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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015 Phase and overview

April 2015 at a glance

For those of you gardening according to the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s the information for the month of April. All times given are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
April overview
The moon: April begins and ends with the moon in the light phase with the light moon ruling until 8:06 a.m. April 4 and then returning to force at 2:57 p.m. April 18. Between those dates — most of April 4 until just past noon April 18 — the dark moon is in force.
 “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting in flats, seedbeds, the garden — anywhere, it’s above-ground producers in the light moon and below-ground producers when the dark phase is in.
The signs
Remember: Again, 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), April 5-7; Pisces (the feet), April 14-15; Taurus (the neck), April 18-19; and Cancer (the breast), April 23-24. There are nine days again 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: Aries (the head), April 16-17 and Leo (the heart), April 25-26. There are four killing days this month ruled by either Leo or Aries.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), April 8-9; Capricorn (the knees), April 10-11; and Aquarius (the legs), April 12-13. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. And if it’s blooms you like, then we have plenty of blooming days this month in two stretches. Virgo (the bowels) will rule March 31, April 1-2, 27-29; and Libra (the reins) is up for April 3-4 and 30. There are eight flowering days this month.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force April 20-22. Still a great time for planting peas with the moon in the light phase and for those of you willing to take a chance if the soil warms up some, you could try some early bush or pole beans knowing there’s a chance frost and/or a freeze could get them.
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. The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. That would be April 1-3 then April 19 through all but the last 18 minutes of May 3.
>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. In April that’s most of the fourth through the 17th.
>If you have changes to make, then we have a good long stretch again this month, April 8-15. The moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, Sagittarius-Pisces.
How to be
in touch
Here’s how to be in touch, get instant information or ask questions.
>Email pcase211@gmail.com, call or text 502-682-5995.
>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.
>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s March’s information. All times are Eastern Standard until March 8 when Daylight Saving Time returns!

Because I was late getting this posted, some days have already passed. Obviously, you can disregard them depending on the day this is finally up — and subtract them from the total for the month, too.

The moon

March begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules through the first 4½ days with the dark moon coming into force at 1:05 p.m. March 5.

The dark moon is then in force until 5:36 a.m. March 20 when the new moon returns on what will be the first day of Spring!

Then it’s back to light moon in force until 8:06 a.m. April 4.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, 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.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), March 9-10; Pisces (the feet), March 18-19; Taurus (the neck), March 22-23; and Cancer (the breast), March 26-28. There are nine days this month ruled by the fertile signs —Scorpio Pisces, Taurus and Cancer.

Perhaps it’s just me since these zodiac things are fascinating, but Pisces and Taurus days occurred on the same days during the month of February — as do many of the other 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: Leo (the heart), March 1-3, 29-30 and Aries (the head), March 20-21 (same as in February). There are far too many killing days this month, seven in all ruled by either Leo or Aries this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), March 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), March 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), March 16-17. There are seven days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule March 4-5 and 31 and Libra (the reins) is up for March 6-8. There are six flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force March 24-25. Still a great time for planting peas with the moon in the light phase but, or course, way too early for bush beans.

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 (check above). 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 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 this month that fit the formula perfectly, March 11-19. The moon is in the dark phase until March 18 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), March 11-13; Capricorn (the knees), March 14-15; Aquarius (the legs), March 16-17 and Pisces (the feet) March 18-19.

How to be in touch

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


>Call or text 502-682-5995.

>My Twitter account is @plantingbysigns.

>Visit my Facebook page, Planting by the Signs.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s February’s information. All times are Eastern Standard.

The moon

February begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules not quite three days until the full moon comes into force at 6:09 p.m. Feb. 3 then returns with the new moon at 6:47 p.m. Feb. 18.
The dark moon is then in force Feb. 4 and until 6:47 p.m. Feb. 18.

