27th December

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!

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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:
Fabiola
John the Apostle
Nicarete

Festival:
Constitution Day (North Korea)
St. Stephen's Day (Eastern Orthodox Church; a public holiday in Romania)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans. Fruits harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

537 – The Hagia Sophia is completed.

1831 – Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution.

1836 – The worst ever avalanche in England occurs at Lewes, Sussex, killing 8 people.

1968 – Apollo Program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.

1978 – Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

2002 – The company Clonaid announces that it has successfully cloned a human being, although it has never presented any verifiable evidence.

2004 – Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.


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