Weekly Update, August 24, 2020

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

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 a 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 also a good time to harvest flower seeds due to the descending forces.  It is unfavorable to water house plants, cut hay from pastures for feed and cut firewood.

Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25 & 26, 2020

By 8am Tuesday morning, the waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces.  The air and day quality is wet, damp and cool.  This is a good time to sow or plant leafy vegetables, mow the lawn and water the fields, gardens and house plants.  Because we are a week away from the Full Moon it is a good time to start weaning calves.  It is also good to harvest, dry or sow medicinal herbs and pinch/trim leafy vegetables.  With the Moon in this water sign, it is useful to build ponds and work along the water’s edge.  It is unfavorable for cutting and pruning fruit trees and shrubs, cutting trees in general and painting outside.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 27, 28 & 29, 2020

The waxing Moon crosses the Sun’s path on Tuesday at 8am EDT and by noon that day it has moved into Sagittarius (fruit).  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  The air and day quality brings warmth.  These days are good for pruning tomato plants, grafting fruit trees, cutting what needs to grow back fast and storing away fruits and vegetables.  It is unfavorable for weeding.  The Moon stays in Sagittarius until 3pm Saturday, August 29th.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, August 29, 30 & 31, 2020

After 6pm Saturday the waxing Moon has moved into Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air and day quality is earthy and cool.  This is a good time to harvest root vegetables.  It also a good time for hoof care for the livestock and to combat in-ground pests.  This is a good time to add compost to flowers that have a weak root systems such as peonies.

 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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