5th January

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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Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, January 2016:
Third Quarter - January 2, 05:30
New Moon - January 10, 01:30
First Quarter - January 16, 23:26
Full Moon - January 24, 01:45

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CURRENT MOON


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Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
John Neumann
Pope Telesphorus
Simeon Stylites

Festival:
Joma Shinji (除魔神事) at Tsurugaoka Hachiman. (Kamakura, Japan)
National Bird Day. (United States)
Twelfth Night

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Libra: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Broccoli, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions *

Also on this day:

1066 – Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman Conquest of England.

1757 – Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert–François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.

1889 – Preston North End is declared winner of the original football league.

1895 – Dreyfus Affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island.

1900 – Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule.

1968 – Alexander Dubček comes to power: "Prague Spring" begins in Czechoslovakia.

1969 – Members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary damage property and assault occupants in the Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland. In response, residents erect barricades and establish Free Derry.

1971 – The first One Day International cricket match is held between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1993 – Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the last legal hanging in America).

2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.


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