2nd 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.

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!


Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, January 2016:
Third Quarter - January 2, 05:30
New Moon - January 10, 01:30
First Quarter - January 16, 23:26
Full Moon - January 24, 01:45




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

Saint's Day:
Basil the Great
Defendens of Thebes
Gregory of Nazianzus
Macarius of Alexandria
Seraphim of Sarov

Ancestry Day (Haiti)
Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Alsace)
The first day of Blacks and Whites' Carnival, celebrated until January 7. (southern Colombia)
The first day of Riosucio´s Carnival, celebrated until January 8 every 2 years. (Riosucio)
Kaapse Klopse (Capetown)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli *

Also on this day:

1492 – The Emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders.

1791 – Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War - what a load of arse.

1860 – The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the Académie des Sciences in Paris

1911 – The Siege of Sidney Street in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill

1920 – The second Palmer Raid takes place with another 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. These raids take place in several U.S. cities.

1959 – Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the U.S.S.R.

2001 – Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico

2004 – Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.

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