 “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, 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.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), Feb. 1, 27-28 (both Ember Days, see below); Scorpio (the secrets), Feb. 10-11; Pisces (the feet), Feb. 18-19 and Taurus (the neck), Feb. 22-23. There are nine 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), Feb. 2-4 and Aries (the head), Feb. 20-21. There are five killing days ruled by either Leo or Aries this month.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 14-15; and Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 16-17. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Feb. 5-6 and Libra (the reins) is up for Feb. 7-9. There are five flowering days again this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Feb. 24-26. In very warm areas these will be great days for planting beans with the moon in the light phase and great days for peas in the cooler climes.

Time to plow

While the Cooperative Extension Service in these United States strongly disagrees with me, I endorse the notion embraced by those who know such things that plowing in January and February, no matter how wet the ground may be, is absolutely the best time.

There are reasons to the contrary so the call is up to you. On occasions when I’ve been able to get someone to plow for me during these months, it’s certainly worked fine and the soil is very crumbly all summer long.

That said, you have an entire month before you if you are so inclined.

Ember Days

This month features our first series of Ember Days, Feb. 25, 27-28, three days at the end of the month when no planting of any kind should be happening. These are supper killing signs and it’s just unfortunate that they hit on light moon days when Gemini (Feb. 25) and Cancer (Feb. 27-28) are in force.

Reserve these days for anything but planting — kind of like Aries and Leo days, only worse.

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. 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 going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.

We have six full days this month — up from two in December and four in January — that fit the formula perfectly, Feb. 12-17 and all but the last 5 hours of Feb. 18 when the moon moves to the light phase. The moon is in the dark phase until Feb. 18 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), Feb. 12-13; Capricorn (the knees), Feb. 14-15; Aquarius (the legs), Feb. 16-17 and until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, a Pisces (feet) day.

There will be even more perfect days in March.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 2015 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac, here’s January’s information. All times listed are Eastern Standard.

The moon

January begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon comes into force at 11:53 p.m. Jan. 4 then returns with the new moon at 8:14 a.m. Jan. 20.
The dark moon is then in force Jan. 5 and until 8:13 a.m. Jan. 20.

Light moon: Through all but seven minutes of Jan. 4 then most of Jan. 20 until the full moon on Feb. 3 at 6:09 p.m.

Dark moon: Jan. 5 through all of Jan. 19 and a little of the 20th.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting, 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.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Cancer (the breast), Jan. 3-5 and 31; Scorpio (the secrets), Jan. 13-15; Pisces (the feet), Jan. 22-23 and Taurus (the neck), Jan. 26-27. There are 11 days this month ruled by the fertile signs —Taurus, 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), Jan. 6-7 and Aries (the head), Jan. 24-25. There are four killing days ruled by either Leo or Aries — and that’s the fewest there can be.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan. 16-17; Capricorn (the knees), Jan. 18-19; and Aquarius (the legs), Jan. 20-21. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Jan. 8-10; and Libra (the reins) is up for Jan. 11-12. There are five flowering days again this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Jan. 1-2, 28-30. These are bean days and all are in the light of the moon, which is perfect since we know where beans produce — above the ground! Since I have no idea where you live, if you are in a warm climate, then plant away. Of if you are in a cold place and your ground is ready, the Gemini days at the end of the month are possibilities for early peas.

Time to plow

For those of you in colder climes where winter is tightening its grip, you can at least start thinking about, planning for and even doing some preparation work for your 2015 garden. While the Cooperative Extension Service in these United States strongly disagrees with me, I endorse the notion embraced by those who know such things that plowing in January and February, no matter how wet the ground may be, is absolutely the best time.
My teacher said it’s the best “even if the water follows you down the furrow.”

There are reasons to the contrary so the call is up to you. On occasions when I’ve been able to get someone to plow for me in January or February, it’s certainly worked fine and the soil is very crumbly all summer long.

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. 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 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 this month — up from two in December — that fit the formula perfectly, Jan. 16-19 since the moon is in the dark phase untilJan. 20 and the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions. Specifically, Sagittarius (the thighs), Jan 16-17 and Capricorn (the knees),Jan. 18-19.

There will be more and more perfect days for the next several months.

If, however, those four don’t work for you, in my opinion, the alternative to “perfect days” are days when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, even if the moon is in the light phase. In January that would be Jan. 20-23, Aquarius/legs through Pisces/feet, four “second-tier days.”

