21st March

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.

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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!

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Magical Fritillaries, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, March 2016:
Third Quarter - March 1, 23:10
New Moon - March 9, 01:54
First Quarter – March 15, 17:02
Full Moon – March 23, 12:00
Third Quarter - March 31, 16:16

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CURRENT MOON

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Magical Fritillaries, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Nicholas of Flüe
Serapion of Thmuis

Festival:
Birth of Benito Juárez, a Fiestas Patrias (Mexico)
Harmony Day (Australia)
Human Rights Day (South Africa)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Namibia from South African mandate in 1990
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (International)
Mother's Day (most of the Arab World)
Nowrouz (lit. "New Day" in Persian) : the Persian New Year; the first day of the Persian calendar, i.e. 1st of Farvardin, is observed on the Vernal Equinox and usually coincides with March 21st, except for leap years when it coincides with March 20th.
The first day of Bahá, the first month in Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)
The third day of Quinquatria, in honor of Minerva. (Roman Empire)
Truant's Day (Poland)
World Down Syndrome Day (International)
World Poetry Day (International)
Youth Day (Tunisia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, Cucumber, Peas, Peppers, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach*

Also on this day:

1800 – With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché and a papal ring made from sweet wrappers.

1844 – The original date predicted by William Miller for the return of Christ.

1871 – Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1952 – Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

1980 – On the season finale of the soap opera Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing is shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase "Who shot J.R.?"


* More information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here