2019 - 5th Edition - Celestial Planting Calendar
What is inside this years issue:
Our theme this year is trees—honouring them, respecting them, thanking them, having conversations with them, and caring for them. There is an excellent article on windbreaks, another on tree paste, and sprinkled throughout are beautiful, vibrant paintings that capture the many moods and seasons in which trees grow.
Our goal is always to blend science with art, rather than isolate either or both. Once again we offer suggestions as to when to apply Horn Manure (BD500) and Horn Silica (BD501) preparations. These suggested times are based on positive planetary aspects and are by no means is it considered imperative to use on all the recommended days. Just what works in your schedule. Also included for each Moon cycle are suggested windows of time to apply Hugh Courtney’s Sequential Spray Program to attract water and deter water.
Gary Caton’s article on “The Sextile Aspect” offers an alchemical perspective into planetary relationships. His article on the alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Sagittarius offers an historical background and insights into the nature of this stellium.
The year's calendar features unique tree theme paintings by Joyce Burkholder which highlight the Algonquin Park area of northern Ontario.
This 40-page, full-colour, 13-month calendar consists of introductory and advanced articles and charts, designed for use in both northern and southern hemispheres.
Each monthly presentation consists of daily and hourly colour-coded charts of lunar placements in the zodiac as well as solar, lunar, and planetary interrelationships.
The easy-to-read pictorials on the charts include lunar phases, apogee and perigee and lunar nodes. The reader can quickly catch on to how these elements influence plant growth and reproduction. Recommendations for applying biodynamic preparations (BD500, BD501 and sequential spray) are clearly noted.
2019 Celestial Planting Calendar Correction
Every 27.3 days the Moon moves slightly higher in the sky and then approximately two weeks later, it moves slightly lower in the sky before beginning the cycle again. The ascending portion of this cycle occurs when the Moon moves from the constellation Sagittarius towards the constellation Gemini, and the descending portion occurs when the Moon moves slightly lower in the sky as it crosses in front of Gemini and moves towards Sagittarius.
This same ascending and descending cycle occurs with the perceived movement of the Sun but it takes a full year for the Sun to complete that cycle. In June, the Sun is in Gemini at the Solstice when it is highest in the sky and in December the Sun is in Sagittarius when it is lowest in the sky.
In the third column from the left of the monthly chart pages, where is states “AS/DE” at the top, you will find a glyph with the Moon looking up and another glyph with the Moon looking down. The upward glyph indicates when the Moon is beginning its ascending phase. This two-week period is the optimum time for harvesting in the Northern Hemisphere. The downward glyph indicates when the Moon is beginning its descending phase. This two-week period is suitable for transplanting in the Northern Hemisphere.
The color coding for these monthly ascending and descending phases was overlooked for the 12 months from January to December, 2019. However this color coding does appear for December, 2018. Our apologies for this oversight. Feel free to use your own coloring pencils to indicate the ascending and descending phases for each month.
An Introduction – How to Work with this Calendar
The following video will help anyone who is new to the concepts of working with a planting calendar better understand the basic concepts that are featured in our Celestial Planting Calendar.