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Weekly Update, June 29, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Monday, June 29, 2020

The waxing Moon is still in Virgo (earth/root) until 9am.  The rest of the day is in grey due to the Moon being in perigee.  With the Moon being closer to the Earth the gravitational and electro-magnetic forces are stronger.  Take a rest from gardening.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Grey until noon.  After which the waxing Moon has moved into Libra (flower sign) with descending forces.  The air quality is airy and light.  Libra is considered a neutral sign.  For farms with livestock and young animals, this short time before the Full Moon is a good time to start weaning.  It is a good time to start weaning off nursing animals with the intention to actually stop the young animals from nursing by the time the Full Moon occurs on Sunday, July 5th.  Libra is also a good time for processing milk into butter, yogurt and slow maturing cheeses, sowing and planting flowers including medicinal herbs and broccoli.  It is a good time to transplant flowering plants and cutting flowers for the vase as these flowers will last much longer and maintain their smell.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 1-3, 2020

On Wednesday the Moon is still in Libra (flower) with descending forces (see June 30th for details) until 2pm.  The air quality is airy ad light.  As the Moon progresses into Scorpio from 2pm to 5pm this transition is in grey on our calendar and considered a time for rest.  After 5pm on Wednesday the Moon progresses into Scorpio and stays there until Friday, July 3.  The Scorpio waxing Moon is associated with the leaf part of the plant.  The forces are descending and the air quality is wet and damp.  This is a good time for sowing, planting, harvesting and drying any kind culinary and/or medicinal herb.  Take advantage of this time close to the full Moon to thin leafy vegetables such as swiss chard and sow or plant leafy vegetables, but not ones that bolt easily such as lettuce because we are still in the waxing Moon.  To grow lettuce for seed it is best planted on a flower or fruit day.  Moon in Scorpio is a good time for mowing lawns, watering gardens and combating slugs and snails.  It is unfavorable for painting outdoors. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Early Saturday morning the Moon moves into Sagittarius (fruit) and sits on the nodal point between the descending and ascending lunar forces.  As the Moon is still waxing, this is a good time to thin out and exfoliate excessive leaves and branches of fruit bearing plants such as tomatoes.  It is also a good time for planting cauliflower, sowing grains such as buckwheat and combating above ground pests.  It is unfavorable for weeding and cultivating the soil.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

With the Full Moon occurring around 1 am EDT, the Moon now transitions into its waning cycle.  It is still a good time to combat above ground pests and sow grains such as buckwheat,  but the waning Moon seeks to introduce different chores, such as preserving and freezing fruits and vegetables, planting underground veggies such as potatoes and applying compost and soil amendments.

With the waxing Moon all the energy goes in an upward direction, while the waning Moon creates an energy where the Earth opens up and accepts nutrients better for the plants.  Remember that with this Full Moon, this  can be the last time for the baby animals to nurse from their mothers and the weaning process that started a few days earlier is now complete.   It is unfavorable for weeding and cultivating as the weed roots will grow back.

Monday, July 6, 2020

All day Monday the waning Moon is in Capricorn (root) with ascending forces and the air quality is earthy and cool.  This is the best sign for weeding, weeding, weeding.  It is also favorable for planning a garden path, setting fence posts, planting winter vegetables, starting a compost pile, clearing forest edges and hedges, thinning out plants, including perennials, combating in-ground pests and preserving and storing root vegetables even making sauerkraut.   Now that we are in a waning Moon, it is a good time to place the dried herbs into jars.


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, June 22, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Sunday, Monday, June 21-22, 2020

The waxing Moon in Gemini brings with it descending forces as the Moon has reached its nodal point and is starting to descend lower towards the horizon.  This is a favorable time for nurturing and planting climbing and creeping plants such as melons and cucumbers, combating above ground pests, pruning young fruit trees as needed such as lilacs.  This pruning is done after they have flowers and helps set their buds for next year and makes them bushier.  It is a good time to clean out barns and harvest fruit and veggies for drying. 

