Weekly Update, June 8, 2020

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

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.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Waning Moon in Sagittarius (fruit/fire).  This is a nodal point between the descending and ascending forces.  Now the Moon begins to climb higher in the sky.  This is a beneficial time to plant those plants that grow tall and long such as cucumbers. Also those plants that grow underground such as beets and carrots (some people consider beets and carrots as fruiting bodies).  It is also beneficial for preserving and/or fermenting all fruits and vegetables, sowing grains and combating above ground pets and painting outdoors.  Deep cleaning of shelves for future food storage is also recommended.  This is a good to place dried herbs in jars as they won’t go moldy.

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 9-10, 2020

The waning Moon is in Capricorn (root) with ascending forces.  The air quality is cold and earthy.  This is a good time for harvesting herbs that are intended to be dried.  It is also good for preserving of any kind, weeding, setting fence posts, planting root vegetables, culling wind rows, clearing brush and building a garden shed.   It is also good for combating underground pests and painting outdoors.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The waning Moon is in Aquarius, a flower sign with ascending forces.  The quality of this day is airy and light.  This is a great time to weed.  Be sure to let the weed stay on the ground and rot, even along the garden paths.  It is a good time for painting outdoors, harvesting for drying, airing out buildings and cleaning out barns.  It is unfavorable for transplanting seedlings as any kind of air and light forces create an unsettled environment for the roots.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mercury is crossing the Sun’s path at 3pm EDT and this creates an unsettled day for the plant kingdom.  Take a rest from gardening this day.  Great day to tackle equipment repairs, fencing repairs, shopping and spending time with your animals, children and family.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, June 13-15, 2020

The waning Moon is in Pisces, a leaf sign with ascending forces.  The air quality is wet and damp.  This is a good time to plant lettuce, cabbage, kale and other leafy greens that tend to bolt.  It is also a good time for mowing lawns, setting fence posts, watering plants in the greenhouse and out in the gardens.  It is also a good time to harvest nettle.  Some biodynamic people use dried nettle as a compost preparation.  This is an unfavorable time for preserving all fruits and vegetables and for painting outdoors as the air quality is too wet and damp.

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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