Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team
Monday, July 27, 2020
By 6pm Monday the waxing Moon has moved into Libra, a flower constellation, with descending forces. The air and day quality is airy and light. Libra tends to be a more neutral sign. You don’t know what is happening nor what is going on. The Moon in Libra offers a suitable time to move animals into new pasture. The animals are more content to stay there; they adjust better. You can occasionally add nutrients to plants that no longer flower properly. It is unfavorable to cut the grass for animal feed and to cut firewood.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The waxing Libra (flower) descending Moon brings bring air and day quality of airiness and lightness. Libra brings a more neutral quality to the day. According to some of the experts it is wise not to move animals to new pastures on a Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays because animals will want to go back to the barn. Let your own observations be your guide. This is a good time to sow or plant flowers and medicinal herbs. It is also a good time for butchering. It is unfavorable for cutting grass to be used for animal feed and for cutting firewood.
Wednesday, Thursday, July 29-30, 2020
The waxing Moon has moved into Scorpio (leaf) with descending forces. The air and day quality is damp, wet and cool. With Moon in Scorpio it is a good time to dowsing for water and to combat slugs. It is also good to pinch off plants that are grown for their leaves. Sow and plant leafy vegetables, mow the lawn, water plants especially those in pots and on the balcony. Now is a good time to start weaning calves as we are approaching the Full Moon on Monday, which will be the best time to stop the weaning process. It is unfavorable for pruning fruit trees and painting outside.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 31 & August 1-2, 2020
The waxing Moon has moved into Sagittarius (fruit) and it reaches the nodal point between the descending and ascending forces. The air and day quality is dry and warm. This is a good time for planting fruit bearing shrubs and vegetables as well as plants that want to grow tall such as hops. It is good for grafting fruit trees and ornamentals. Cut back plants that you want to grow back fast. This is a good time for foraging and harvesting herbs and seeds. Combat above ground pests. It is unfavorable for weeding and planting lettuce as it will bolt.
On Sunday, August 2nd, the Moon stays in Sagittarius until 10am and then moves into Capricorn (root). The air and day quality with the Moon in Capricorn is earthy and cool.
Sunday, Monday, August 2-3, 2020
The waxing Capricorn (root) Moon now has ascending forces and the air and day quality is earthy and cool. This is a good time to combat vermin in the ground as well as to trim nails/hoofs of horses, cats, dogs and cows and other ruminants. It is a good time for baking break as the Capricorn energy will turn the bread into fluffy loaves and stay fresh longer.
The Full Moon occurs in Capricorn around 12 noon EDT and the energy moves from waxing to waning. Due to the sensitivity of the Full Moon, keep chores to a minimum in the garden. This is a good time to turn the compost, combat in-ground pests and do some clearing of hedges, forest edges and shrubs.
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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