4th November

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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 Samhuinn (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

Festivals:
Day of Love (Egypt)
Feast of Qudrat (Power), first day of the month of Qudrat of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)

Saint's Day: Charles Borromeo, Vitalis and Agricola, Emeric (or Americus)

Moon Phases, November 2015:
Last Quarter - November 3, 12:23
New Moon - November 11, 17:47
First Quarter - November 19, 06:27
Full Moon - November 25, 22:44

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/99591/moon-phases-and-dates/#ixzz2jj1ely1V

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CURRENT MOON

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Lettuce, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, Peas *

Also on this day:

1429 – Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.

1791 – The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.

1839 – The Newport Rising: the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain

1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

1956 – Soviet troops enter Hungary to end the Hungarian revolution against the Soviet Union, that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country.

2002 – Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

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