See Lorraine’s Instagram page on how to grow “no dig potatoes.”  Lorraine piles up grass clippings and stray and places potatoes in those mounds.  Sprinkle coffee grinds on top and around the pile to help prevent rust. (https://www.instagram.com/thymeagaingardens/?hl=en)

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 23-24, 2020

The waxing Moon is Cancer (leaf) with descending forces creates an air quality of damp and wet.  This is a favorable time for seeding leafy veggies and herbs such as basil.  It is also growing for mowing lawns and watering.  The best time to water is in the early morning or late afternoon.  Add compost to flower gardens and combat above ground pests.  In it unfavorable to plant anything that wants to grow tall.  Avoid storing plants in the root cellar at this time based on the air quality of dampness and wet. 

Thursday, Friday, June 25-26, 2020

These two days have waxing Moon in Leo (fruit) with descending forces.  The air quality is warmth.  The sign of Leo is the most parching in the whole zodiac.  It is a good time to gather herbs such as motherwort which strengthen the heart.  Either the herb can be made into a tincture or used immediately.  Remember drying herbs in a waxing Moon may create mold.  Plant cultivated field crops such as buckwheat on damp soil, seed lawns or plant flowers.  This is a good time to plant fruits that do not require a lot of water as Leo is a parching sign.  Plant flowers and veggies such as cucumbers that grow quickly.  This is an unfavorable time to make sauerkraut because it may dry out too quickly.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, June 27-29, 2020

The waxing Moon moves into Virgo (earth/root) an earth sign (root) with descending forces until 9am on Monday.  The air quality is cool and earthy.  In general, Virgo is favorable for all kinds of planting and transplanting in the garden.  Seed lawns, repot indoor plants, start or spread compost around veggie gardens for example potatoes.  Spread compost in fields after hay has been cut if rain is in the forecast.  In is unfavorable to plant lettuce, make pickles or preserves or store vegetables.

Monday, June 29, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Virgo (see above) until 9am.  The rest of the day is in grey due to the Moon being in perigee.  With the Moon being closer to the Earth the gravitational and electro-magnetic forces are stronger.  Take a rest from gardening.


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, June 15, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Monday, June 15, 2020

The waning Moon is in Pisces, a leaf sign with ascending forces.  The air quality is wet and damp.  This is a good time to plant lettuce, cabbage, kale and other leafy greens that tend to bolt.  It is also a good time for mowing lawns, setting fence posts, watering plants in the greenhouse and out in the gardens.  It is also a good time to harvest nettle.  Some biodynamic people use dried nettle as a compost preparation.  This is an unfavorable time for preserving all fruits and vegetables and for painting outdoors as the air quality is too wet and damp.

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 16-17, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit sign) with ascending forces.  The air quality is warmth and fiery.  This Moon time is beneficial for anything that grows fast and is used immediately.  It is also good for sowing/planting beets, turnips, carrots, that is, underground fruiting vegetables.  In general weeding and mulching are best done on a waning Moon.  Cut back plants that have finished flowering such as comfrey.  Compost these cuttings or use them as mulch.  Spreading compost in veggie gardens is also best done on the waning Moon.  It is also a good time to process milk into cheese, butter and yogurt.  Other beneficial chores include painting outside (warmth & fiery qualities), setting fence posts and preserving.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 18, 2020

On these three days, the waning Moon is in Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  The air quality is cool and earthy.  Taurus is a good sign for doing anything that requires a little extra strength.  Plant root vegetables such as potatoes.  Start or turn over a compost heap.   Combat underground pests.  As the Moon is waning, weeding is useful.  Taurus is good for building anything outside such as garden sheds or solid, rooted structures, and or harvesting anything for drying such as herbs and flowers.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The June Solstice occurs at 5:43pm EDT.  The North Pole of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun, and the Sun reaches its northern-most position in the sky.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The New Moon at 3am EDT is followed one hour later by the Moon moving into Gemini.  As the Moon crosses the Sun’s path two before the New Moon, an solar eclipse occurs.  This eclipse is an annular solar eclipse as the Moon is presently too far away from the Earth for its shadow to completely cover the Sun.  This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon.  This eclipse is visible in central Africa, Saudi Arabia, northern India and southern China.  Its effects are felt worldwide and is a good time rest and meditation.

