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For the Healthy Farmers among us… an interesting VIDEO message from Prince Charles on Bio-Dynamical Farming and Rudolf Steiner.

video message Prince Charles on BD Farming

Follow the link to see the message online.

Video di apertura convegno del Principe Carlo di Inghilterra

 

Just because it is so beautiful

Follow this link… 7 minutes of video and beautiful ephemeral art…

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What is LoVe…

Below are 20 wise tips from a man that was recently divorced. I changed them a little, from a partner point of view to a more global one, since I believe that once you open up to LOVE, it will expand to everything around you and not only to one particular person.
Nevertheless one must not forget to start small and local. Small is beautiful… First start loving the person near you, then the people that surround you, the place you live, you home, the trees, the plants, and the generous soil you live on… Once you reach that state your love will expand and expand and expand.
The wise tips concern ADVICE I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD before but as so many things in life, some things can’t be given but can only be obtained by experience. Sometimes one has to go through the experience, the pain and the suffering to gain the insight and to discover ones true essence…. LOVE.
 
1. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, and
NEVER GET LAZY in your love.
2. You will constantly change. We’re not the same people we were when we met, and in five years we will not be the same person we are today.
3. ALWAYS SEE THE BEST in others. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be surrounded by others and the beauty, wonders and miracles of this world.
4. TAKE FULL ACCOUNTABILITY for your own emotions: It’s not the job of others to make you happy, and others can’t make you sad either. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship with others and your love for life.
5. IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO CHANGE OR FIX OTHERS… your job is to love others as they are with no expectation of them ever changing. And if they change, love what they become, whether it’s what you wanted or not.
6. NEVER BLAME others If YOU get frustrated or angry at them, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed. You relationship with the people and the world around you will trigger all of your childhood wounds in the most painful way so that you can heal them… when you heal yourself, you will no longer be triggered by others and the outside world, and you will wonder why you ever were.

7. Allow others to JUST BE. When they are sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to be with them and to tell them that everything is ok.  Let them know that you hear them, and that they are important and that you are that pillar on which they can always lean. Life is about change and emotions and like a storm the emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging they will trust you and open their soul to you… DON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN PEOPLE GET UPSET. Stand present and strong and let them know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what they are really saying behind the words and emotion.

8. BE SILLY… don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make others laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.

9. FILL the SOUL of others EVERYDAY… learn their love languages and the specific ways that they feel important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask them what is important to them and then to a list of 10 THINGS that make them feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make them feel special.

10. BE PRESENT. Give others not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are in company with others you are fully with them. Treat everyone around you as you would do with the most valuable person in your life.

11. DON’T BE AN IDIOT…. And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will others. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.

12. GIVE others their SPACE… People are good at giving and giving, and sometimes they will need to be reminded to take time to nurture themselves. Sometimes they will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds their soul, and if you give them that space they will come back with new songs to sing….  Tell them to take time for themselves, ESPECIALLY after to much setbacks and burdens. They need that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find themselves after they got lost in serving you and the world.

13. BE VULNERABLE… you don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.

14. BE FULLY TRANSPARENT. If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING… Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let others in although they might not like what they find.… Part of that courage is allowing others to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK… If you feel like you need to wear a mask around others and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.

15. NEVER STOP GROWING TOGETHER… The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship with others. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.

16. DON’T WORRY ABOUT MONEY. Money is a game, find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strength to win.

17. FORGIVE IMMEDIATELY and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or others make, is like a heavy anchor to your relationship with the world and people around you and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.

18. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices is governed, there is nothing that will threaten your happiness. Love will always endure.
In the end LIFE isn’t about ALWAYS being Happy. It’s about work. And a commitment to grow together with with the people that surround you and with a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure eternity. Through that work, the happiness will come.
19. Life is all about ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and learning to learn from and love each experience will bring the strength and perspective to keep building, one brick at a time.
20. These are lessons I learned the hard way. These are lessons I learned too late.
But these are lessons I am learning and committed in carrying forward. Truth is, I LOVED , and I fell in love again… but now with a foundation that will endure any storm and any amount of time.
If you are reading this and find wisdom in my words and pain, share it with those  whose hearts are still full of hope, and with those who may have forgotten how to love. One of those men may be like I was, and in these hard earned lessons perhaps something will awaken in them and they will learn to be the man the world is waiting for.
(Here is the original link… http://www.viralnova.com/20-marriage-tips/)

Biodynamic Compost

BD Compost – Area,  Preparation and Application

“Cooking nice food for the plants”!

Aerobic composting in BD farming is preferred.
(Anaerobic composting can produce many pathogens microbes.)

What can be used for BD HEAP COMPOSTING

ingredients

The best is to use all your farm and Garden waste and Animal Manure. (fumier – déjections animales)
Note: all kind of animal manure can be used, cow, horse, goat, sheep, chicken etc.

Note: Use fresh cow-dung if possible from cows that have not been treated with anti-biotics or other chemical treatments..

Manures are mainly used to activate the digestive activity in the compost pile. (fermentation)

Fresh small quantities of animal manure are sufficient for the preparation of compost for large areas.
Remember Cow manure is a very valuable material in all farming methods.

Preferable it should go through a process of composting such as a compost pile or heap and should not be  spread out directly on the land… In such a case a lot of the beneficial nutrients and microbes will be lost. (If the manure is applied on the field directly it should be worked into the (plough) into the ground immediately.)

CONVERSION ( from conventional farming )  TO ORGANIC

1st step:
Start with compost.

Composting is essential for any organic farmer.
(You need to start at least 4 months upfront.)

AMOUNT per ACRE / YEAR

10 ton/acre – for intensive farming vegetable farming etc.
5 ton/acre – for orchards, gardens etc. ( or 1 annual crop of grain – céréales ou du blé)

INGREDIENTS

1. carbonaceous = all the dry material, leaves, dried crop waste, saw dust.  50-60%

2. proteineous= any animal waste, and all the green, leguminous material. 35-40%

3. Minerals = lime powder (chaux vive – cal viva – quicklime), rock phosphate, rock dust, wood ash, bore well soil. 1-2%

4. Inoculates = native soil, old compost and bio-dynamic preparations.

Note: Only if you have enough carbon material you can preserve the nitrogen from your animal waste.

PREPARATION – area and size

Preparation : can be done in open areas but it needs a nice mulch over it to preserve moisture. (images mulch). In very hot areas it should preferably be placed/done in the shade under trees.

Air tunnels :   Bundles of long hard material such as branches should be placed over the whole length to allow air flow.

Size of heap:

1.5 m.        high
4.8 – 5 m.  long
1.8 m         wide

Space for compost at DAR EL SADAKA
Minimum space for 3 heaps of compost and storage space of organic materials. 8 m. wide x 10 m. long

Note: 1 heap gives aprox. 10 m3 of compost after 3 months…     ( 1 cubic meter or 1-m3 equals  1-ton of compost)

a finished BD compost heap
QUANTITIES AND APPLICATION
Intensive farming 10 m3 per Acre/Year  (not the case of Dar el Sadaka)
Orchards 5 m3 per Acre/Year
– Gardens 5 m3 per Acre/Year (Flower and ornamental gardening as requested)
vegetable garden  5 m3 per Acre/Year
Grains / Cornfield 5 m3 per Acre/Year  (1 crop a year)

IMPORTANT:  The more HUMUS in the TOP SOIL (first 10 to 15cm of soil) the more and the better the soil will retain the water and less irrigation has to be performed.

OBJECTIVE: The goal is to improve the overall humus content in the Soil in order to improve water efficiency and to reduce little by little over irrigation. Increasing a topsoil rich in humus content will help to turn the gardening into a more sustainable and less costly activity.

How to built and prepare a nice BD COMPOST HEAP

The lasagna method…….

start with building an Air tunnel consisting of bundles of long hard material such as branches placed over the whole length to allow air flow. 4.8 – 5 m.  long

start...

