Cycles of the Moon

In the Bible we learn that HaShem’s calendar is a lunar calendar, that it is based on the stages of the moon.  Rosh Chodesh, the head of the month, is declared with the emergence of the new moon.  That first sliver of moon initiates a new month.  We find that the pilgrimage festivals are all at the full moon.

Ancient peoples were observant and noticed that nature has cycles, and that many of these cycles are connected to the moon.  We’ve noted that the tides are affected by the stages of the moon, that even some people are sensitive to the cycles of the moon and their emotional states rise and fall with the moon (just as a police officer or emergency room staff).

So it stands to reason that tapping into ancient wisdom regarding the moon can help us be more successful in our planting, harvesting, and gardening.

From Gardening By The Moon:

Lunar planting is influenced by two factors:
The lunar phase controls the amount of moisture in the soil. This moisture is at its peak at the time of the new and the full moon. At the full moon the sun and moon are lined up on opposite sides of the earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages germination and growth. Tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon.

The astrological signs of the zodiac correspond with the elements of water, earth, fire, or air. Each plant has a preference for what elemental sign it is planted in. The best time for starting seeds of most annual plants is during the fertile water signs, but root crops like earth signs, and flowers especially like the air sign of Libra. The moon sign changes every few days.

For more information about how lunar planting works, including research and references, visit their website here.

One website I’ve used for several years now is Rhythm of Nature.  The information is easy to understand and the calendar is fantastic for seeing when to do just about anything at all.

So, learn things and apply the things you’ve learned.  See how it goes.

We are currently in the waning moon phase and last week we had a thunderstorm, which is not common for us.  As spring is arriving and things are warming up, the grass is starting to grow.  The lighting storm also put the energy of the soil into a ripe condition for growth as the electrical storm adjusts the charge of the earth.  But maybe we’ll leave that topic for another day.

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