Sunday, Monday, June 21-22, 2020

The waxing Moon in Gemini brings with it descending forces as the Moon has reached its nodal point and is starting to descend lower towards the horizon.  This is a favorable time for nurturing and planting climbing and creeping plants such as melons and cucumbers, combating above ground pests, pruning young fruit trees as needed such as lilacs.  This pruning is done after they have flowers and helps set their buds for next year and makes them bushier.  It is a good time to clean out barns and harvest fruit and veggies for drying. 

See Lorraine’s Instagram page on how to grow “no dig potatoes.”  Lorraine piles up grass clippings and stray and places potatoes in those mounds.  Sprinkle coffee grinds on top and around the pile to help prevent rust. (https://www.instagram.com/thymeagaingardens/?hl=en)


 This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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Weekly Update, June 8, 2020

Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, June 7- 9, 2020

On Saturday until 10 am, the waning Moon is in the water sign of Scorpio with descending forces.  This is a good time to plant, harvest and/or dry medicinal herbs.   The element of water is associated with the leafy parts of plants, so this is a good time to plant, water and/or harvest lettuce and other leafy vegetables.   It is also a good time to mow the lawn and set fence posts.  But it is unfavorable for painting outdoors as the air quality is damp.

The Moon crosses over the Sun's path around 2pm on Saturday.  The exact point where this occurs is called a lunar node.  In this case, the Moon is travelling up through the Sun's path, hence the term ascending node.  Maria Thun claimed that when the Moon passes through the sun’s path – this occurs twice a month: ascending and descending nodes – it is an unfavorable time for cultivating the soil, sowing and harvesting.  In other words, plant growth will be adversely affected. 

The waning Moon moves into Sagittarius by 4 pm on Saturday and stays in this fire (fruit) sign until 5 pm on Monday.  In Sagittarius the Moon moves from its descending to ascending position in the sky.  The air quality is dry and warm.  This is a good time to plant vegetables and flowers that want to grow tall, such as pole beans.  As the Moon is waning, it is also good to plant peas, carrots and other underground veggies.  Moon in Sagittarius is good for preserving and fermenting fruits and veggies, sewing grains and combating above ground pests.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Waning Moon in Sagittarius (fruit/fire).  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  Now the Moon begins to climb higher in the sky.  This is a beneficial time to plant those plants that grow tall and long such as cucumbers. Also those plants that grow underground such as beets and carrots (some people consider beets and carrots as fruiting bodies).  It is also beneficial for preserving and/or fermenting all fruits and vegetables, sowing grains and combating above ground pets and painting outdoors.  Deep cleaning of shelves for future food storage is also recommended.  This is a good to place dried herbs in jars as they won’t go moldy.

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 9-10, 2020

The waning Moon is in Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air quality is cold and earthy.  This is a good time for harvesting herbs that are intended to be dried.  It is also good for preserving of any kind, weeding, setting fence posts, planting root vegetables, culling wind rows, clearing brush and building a garden shed.   It is also good for combating underground pests and painting outdoors.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aquarius, a flower sign with ascending forces.  The quality of this day is airy and light.  This is a great time to weed.  Be sure to let the weed stay on the ground and rot, even along the garden paths.  It is a good time for painting outdoors, harvesting for drying, airing out buildings and cleaning out barns.  It is unfavorable for transplanting seedlings as any kind of air and light forces create an unsettled environment for the roots.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mercury is crossing the Sun’s path at 3pm EDT and this creates an unsettled day for the plant kingdom.  Take a rest from gardening this day.  Great day to tackle equipment repairs, fencing repairs, shopping and spending time with your animals, children and family.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, June 13-15, 2020

The waning Moon is in Pisces, a leaf sign with ascending forces.  The air quality is wet and damp.  This is a good time to plant lettuce, cabbage, kale and other leafy greens that tend to bolt.  It is also a good time for mowing lawns, setting fence posts, watering plants in the greenhouse and out in the gardens.  It is also a good time to harvest nettle.  Some biodynamic people use dried nettle as a compost preparation.  This is an unfavorable time for preserving all fruits and vegetables and for painting outdoors as the air quality is too wet and damp.


This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun.   Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario.   She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms.   While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.

by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid

Copies of the 2020 Celestial Planting Calendar and a wide range of books on all aspects of farming and gardening can be purchased on-line at www.earthhavenlearning.ca

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