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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Overview

Phases and signs for February


Gardening season is getting ever closer and I hope you’re making plans for – or at least thinking about – you summer garden, be it a half acre or a few tomato plants by the porch.
          While it’s still too early to be planting outdoors (except for peas), it won’t be long until we can talk about those veggies that love cold weather. While my focus is about enhancing good gardening practices through planting by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, I’m glad to entertain your general gardening questions in addition to those about phases and signs, and if I don’t know the answer then I will find someone who does.
Now, here’s my February Overview. All times given are Eastern Daylight Time.

The moon

      February begins and ends (barely) with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 7:33 p.m. on Feb. 10 and then returns at 9:58 a.m. Feb. 26, continuing until full moon on March 12 at 10:54 a.m.
      The dark moon thus rules all of Feb. 11 through all of Feb. 25. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
      “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in if you are planting in a green house.

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.
      February begins and ends with a killing sign in force, so that’s where we will begin, too.
      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. 1, 27-28; and Leo (the heart), Feb. 9-10. There are five killing days in February.
        Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Taurus (the neck), Feb. 2-3; Cancer (the breast), Feb. 7-8; Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 16-17; and Pisces (the feet), Feb. 25-26. There eight days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. That number, for those of you counting and trying to understand, is the absolute minimum – two days for each of the four fertile signs.
     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Feb. 4-6. Gemini is “the bean sign,” and while it’s way too early for bush beans, these are perfect days for planting peas. According to the believers, peas need to be in the ground before Presidents’ Day, which is Feb. 20. Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.
     Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Feb. 11-12; and Libra (the reins) is in force Feb. 13-15. There are five flowering days again this month.
     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 18-20; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 21-22; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 23-24. We have seven days this month ruled by the so-so signs.

February tips

      Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
      >Plowing your garden: You can plow now thru the end of February, even if the ground is wet. Just get it done by March 1.
      >Pruning fruit trees: A friend of mine who’s an outstanding gardener reminded me the other day that February is the best time to prune fruit trees. The Farmers’ Almanac says the best days during the month will be Feb. 16-17, 21-22. Just don’t prune when the killing signs are in force unless, of course, you are trying to kill the tree.
      >Sowing seed: While there is some disagreement on this, I’m a proponent of the notion that the best time to sow grass in the pasture or yard is when the moon is in the dark phase during February and, preferably, a fertile sign is in force.
      Those days this month would be Feb. 10-25 while the moon is in the dark phase and the absolute best days are Feb. 16-17 with the sign in Scorpio (the secrets), one of the most fertile signs, and Feb. 25 with the sign in Pisces (the feet), another very fertile sign.
      Those three days are the best but[PC1] [PC2]  you can sow seed any other day during the stretch except Feb. 10 when the sign is in Leo (the heart), one of the killing signs.
      >Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through the daylight hours on Feb. 10 and then after 10 a.m. on Feb. 26 through March 11. The 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.
      >Making changes: We are getting more perfect days each month now that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
     Those days are Feb. 18-25, eight perfect days. No need to break them down again since you have that above, they encompass Sagittarius (thighs) through the first Pisces (feet) day on Feb. 25. Remember the moon moves to the light phase on Feb. 26, and while that day is still ruled by Pisces, which makes it okay but not as good as the previous eight, be underway before Feb. 27 when Aries (the head) returns and rules through March 1.
      If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Overview


          Welcome to 2017! I hope your holiday celebrations were all you expected – perhaps even more. Here’s my January Overview.

The moon

      January begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 6:34 a.m. EST on Jan. 12 and then returns at 7:07 p.m. Jan. 27, continuing until full moon on Feb. 10 at 7:33 p.m.
      For most of Jan. 12 and until just past 7 p.m. Jan. 27, the dark moon rules. The rest of the month is under the influence of the light moon.
      “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in if you are planting in a green house.

