28th May

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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Shepherd's Delight, Sefton Park, Liverpool 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2017:
First Quarter - May 3, 03:46
Full Moon - May 10, 22:42
Third Quarter - May 19, 01:32
New Moon - May 25, 20:44

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CURRENT MOON

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Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Bernard of Menthon
Germain of Paris
Lanfranc
William of Gellone

Festival:
Armed Forces Day (Croatia)
Downfall of the Derg Day, a National Day. (Ethiopia)
Flag Day (Philippines)
Republic Day (Nepal)
Republic Day, celebrates the declaration of independence of the Democratic Republic of Armenia and the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918. (Azerbaijan and Armenia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: Set the moisture-loving and decorative foliose plants.
Perform forming pruning and grafting of orchard and bushes.
Set leaf vegetables.
Water indoor plants.*

Also on this day:

585 BC – A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.

1503 – James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England signed on that occasion results in an everlasting peace that lasts ten years.

1588 – The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel. (It will take until May 30 for all ships to leave port).

1863 – American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.

1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

1961 – Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.

1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.

1987 – 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow. He is immediately detained and will not be released until August 3, 1988.

2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.


* more information can be found here.