Posted: 07/01/2017 at 15:43
For the sake of those new to this Thread, I felt that we should re-cap on the benefits/reasons and simple recognition of aspects of the Moon, Constellations and Planetary forces exercised on the Earth, in order to understand a little better why we, the Weather and our Gardening Calender can be so strongly affected by the Cosmos. I have gathered this information from Biodynamic Conferences that I attended last year. Lectures at Garden Fairs & The Ministry of Agriculture in Paris. I should also like to thank sources taken from Maria Thun. Michel Gross & Jean Marais. Rudolph Steiner. The Soil Assocation and information freely available via Nasa.I should also like to thank the French Gardening Associations who regularly hold meetings covering this subject. Their Members have given me many hours of pleasure.
The Moon exercises a force on the Earth that is obviously seen through tidal forces ('high' and 'low' tide), having primary action on water. Due to the fact that all living things are made up largely of water, it follows that the Moon should affect these bodies and structures too. Scientists have recently found out that even the subterranean waters under the Earth's crust can rise by up to 50cms during key periods, thus effecting the Plates, and causing major shifts of land, by way of earthquakes and volcanic action. Whilst our modern way of life sometimes does not allow us to be aware of subtle changes in mood, health and well being, those of us working 'close to Nature' can spot changes in our livestock, pets, woodland, pasture and gardens. It seems obvious to me that when one talks of 'Working with Nature' one should be working with the forces that to a large extent control Nature.
Cycle of the Moon
A simple way to follow the cycle of the Moon around the Earth is to draw a clock:-
At 12.00Hrs - The Moon can be seen in its 1st Quarter
At 2.00Hrs - 1st Crescent
At 3.00Hrs - New Moon (Invisible to us as it is situated between the Earth and the Sun)
At 4.00Hrs - Last Crescent
At 6.00Hrs - Last Quarter
At 8.00Hrs - 3/4 Moon
At 9.00Hrs - Full Moon
At 10.00Hrs - 3/4 Moon
When the Moon is between the New Moon and the Full Moon - It is designated as 'Croissante' and drawing a straight line down the centre in the 1st Quarter then one can observe the letter 'P' - Plant vitality is improved. Cut flowers stay fresher for longer. Seedlings have a better resistance to illness, and crops harvested at this time keep better in storage. Preperations - 'Purins' are also ideally made at this time to ensure better quality
When the Moon is between the Full Moon and the New Moon -It is designated as 'Decroissante' and a straight line drawn down the centre in tne Last Quarter one can observe the letter 'D' - Plant vitality is poorer but colour,smell and taste is more pronounced. This is the best time to preserve fruit, make jam, dry flowers and herbs and Preperations such as Decoctions against insects and fungal disease are more effective.
As a starter I hope these notes are clear. Please do not hesitate to comment or ask questions. This Thread is designed for everybody to contribute. We need more input from Biodynamic gardeners this year, and please Gardeners World cover the subject sometime in the TV Series or Magazine.