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.
      January begins with the final in a series of so-so signs that began in December, so that’s where we will begin, too.
     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order this month: Aquarius (the legs) is up first, Jan. 1, 27-28; Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 22-23; and Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 24-26. We have eight days this month ruled by the so-so signs, down from 11 in December.
     Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Jan. 2-3, 29-30; Taurus (the neck), 6-7; Cancer (the breast), Jan. 10-11 and Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 19-21. There are 11 days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs – Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer. Of the 11, only the three Scorpio Days (Jan. 19-21) are under the influence of the dark moon, the rest are during the light moon.
 I only hope we have this many fertile days during the peak planting months!
     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), Jan. 4-5, 31; and Leo (the heart), Jan. 12-13. There are five killing days in January.
     Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Jan. 8-9. Gemini is “the bean sign” that’s good for peas, too.
     Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Jan. 14-16; and Libra (the reins) is in force Jan. 17-18. There are five flowering days again this month.

General tips

      Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
      >If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Jan. 11 and then Jan. 28 through most of Feb. 10 when the full, or dark, moon returns. The 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.
      >Making changes: We are getting more perfect days this month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
     Those days are Jan. 22-26 and up until 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, FIVE of them and a piece with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) on Jan. 22-23, Capricorn (the knees) Jan. 24-26 and Aquarius (the legs) on the 27th. Remember the moon moves to the light phase a little past 7 p.m. on Jan. 27.

      If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Phases and Signs

Here’s my December Overview containing all you need to know about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

The moon

 December began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 7:06 p.m. EST on Dec. 13 and then returns at 1:53 a.m. Dec. 29, continuing until the first full moon in January of 2017.
For most of Dec. 13 and through all of Dec. 28, the dark moon rules.
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

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.
December began and ends with so-so signs ruling, so that’s where we will begin, too.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They appear in this order: Capricorn (the knees), Dec. 28-29; Aquarius (the legs), Dec. 3-4, 30-31; and Sagittarius (the thighs), Dec. 25-27. If you like so-so signs, we have plenty in December - a total of 11.
Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Dec. 5-7; Taurus (the neck), 10-11; Cancer (the breast), Dec. 14-15 and Scorpio (the secrets), Dec. 23-24. There nine days this month ruled by the four most fertile signs.
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), Dec. 8-9 and Leo (the heart), Dec. 16-17. There are four killing days in December.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Dec. 12-13.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Dec. 18-19; and Libra (the reins) is in force Dec. 20-22. There are five flowering days this month.

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules until 7:06 p.m. on Dec. 13 and then most of Dec. 29 until the full moon on Jan. 12. The 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.
>Making changes: Finally, we are getting some perfect days this month that fit the formula for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
Those days are Dec. 25-28, FOUR of them with the moon in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs) on Dec. 25-27 and then one day in Capricorn (the knees). This is the largest number of perfect days we’ve had for making changes in months!
 If you are looking for perfect days to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then these are your days!
And the good thing is, with this pattern developing there will be even more perfect ones in January – the month when everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions!



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November Overview

My apologies to be running behind with posting my November Overview containing all you need to know about the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Remember that times here are Eastern Standard.

The moon

 November began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon appears at 8:52 a.m. on Nov. 14 and then returns at 7:18 a.m. Nov. 29, continuing until the full moon at 7:06 p.m. Dec. 13.
For most of Nov. 14 and through all of Nov. 28, the dark moon rules.
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

The signs

Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting indoors or out, or other activities.
Fertile signs: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s the breakdown as they occur this month: Pisces (the feet), Nov. 8-9; Taurus (the neck), 12-13; Cancer (the breast), Nov. 16-17 and Scorpio (the secrets), Nov. 26-27. There eight days this month ruled by the four most fertile sign, the absolute minimum.
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), Nov. 10-11 and Leo (the heart), Nov. 18-20. There are five killing days in November.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Nov. 14-15. Gemini is the “bean sign.”
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting 

