2nd November

CALLING ON THE ANCESTORS!

Learn from the past. Live in the present. Look to the FUTURE.

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Samhain, 2011: Jamie Reid

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

The Eightfold Year is the division of the year into its eight essential parts, including the two solstices (the shortest and longest days of the year), Summer - June 21st, Winter - December 21st, and two equinoxes (when the hours of day and night are equal), Spring - March 21st, and Autumn - September 21st. These dates are generally correct but there can be some occasional adjustment by a day or two. The remaining four symbolise critical seasonal dates: Imbolc - February 2nd, Mayday - May 1st, Llamas – August 1st and Samhuinn (Halloween) - October 31st. They relate to the positioning of earth to the sun, moon and stars and are instrinsically linked with the farming calendar - lambing, harvesting etc. They are timelessly rooted in the diversity of cultures world wide and are essential to spirituality, religion, ritual and agriculture. They establish our place on this earth and our connection to the cosmos, bonding our understanding of nature and natural law and universality…

The Eightfold Year is reflected in my work, particularly in this series of 365 painted cards - one for every day of the year, and also in numerous large paintings and hangings often used in rituals and at various festivals. Many of these drawings and sketches - and numerous photos – have been created on site on numerous journeys and walks throughout the British Isles and Ireland.

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Near Ardmore, County Cork: Jamie Reid

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!

Festivals:
All Souls Day (Christian)
Coronation of Haile Selassie
Day of the Dead, The second day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. (Mexico)

Saint's Day: Victorinus

Moon Phases, November 2015:
Last Quarter - November 3, 12:23
New Moon - November 11, 17:47
First Quarter - November 19, 06:27
Full Moon - November 25, 22:44

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CURRENT MOON

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Jerusalem Artichokes *

Also on this day:

1899 – The Boers begin their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities".

1930 – Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

1965 – Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war.

1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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