1st layer……
Carbon material. (15-18 cm.) – carbonaceous material
Note: All the carbon material has to be made wet outside the heap.

carbon layer

2nd layer…..
Cow dung slurry. proteineous layer
(+ 4 cm of old compost if you don’t have fresh cow dung)

cow dung

3rd.
Minerals 2 kg of each. (see ingredients above)  Minerals layer Except Lime solution at this time….
Note: No lime powder solution at this time….  lime should not get in touch with animal waste (cow-dung) it should be sprinkled over the heap during the 6th layer..

4th
Carbon material. (15-18 cm.) carbonaceous material
(All the carbon material has to be made wet outside the heap.)

5th.
Green leguminous material – proteineous layer
All kinds of green fresh organic material such as leaves, and crop waste if available.

6th
All Minerals (rock phosphate etc… borewell soil,  and also Lime solution…) – mineral layer
Lime in the form of calcium oxide   (chaux vive – quicklime – cal viva)  (Sea shell lime is the best but also from rocks is good.)

Note: Lime should not get in touch with the Manure… Cow-dung slurry… they annihilate each other functioning.


7th
Inoculates – native soil, old compost and bio-dynamic preparations.
(no Valerian yet)(native soil, old compost etc) no bd preparations yet. These can be applied only once. At a later stage. (2nd set)

These  7 steps all  together make 1 SET of layers.
(keep repeating the layering system unto the required height. (1.50 m.)

After these 2 SETS of Layers the BD Preps are introduced…..

Application BD herbal preparations.

BD 502  – BD 507 

The bd preparations are introduced into the compost pile by means of balls made out of mud and or old compost.  ( 1 gram of each BD prep.  is enough for 1 compost pile.)

When……

1. After 2 sets of layers:  5 balls of wet compost, each one with 1 of the 5 BD preparations inside should be added on top of the carbon layer.

2. To finish of the compost Pile or heap 2 more sets of layers should be added to reach the right height of 1,80 m.

Important….  Each mud-ball contains 1 type of BD preparation.

Ball # 1:  1 gram BD 502     –   Yarrow  – Enhances  potash and Sulfur forces, provides Selenium and micro nutrients, Through compost provides Potash.

Ball # 2:  1 gram BD 503    –   Chamomile  –  Regulates decomposition of plant protein. Preserves Nitrogen, Provides Calcium

Ball # 3:  1 gram BD 504    –   Stinging Nettle  –  Provides iron and strengthens plant, provides also Magnesium and sulfur, good for humus formation.

Ball # 4:  1 gram BD 505    –  Oak Bark  –  effective against plant diseases, regulates…

Ball # 5:  1 gram BD 506    – Dandelion  –  Sensitivity opening towards the cosmos… Provides Silica for plant development.

Note: After introducing the mudballs…. 2 more SETS of Layers should be added…

At this point 2 more sets of layers should be added… starting from the beginning with Cow manure…

APROX. 4 SETS of layers are needed to create 1 HEAP of 1.80 m high.

Last but not least… Only once the compost heap is completely finished…

STIRR  10 ml.  BD 507    –  Valerian  –  Liquid herbal preparation, provides Phosphorous and has a warming effect.

The 10 ml BD 507 should be poured into a bucked with 2-5 ltr. of clean non clorished water and “stirred” – “dynamised” for 30 minutes…                Dynamising the content is essential to bring in and activate the life forces..

Note: Stir till you obtain a VORTEX. than change direction till you obtain again a Vortex..

Note: The Valerian (liquid) should be added at the end.

Purchase of BD preps:

The BD preps can be self-made or one can purchase them for a reasonable price through a reliable and experienced BD herbal preparation manufacturer:    A couple are mentioned here below…


Kurinji Organic Farms, Kodaikanal India T.N.
C. Jeykaran E
E-mail: jakes@md3.vsnl.net.in

Supa Pvt. Ltd., Nainital
Binita Shah
E-mail:supashahb@yahoo.co.in

http://www.biodynamics.in/

Important: KEEP COMPOST HEAP MOIST!!!!!!!

