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.

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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Cold Dawn Over Liverpool, 2007: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, January 2017:
First Quarter - January 5, 19:47
Full Moon - January 12, 11:35
Third Quarter - January 19, 22:14
New Moon - January 28, 00:08

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CURRENT MOON


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Teasels, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

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

Festival:
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 Taurus: Setting and relocation of any kind of roots, trees and bushes.
Perform forming pruning of orchard and bushes.
Pile a manure or compost.
Grapple with underground pests.
Enrich flowers with humus especially those having poor assemblage of rootlets.
Perform preservation of edible roots and take the crop.*

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.


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