7th 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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Cold Dawn Over Liverpool, 2007: Maria Hughes

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




Teasels, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Canute Lavard
Charles of Sezze
Lucian of Antioch
Raymond of Peñafort

Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
Festival of Seven Herbs or Nanakusa no sekku (Japan)
Synaxis of John the Forerunner & Baptist (Julian Calendar)
Victory from Genocide Day (Cambodia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

1610 – Galileo Galilei observes three of the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time. He named them, and in turn the four are called the Galilean moons. Ganymede not discovered by him until January 13.

1835 – HMS Beagle drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

1904 – The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS".

1922 – Dáil Éireann ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64-57 vote.

1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.

1959 – The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.

1979 – Third Indochina War – Cambodian-Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

1999 – The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins. He had been impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19.

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