– Watering the compost heap regularly is important.
– make a nice carving over the whole length at the top to enhance water penetration.
– Finish with a nice mulch or big fibrous leafs…. for example Palm leafs will do fine.

TURNINGS THE COMPOST

3 x turning… TURN ONCE EVERY MONTH…

1st turning after 1 month…..  very important
Take 1-2 feet from one side to see inside the compost heap. If there is white fungus it means it is to dry.

Note:  This is the moment to correct your mistake. Water the heap while turning.
If your heap is too moist add coir dust, saw dust, wood chips, husk or dry hay during turning.

After turning you can re-shape the heap but maintain the height  and the width. Otherwise the drying will be very fast.
Note: turn the heap after removing the mulch of palm leafs.

SHREDDER: The shredder is a mechanical or electrical machine that cuts large fibrous carbon material into small pieces. This will enhance the composting and fermentation process… It could also be applied to create a nice Mulch to avoid unnecessary water evaporation.

Note: By lack of green material you can replace it by adding more cow dung.
APPLICATION OF COMPOST ON THE FARM or in the GARDEN.

When: The valuable BD compost, highly rich in plant nutrients and enhanced with life forces should be applied on the field or garden during the descending period of the month. Descending Period is a rhythm related to Earth activity….

Where: The compost should be applied near the plants, vegetables and or spread out equally over a field or acre..

How:  The BD Compost must be ploughed or shuffled into the soil/ground.

How much:  The BD compost in general, should be applied according to the doses indicated earlier in this article.. But each crop and the soil conditions might demand a slightly different dosage. (see the  BD Agriculture manual)

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget… the BD Compost must be ploughed or shuffled into the ground

Note: regarding TREES and orchards…. !!!!
The compost is most effective in the area where the roots of the trees are. This is in the DRIP AREA of the tree… NOT close to the trunk of the tree… 

(The ascending phase starts when the moon crosses to the north of the ecliptic. The descending phase starts when the moon crosses to the south. Each phase will last aproximately 13-14 days… and is NOT related to the moon rhythms…)

For more information and precise dates for farming activities consult the BD Planting calendar of your region… Planting calendars can be purchased through the BD association in your country.

The Mountain Path

A visit to the Ashram and city of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

It’s difficult to describe how it feels to be in a spiritual place like Tiruvannamalai, just as it is difficult to write about spirituality and the search for the “self” and eternal truth. When I try, and I think of getting closer to describing the exact feeling and sensation, the further away I actually find myself from the real truth and actual goal. Maybe its true, as the teachings say, that there shouldn’t be a thing such as a fixed goal or objective in the search for the mindless inner self, and describing the spiritual path only becomes an obstacle in the search for one’s true being, or Mouna (silence) as it is called by Ramana.

Therefore maybe “no description and only silence” is the best way to tell how it feels to be in the presence of the remaining energy of Ramana and and this mystical mountain Arunachala that awakens over Tiru. and where Sree Ramana meditated in 2 caves for more than 20 years (1899-1922).

Therefore I think its is better you listen, preferably in a meditative state of mind, to the Chantings that are daily performed by a lonely and devoted Swami in the Skandashram cave where Ramana remained for 7 years. Every morning this monks walks up “the mountain path” to light a ghee-candle and some incense in the cave and chant with deep devotion and tenderness the Tamil prayers that are dedicated to Ramana.

