Hopefully…my original idea for the title of this short entry was going to be something like “Using astrology to improve your situation and thwart your enemies” but only time will tell if they’ve been thwarted – plus, while the squirrels are annoying, I’m not sure they rise to enemy level! (But look at that squirrel – I’ve got both malefics transiting my fourth house! More on that in another post.)
This post is really about gardening and using astrology, which is a time-honored tradition. I grew up on a farm, and, along with the livestock report on the radio, the Old Farmer’s Almanac was a staple in our lives. The almanac is a treasure trove of moon sign gardening, not just moon phase, but also zodiacal sign plus moon phase. It’s a very causal view of astrology, assigning the difference it makes to the levels and actions of moisture in the ground, and how that (plus a little mystery related to the moon’s stimulative effect on living, growing things) effects different types of plants. Moisture=life, so we have a lunar influence on moist, living bodies, opposed to the dryness of aging, less fertile bodies.
Interestingly, the weather and gardening were a sort of compromise position that the Church came to with astrologers in the 17th century. Natural astrology, as this sort of use was characterized as, did not pose the theological challenges that “Judicial” astrology did, judgments about lives could contradict the doctrine of free will, and feel an awful lot like fortune-telling, something else that made the Church uneasy – are you trying to get an unauthorized peek at God’s plan? Who or what is helping you do this? I know I am all about those sneak peeks!
Back to my garden! I had a full moon in Scorpio to do some planting. The full moon is a time of high gravitational pull and high soil moisture level, and in a water sign this should enhance moisture and fertility . Will this translate well to raised bed? I’m not sure. The soon to be decreasing moonlight will be good for underground growth – so I chose this time to set my potatoes and shallots. Transplanting would have been a good choice, but I hadn’t made my mind up about that, so I’ll have to catch another sign in the waning moon; Pisces would be perfect. Now you are probably thinking, what about other things happening to the moon, shouldn’t you be doing a full-on election? No. We have to stay balanced with all this, and I want to get my garden going. Now, if I were planning on putting in a new, very expensive plant for the garden, I may very well consider doing an election. What I did do, though was take advantage of the moon being void of course.
Now – back to those enemies I mentioned – the squirrels. Those cute little so-and-so’s have been having a field day digging up my bulbs, and not being terribly afraid of me, they come out and watch whatever I do in the yard. The void-of-course moon is often avoided in elections, lest whatever action is being planned “come to naught.” However, the the void-of-course (VoC) moon is often, and traditionally, seen as a time when one can something done without interference, behind the scenes, covertly. I noticed that later in the evening the moon was going VoC, and by 8pm it would be dark enough that they weren’t out and still light enough (barely) that I could see what I was doing! So we shall see how that worked! I’m not the most natural, most experienced, or most skilled gardener, so if I have a lot of success this year, I will definitely credit astrology.