3rd July

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!


Mersey Crown, Summer 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, July 2017:
First Quarter - July 1, 01:51
Full Moon - July 9, 05:06
Third Quarter - July 16, 20:25
New Moon - July 23, 10:45
First Quarter - July 30, 16:23




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Heliodorus of Altino
Patriarch Anatolius of Constantinople
Pope Leo II
Translation of Saint Thomas, one of four days in the year on which Quarter Sessions sat.

Emancipation Day (United States Virgin Islands)
Independence Day, celebrates the liberation of Minsk from Nazi occupation by Soviet troops in 1944. (Belarus)
The start of the Dog Days according to The Old Farmer's Almanac but not according to established meaning in most European cultures
Women's Day (Myanmar)

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:

1844 – The last pair of Great Auks is killed.

1848 – Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans.

1863 – American Civil War: The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett's Charge.

1913 – Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenact Pickett's Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they are met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors.

1970 – The Troubles: the "Falls Curfew" begins in Belfast, Northern Ireland

1988 – United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

1996 – Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland.

* more information can be found here.