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Weekly Update, June 1, 2020

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

This week is laden with energetic lunar events that may create a rather disruptive time.  Accordingly it is recommended to take a break from gardening for most of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and instead rest or undertake other chores.  With the Moon in Libra on Wednesday, June 3 it may be a good time to clean the house. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The waxing descending Moon is in Virgo (root).   The air quality is associated with cooler weather.   The ground may feel cool.   This is a beneficial time for all types of planting, seeding and transplanting.   Virgo days in general are good for any type of garden work that requires a lot of strength.   Turn the compost.   Apply compost to garden plants.   As Virgo is a root sign this is a good time to combat underground pests.   It is unfavorable to plant lettuce which will bolt quickly and also unfavorable for preserving.

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 3-4, 2020

On Tuesday, the Moon begins to swing in closer (perigee) to Earth in its monthly orbit.   There is a stronger gravitational pull from the Moon resulting among other things in higher tides.  Biodynamic folks claim lunar perigees creates potential for increased fungal disease, poor seed germination and reduced crop quality.  A 24-hour gap in gardening is recommended. 

At midnight on Wednesday, the Moon is at perigee and it appears larger because of its proximity to Earth.   

Thursday, Friday, June 5- 6, 2020

From midnight until 8am on Thursday, the waxing Moon is in the flower sign of Libra with descending forces.  Libra is a more neutral sign; it may be difficult to discern what is going on.  From a gardening perspective, this is a good time to plant flowers and flowering herbs such as chamomile. 

Lunar eclipses occur during a Full Moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in close alignment.  The Full Moon on Friday occurs at 3:15 pm EDT.  The Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of Earth.  The Moon travels through the Earth's shadow and appears darkened.   When the Sun, Earth and Moon were in a perfect straight line, a full lunar eclipse occurs.  However, this partial eclipse will cause only a portion of the Moon to darken by the penumbral shadow.  While this effect will not be visible from North America, it will nevertheless be felt worldwide.  Rest, meditate, and take it easy during this time.  Avoid major work in the garden for 30 hours before and 12 hours after this eclipse. 

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.   


 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, May 25, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today the waxing Moon is still in Gemini (flower).  This is a nodal time between the ascending and descending forces.  The quality this day is bright, airy and light.  Plant anything that wants to grow tall or climb, such as morning glory, sunflowers, or hops.  Sugar snaps like warmer weather and some varieties grow tall.  Also plant any kind of flowers.  Mow the lawn if you want to increase growth of the grass.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Cancer (leaf) with descending forces.  The air quality is damp and humid.  This is a beneficial time to plant leafy vegetables such as chard, kale and herbs such as sage and chives.  It is a good time to combat above ground pests such as aphids.  One way to deal with aphids is to place fresh cut nettles in water for 24 hours and use the liquid to spray on the plants as a tea for pests.  It is also a good time to prune plants that are grown for leaves to encourage more leaf growth such as bayberry and raspberry bushes that are grown for medicinal purposes.  Cut the lawn and water indoor and outdoor plants.  Dowse to find well water.  It is unfavourable to plant plants that want to grow tall such sunflowers, morning glories, hops and pole beans.  It is unfavourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs as they will bleed too much.  Do not make preserves nor paint outdoors.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 28-30, 2020

On Thursday the Moon is in Cancer until 9am (see Wednesday for details).  Then the Moon transitions into Leo around noon.  Leo is associated with the fruiting part of the plant.  The Moon is waxing and descending until Saturday, May 30th.  The air quality is dry, warm and fiery.  This is a beneficial time to harvest herbs, especially herbs for the heart.  Plant grains if the field is still damp.  Prune tomatoes and other fruit bearing vegetables and flowers.  Seed grasses, lawns and pasture fields.  Plant fruits such as melons and cucumbers.  Water well because Leo is a fiery sign.

Sunday, Monday, May 31 and June 1, 2020

The waxing descending Moon is in Virgo (root).  The air quality is associated with cooler weather.  The ground may feel cool.  This is a beneficial time for all types of planting, seeding and transplanting.  Virgo days in general are good for any type of garden work that requires a lot of strength.  Turn the compost.  Apply compost to garden plants.  As Virgo is a root sign this is a good time to combat underground pests.  It is unfavourable to plant lettuce which will bolt quickly and also unfavourable for preserving.


