9th 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!


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:
Adrian of Canterbury
Metropolitan Philip II of Moscow

Feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene (Quiapo district, Manila, Philippines)
Martyrs' Day, commemorates the 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. (Panama)
Republic Day (Republika Srpska)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, Peas, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Celeriac, Lettuce, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.

1806 – Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul's Cathedral.

1816 – Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.

1839 – The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process.

1858 – Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.

1905 – According to the Julian Calendar which is used at the time, Russian workers stage a march on the Winter Palace that ends in the massacre by Tsarist troops known as Bloody Sunday, setting off the Russian Revolution of 1905.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 miles (156 km) from the South Pole, the furthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

1918 – Battle of Bear Valley: The last battle of the American Indian Wars.

1947 – Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive.

1951 - Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres

1964 – Martyrs' Day: Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians.

1997 - A heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

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