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Water Consciousness

by Rosemary Tayler, Celestial Planting Calendar 2018

Much like homeopaths and biodynamic prep makers, Masaru Emoto (1943-2014) held a fascination with water to such a degree that he believed water had memory and healing powers. He claimed its quality could be influenced by certain external factors. Over many years he developed a healing technique called HADO (Healing and Discovering Ourselves) which he claimed was “the energy or vibration inherent in all things.” To visually demonstrate this belief, he refined equipment to take photographs of water crystals obtained from a variety of pure or contaminated of water sources and crystals of water exposed to specific English or Japanese words. Gradually these teachings were compiled into several books which were translated into some 23 languages.

In his book The True Power of Water, Emoto asks, “Do you know your consciousness has the ability to change water? When you send your gratitude to water, its quality improves.” 

In his book, Love Thyself, The Message from Water III, Emoto asks another question: “How can we know how the power of prayer works?  I can’t explain the mechanism.  The only thing that I can say with confidence, is that when it works in the water, it actually alters its structure.  This means that we’ve proven that physical energy can change in accordance with our wishes. I’ve become absolutely convinced of this after carrying out so many experiments where we’ve prayed over water and actually transformed its crystals into more beautiful forms.”

Hiromasa Emoto, Masaru’s son, offers the following insights about the water crystal experiment at Fujiwara dam in 1998: “The dam water was polluted, but because of a healing prayer, the water really changed. Even the surface of the dam water started to look clear. The sample was taken to the laboratory and his staff looked at it through the microscope; there was one amazing and stunning water crystal found. [see image below] I am sure that this water crystal image really changed my father’s life.”
Sending thoughts of love and gratitude for water is a teaching for which Mr. Emoto is remembered.


Rosemary Tayler - Writer, Editor

Rosemary has a background in biochemistry, marine biology (MSc) and alternative medicine, in particular, homeopathy. She has also extensively studied astrology. From 2000 to 2015 she devoted time to establishing community gardens, composting and organizing local food markets in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Celestial Meteorology

by Dennis Klocek, 2018 Celestial Planting Calendar

To the casual observer the sun’s role in weather formation seems obvious, while the direct influence of the moon and stars seems remote or unlikely.  It is the purpose of this article to suggest that through a process of daily weather observation with an eye to the celestial aspects it is possible to see patterns emerge which point to significant relationships between celestial occurrences and meteorological activity.

Good starting points for observation are certain times during the year when extreme states of weather are consistently observable.  Take for instance the dog days in Leo.  Each year when the sun moves before the constellation of Leo on August 10 [currently August 11], the weather takes a distinct turn towards heat.  If we record the days of the most intense heat we will find that these days occur when both the moon and sun stand before fire constellations. This elemental phenomenon can be observed year after year.  In certain years however aspects of other planets interfere and this correspondence is not evident.  Nonetheless, it is a general rule that when both the sun and moon stand before fire constellations those days will be the hottest in the month.

...The movements of the sun in front of the zodiac create a monthly rotational rhythm of earth, air, water and fire.  A Pisces sun brings on the water element for rains and thaws at the time of the spring equinox.  As the sun moves before fiery Aries, skies brighten, air warms up and dries out, and storms tend to be short lived.  Those early heat waves in the spring can be expected in Aries, especially with a moon in a fire sign.  A Taurus sun ushers back in cooling trends and late frosts can be expected with strong planets in earth constellations.  At the summer solstice the sun moves before Gemini whose air/light energies clear the skies and give rise to stable, high pressure cells.  In certain latitudes the halcyon days of calm surrounding the solstice and the light breezes of midsummer are the very image of air/light.

The advance of the seasons thus keeps its pace with the rhythms of the stars.  The sun in Cancer brings a brief moist interlude after the brilliant skies of the sun in Gemini.  This bit of relief gives way to burning Leo and the dog days.  Leo’s heat in turn yields to the cool clear month of Virgo.  The turning of the temperature and the disturbance of the equinox will often make Virgo a month of strong weather changes.  In the central valley of California, Virgo is often the time of the first rain that breaks the dry season, which usually begins in Aires. 

