8th April

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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Fritillary on balcony, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, April 2015
Full Moon – April 4, 13:07
Third Quarter – April 12, 04:46
New Moon – April 18, 19:58
First Quarter – April 26, 12:56

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CURRENT MOON

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The Portal into The Temple, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Saul Hughes

Saint's Day:
Constantina
Julie Billiart of Namur
Perpetuus
Walter of Pontoise

Festival:
Buddha's Birthday, also known as Hana Matsuri, "Flower Festival" (Japan)
DABDay - Draw A Bird Day
International Day of the Roma

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Scorpio: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes*

Also on this day:

1093 – The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.

1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

1886 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

1904 – British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of The Book of the Law.

1953 – Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya's British rulers.

1970 – Bahr el-Baqar incident: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. 46 children are killed.

1985 – Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000. This disaster is still not resolved.

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