The chantings of deep spiritual power might help one reach deep concentration, silence and ultimately truth….
Just sit down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and let everything go… become ‘Mouna’, become silence yourself…

(music file will be uploaded shortly)

The red mountain, that awakens over Tiru, also know as Sonachalam or Arunachala is surrounded by many magnificent ancient temples where daily rituals and pooja’s remember the story of Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the maintainer) who got into a quarrel about who was the best.. Siva put them on a test, but neither of them was able to fulfill the task of approaching the intense light and burning fire on top of the mountain…. Vishnu became a mole and tried to reach the roots of the mountain to discover the source of the light… Brahma became a bird and tried to reach the top to find out, but both were unable to fulfill the task, it was just to difficult.. When they came back to Siva and Vishnu recognized that he couldn’t reach the goal, Brahma thought of a lie and said that he did reach the top…. But Siva knew he was lying and threatened to destroy Brahma for his dishonesty… Brahma begged to be pardoned and Siva finally conceded to his pleas and decided in a different way. He punished Brahma with only 1 Temple dedicated to him on Hindu soil..

Down the slopes of Arunachala, at a short but intense 30 minutes walk down from the caves where Ramana remained in “Samadhi” (deep spiritual trance) for more than 20 years, one finds the massive Arunachala Temple that awaits patiently in the quivering heat of the Indian low lands. The temple is the living remembrance and symbolic reality of the spiritual power that many perceive in the presence of this old extinct volcano; dedicated to Siva (the destroyer). Every month at full moon hundreds of thousand of devoted pilgrims perform an impressive ritual and walk bare footed the 14 km stretch of roads and ‘inner paths’ around the mountain. Some do it 3 times to even stronger feel the presence of their god…. I did it only ones…

Mandalas y Yantras

“Art & Environmental Workshop for the Kids of  Sevapur and Tharagampatti”

Como de costumbre llevo un retraso de un par de semanas y la cronologia de mis historias et aventuras por la Inida se ha visto de nuevo interumpido.. Pero bien que vamos hacer si hay tantas cosas interesantes y bonitas por vivir.

Hace un par de semanas deje  Sevapur, ese maravilloso lugar escondido entre montanas verdes  de Tamil Nadu.  Impartir durante 4 dias talleres artisticos provisto de ingredientes  medio ambientales, a los estudiantes de Tharagampatti y Sevapur. Fueron 4 dias muy intensos con sooryan (el Sol)  iluminando las caritas sonrientes de chocolate.

La experiencia de impartir clases en India a  los estudiantes de la ” KGBV school for drop out kids” y la Annai Leo Highschool fue exotica et increiblemente agradecida. Ninos y ninas educados, centrados y simpaticos/as con ganas de hacer y aprender algo diferente…. Ojala la ensenanza artistica fuera siempre asi.

Fue una sorpresa muy agradable ver el entusiasmo con el que se lanzaron al trabajo manual e artistico. Esta vez se me habia occurido la idea de dar un taller sobre Mandalas y Yantras, utilizando principalmente materiales economicos para que las educadoras pudiesen continuar con los tallers cuando yo no estuviera sin tener costes execivos.

Los pinceles, las hojas de papel y la cola blanca  habia adquerido en Dindigul una ciudad pequena a una hora y media en autobus. Sin embargo los demas materiales de trabajo eran gratuitamente disponibles y faciles de encontrar en el entorno.

Tierra de diferentes tonos se encontraba por doquier, desde blanco a un rojo intenso y tambien hojas de arboles de formas y colores diferentes se encontraba facilmente.. Como por ejemplo las preciosas hojas amarillas del arbol del Neem. Arbol de propiedades medicinales  muy apreciado en la medicina Ayurveda pero tambien en aplicaciones mas cotidianas cuando las ramitas de neem masticados sirven de cepillo de diente purificante gracias a sus propiedades antibioticas.

Los materiales como la cola blanca (carpenters glue), papel blanco, pinceles y un improvisado filtro para separar las piedras grandes de la tierra que pisabamos eran los unicos materiales y herramientas que necesitabamos para ejecutar el trabajo. Los cuaderno del colegio servian para guardar las hojas encontradas para que estos se quedasen bien lisos y planos.


Las Mandalas, simbolos Tibetanos y Las Yantras de la simbologia hinduista hubieran quiza sido fuera de lugar en los talleres de Marruecos  por su significado espiritual y religioso distinto al suyo; pero aqui en Hindu territorio el tema fue muy bien recibida y ademas encajaba a la perfeccion con la onda y vision holistica del que me habia impregnado durante el curso de Agricultura Biodynamico.

