21st June - Summer Solstice

The sun stands at the peak of day, all the life of earth is in its
flowering, our spirits are filled with ardent purpose, to celebrate the
glory of life, of light, of love. The time of joy is here.


Alban Hefin - Summer Solstice Joy and Blessings, 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.

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!


The Bendy Family Day Out on the Beach at Portmadog, Summer 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, June 2015:
Full Moon - June 2, 17:19
Third Quarter - June 9, 16:41
New Moon - June 16, 15:05
First Quarter - June 24, 12:02




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Alban of Mainz
Aloysius Gonzaga
Engelmund of Velsen
Martin of Tongres

Father's Day (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Uganda)
Go Skateboarding Day
Martyrs' Day (Togo)
National Aboriginal Day (Canada)
Statehood Day (New Hampshire)
Solstice-related observances
Inti Raymi, a winter solstice festival and a New Year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere (Sacsayhuamán)
National Day (Greenland)
We Tripantu, a winter solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. (Mapuche in southern Chile)
World Music Day
International Surfing Day
Day of Private Reflection
World Humanist Day (Humanism)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Runner Beans*

Also on this day:

1768 – James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.

1798 – Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

2006 – Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.

2009 – Greenland assumes self-rule from Denmark.

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