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Monday, June 30, 2014

July 2014 Overview

If you’re planting your garden according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac — coupled with other good gardening practices of course — here’s the information for July.

The moon

As has been the case for the last several months, July begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon, which came into force 4:08 a.m. EDT June 27, will continue to rule until the full (or dark) moon comes into force at 7:25 a.m. July 12. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all when one of the killing signs, Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) rules.

The full or dark moon rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 6:42 p.m. July 26. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through July 11, then July 27 until 2:09 p.m. Aug. 10.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers most of July 12 (remember dark moon comes to rule at 7:25 a.m.) until the light moon returns at 6:42 p.m. July 26.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting, or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), July 7-8; Pisces (the feet), July 15-16; Taurus (the neck), July 19-21; and Cancer (the breast), July 24-26. There are 10 days this month ruled by the fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), July 1, 27-28 and Aires (the head), July 17-18. There are five killing days — down from seven in June — ruled by either Aries or Leo. Don’t plant when these signs are in force.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), July 9-10; Capricorn (the knees), July 11-12; and Aquarius (the legs), July 13-14. Again this month there are just six so-so days — and that’s the minimum.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers — and we have a bunch of them in July. Virgo (the bowels), July 2-3, 29-31 and Libra (the reins), July 4-6. There are eight flowering days!

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force July 22-23. These are bean days but the moon is in the dark phase and we know where beans grow. But the good thing is that at least half the equation is good: bean sign but dark moon — and it won’t be too late in the summer for another planting of bush beans since for most varieties the time from planting to harvest is about 60 days, maybe less with the ground warm.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon, July 1-11 and July 27-Aug. 9 so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies forstones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

Here are your days this month: July 13-16. The “window” of opportunity is getting smaller now and will continue to do so for the next several months. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body — Aquarius and Pisces since the other two, Sagittarius and Capricorn, are in the light phase. That’s four days this month to start making changes or time to schedule elective surgery.

How to be in touch

Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.


>Call or text 502-682-5995 or call The State Journal at 502-227-4556.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.

>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 2014 Overview

Well, folks, there are no more weather cautions so it’s full speed ahead — except of course for wet ground and you don’t want to plant in that, or if you live in Canada.

If you’re planting or thinking about planting following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the overview for June. Remember if you have questions don’t hesitate to be in touch. My contact information is, as always, below.

All times given are Eastern Daylight.

The moon

The month begins with the moon in the light phase. It will continue to rule until the full (or dark) moon comes into force at 12:11 a.m. June 13. During this period plant only those things that produce above the ground — except don’t plant at all when one of the killing signs, Aries (the head) or Leo (the heart) rules.

The full or dark moon rules most all but 11 minutes of June 13 and until the light moon comes back into force at 4:08 a.m. June 27. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except, again, when Aries or Leo is in force and those dates are is below.

Light moon: plant above-ground producers, through June 12 then most of June 27 until 7:25 a.m. July 12.

Dark moon: plant below-ground producers, all but 11 minutes of June 13 through June 26 — except June 29-30 since Leo rules.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), June 1, 27-28; Scorpio (the secrets), June 9-11; Pisces (the feet), June 18-19; and Taurus (the neck), June 22-24. Wow! There are 11 days this month ruled by the fertile signs —Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces and Taurus.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), June 2-4, 29-30 and Aires (the head), June 20-21. There are seven killing days — up from four last month — ruled by either Aries or Leo. And that’s another “wow” because that’s a lot of days when you can’t plant!
 
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), June 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), June 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), June 16-17. There are just six so-so days this month — and that’s the minimum.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are four “bloom days” this month: Virgo (the bowels), June 5-6; Libra (the reins), June 7-8.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force June 25-26. These are bean days but the moon is in the dark phase and we know where beans grow. But the good thing is that at least half the equation is good: bean sign but dark moon.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon, June 1-12 and 28-30 so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

Here are your days this month: most of June 13 through all of June 19. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body — Sagittarius through Pisces. That’s seven days this month and that’s plenty of time to start making changes or time to schedule elective surgery.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May 2014 Overview

I hope your plans include doing your planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. And, this includes ALL planting — seeds, transplants and flowers; inside and out; truck garden or pot on the porch.

