3rd February

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.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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Iceglace, Wenlock Edge 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2017:
First Quarter - February 4, 04:18
Full Moon - February 11, 00:32
Third Quarter - February 18, 19:33
New Moon - February 26, 14:58


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CURRENT MOON

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

Saint's Day:
Aaron the Illustrious (Syriac Orthodox Church)
Ansgar
Berlinda of Meerbeke
Blaise
Celsa and Nona
Hadelin
Margaret of England
Werburgh

Festival:
Earliest day on which Shrove Tuesday can fall, while March 9 is the latest; celebrated on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. (Christianity)
Four Chaplains Day (United States)
Heroes' Day (Mozambique)
Martyrs' Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Setsubun (Japan)
Veterans' Day (Thailand)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Taurus: Setting and relocation of any kind of roots, trees and bushes.
Perform forming pruning of orchard and bushes.
Pile a manure or compost.
Grapple with underground pests.
Enrich flowers with humus especially those having poor assemblage of rootlets.
Perform preservation of edible roots and take the crop.*

Also on this day:

1534 – The Irish rebel Silken Thomas is executed by the order of Henry VIII in London, England.

1637 – Tulip mania collapses in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) as sellers could no longer find buyers for their bulb contracts.

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.

1930 – The Communist Party of Vietnam is established.

1959 – A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died.

1960 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the "a wind of change" of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation.

1966 – The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.

1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.

1988 – Iran-Contra Affair: The United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to aid Nicaraguan Contras.

2010 – A cast of the sculpture L'Homme qui marche I by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti sells for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting the record for most expensive sculpture sold at a public auction.


* more information can be found here.