31st 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!

Winter-ice.jpg

Iceglace, Wenlock Edge 2009: 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

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CURRENT MOON

Snow-at-the-plot.jpgSnow at the plot, Liverpool, January 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Blessed Ludovica
Geminianus
John Bosco
Marcella

Festival:
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of (Nauru) from Australia in 1968.

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:

1606 – Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England.

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.

1848 – John C. Fremont is court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders. He later became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of president of the U.S.

1849 – Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846).

1862 – Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch telescope now located at Northwestern University.

1865 – American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to the states for ratification.

1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.

1918 – A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.

1968 – Viet Cong attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive.

1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan.


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