Towards the end of Virgo, skies tend to be cloudy and temperatures are on the cool side.  Libra then brings clear skies and mild days and a touch of Indian summer.  This trend prevails for two weeks while the sun is before air and then the water element is ushered in by the sun moving before Scorpio.  Scorpio’s intense water energy promotes the growth of storms for the fall rainy season.
The winter solstice finds the sun standing before the fire constellation of Sagittarius.  At the winter solstice we can often observe the same calm period that we see at the summer solstice.  To be sure, some storm activity is often found in Sagittarius because of the increased activity of the polar low pressure area.  However, the most severe cold in the winter only occurs after the sun moves through Sagittarius into the cold earth constellation of Capricorn.  Even in California, Capricorn is the season of frost.  Record cold waves often occur when the sun and moon both stand before earth constellations.  The cold temperatures are then continued on into the constellation of Aquarius with its cloudless skies and windy days.  And so on into Pisces and the beginning of the spring thaw and rainy season.
The solar rhythm is the basis for seasonal weather patterns.  If we are to understand the birth and growth of storms and frontal passages we must look to other phenomena.  Pulsing through the grand solar rhythms we can find diverse areas of turbulent elemental force patterns that occur at predictable times.  The halcyon days of calm that surround the solstices in certain latitudes are an example of such regular phenomena.

Surrounding the equinoxes, however, are regular disturbances known to mariners as line storms.  A line storm occurs as the sun crosses the line of the equator at the fall equinox.  The storm then blows in a northwesterly direction away from the equator.  Hurricanes are examples of typical line storms.
In the northern hemisphere during the time of the fall equinox, it is also possible to connect the sun’s line crossing with the birth of storms that are not of a tropical nature.  By using the date of the equinox as a natal point for the birth of a disturbance, it is then possible to track the storm celestially on an ephemeris.  By assessing the nature of the celestial and planetary encounters that the storm will travel through, a flow chart of its character, strength, extent and duration can be obtained.  Each celestial encounter adds a particular elemental force to the storm. 

For instance, suppose that an equinox storm is forming off the southern coast of Alaska.  It begins to travel towards the southeast, and a day later the moon crosses the node.  The moon’s nodes are the places where it crosses the sun’s ecliptic and are therefore the places where the very disturbing energy of eclipses is released.  This disturbance encourages low pressure cells to develop more rapidly, especially if the node is near the full moon.  If the node is crossed during a period in which there is a cluster of six or seven planetary occurrences such as conjunctions and trines, then we can be sure that some disturbance is forthcoming in the next few days.  Each planetary aspect in a cluster must be carefully weighed for its storm potential.  However, it is safe to say that an equinox storm running into a cluster of trines and conjunctions is sure to be modified in a significant way.

For example, if we observe the activity of the planet Mars (“the precipitator”) we can see that it works to intensify conditions of precipitation.  When Mars is involved in a cluster of conjunctions or trines in front of water, then a definite acceleration of storm conditions is the result.  Cloudbursts and flooding can be expected.  However, the Martian character is masked when the starry background is earth or air.  Martian energy is easy to follow on an ephemeris and so it is a good planet to observe for storms.
Another planet that offers good data for observations, but for opposite reasons, is Venus.  Venus, a classic air planet, works to clear the skies and dispel overcast conditions.  When working out of a background of air, Venus gives rise to clear skies, bright puffy clouds and all manner of prismatic effects.  Sun dogs, halos, rainbows and luminescent clouds point to the influence of Venus.  But if Venus trines are conjunct in front of air with other air planets like Jupiter or Uranus, then her benign qualities can erupt into savage wind storms under the influence of these more violent planets.

... Due to its rapid orbit around the Sun, Mercury moves in front of a different constellation approximately every two weeks.  This two-week rhythm is a wonderful counterpoint to the more stately cadences of the outer planets.  Mercury enhances the heat element, especially when it is in retrograde motion.  At such times it is impressive to see the weather turn suddenly warm for two weeks and then shift to cold as Mercury moves before another constellation.  Its true character is revealed when conjunct or trined to Jupiter or Uranus in front of air or fire.  These aspects bring out the quick, flowing nature of Mercury.  Strong winds and rapid, churning clouds race across the sky.

Another planet that brings clouds racing across the sky is the tempestuous air planet Uranus.  Cloud building is its specialty.  Uranus energy is characterized by strong, expansive vertical movement of air.  These swift updrafts form large domes, castles out of which ride troop after troop of cloud cavalry units.  These dynamic clouds and the swift violence of the lightening bolts that they generate are sure signatures of Uranus.

The greatest mover of large air masses, however, is Jupiter.  If Jupiter is conjunct or trined in front of air and these aspects are supported by other air or fire planets, then savage windstorms result that can last for days.  The hot and dry Chinook winds find much support in difficult aspects of powerful planets like Jupiter (air) and Saturn (warmth).

