8th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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!


Fading Sun Flower, Autumn 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, October 2015:
Third Quarter – October 4, 22:06
New Moon Moon – October 13, 10:51
First Quarter – October 20, 21:31
Full Moon – October 27, 12:05




The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Days and Observances:
Palatia and Laurentia
Pelagia (Roman Catholic Church)
San Ernesto, Che Guevera as a saint. (Bolivian campesinos)

Air Force Day (India)
Earliest day on which Columbus Day can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Monday of October (United States)
Earliest day on which Discoverer's Day can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Monday of October (Hawaii)
Earliest date on which the first day of Fire Prevention Week can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second week of October. (United States and Canada)
Earliest day on which International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction can fall, while October 14 is the latest; observed on the second Wednesday of October (Hawaii)
Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 8 falls. (United States and Canada)
Independence Day, celebrates the official separation of Croatia from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Navy Day (Peru)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

1480 – Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which results in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.

1829 – Rail transport: Stephenson's The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.

1895 – Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.

1962 – Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about a NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany's army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.

1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

1969 – The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security, thereby opening a broad corridor for the terrorization and exploitation of innocent people worldwide.

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