3rd May

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!

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Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2016:
New Moon - May 6, 20:29
First Quarter - May 13, 18:02
Full Moon - May 21, 22:14
Third Quarter - May 29, 13:11

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abhai (Syriac Orthodox Church)
Antonia and Alexander
Juvenal of Narni
Philip and James the Less
Pope Alexander I
Sarah the Martyr (Coptic Church)
Moura (Coptic Church)
Theodosius of Kiev (Eastern Orthodox Church)

Festival:
Constitution Memorial Day (Japan)
Constitution Day (Poland)
Roodmas, or Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross (Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church)
World Press Freedom Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Pisces: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes*

Also on this day:

1715 – "Edmund Halley's" total solar eclipse (the last one visible in London, United Kingdom for almost 900 year

1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.

1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.

1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill - as chillingly depicted by Goya in his 'Third of May 1808'.

1963 – The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responds with violent force to stop the "Birmingham campaign" protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing newfound attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.


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