6th July

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!


Mersey Cathedral Crown, Summer 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, July 2016:
New Moon - July 4, 12:00
First Quarter - July 12, 01:51
Full Moon - July 19, 23:56
Third Quarter - July 26, 23:59




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Maria Goretti
Romulus of Fiesole

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama
Constitution Day (Cayman Islands)
Day of the Capital, established in 2008. (Kazakhstan)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Comoros from France in 1975.
Independence Day/Republic Day, celebrates the independence of Malawi from United Kingdom in 1964.
Jan Hus Day (Czech Republic)
Statehood Day (Lithuania)
The first day of Ludi Apollinares, games in honor of Apollo. (Roman Empire)
The first day of San Fermín, which lasts until July 14. (Pamplona)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Cancer: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Peas, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer*

Also on this day:

1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England.

1560 – The Treaty of Edinburgh is signed by Scotland and England.

1609 – Bohemia is granted freedom of religion.

1887 – David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights. Very diplomatic as usual.

1892 – Dadabhai Naoroji is elected as the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.

1892 – 3,800 striking steelworkers engage in a day-long battle with Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike, leaving 10 dead and dozens wounded.

1957 – Althea Gibson wins the Wimbledon championships, becoming the first black athlete to do so.

1981 - William Husskinson statue pulled down during Toxteth riots in Liverpool.

2003 – The 70-metre Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049 respectively.

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