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
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