Weekly Update, August 17, 2020

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

Monday, August 17, 2020

The waning Moon is in Cancer (water, leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is damp and wet.  This is a good time to plant leafy vegetables and water the garden.  Cut the lawn and hedges to ensure that they grow slowly.  Combat above ground pests.  Pinch off leaves on the vegetables.  Add soil amendments and mulch the garden.  This is an unfavorable time for thinning or pruning fruit trees, persevering and storing fruits and vegetables, as well as setting fence posts and painting outdoors.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 18-20, 2020

After 9am (EDT) the waning Moon has moved into Leo (fruit) with descending forces in the Northern Hemisphere—always a good time for transplanting.  The New Moon occurs at 11pm (EDT).  Leo brings an air and day quality of warmth and dryness.  It can be quite fiery; this is the most parching sign.  During Leo Moon it is a good time to harvest herbs that strengthen the heart.  It is a time for light pruning of fruit trees and shrubs but only during the Moon is waning.  Also with a waning Leo Moon it is a good time for freezing and preserving vegetables as well as setting fence posts. 

For both waxing and waning Moon in Leo, it is good to harvest herbs, fruits or vegetables that are mean to be dried, for example buckthorn and blueberries.  It is also good to make butter, cut up logs for firewood as these logs will dry well and mulch the garden.  This is an unfavorable time for weeding, making sauerkraut and painting outside.

During a waxing Leo Moon, it is a good time to pinch back the suckers on tomato plants, feed lawns, and harvest herbs that strengthen the heart.

Friday, August 21, 2020

The Moon is closest to the Earth (perigee)around 7am (EDT) and these gravitational electromagnetic forces create a 24 hour unfavorable time for working in the garden.

Saturday, Sunday, August 22-23, 2020

The waxing Moon has moved in Virgo with descending forces.  The air and day quality is cool and earthy.  With Moon in Virgo, any and all types of farming and gardening in fields and forests, anything that is connected with setting, transplanting and planting are all favorable.  This is a good for reseeding the lawn, turning the compost, transplanting cuttings, and adding compost to fields and gardens and combating bugs in the soil.  This is an unfavorable time for planting lettuce, preserving, fermenting and storing fruits and vegetables.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Shortly after midnight, the waxing Moon moves into Libra (flower) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is airy and light.  Libra is more of neutral sign: you really can’t tell what is going on.  This is a good day for butchering, moving the livestock into new pastures and turning the compost.  It is unfavorable to water house plants, cut hay for animal pastures for feed and 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

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