Mandalas y Yantras representan el universo; son simbolos de unidad y representan la union entre macro-cosmos (el universo) y micro cosmos (nosotros) y todas las demas plantas y seres vivos sobre esta preciosa planeta azul suspendido en el espacio infinito….

Los estudiantes tenian como tarrea de hacer cada  uno su Mandala, su imagen del universo apartir de los  materiales que tenian a mano..y saliendo de un punto o circulo central…  Libertad completa para la expresson artistica y sorprendentes fueron los trabajos que al final de cada clase…

I.S.S. Sevapur… the Joyful society Inba Seva Sangam…

La vuelta a Sevapur habia sido emocionante, lleno de recuerdos aunque no quise que estos condicionasan esta nueva experiencia. He vuelto a ver a todas esas personas que me recibieron con tanto amor y amabilidad durante mis visitas anteriores y que me ayudaron a encontrar el camino de verdad entre las malezas de la vida.  Ahora se y siento mas y mejor que nunca que este lugar fue muy importante en el procesos de la recuperacion de mi “yo”, de la busqueda personal que comenze hace ya casi dos anios… Esta nueva visita ha reenforzado el sentimiento y la conexion aunque me hubiera gustado pasar mas tiempo simplemente paseando por los bellos parajes y campos de cultivos (organicos y biodynamicos), poder hablar/chapurear y gesticular con los campesinos, mujeres y ninos del pueblo.

Hoy regresando al ‘otro mundo’ disfrute de nuevo,  aunque no con menos intensidad, del ultimo tardecer que se ponia sobre el valle de Kadavur y Sevapur… veia la gente regresar de sus campos con sus majestuosos buyes con los cuernos pintados de colores, cargados de bultos y productos recien cosechadas… Otros disfrutaban del atardecer frente a sus casas de techos de paja y rodeados de un caotico escena de mayores, ninos, animales y herramientos de campo . En otras aldeas la gente hablaba emotivamente delante de los chai-shops comentando las ultimas noticias y cotilleos del dia o descansaban en un escenario de magnificos Yatras, misteriosos vehiculos tallados en madera y decorados de colores rojos y amarillos. Tras una hora de espectaculo de ‘vida campesina pura y sin contaminar’, deje el precioso valle con los ultimos rayos de Sooryan illuminando los verdes campos para incorporarme de nuevo en la ‘ruta’ y la recien construida autopista donde no existen leyes ni reglas. El asfalto aun dominado por gente en bicicleta, motos y animales de pasto;  dejaba, con intervalos, pasar un autobus atestado de gente, a escasos centimetros de nosotros como un fantasma en direccion contraria… Sin lineas ni avisos ni signales de trafico aventurarse por las nuevas vias del “futuro” suponen una autentica e escalofriante experiencia en la India….

THE BD PLANTING CALENDAR

“short and simple”

Human life, as well as animal life  and plant life, is strongly dependent on the rhythms of the earth.
As the earth turns on it’s axes in the course of 24 hours, we have night and day. As it travels in the course of 1 year around the sun, we have the seasons – hot and cool.

Perhaps the most familiar is the rhythmic movement from New Moon to Full Moon that we witness each month.
But this is only 1 of numerous lunar or moon rhythms that astronomy scientists have mapped and can accurately calculate.

The Biodynamic farmer works primarily with 6 different moon rhythms that occur every 27-29 days.

These 6 moon rhythms are:

Full moon                29.5 days
Moon opposite Saturn  27.3 days
Ascending-descending   27.3
Moon nodes               27.2
Perigee-Apogee.         27.5
Moon in Zodiac Const.   27.3


4 Crop-types a- 4 Elements and 4 groups of Zodiac signs.

Root crops – related to the element Earth – Zodiac Signs: Virgo – Capricorn – Taurus
Crops such as: potatoes, carrots, peanuts, onion, Ginger etc.