The roles of the more remote planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) are much more subtle to perceive in weather phenomena than the roles of the more local planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, the moon, and the sun.)  When two or three remote planets with similar elemental characters interact in a cluster their influence may more easily be determined.  Due to the slow orbits of these planets they tend to linger at points of turbulence (nodes and trines).  They also have longer stays in constellations, such as Saturn’s protracted stay at the node starting in the fall of 1974 and going until the spring of 1977.  Having a heat planet so strongly at the node turned the weather upside down and created severely cold winters that turned into drought-parched summers for a few years in a row...
Reprinted with the authors permission from Biodynamics, Winter 1986.

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Biodynamic Sequential Spray Technique

by Hugh Courtney, 2018 Celestial Planting Calendar

The Sequential Spray Technique is useful when moisture is lacking or when moisture is excessive. Most practitioners are interested in attracting moisture, but in a few instances, one may wish to curb the moisture when constant rain and potential or actual flooding threatens. Timing is the essential factor when applying either sequence.

To attract moisture: All sprays should be applied when the Moon is in a Leaf/Water constellation and is accomplished over a three-day period : 

Day one - evening spray BC (Barrel Compost); 
Day two - morning spray BD501, evening spray BD500; 
Day three - morning spray BD508.

Because of the brevity of the Moon’s transit through the Water constellation Cancer, the Moon spends a three-day period almost exclusively in the two other Water signs, Scorpio and Pisces. Eclipses, occultations, Moon at perigee, planetary nodal points and other factors narrow the possibilities for achieving a successful outcome. The time frame in which a sequential spraying program can be used to attract moisture is indicated on the monthy charts by “Seq. Spray ”.

To deter moisture: All sprays should be applied when the Moon is in a Fruit/Fire constellation and is accomplished over a three-day period : 

Day one - evening spray BC (Barrel Compost); 
Day two - morning spray BD508, evening spray BD500; 
Day three - morning spray BD501. 

Because of the brevity of the Moon’s transit through the Fire constellation Aries, the Moon spends a three-day period in a Fire sign almost exclusively in Leo and Sagittarius. Again, various celestial events narrow the possibilities for achieving a successful outcome. The time frame within which a sequential spraying program can be used to deter moisture is indicated on the monthy charts by “Seq. Spray ”.

Other possible additions: We prefer to use the fermented recipe for BD508. The “trigger” for Water is BD508, while the “trigger” for drying (Fire) is BD501, with each placed last in the pertinent sequence depending on the desired outcome. An abbreviated sequence can be used when constellation boundaries are too narrow. This involves combining BC (barrel compost) and BD500 in a single evening spray on day one and combining BD501 and BD508 in a single spray on the morning of day two. Where a serious drought situation exists, individual sprays of BD508 should also be considered whenever the Moon is in a Leaf/ Water constellation, and can be applied either morning or evening as opportunity permits. 


Hugh Courtney - Writer, Mentor, Researcher 

In addition to contributing articles, Hugh Courtney has taken on the advisory role of forecasting favourable and unfavorable times for this calendar. He has devoted more than 40 years to perfecting the art of making biodynamic preparations. Taking a cue from his own mentor, Josephine Porter, who declared, “These preparations are no secret, I will teach anyone who wants to learn how to make them,” he has mentored hundreds of people on the finer points of making quality preparations. 

Ever concerned about keeping this special art form alive into the future, in 2009, along with his grandson, Jeremiah Proctor, Hugh founded Earth Legacy Agriculture, LLC to provide quality preparations for discerning practitioners. www.earthlegacyagriculture.com

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Introduction to Sequential Spraying

by Hugh Courtney, 2018 Celestial Planting Calendar

My own more profound introduction to the amazing element of Water took place when we were experiencing a drought in Virginia around 1988. I concluded that, if biodynamic agriculture really worked, it should be able to solve this problem. However, in my somewhat neophyte awareness, I had no surety as to which preparation provided the answer, so I decided to use all nine.

Since the early practitioners in biodynamics usually spent their initial effort at making and applying compost before treating a field with Horn Manure, I determined to start by using the Barrel Compost formulation of Maria Thun (containing Yarrow, Camomile, Nettle, Oak Bark, Dandelion and Valerian preparations). This was followed by the Horsetail herb preparation (Equisetum arvense), then by Horn Manure, and finally with the Horn Silica preparation to finish off the sequence. 