A recent poll shows gardening is at all all-time high, and that’s all types of gardening. Combining normally good gardening practices with planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac can make your good garden even better.

That said, here’s the overview for the month of May. All times given here are Eastern Daylight Time.

The moon

The month begins with the new moon in force and it continues to rule until the full moon at 3:16 p.m. May 14. The dark (full) moon will then will be in force until the next new (light) moon at 2:40 p.m. May 28, which will then rule until the full moon at 12:11 a.m. June 13.

When the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

And, of course, when it comes to planting, above-ground producers in the light moon and below ground producers when the dark moon rules.

Light moon: Though May 13, returning May 28.

Dark moon: All but four hours of May 15 through May 27.

We won’t deal with parts of days this month since the phase changes occur in the middle of the day.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), May 3-5 and May 31; Scorpio (the secrets), May 13-14; Pisces (feet), May 22-23; and Taurus (the neck), May 26-27. There are 10 full days remaining this month, ruled by the fertile signs — Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces and Taurus.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), May 6-7; and Aries (the head), May 24-25. There are only four killing days this month, the absolute minimum and that’s what we need in the planting month of May since we have to have some — the absolute minimum!

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), May 15-16; Capricorn (the knees), May 17-18; and Aquarius (the legs), May 19-21. There are seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs, May 15-21. While not the best for planting, see below for what they are good for — especially with the dark moon in force.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are five bloom days this month: Virgo (the bowels), May 8-10 and Libra (the reins), May 11-12.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force May 1-2, 28-30. These are bean days and all are in the light of the moon. Five bean days with the light moon ruling: Neighbors, it doesn’t get any better than that if you love beans — and few don’t!

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through May 13 and from May 29 through June 12) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have nine full days again this month perfectly suited, May 15-23. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), Capricorn (knees), Aquarius (legs) and Pisces (feet) respectively. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin.

Monday, March 31, 2014

April 2014 Overview

Here’s an overview of the month of April according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. All times are Eastern Daylight Time, adjust according to your time zone.

The moon

The month begins with the new moon in force and it continues to rule until the full moon at 3:42 a.m. April 15.

The dark (full) moon will then be in force most of that day and until the next new (light) moon at 2:14 a.m. April 29 that continues to rule until 3:16 p.m. May 14.

When when the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

Light moon: Though April 14, returning April 29, 2:14 a.m.

Dark moon: All but four hours of April 15 through April 28.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Taurus (the neck), April 1-2 and 29-30; Cancer (the breast), April 6-7; Scorpio (the secrets), April 16-17; and Pisces (feet), April 24-25. There are 10 days again this month, ruled by the fertile signs —Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), April 8-10; and Aries (the head), April 26-28. There are six killing days this month, up from four in February.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), April 18-19; Capricorn (the knees), April 20-21; and Aquarius (the legs), April 22-23. There are six days this month ruled by the so-so signs, April 18-23.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are five bloom days this month: Virgo (the bowels), April 11-12 and Libra (the reins), April 13-15.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force April 3-5. While we are still a month out from bean planting, you can still plant peas. However, peas love cooler weather so I wouldn’t wait took much longer since hopefully it will be getting warmer soon.

Starting plants

If you’re starting plants for your garden, here are a few easy tips. For diagrams, enter “starting plants from seed” in your favorite search engine and you’ll fine plenty.

First, the plants need to be started about six weeks before they’ll go in the garden. Thus, plants started this week would be ready for planting around the second week of May.

Second, when you start them keep in mind the conditions under which they’ll be planted into the garden. For instance, will the danger of frost have passed for frost-sensitve plants to go our in the unprotected garden.

Third, follow the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac just as you would when planting a plant you bought at a garden store. The thing is, here you can control when the seed goes into the potting medium, when the seedling goes into the peat pot and, of course, when the plant is put into the garden.

