Wiccan Moon Gardening
It is unlucky to point at a star, or to try to count them. However, making a wish on the first star of evening will ensure its fulfilment, espeically if the wisher repeats the old rhyme:
'Star light, star bright
A wish made while a shooting star is seen in the sky will be granted if it is made very quickly; an old French cure for pimples was to pass a cloth over them while a shooting star fell.
Star Weather Lore: If the stars look larger and brighter than usual, and very flickery, rain or a storm may be on the way.
If faint stars have disappeared and cannot be seen at all, the wind is about to rise.
In Britain in past centuries, a storm was usually considered the work of the devil; witches were also often accused of raising storms and at witch trials accusations were often made of deliberate attempts to damage property or sink ships by raising a storm. Some wise-women and cunning-men sold knotted threads to sailors which were supposed to have the power of the wind bound into them; one knot would be untied to release a wind until the sailor had as much as he needed.
Some people still cover all the mirrors in their house during a thunderstorm; it used to also be believed that windows and doors should be left open so that if the thunder got into the house, it could get out without having to damage anything. A comforting superstition states that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but since many high buildings have been struck repeatedly, it is also untrue.
An old rhyme speaks of which tree is least likely to attract a lightning strike, and therefore should be sheltered under if caught outside during a storm:
'Beware of the oak, it draws the stroke,
A winter thunderstorm was once thought to be an omen of death for a great man.
Storm Weather Lore: 'Thunder in spring rain will bring'.
Thunder in the evening often means several days of wet, sultry weather.
In common with most other heavenly bodies and phenomena, it is unlucky to point at the sun, and in Hungary if a girl threw house dust from the broom towards the sun, it was said that she would never marry. It is a fortunate omen to be born at sunrise, and also considered to be lucky for a bride if sunlight surrounds her: 'Happy is the bride the sun shines on'.
An eclipse of the sun was feared by primitive peoples, who worried that the source of light, warmth and light was being devoured forever. From this arose the idea that an eclipse heralded a prominent death or a great disaster such as war, plague or famine. It was believed to be unlucky to view an eclipse directly (as well as bad for the sight).
Sun Weather Lore: When the sun appears hazy with a thin, watery light, bad weather is on the way. However, if it looks like a large bright ball as it rises, that day will be fair and warm.
A bank of heavy dark clouds at sunset indicates that the next day may be stormy. A ring around the sun during rainy weather indicates a period of sunny weather and clear skies to come.
If the sun comes out while it's raining, the showery weather will continue for a few more days.
A red sunrise means rain, but a red sunset means fine weather the next day. Three old sayings:
'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight
'If red the sun begins his race, be sure the rain will fall apace,
'Evening red and morning grey sets the traveller on his way,
The Moon travels through each one of the Zodiac signs about once a month--she stays in one sign about 2 1/2 days before moving on to the next one. As you can see from the table below, there are different tasks assigned to each Sign according to it's planetary influences. This is a very ancient system, and I, for one, can attest to it's accuracy. Factoring in other issues, such as what planting Zone you are in, how much you water or fertilize your plants, and weather conditions, the chart below will add an extra measure of success to your gardening techniques.
The best way, other than the Farmer's Almanac, to tell when the Moon is in a particular Sign, is to get a good Ephemeris: a book which contains the exact minute, hour, day & time when each one of the planets (including the Moon, of course!) goes through the various Zodiac signs. I use "THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS for the 20th CENTURY: 1900 to 2000 at NOON " compiled and programmed by Neil F. Michelsen; it uses Universal Time (UT) which is basically the same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), except that UT is expressed in military fashion, 00:00 to 24:00.
Planting by the Zodiac
The moon planting rule says to plant crops that produce above the ground during the increasing light of the moon (from new moon to full moon) and to plant crops that produce below the ground during the decreasing light of the moon (from full moon to new moon).
= New Moon To Full Moon: Sow, Transplant, bud and graft.
= Full Moon To New Moon: Plow, Cultivate, weed and reap.
= New Moon To First Quarter: Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds,flowering annuals.
= First Quarter To Full Moon: Good for planting above ground crops with inside seeds.
= Full Moon To Last Quarter: Good for planting root crops, bulbs, biennials, and perennials.
Last Quarter To New Moon: Do Not Plant At All! But begin compost heaps and worm farms. Remove noxious growth, weeds and pests. Harvest. Have a nice rest and chill out a little.
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