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July 2020

Weekly Update, July 27, 2020

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

Monday, July 27, 2020

By 6pm Monday the waxing Moon has moved into Libra, a flower constellation, with descending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Libra tends to be a more neutral sign.  You don’t know what is happening nor what is going on.  The Moon in Libra offers a suitable time to move animals into new pasture.  The animals are more content to stay there; they adjust better.  You can occasionally add nutrients to plants that no longer flower properly.  It is unfavorable to cut the grass for animal feed and to cut firewood.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The waxing Libra (flower) descending Moon brings bring air and day quality of airiness and lightness.  Libra brings a more neutral quality to the day.  According to some of the experts it is wise not to move animals to new pastures on a Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays because animals will want to go back to the barn.  Let your own observations be your guide.  This is a good time to sow or plant flowers and medicinal herbs.   It is also a good time for butchering.  It is unfavorable for cutting grass to be used for animal feed and for cutting firewood.

Wednesday, Thursday, July 29-30, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp, wet and cool.  With Moon in Scorpio it is a good time to dowsing for water and to combat slugs.  It is also good to pinch off plants that are grown for their leaves.  Sow and plant leafy vegetables, mow the lawn, water plants especially those in pots and on the balcony.  Now is a good time to start weaning calves as we are approaching the Full Moon on Monday, which will be the best time to stop the weaning process.  It is unfavorable for pruning fruit trees and painting outside.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 31 & August 1-2, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius (fruit) and it reaches the nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.    The air and day quality is dry and warm.  This is a good time for planting fruit bearing shrubs and vegetables as well as plants that want to grow tall such as hops.  It is good for grafting fruit trees and ornamentals.  Cut back plants that you want to grow back fast.  This is a good time for foraging and harvesting herbs and seeds.  Combat above ground pests.  It is unfavorable for weeding and planting lettuce as it will bolt.

On Sunday, August 2nd, the Moon stays in Sagittarius until 10am and then moves into Capricorn (root).  The air and day quality with the Moon in Capricorn is earthy and cool. 

Sunday, Monday, August 2-3, 2020

The waxing Capricorn (root) Moon now has ascending forces and the air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to combat vermin in the ground as well as to trim nails/hoofs of horses, cats, dogs and cows and other ruminants.  It is a good time for baking break as the Capricorn energy will turn the bread into fluffy loaves and stay fresh longer. 

The Full Moon occurs in Capricorn around 12 noon EDT and the energy moves from waxing to waning.  Due to the sensitivity of the Full Moon, keep chores to a minimum in the garden.  This is a good time to turn the compost, combat in-ground pests and do some clearing of hedges, forest edges and shrubs.


 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, July 20, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, July 20 & 21, 2020

By 2pm the Moon has moved into Cancer and has entered into the New Moon phase.  This waxing Moon in Cancer is associated with the element of water and the leaf part of plants.  The air and day quality is damp.  This is a favorable time for mowing lawns and pruning hedges if you want to slow their growth.  It is also conducive for watering all plants, dowsing for a well and combating above-ground pests.  In terms of dealing with above-ground pests, It is a good time to pick off horn worms from tomato plants and/or applying nettle tea (steeped for 24 hours in water), applying nettle tea to deal with aphids.  Plant or sow leafy vegetables but not lettuce, as we are in a waxing Moon and lettuce grows better in a waning Moon.  Cut back leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard and kale.  Preserve and store away all kinds of vegetables.  Pinch off plants that grown for their leaves such as the herb basil.  This is an unfavorable time for painting outside, planting anything that wants to grow tall, trimming fruiting trees and shrubs, and preserving and storing all fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 22, 23 & 24, 2020

Now the waxing Moon is in Leo until Friday at 8am.  Leo is associated with the fruit part of plants and the fire element.  The forces are descending with the plants main activities withdrawn into their roots and creating a beneficial time for transplanting.  The air and day quality is warm, fiery and dry.  Of the three fruit/fire signs, Leo brings with it intense Sun and heat.  This is a good time for sowing grains, cereals and cover crops.  It is also a good time to pinch off suckers from tomato plants and to plant vegetables that are highly perishable such as zucchini and cucumber.  Leo is associated with the heart and so it good to gather herbs that strengthen the heart such as motherwort and hawthorne.  It is unfavorable for weeding, making sauerkraut (it will dry out too quickly), painting outside and adding soil enhancements, such as compost and mineral supplements which may tend to burn the plant if applied at this time.

Friday, Saturday, July 24 & 25, 2020

By noon the Moon has moved into Virgo, however, it comes closest to Earth (perigee) around 1am on Saturday, July 25, creating an unfavorable 24 hours (from 1am on Friday to noon on Saturday) for gardening and farming. 

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 25, 26 & 27, 2020

From noon on Saturday until 2pm on Monday, the Virgo (root) waxing Moon with descending forces offers an air quality of earthiness and coolness.  Try closing your eyes outside and smelling that earthy smell.  Virgo Moon time is excellent for planting and sowing.  Plant single trees that are meant to grow tall and plant shrubs that are meant to grow fast.  Transplant or repot indoor plants, seed lawns, spread compost, combat in-ground pests.  This is an unfavorable time for removing anything that should not grow back such as poison ivy.  It is also unfavorable for making pickles, preserving, fermenting and storing vegetables.