flowers. Virgo (the bowels) rules Nov. 21-22; and Libra (the reins) is in force Nov. 23-25. There are five flowering days this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Since the month began with seven straight, there are only three left, Nov. 28-30, when Sagittarius (the thighs) is in force.
General tips
Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Nov. 13 and then most of Nov. 29-Dec. 13.  The 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.
>Making changes: There is one day this month that fits the formula perfectly for making changes with the moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.
That day is Nov. 28 with the moon in the last day of the dark moon and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs). If you are looking for a perfect day to wean animals or children, stop smoking, start a diet or exercise program, schedule elective surgery – anything that requires a change – then this is your day!
In my opinion, second best stretch will be Nov. 29-Dec. 7 with the moon in the light phase but the signs going out of the body beyond anything that functions.



Friday, September 2, 2016

September 2016 Overview

Here’s my September overview containing all you need to know about planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

The outdoor planting season is pretty much done in my neck of the woods, Zone 6B, but it may not be in yours. Just check and see what you can still plant – and for anyone reading this in the Southern Hemisphere, your planting season is just cranking up.

All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

The moon

Technically, September began with the dark moon in force, but only for the first five hours and three minutes with the new moon having come to rule at 5:03 a.m. Sept. 1. We actually have two new moons in the month, the second being on the last day of the month, Sept. 30 at 8:11 p.m.

How about that for an unusual occurrence?

The light moon is in force until the full moon at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 16, and rules until the month’s second new moon at 8:11 p.m. on Sept. 30.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.

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.

September began with and ends with flowering signs, so that’s where we will begin, too.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. If you plant on these bloom days and take care of the flowers, you will have a real show. Virgo (the bowels), rules Sept. 1, 27-29; and Libra (the reins) is in force Sept. 2-4 and 30. There are eight flowering days this month.

Fertile signs: Scorpio (the secrets), Sept. 5-6; Pisces (the feet), Sept. 14-16; Taurus (the neck), 19-20; and Cancer (the breast), Sept. 23-24. Again this month, nine days are ruled by the most fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They are in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), Sept. 7-9; Capricorn (the knees), Sept. 10-11; and Aquarius (the legs), Sept. 12-13. There are seven days in September ruled by the three so-so signs. All are in the light of the moon.

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), Sept. 17-18; and Leo (the heart), Sept. 25-26. Only four killing days this month, down from seven or eight in August!

Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Sept. 21-22. Gemini is the “bean sign.”

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules through Sept. 15. The 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. Originally that applied to cedar shakes, and still does, but it is just as valid for modern asphalt roofs since we want them to adhere to the sheeting below.

>There is only a portion of Sept. 16 that is perfect for making changes this month and that just from 3 p.m. until midnight when the moon is in the dark phase and the sign is in Pisces (the feet). The other three perfect signs -Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius - are when the moon is in the light phase.

That said, if you have changes you can choose when the moon is in the dark phase, Sept. 16-29, or when the signs are going out of the body in Sagittarius (thighs), through Pisces (feet) when the moon is still in the light phase but moving toward the dark moon on the 16th.

That sequence would be my choice, Sept. 7-16.

The moon is in the dark phase beginning late on the 16th, as we have established­­ but on the 17th the sign moves to Aries (the head).

See you next month!




Monday, August 1, 2016

August Overview

Here’s my August overview containing all you need to know about planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Below I’ve included a bit about fall gardens, too. Here at the height of summer and the harvest season we have to be aware of what’s coming for our late plantings.
All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving and information is for USDA Planting Zone 6A. Just adjust accordingly to where you are.

The moon

August began – but just barely - and ends with the moon in the dark phase. The full – or dark - moon rules until 4:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 2 when the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky at first – comes to rule.
The light moon is in force until the full moon returns at 5:27 a.m. Aug. 18, and rules until the new moon at 5:03 a.m. on Sept. 1.
And can you believe it: Here we are already talking about September!
“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and for veggies, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in. See below, too, about perfect days for making changes.

