2nd February

Imbolc - the first stirrings of Spring, new hopes, new light. Things moving onwards in the outer world and in our hearts, starting afresh with renewed purpose and fresh possibilities...alllove j


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!


Iceglace, Wenlock Edge 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2016:
Third Quarter - February 1, 03:27
New Moon - February 8, 14:38
First Quarter - February 15, 07:46
Full Moon - February 22, 18:19




The Beast of Toxteth, Liverpool, January 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Cornelius the Centurion

Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu (Estonia)
Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple or Candlemas (Western Christianity), and its related observances:
A quarter day in the Christian calendar (due to Candlemas). (Scotland)
Celebration of Yemanja (Candomblé)
La Chandeleur or Crêpe (Pancake) Day (France)
Our Lady of Navigators (Brazil)
Virgin of Candelaria (Tenerife, Spain)
Constitution Day (The Philippines)
Earliest day on which Shrove Monday can fall, while March 8 is the latest; celebrated on Monday before Ash Wednesday (Christianity), and its related observances:
Bun Day (Iceland - sounds good)
Fastelavn (Denmark - not so good)
Rosenmontag (Germany)
Groundhog Day (United States and Canada)
Imbolc in northern hemisphere, Lughnasadh in southern hemisphere
Inventor's Day (Thailand)
World Wetlands Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Libra: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Broccoli, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions*

Also on this day:

1461 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Mortimer's Cross takes place in Herefordshire, England.

1653 – New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.

1901 – Funeral of Queen Victoria.

1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce is published.

1943 – World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.

1972 – The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday.

1990 – Apartheid: F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela.

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