5th August

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!


Goddess Manifest (Mind The Gap), Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40




Iona, Summer 2011:Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abel of Reims
Cassian of Autun
Dedication of Saint Mary Major (Roman Catholic Church)
Oswald of Northumbria

Barsi Bhagat Puran Singh (Sikhism)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Burkina Faso from France in 1960.
International Beer Day
The beginning of Bogotá's Carnival (Bogotá)
Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders (Croatia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce*

Also on this day:

910 – The last major Danish army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Earl Aethelred of Mercia.

1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed. Nastily.

1388 – The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.

1600 – The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.

1861 – The United States Army abolishes legal flogging.

1925 – Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out.

1962 – Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.

1989 – General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.

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