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.
August begins with the killing sign Leo (the heart) in force so that is where we will begin, too. This month has far too many killing signs for me – five ruled by Leo and two by Aries (the head).
 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), Aug. 1-3, 29-30 and Aries (the head), Aug. 20-21.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. If you plant on these bloom days and take care of the flowers, you will have a real show. Virgo (the bowels), rules Aug. 4-5 and 31; and Libra (the reins) is in force Aug. 6-8. There are six flowering days this month.
Fertile signs in order of appearance this month: Scorpio (the secrets), Aug. 9-10; Pisces (the feet), Aug. 18-19; Taurus (the neck), 22-23; and Cancer (the breast), Aug. 26-28. Nine days this month are ruled by the most fertile signs — Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. They are in this order: Sagittarius (the thighs), Aug. 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), Aug. 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), Aug. 16-17. There are seven days in August ruled by the three so-so signs with the moon moving from the light to the dark phase on Aug. 18 at 5:27 a.m.
Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules Aug. 24-25. Gemini is the “bean sign.” Both of these days are with the dark moon in force and we know beans produce above the ground. But if you want to take a chance, at least half the formula is right. Just remember beans love hot weather and are not frost resistant.

General tips

Here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that when the light moon rules beginning Aug. 3 through Aug. 17.  The 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. Originally that applied to cedar shakes, and still does, but it is just as valid for modern asphalt roofs since we want them to adhere to the sheeting below.
>The number of perfect days for making changes continues to dwindle. With the moon changing phases on the 18th at 5:27 a.m. that gives us most of that day and all of the 19th. The moon will then be dark and the sign in Pisces (the feet). Just be underway by Aug. 20-21 when Aries (the head) comes to rule. And remember: It only takes ONE DAY to start making a change.
So, if you have changes to make like weaning babies or small animals, scheduling elective surgery – not emergency surgery since that usually can’t be scheduled - stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program then you have a small window that is perfect this month.

Fall gardens

Throughout this column I’ve been mentioning fall gardens. I’m sure those of you who garden regularly know that of which I speak, but it never hurts to be reminded.
Of course if you’re in an area where the seasonal change isn’t as dramatic, then adjust accordingly.
Many of the same veggies we plant in the spring when the days are getting longer, the air and soil getting warmer, do well on the other end of the season as the days get shorter and the soil and air cool.
It may seem silly to talk about it now in the heat of summer but we just have to remember when they will be growing toward maturity and the average date of first frost is now less than three months (90 days) away.






Phases and signs thru Aug. 19

If you are planting your garden by the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s this week’s information. And again: be sure your planting now is with fall in mind.

The moon is in the light phase now and will remain in force until the next full moon on Aug. 18, 5:27 a.m. Until then plant only those veggies that produce above the ground – with an eye, or course, toward fall.

According to the signs, the killing sign Leo (the heart) rules through the rest of today (Wednesday).  Our monthly series of flowering signs begins Thursday with Virgo (the bowels) in force for two days followed by Libra (the reins) ruling Saturday through Monday. These bloom days will be good for some late summer flowers or perhaps early fall ones as we’re beginning to see mums here and about now.

Fertile planting for above-ground fall-producing veggies is on tap for Aug. 9-10, followed by our monthly series (Aug. 11-17) of so-so signs ­– Sagittarius/thighs through Aquarius/legs by way of Capricorn/knees. These continue to rule until the fertile sign Pisces (the feet) returns Aug. 18-19 with the moon moving to the dark phase on Aug. 18.

CHANGES: If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children then the only perfect days this month will be after 6 a.m. on the 18th and all of the 19th. You just need to get started on one of those days before the sign returns to Aries (the head) on Aug. 20.
But then it only takes one day to get started.

WEATHER: And if you’re interested in getting some idea about what the winter way, one of the popular folk methods is to count the number of fogs in August to see how many snows there will be in the fall.
One of my favorites is to look for woolly worms. Folk tradition has it the blacker the woolly, the harsher the winter will be. So, here’s to finding lots of brown woollies!