When starting your own seed, the only thing you don’t know is the history of the seed. Being able to control 75 percent of the process is pretty good — seeding, transplanting to peat pots and transplanting into the garden.

There’s something very satisfying about starting your own plants and it’s easy enough to do. Just go online and use your favorite search engine to find “starting plants from seed.” You will get detailed information.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through April 14 and from April 29 through May 13) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have eight full days again this month perfectly suited, April 18-25. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), Capricorn (knees), Aquarius (legs) and Pisces (feet) for two days each. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin on the 18th, at least before the 26th.

Friday, March 7, 2014

March 2014 Overview

Here’s the overview for the remainder of March for those of you making plans or already gardening in areas not covered by snow and impacted negatively by frozen ground.

Also, I’ve included a response to an often-asked question about how planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac can be utilized when starting your own transplants. Believe me, it can be beneficial and my thoughts on that are below.

The moon

The month began with the new moon coming into force on March 1 and it continues to rule until the full moon at 1:08 p.m. March 16 Eastern Daylight Time since the time will have changed by the time the full moon arrives.

The dark moon will then be in force March 17 through a little more than half of March 30 when the new moon returns at 2:45 EDT and continues until Tax Day (April 15).

When the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

Light moon: Until 1:08 p.m. March 16, returning March 30, 2:45 p.m.

Dark moon: All of March 17 through half of March 30.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Pisces (the feet), March 28-29; Taurus (the neck), March 5-6; Cancer (the breast), March 10-11; and Scorpio (the secrets), March 19-21. The most fertile signs are Pisces, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aries (the head), March 30-31; and Leo (the heart), March 12-14. There are five killing days remaining this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), March 22-23; Capricorn (the knees), March 24-25; and Aquarius (the legs), March 26-27. There are six days this month ruled by the so-so signs, March 22-27.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. There are four bloom days this month: Virgo (the bowels), March 15-16 and Libra (the reins), March 18-19.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force March 7-9. While way too early for beans unless (you’re in the deep south or a warm country) you might want to consider peas if you have the space and the inclination — the space being as vital as the inclination since it takes a lot of space to grew a reasonable crop of peas!
Starting plants

Here are my thoughts about starting your own transplants.

First, the plants need to be started about six weeks before they’ll go in the garden.

Second, keep in mind the conditions under which they’ll be planted into the garden. In other words, you don’t want to start warm-weather loving plants (if you’re in the north) — like tomatoes — now. The earliest they can be planted outdoors north of Tennessee is around the first weekend of May. Of course, if you’re in the south that’s another matter.

Third, follow the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac just as you would when planting a plant you bought at a garden store. The thing is, here you can control when the seed goes into the potting medium, when the seedling goes into the peat pot and, of course, when the plant is put into the garden.

When starting your own seed, the only thing you don’t know is the history of the seed. Being able to control 75 percent of the process is pretty good — seeding, transplanting to peat pots and transplanting into the garden.

There’s something very satisfying about starting your own plants and it’s easy enough to do. Just go online and use your favorite search engine to find “starting plants from seed.” You will get detailed information.

And, of course, remember: above-ground producers in the light of the moon and a fertile sign and below-ground producers when the moon’s in the dark phase and the sign is a fertile one. If you’re seeding indoors or in a greenhouse you can control both of these perfectly.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through most of March 15) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies forstones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.

>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!

>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have eight full days perfectly suited, March 22-29. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), Capricorn (knees), Aquarius (legs) and Pisces (feet) for two days. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin March 22.

How to be in touch

Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information, ask questions, make comments or visit a platform for discussion.


>Call or text 502-682-5995.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns. You can also visit plantingbythesigns.net and join in more detailed discussion on my blog found there.

>And now I’m on Facebook so “drop by” and join me. My page is “Planting By Signs” and it’s devoted to general gardening with an emphasis on utilizing the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 2014 Overview

Welcome to the 2014 gardening season! Here’s the planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac overview for February.

The moon

This being our only 28-day month is divided this year equally between light-moon and dark-moon days — just like the cycle of the phases and signs.