Monday, July 27, 2020

By 6pm Monday the waxing Moon has moved into Libra, a flower constellation, with descending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Libra tends to be a more neutral sign.  You don’t know what is happening nor what is going on.  The Moon in Libra offers a suitable time to move animals into new pasture.  The animals are more content to stay there; they adjust better.  This is also a good time to sow or plant flowers and medicinal herbs.  You can occasionally add nutrients to plants that no longer flower properly.  It is unfavorable to cut the grass for animal feed and to cut firewood.


 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, July 13, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 13-15, 2020

After 4pm EDT the waning Moon has moved into Aries (fire/fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warmth.  This is a good time to harvest and store grains and cereals.  You can plant or sow anything that is meant to grow fast and/or for immediate use.  Plant or sow underground vegetables.  Preserve and ferment fruits and vegetables.  Dead-head or cut back perennials that have finished flowers for example daylilies or even rhubarb.  Apply compost to fruit or vegetable plants if needed.  It is also a good time to paint outside, set fence posts, bring in the harvest, make butter, mulch and weed the garden.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 15-17, 2020

After 4pm EDT on Wednesday afternoon, the waning Moon has moved into Taurus with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is cool and earthy.  This is an ideal time to start projects that require extra strength and perseverance.  Plant winter and root vegetables such as potatoes and turnips.  Harvest vegetables that are suitable for storage, for example freeze garden peas.  Start or turn the compost pile, combat in-ground pests and harvest what needs to dry.  This is a good time for building outside as well as weeding and mulching.  It is unfavorable to forage and/or harvest roots.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 18-20, 2020

At 9am EDT the waning Moon crosses the Sun’s path (North Node) and at the same time it moves into Gemini.  Gemini is an air sign and associated with the flower component of plants.  Gemini is also at the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces.  Now the Moon is moving lower towards the horizon (descending).  The air quality of Gemini is light and airy.  This is a good time to drink nettle tea as it cleanses the blood.  You can also make a 24 hour nettle extract and use this liquid to combat above ground pests such as aphids and flea beetles.  This is a favorable time for painting outside, setting fence posts, weeding and mulching plants that have flowers. 

By 2pm the Moon has moved into Cancer and has entered into the New Moon phase.  This waxing Moon is now suitable for mowing lawns and pruning hedges as there will be a tendency to slow down the growth of these plants.  It is also conducive for watering all plants, dowsing for a well, combating above ground pests and planting or sowing leafy vegetable but not lettuce.  Cut back leafy vegetables such as swiss chard and kale.  Paint outdoors.  Preserve and store away all kinds of vegetables.  This is an unfavorable time to plant anything that wants to grow tall.  It is also unfavorable to cut back or prune trees.


 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, July 6, 2020

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

Monday, Tuesday, July 6-7, 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.   It is a good time for mulching because the Moon is waning.

Wednesday, Thursday, July 8-9, 2020

Wednesday morning the Moon starts off in Capricorn (see above) until 8 am EDT and it transitions into Aquarius for 3 hours (grey on calendar).  Aquarius is an air sign associated with the flower component of the plant.  The Moon is waning with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is light and airy.  Aquarius is not suitable for important work in the garden.  Stick with the most necessary tasks such as mulching, weeding, hoeing and harrowing.  Leave the weeds to rot and provide mulch along the garden paths.  This is a good time to harvest and store vegetables, especially vegetables to be used for drying.  This is an unfavorable time for planting and transplanting and for pinching off excessive leaves for example those from tomato plants.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 10-12, 2020

On Friday the Moon transitions from Aquarius to Pisces between 10am until noon EDT.  The waning Moon in Pisces (leaf) brings with it ascending forces.  The air and day quality is wet, damp and cool.  Everything harvested on these days should be consumed or used up immediately.  The ground will not dry out at this time and will retain any water that it is given.  This is a favorable time for growing lettuce and other leafy vegetables.  Note, the waning Moon will deter bolting.  Water indoor plants as well as those in the greenhouse and the garden.  Mowing the lawn at this time will ensure the grass grows back slowly.   It is a good time for setting fence posts and mulching.  Apply nutrients and compost to flowers.  You can make your own compost tea using comfrey and nettle.  This is an unfavorable time for preserving and storing vegetables and painting outside.

Monday, July 13, 2020

On Monday the Pisces Moon transitions into Aries from 1pm to 4pm EDT.  This waning, Aries (fire/fruit) Moon has ascending forces.  The air and day quality is warm and fiery.  This is a good time to harvest and store grains including cereal grains.  Plant and sow anything that is to be consumed immediately or will be fast growing.  It is a good time to plant vegetables such as carrots and beets, preserve and ferment fruits and vegetables.  Apply compost or herbal teas to fruiting plants.  This is a good time to paint outdoors and set fence posts.


 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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