underground pests.*

Also on this day:

1616 – Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.

1815 – After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.

1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.

1923 – The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.

1956 – Tunisia gains independence from France.

1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.

1980 – The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.

* more information can be found here.