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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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