Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team
Monday, October 26, 2020
The waxing Moon is in Aquarius (flower) with ascending forces. The air and day quality is airy and light. Weeding is now preferred as the roots will come out easily and weeds can be left on the ground to rot. This is a good time to butcher animals and harvest flowers for medicinal teas. It is unfavorable for any type of transplanting.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The waxing Moon is in Aquarius until 10am EDT and transitions into Pisces (leaf) by 1pm EDT with ascending forces. The air and day and quality is damp and wet. If you are in need of a well, the Moon in Pisces is the best time to dowse for water.
Harvest spinach, kale, swiss chard for preserving over the winter supply and prepare them for freezer. Water indoor plants and if rain water is lacking, water the garden as well.
If you still have young medicinal or culinary leafy herbs, such as basil, parsley, mint or lemon balm, this is a good time to harvest them for drying.
Mow the lawn and use the clippings in the compost pile or apply directly to the garden beds. Avoid painting outdoors when the Moon is in Pisces. It is also unfavorable for making any type of food preserves.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
With Mercury crossing the Sun’s path (north node at 11am EDT) the grey out area on the calendar advises limited work in the gardens and fields until 4pm EDT. The waxing Moon is still in Pisces.
Thursday, Friday, October 29-30, 2020
The waxing Moon remains in Pisces (leaf) with ascending forces until Friday at 2pm EDT. There is a 3 hour transitional time as the Moon moves into Aries (fruit) from 2pm to 5pm EDT.
Saturday, Sunday, October 31 and November 1, 2020
On Saturday, the Full Moon in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces occurs at 11am EDT. The air and day quality is warmth. This is a good time to harvest potatoes, carrots, beets and other root vegetables as well as cauliflower and any beans that have not yet frozen on the vines. Preserve carrots and beets. Harvest medicinal berries such as buckthorn for drying. Place your dried herbs into jars for storage.
On Sunday, as the Moon moves fully into its waning phase, mulch your garden. It is a good time to preserve any and all fruits and vegetables.
Monday, November 2, 2020
The waning Moon is now in Taurus (root) with ascending forces. The air and day quality is earthy and cool. This is a good time to harvest medicinal roots such as burdock and dandelion. Mulch your garden beds.
Depending on your micro-climate, with the Moon in Taurus, this may be the last time to turn your compost before winter sets in. Be sure to apply the biodynamic compost preparations.
Harvest potatoes and carrots and prepare them for the root cellar by rubbing of excessive dirt. Do not wash these vegetables, but place them in a bushel basket, lined and covered with newspaper.
Now is a good for repairing fences and setting in fence posts.
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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