 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, May 18, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Waning Moon in Pisces (leaf) with ascending forces.  The air quality is damp and cool.  This day is beneficial for seeding and planting leafy vegetables such as kale and chard.  Depending on the location and the outdoor temperature it may be too warm to plant spinach or bach choy and other leafy vegetables, as they may go to seed right away.  It is also good for weeding and mulching and cutting the lawn if you want to slow down the growth of the grass.  The waning Moon is a factor here for the growth of grass and grass is a leaf plant.  It is also good to water indoor plants and those in the greenhouse, but it is unfavourable for cutting fruit trees, preserving fruits and vegetables and painting outdoors.  Harvest only those vegetables, such as asparagus, that are to be used immediately for meals, not for fermenting or pickling.

Wednesday, Thursday, May 20-21, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces.  The air and day qualities are dry and warming.  The ground feels warm.  This is a beneficial time to plant below ground vegetables such as beets, carrots and potatoes.  The key factor here is that the ground is warm enough to receive these seeds, seedlings and tubers.  This is a good time to preserve fruits and vegetables.  Apply compost as needed to veggie gardens and weed as needed.  One suggestion is to place a layer of compost on the ground before planting the carrots.   Moon in Aries signifies a good time to start things—such as building bird house, bat houses and shelters to encourage insect eating predators.  They need these shelters to keep dry and warm.  It is also a good time to paint outdoors and set fence posts.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Moon is in Taurus up until 2pm on Sunday, May 24th.  On Friday the Moon is still waning until 2pm when it conjuncts the Sun (New Moon).  After 2pm the Moon is in a waxing stage.  No matter what sign the New Moon is in take time to rest during this transition time—animals, people and plants react to this New Moon energy.   The air quality is cool and earthy.  In the morning, before 2pm, plant root vegetables in the ground such as onions.  Start or turn the compost.  Paint outdoors and set fence posts.  All of the above is unfavorable after 2pm. 

Saturday, Sunday, May 23-24, 2020

The waxing Moon is in Taurus (root) with ascending forces.  This is a great time to plant trees, hedges and shrubs. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved into Gemini (flower).  This is a nodal time between the ascending and descending forces.  The quality of these days is bright, airy and light.  Plant anything that wants to grow tall or climb, such as morning glory, sunflowers, or hops.  Sugar snaps like warmer weather and some varieties grow tall.  Also plant any kind of flowers.  Mow the lawn if you want to increase growth of the grass.


 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, May 11, 2020

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

Sunday and Monday, May 10-11, 2020

The Moon has moved into Sagittarius.  A fire/fruit sign.  The Moon is waning.  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The weather is dry and warm because it is a fire sign.  This is a good time to plant fruit bearing trees and bushes, such as raspberries, hops and grape vines. 

Some people consider beets and carrots more like a fruit, so you can choose to seed and plant these underground vegetables now, or you can do it on a root day.  If you want to plant any vegetable for seed saving purposes, this is a good time to do it.

It is favourable to prune fruit trees and shrubs.  Add compost to fields.  Add mulch around vegetables and fruit trees.  This is a good time to combat above-ground pests.  The air is dry and warm and good for painting outside.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 12-14, 2020

On Tuesday the Moon starts off in Sagittarius (fruit) waning.  By noon, the Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) waning with ascending forces, and it stays here until the afternoon of Thursday, May 14.  The air quality is earthy and cold.  This is a beneficial time for weeding, mulching, creating garden pathways, and planting or seeding root and winter vegetables.  It is also good for clearing debris around hedges and tree lines, starting or turning the compost pile and combating underground pests.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 14-16, 2020

The Moon stays in Capricorn until Thursday at 3pm and transitions into Aquarius by 6pm.  It stays in Aquarius until Saturday, May 16 until 4pm.  Aquarius is a flower sign.  The Moon is waning and ascending.  The air quality is light and airy.  Plants seem to take up more light now.  Be conscious of this light energy.  This is a beneficial time for weeding.  Be sure to leave the un-seeded weeds to rot and form mulch along the garden beds.  It is beneficial to sow flower seeds.  It is unfavourable for transplanting or re-potting plants.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, May 17-19, 2020

During Saturday evening the Moon moves into Pisces and stays there until Tuesday, May 19.  Pisces is a leaf sign and the Moon is waning and ascending.  The air quality is damp, wet and cool.  The earth does not dry out completely.  Be sure to avoid walking in the garden to minimize compaction.  Stay on the pathways.  This is a good time to plant and seed leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse.  Water indoor and greenhouse plants.  It is also good to cut the lawn and set fence posts.  It is unfavourable for cutting or pruning any fruit trees.  The sap flows upwards while the Moon is ascending, so cutting branches will cause the sap to bleed.  It is not a good time to preserve vegetables or fruit, nor to paint outdoors. 


 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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