February begins with the moon in the light phase, the new moon having come into force Jan. 30. The light moon continues to rule until 6:53 p.m. E.S.T. Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) when the full moon takes over for the rest of the month and until the new moon comes back at 3 a.m. March 1.

When when the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.

Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.

Light moon: Until 6:53 p.m. Feb. 14.

Dark moon: Remainder of Feb. 14 until 3 a.m. March 1.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Pisces (the feet), Feb. 1-2; Taurus (the neck), Feb. 5-7; Cancer (the breast), Feb. 10-12; and Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 20-21. There are 10 days this month ruled by the fertile signs — Pisces, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio. Would we could get that many in May and June —and maybe we will; I haven’t looked that far ahead.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aries (the head), Feb. 3-4 and Leo (the heart), Feb. 13-14. There are four killing days this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 22-24; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 25-26; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 27-28. There are seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs, Feb. 22-28.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers — if there are any we can plant now and there aren’t unless they are indoors. There are five “bloom days” this month: Virgo (the bowels), Feb. 15-17; Libra (the reins), Feb. 18-19.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Feb. 8-9.

General tips

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

  • If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through most of Feb. 14) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.
  • If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
  • If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles since the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!
  • If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.
We have seven full days perfectly suited, Feb. 22-28. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) for three days, Capricorn (knees) for two and Aquarius (feet) for two days. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.

If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin on the 22nd. There’ll be more and more days that perfectly suit the formula each month now as we move through the rest of winter into spring!

Friday, January 10, 2014

January 2014 Overview


Here’s the planting by the phases of the moon and signs for the zodiac overview for the remainder of January. My apologies for it being a few days late — it’s COLD in my part of the country and I haven’t been thinking much yet about gardening.
I promise to do better in the future.
The moon
The moon began the month in the light phase that continues through 11:52 p.m. E.S.T. Jan. 15.  And, oddly enough, the last day and a half of the month are under the influence of the new moon, the second new moon of the month coming into force at 4:38 p.m. Jan. 30 and continuing until the dark moon on Valentine’s Day, 6:53 p.m.
Thus Jan. 16-29 are under the influence of the dark moon and the remaining days this month ruled by the light moon.
When when the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities. When the full — or dark  — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities.
Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.
Light moon: Through all but eight minutes of Jan. 15 then some of Jan. 30-Feb. 13.
Dark moon: Jan. 16 through most of Jan. 30.
The signs
Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Taurus (the neck), Jan. 9-11; Cancer (the breast), Jan. 14-16; and Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 24-25. There are eight days remaining this month ruled by the fertile signs — Scorpio, Taurus and Cancer. Pisces (the feet), the other fertile sign was in force Jan. 5-6.
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Leo (the heart), Jan. 17-18. There are two killing days remaining. Aries (the head), the other killing sign was in force Jan. 7-8.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 26-27; Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 28-29; and Aquarius (the legs), Jan. 30-31. There are/were plenty of so-so days this month — 10 to be exact. Four of them have passed, Jan. 1-4.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers — if there are any we can plant now and there aren’t unless they are indoors or you live somewhere south of the Gulf of Mexico since most of the deep south in the United States has been in a deep freeze! There are five “bloom days” this month: Virgo (the bowels), Jan. 19-21; Libra (the reins), Jan. 22-23.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Jan. 12-13.
General tips
Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (through Jan. 15) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.
>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends. While this originally applied to cedar shakes, it is nonetheless applicable to modern shingles singes the idea is for them to stick down, too, to keep the nasties outside!
>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.
We have four full days and a piece of another perfectly suited, Jan. 26 and until 4 p.m. Jan. 30. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) for two days, Capricorn (knees) for two and Aquarius (feet) for most of the 30th. All are signs ruling something that doesn’t function.
If you have elective surgery to schedule, there’s time and if you have changes to make there’s plenty of time to get yourself all psyched up to begin on the 26th. There’ll me more and more days that perfectly suit the formula each month now as we move through winter into spring!