25th January

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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Apocalypse In Knotty Ash, 2007: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, January 2017:
First Quarter - January 5, 19:47
Full Moon - January 12, 11:35
Third Quarter - January 19, 22:14
New Moon - January 28, 00:08



Snow-at-the-plot.jpgSnow at the plot, Liverpool, January 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Gregory the Theologian (Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic Church)

Burns Night (Many parts of the world, originated in Scotland)
Criminon Day (Scientology)
Dydd Santes Dwynwen, celebration of love (Wales)
Second day of the Sementivae, in honor of Ceres and Terra (Roman Empire)
Tatiana Day, celebrated as the Day of Russian Students since 1755, when Moscow University is founded. (Russia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: Plant edible roots and brumal vegetables.
Root out, grub up weeds, clear the woodside, hedge (during the waxing moon).
Pile a manure or compost. (during the waxing moon).
Grapple with underground pests.
Enrich and water flowers with poor root assemblage.
Make prickling-out sprout.
Prun the branches and graft orchards.
Transplanting is favorable.
Harvest is binned well.
High-quality seeds.*

Also on this day:

41 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

1327 – Edward III becomes King of England.

1792 – The London Corresponding Society is founded.

1909 – Richard Strauss' opera Elektra receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.

1919 – The League of Nations is founded.

1955 – The Soviet Union ends state of war with Germany.

1971 – Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.

1995 – The Norwegian Rocket Incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.

1996 – Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.

2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

* more information can be found here.