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 2014 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac as they apply to indoor planting and other activities, here’s December’s information. All times listed are Eastern Standard.

The moon

December begins and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full moon comes into force at 7:27 a.m. Dec. 6 then returns with the new moon — and the Winter Solstice — at 8:36 p.m. Dec. 21.

 After the Solstice, the days start getting longer — if only a little at a time — until the Summer Solstice in June!
The dark moon is then in force most of Dec. 6 and until 8:35 p.m. Dec. 21.

Light moon: Through Dec. 5 then Dec. 22-Jan. 4, 11:53 p.m.

Dark moon: Dec 7-21.

“General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities are below and if you are planting anything indoors, 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.

Fertile signs: The most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Taurus (the neck), Dec. 3-4 and 30-31; Cancer (the breast), Dec. 8-9; Scorpio (the secrets), Dec. 18-19 and Pisces (the feet), Dec. 26-27. 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: Aries (the head), Dec. 1-2 and 28-29; and Leo (the heart), Dec. 10-12. There are seven killing days ruled by either Aries or Leo this month, up from four in November.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Dec. 20-21; Capricorn (the knees), Dec. 22-23; and Aquarius (the legs), Dec. 24-25. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers indoors or in a greenhouse. Our mums didn’t get to stick around as long this year as they often do because of the single-digit cold a couple of weeks ago. They can withstand some cold, but not like that! Virgo (the bowels) will rule Dec. 13-14; and Libra (the reins) is up for Dec. 15-17. There are five flowering days again this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Dec. 5-7. These are bean days but we are past the time to safely plant beans.

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. 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.

We have almost two full days this month that fit the formula perfectly, Dec. 20 and most of Dec. 21 until the new moon arrives at 8:36 p.m. The moon is at the end of its dark phase run and the sign is in Sagittarius (the thighs), one of the non-functioning signs.

It’s been several months since we've had perfect days and there will be more and more of them in the months ahead now.

Other than those two, in my opinion, the alternative to “perfect days” are days when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, even if the moon is in the light phase. In December that would be Dec. 22-27, Capricorn through Pisces/knees through feet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014 Overview

For those of you following the phases of the moon and signs of the zodiac as they apply to planting and other activities, here’s November’s information.

The moon

November began and ends with the moon in the light phase. The light moon rules until the full (or dark) moon comes to rule at 5:23 p.m. Nov. 6.

The full or dark moon then rules until the new — or light — moon returns at 7:32 a.m. Nov. 22. During this period plant only those veggies that produce below the ground — except when Aries or Leo is in force; those dates are below.

Light moon: Plant above ground producers through Nov. 5, then most of Nov. 22 until the full moon 7:27 a.m. Dec 6.

Dark moon: Plant below ground producers Nov. 7 and through Nov. 21.

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: Pisces (the feet), 29-30; Taurus (the neck), Nov. 6-7; Cancer (the breast), Nov. 10-12; and Scorpio (the secrets), Nov. 20-22. There are 10 days this month ruled by the fertile signs —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), Nov. 4-5 and Leo (the heart), Nov. 13-14. There are four killing days ruled by either Aries or Leo — the blessed absolute minimum.

So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Nov. 23-24; Capricorn (the knees), Nov. 25-26; and Aquarius (the legs), Nov. 27-28. There are six days ruled by the three so-so signs remaining this month since Nov. 1 was an Aquarius day.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting your fall flowers — and you don’t need to worry about frosts or freezes since you’re not eating them and when the last freeze hits they’re done anyway. Virgo (the bowels) will rule Nov. 15-17; and Libra (the reins) is up for Nov. 18-19. There are five flowering days this month.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force Nov. 8-9. These are bean days but we are past the time to safely plant beans.

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. 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.

There are no days in November that perfectly fit the formula.

In my opinion, the alternative to “perfect days” are days when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions, even if the moon is in the light phase. In November that would be Nov. 2-3, 23-30.

There are a few less than October, 11 as compared to 15, but still plenty of second-choice days: signs going out of the body past anything that functions with the light moon in force.