24th December - Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice spendour and blessings,from the dark into light. Things are
moving and changing spiritually and politically. Its time to have a go. Time
for magic..alllove.....

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Winter Solstice Blessings, 2011 Jamie Reid


Onwards and Upwards!

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After a winter ritual, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2015
Last Quarter – December 3, 07:40
New Moon – December 11, 10:29
First Quarter – December 18, 15:14
Full Moon – December 25, 11:11

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CURRENT MOON


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Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Adela and Irmina

Festival:
Aðfangadagskvöld, the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. (Iceland)
Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy)
Jul (Denmark)
Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)
Present-wrapper tearing-frenzy in Austria, Colombia Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Dominican Republic

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Fruits Harvested now should be eaten straight away. *


Also on this day:

1777 – Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.

1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.

1906 – Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.

1942 – World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers.

1968 – Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.


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