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Planting a Garden Based on the Moon

Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.

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Lunar Agriculture

For centuries people have been using lunar cycles to plan gardens. There are certain astrological signs which are thought to be more fruitful than others. These signs are used to produce a better garden. Planting in sync with the lunar cycles to yield better crops is an age old practice. Signs like Libra help flowers bloom more beautifully and produce a better fragrance. A sign like Taurus helps plants grow in terms of hardiness.

Planning your garden based on the moon is as old as gardening itself. Back in ancient times people were more aware of these cycles. Their lives depended upon the cycles of the cosmos. They used this to determine many things. They measured time by the placement of the wandering stars of astrology.

When the moon is full it has a greater impact on life on earth. The moon pulls tides. We know that plants are constituted with water and require it for their survival. This is the theory behind lunar agriculture. Planting on a full moon is thought to be best. Otherwise planting your garden is best done on a waxing moon in an appropriate astrological sign. A waning moon is best for planting that which grows under the earth. A widely available publication called The Farmer's Almanac will tell you the correct lunar phase by the current calendar.

The Moon is the fastest moving planet in the zodiac. It is actually a luminary when we are more specific. It transits each zodiacal sign for approximately 2 and a half days. This leaves us a small window to plant in. Thankfully many signs are fruitful. If we miss a particular time frame we will have another opportunity. However, we only have 2 weeks to plant most crops. It is best to look ahead and plan things out.

Signs Of The Zodiac

Aries

  • dry
  • barren
  • good for weeding

Taurus

  • good for planting potatoes
  • hardiness
  • very productive

Gemini

  • killing unwanted plants
  • harvesting fruit and root crops
  • mowing lawns to slow down the growth

Cancer

  • extremely fruitful
  • good time to plant most crops
  • good time for irrigation

Leo

  • most dry and barren of signs
  • killing weeds
  • destroying roots

Virgo

  • moist, but barren
  • not recommended for planting vegetables
  • good for planting flowers which you want in abundance

Libra

  • fairly fruitful
  • good time to plant flowers for beauty and fragrance
  • produces much pulp growth

Scorpio

  • good for irrigation
  • good for planting vegetables
  • one of the better moon phases for planting

Sagittarius

  • barren
  • good time to plant onions
  • good for harvesting fruit and root crops

Capricorn

  • flowers for hardiness
  • similar to Taurus, but drier
  • fairly productive sign for crops

Aquarius

  • somewhat barren
  • good for removing pests
  • good for harvesting fruit and root crops

Pisces

  • very productive sign for planting
  • plant flowers for abundance
  • plant vegetables
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How Planetary Attributes Are Determined

Each planet has different attributes. These are used to determine how to classify different plants. I will list below some of the criteria used to classify plants under planetary governance. I will list out the attributes of 8 of the planets. There are not enough resources available for me to list out the attributes of Uranus and Neptune.

Sun

-plants which resemble the sun

-medicinal plants affecting the heart

-plants which open to the sun

Moon

-plants affecting the emotions

-plants with a high water content

-plants that live near the water

Mercury

-plants affecting the mind and nervous system

-herbs which rapidly grow

-plants with leaves which look like feathers

Venus

-flowers with a pleasant scent

-plants with cosmetic purposes

-plants with a red fruit

Mars

-plants with thorns

-spicy flavor

-plants with heating qualities

Jupiter

-plants which promote optimism

-plants which heal the liver

-plants which grow very tall

Saturn

-plants which produce a lot of seeds

-slow growing plants

-plants that like shade

Pluto

-poisonous plants

-plants with deep roots

-plants with hidden qualities

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Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 23, 2018:

I find the lunar cycle planting style very interesting. Although I have not used it in the past, I will try this year. This information is very helpful!

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