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Lunar Gardening Calendar Example - Veggies

Some swear by it, others say there is no proof for it.  I speculate its a little of both.  Per Maria Thun’s experiments, some plants respond a lot, others not at all, some not as expected!  So if you test the principle for a plant you think is water oriented, and test it only in water signs, but it actually responds to fire, you will miss the real result!  Science is science.  If you are going to test, do it thoroughly for trustworthy results.  That said, here is the opinion of a man named Blagrave, an herbalist in 1671!  And, yes, even believers disagree, of course!  This might make you rethink your lunar premises.

Planting:  Plant when the Moon is waxing [increasing, New to Full] and in a water sign:  Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.  Use a Lunar Calendar.  Avoid the days before and after the new and full moons. New moons produce weak plants, full moons produce quick growing top-heavy plants that fall over. If flowers are important, plant in a waxing [increasing from New to Full] moon in Taurus or Libra, the Venus signs.  For root plants, plant in a waning [decreasing from Full to New] moon in an earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. If you want to eat the root (potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, etc.) plant in a waning moon in a water sign, as earthy signs produce woodiness.

Harvesting:  For long storage and best preservation, harvest in a waning moon in a fire sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.  [Mind you, in 1671, this was important – no fridgies!]

If you get radical, and want more details, check out the Farmers’ Almanac Best Days & Calendars, Gardening Calendar!

Alright!  Now you can all be scientists and see for yourself what works!  Have fun!

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In honor of Wesak, the May Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon, of Love and Wisdom, the Buddha, I share this story with you for your contemplation….


It is said that people in Tibet seek healing from physical and emotional wounds in a unique way.
They sit downwind from flowers. It is a therapy that has been carried on for centuries, based not on superstition but on natural medicine. Sitting downwind from flowers, one can be dusted with the pollen from new blossoms, pollen that some say carries certain healing qualities.

Linda Ross Swanson tells the story of a 52-year-old Tibetan refugee named Tenzin who lived in Seattle. Diagnosed with lymphoma and unwilling to undergo the usual chemotherapy treatment because it brought back memories of having been tortured as a political prisoner in China, he was brought to a hospice. There he told workers of the Tibetan method of healing, and one of them agreed to help.

On a sunny afternoon the hospice worker picked up Tenzin and his wife, packed some provisions traditional to Tibetans—black tea, yak butter, salt, cups and cookies—and dropped the couple off at a nursery. They found a suitable spot, sat downwind from the flowers and, under the watchful eye of curious nursery employees, enjoyed their afternoon tea. They did the same the following week at another nursery.

The word got around, and soon nurseries all over Seattle were vying for Tenzin’s presence. They called him when new plants arrived, placed chairs to match the wind direction and provided the tea. Customers filled flats with flowers and put them carefully around the couple, and some began calling nurseries to ask how he was doing. Day after day throughout an entire summer Tenzin and his wife sat downwind from flowers around Seattle.

At the end of the summer, Tenzin went in for a follow-up CT scan. There was no trace of cancer. The doctor confessed he was astounded and could not explain the miraculous change. Tenzin had his own explanation: “I know why the cancer left. It can’t live in a body filled with love. When I began to feel all the compassion from the hospice team, from the nursery employees, from all the people who wanted to know about me, I began to change inside.”

I share this story not to promote folk medicine but because I believe love cures people—those who receive it and those who give it. Love is life’s healing agent. When searching for a way to heal—if not cancer, then at least a wounded heart—sit downwind from flowers. Allow people to touch you with their goodness and kindness. Allow them to be touched by yours. There is healing there.

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You have just read “Downwind from Flowers,” written by Dr. Michael Halleen and re-printed here with his permission.  It was published as Monday Moments on April 7, 2008. His book, You Are Rich, is a collection of sixty Monday Moments  and is available for sale at $12 each. Contact Dr. Halleen at mhalleen@att.net for more information.

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