5th 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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Bliss and Blessings, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Angelus of Jerusalem
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice
Hilary of Arles
Jutta of Kulmsee

Festival:
Children's Day (Japan)
Children's Day (South Korea)
Cinco de Mayo (Mexico and the United States)
Constitution Day (Kyrgyzstan)
Coronation Day, commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950. (Thailand)
Europe Day (Council of Europe)
Feast of al-Khadr or St. George (Palestinian)
Indian Arrival Day (Guyana)
International Midwives' Day (International)
Liberation Day (Denmark)
Liberation Day (The Netherlands)
Lusophone Culture Day (Community of Portuguese-speaking countries)
Martyrs' Day (Albania)
Men's Day or Ziua Bărbatului (Romania)
Patriots' Victory Day (Ethiopia)
Senior Citizens Day (Palau)

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:

1215 – Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.

1640 – King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.

1821 – Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

1865 – In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.

1877 – Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

1941 – Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots' Victory Day.

1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.

1981 – Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.


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