31 October - Samhain / Halloween

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 this celebration of the Seasonal and Cosmic matrix, where every day of the year and its position on the Wheel of Life is marked with a new painting, plus information on relevant festivals and anniversaries both spiritual and secular, moon phases, planting and harvesting information, and whatever else we think you might enjoy. Season’s Greetings!

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 Samhuin (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

Onwards and Upwards!

Moon Phases, October 2016:
New Moon – October 1, 01:11
First Quarter – October 9, 12:48
Full Moon – October 16, 05:23
Third Quarter – October 22, 20:13

Festivals:
Allantide (Cornwall, United Kingdom)
All Hallows Eve (Christian)
Halloween (secular)
Samhain in the northern hemisphere, Beltane in the southern hemisphere; begins on sunset of October 31

Saint's Day: Wolfgang of Regensburg
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CURRENT MOON

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Scorpio: Set, gather, dry out medicinal herbs.
Singling is favorable.
Mow a lawns.
Water indoor plants.
Enrich flowers and lawns.
Graft orchard and bushes.
Make a regenerative pruning of old trees.
Rich harvest. Binned well for a long time.
High quality seeds.*

Also on this day....

1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

1954 – Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.

1968 – Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.

1973 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards. Riots soon break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.

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