Weekly Update, June 1, 2020

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

This week is laden with energetic lunar events that may create a rather disruptive time.  Accordingly it is recommended to take a break from gardening for most of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and instead rest or undertake other chores.  With the Moon in Libra on Wednesday, June 3 it may be a good time to clean the house. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The waxing descending Moon is in Virgo (root).   The air quality is associated with cooler weather.   The ground may feel cool.   This is a beneficial time for all types of planting, seeding and transplanting.   Virgo days in general are good for any type of garden work that requires a lot of strength.   Turn the compost.   Apply compost to garden plants.   As Virgo is a root sign this is a good time to combat underground pests.   It is unfavorable to plant lettuce which will bolt quickly and also unfavorable for preserving.

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 3-4, 2020

On Tuesday, the Moon begins to swing in closer (perigee) to Earth in its monthly orbit.   There is a stronger gravitational pull from the Moon resulting among other things in higher tides.  Biodynamic folks claim lunar perigees creates potential for increased fungal disease, poor seed germination and reduced crop quality.  A 24-hour gap in gardening is recommended. 

At midnight on Wednesday, the Moon is at perigee and it appears larger because of its proximity to Earth.   

Thursday, Friday, June 5- 6, 2020

From midnight until 8am on Thursday, the waxing Moon is in the flower sign of Libra with descending forces.  Libra is a more neutral sign; it may be difficult to discern what is going on.  From a gardening perspective, this is a good time to plant flowers and flowering herbs such as chamomile. 

Lunar eclipses occur during a Full Moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in close alignment.  The Full Moon on Friday occurs at 3:15 pm EDT.  The Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of Earth.  The Moon travels through the Earth's shadow and appears darkened.   When the Sun, Earth and Moon were in a perfect straight line, a full lunar eclipse occurs.  However, this partial eclipse will cause only a portion of the Moon to darken by the penumbral shadow.  While this effect will not be visible from North America, it will nevertheless be felt worldwide.  Rest, meditate, and take it easy during this time.  Avoid major work in the garden for 30 hours before and 12 hours after this eclipse. 

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, June 7- 9, 2020

On Saturday until 10 am, the waning Moon is in the water sign of Scorpio with descending forces.  This is a good time to plant, harvest and/or dry medicinal herbs.   The element of water is associated with the leafy parts of plants, so this is a good time to plant, water and/or harvest lettuce and other leafy vegetables.   It is also a good time to mow the lawn and set fence posts.  But it is unfavorable for painting outdoors as the air quality is damp.

The Moon crosses over the Sun's path around 2pm on Saturday.  The exact point where this occurs is called a lunar node.  In this case, the Moon is travelling up through the Sun's path, hence the term ascending node.  Maria Thun claimed that when the Moon passes through the sun’s path – this occurs twice a month: ascending and descending nodes – it is an unfavorable time for cultivating the soil, sowing and harvesting.  In other words, plant growth will be adversely affected. 

The waning Moon moves into Sagittarius by 4 pm on Saturday and stays in this fire (fruit) sign until 5 pm on Monday.  In Sagittarius the Moon moves from its descending to ascending position in the sky.  The air quality is dry and warm.  This is a good time to plant vegetables and flowers that want to grow tall, such as pole beans.  As the Moon is waning, it is also good to plant peas, carrots and other underground veggies.  Moon in Sagittarius is good for preserving and fermenting fruits and veggies, sewing grains and combating above ground pests.   

 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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