Since both Barrel Compost and Horn Manure are preeminently soil preparations, I felt that they should both be applied during the evening hours. Horn Silica and Equisetum preparations are regarded as foliar sprays with the former almost always recommended as a morning spray. Thus, the obvious sequence to me seemed to be to start by spraying Barrel Compost on the evening of day one, followed by Equisetum the next morning, with Horn Manure on the evening of the second day. On the morning of the third day, the sequence was finished with a sunrise spraying of Horn Silica. Only one unit of each was involved and only approximately one acre was covered. 

Although my recording of the dates was not exact, I believe that this sequence was applied during a Flower/Air period. To my astonishment, a day later a ¾ inch rainfall occurred. Some weeks later, when drought conditions once again prevailed, I repeated the sequence, but this time I made certain that all the sprays were applied when the Moon was in a Leaf/Water constellation.

As I continued to fine-tune my understanding of what might be involved, I came to an awareness that the last spray in the sequence served as a “trigger” of sorts for the desired effect. As a result, if it was moisture that was desired, the best sequence was Barrel Compost in the evening, Horn Silica the next morning, Horn Manure that evening, and ending with Equisetum on the morning of day three, all applied within a Leaf/Water period. 

If one is experiencing excessive rainfall, then Equisetum and Horn Silica exchange places in the sequence as follows: Barrel Compost the first evening, Equisetum the next morning, Horn Manure that evening, ending with Horn Silica on the morning of day three. This sequential application for countering excessive rainfall requires that it be completed during a Fire/Fruit period. 

After each application of a sequence, the desired results seemed to be effective at least 90% of the time. I also realized that one can have positive results by doing an “abbreviated” sequence by combining Barrel Compost and Horn Manure as an evening spray, followed by Horn Silica and Equisetum together the following morning. 

The most dramatic result I experienced during those first few years of my experimentation occurred in 1991 when once again the drought was so severe in Virginia that the then governor, Douglas Wilder, called for a ban on the deer hunting season. At that point, a group of six people working with me determined to see if we could have an effect by using the sequential spray during a Leaf/Water constellation at multiple sites over seven separate places in Virginia and North Carolina.

Shortly after our group had completed this spraying, the rains came in sufficient quantity that Governor Wilder withdrew the ban only hours before the hunting season was scheduled to start. Although I had shared this Sequential Spray Technique with many people during those early years of experimentation, I did not broadly publicize the methodology until I wrote the article “Sequential Spraying – Illusion, Remarkable Coincidence, or Reality” for the Winter 1993 issue of Applied Biodynamics. Since that issue was published, I no longer know how many people have tried the sequence, but I frequently receive feedback from people saying that it is effective.

In the face of a severe drought such as California experienced in recent years, the sequence might have to be repeated numerous times, and I have recommended that even if a full sequence could not be accomplished, it would be helpful to at least apply Equisetum whenever the Moon was in a Leaf/Water constellation. 

I believe that the preparations serve as tools for the elemental beings. By providing the biodynamic preparations in a sequence, the elementals can accomplish the tasks that Nature desires.   
I have come to see Equisetum preparation as a major factor in influencing the watery element in nature. When Steiner, after indicting that stronger Moon forces were a major factor in rampant weed growth in lecture six of the Agriculture Course, said, “Now we cannot ‘switch off’ the Moon,” he may have done so with a certain degree of humor. As it turned out, Steiner may really have provided us with a means to “switch off” the Moon when he gave us the recipe for making a dilute tea of Equisetum arvense to sprinkle as a liquid manure over the fields. 

This Equisteum (Horsetail) preparation, labeled as BD508 by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, may also be able to “switch on” the Moon as well, which seems to be the case with the Sequential Spray Technique. It is all a matter of the right timing to enlist the help of the appropriate elemental beings to aid our efforts. 
One outcome that manifests when one begins to employ this technique, is a definite awareness not only of the power of the biodynamic preparations, but also an awareness of the elemental forces that can come to our aid. Most dramatically, we can become more aware of the Being of Water and the elementals that serve that Being.


Hugh Courtney - Writer, Mentor, Researcher 

In addition to contributing articles, Hugh Courtney has taken on the advisory role of forecasting favourable and unfavorable times for this calendar. He has devoted more than 40 years to perfecting the art of making biodynamic preparations. Taking a cue from his own mentor, Josephine Porter, who declared, “These preparations are no secret, I will teach anyone who wants to learn how to make them,” he has mentored hundreds of people on the finer points of making quality preparations. 

Ever concerned about keeping this special art form alive into the future, in 2009, along with his grandson, Jeremiah Proctor, Hugh founded Earth Legacy Agriculture, LLC to provide quality preparations for discerning practitioners. www.earthlegacyagriculture.com

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