Leaf crops – related to the element Water – Zodiac  Signs:  Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces
Crops like: tea, spinach, lettuce, herbs

Flower crops – related to the element Air – Zodiac signs: Gemini-Libra-Aquarius
Crops like: Roses, jasmine

Fruits & Seeds crops  –  Related to the element Fire –  Zodiac Signs:  Sagittarius – Aries  – Leo
Crops like: coffee, apple, berries, mango, rice etc.

Farm activities important for the BD farming calendar:

-seeds/sowing
-spraying
-ploughing/soil preparation
-harvesting
-irrigation
-pruning
– crafting
– weeding
– appl. BD preps.
-transplanting etc. etc.

OBSERVATIONS

* In Biodynamic farming the earth is considered as a whole living organism.
* the earth has some kind of Breathing-in and Breathing-out gesture every day.
IN from morning till around 3 pm OUT from 3 till next day.
* Biodynamic farming can only survive in a good and healthy organic farming system.

 

FULL MOON

Seed germination is  much better during full-moon
Note: It actually takes 24 hours before the seed opens when it is in the ground.    So it is important to sow 24 hours before the moon enters in one if the fire-signs.
This is a good time for:

– Crafting (better), the sap flow is much stronger in the plant and trees.
– Higher/quicker cell division
– The influence of the full moon appears to provide also favorable conditions for the growth of fungus on all plants. This is related to the increase of moisture and humidity.
– Absorption of liquid manures
– Often tendency for rain.
– More insect activity.

NEW MOON
– Moisture is less.

-Good time for cutting timber.

MOON opposite  SATURN What does this mean?

-When the moon is exactly orientated opposite Saturn  with the earth in the middle.

-Saturn is the biggest planet in our solar system…
-On this day the earth receives a stronger influence of cosmic forces.

Auspicious Time.
It’s a good time for sowing seeds. The plant will grow stronger and more robust.

Cosmic facts and Observations:
– Saturn takes 29 years to go around the sun.
– Light from the moon 1.5 seconds old.
– Light from the sun 8 minutes old.
– light travels at 300.000 km/sec.
– the sun is 150 million km from the earth.

DESCENDING and ASCENDING

Descending periods:
-Related to activity under the ground. (Cool cold season, breathing in)
-Moon during 14 days/month in Descending Period
– Everything to do with the EARTH is good during the descending periods.
– Auspicious for ploughing for example.

Ascending Periods:

-The ascending phase is direct related to activity above the ground.
(hot, warm season, breathing out)

-Moon during 14 days/month in the ascending phase.
-Growth forces are stronger and sap flow in plant and trees is stronger.
– Germination is also stronger during this period.
– good for seed sowing
– Good time for spraying BD 501 (horn silica)
– crafting
– Liquid manures are foliar sprays and should be applied best during the ascending period.

* Whenever the moon is in 1 of the signs from Gemini to Sagittarius we are in a DESCENDING period.    Aprox.    Every 14-days
* Whenever the moon  is moving from Sagittarius into Capricorn and towards Gemini we are a ASCENDING period.   Aprox.  14- days

*The earth in relation to the sun is every 6-months in the Ascending period- This is reflected in the seasons)
* The ascending and descending rhythms occur due to the tilt in the position of the earth.

Note:
The Celestial Equator is the direction/projection of the earths equator into the cosmos. (due to the earths tilt it is different from the ECLIPTIC.
The Ecliptic is the plane on which the sun and actually our whole solar system moves.

MOON NODES
– Moon node days 2x each month.
– The moon crosses the path of  the sun.
– This moment is a BAD day/moment to do farm activities.
– Avoid 6 hours before and after NODE.

Perigee and Apogees:
Occurs due to the elliptic movement of the moon around the earth.
PERIGEE is when the MOON is CLOSE to the EARTH ( which has a full moon effect on the earth)
APOGEE is when the MOON is further away from the EARTH.
This is comparable to anew moon effect.

SATURN
-The transit of Saturn into another constellation is considered to be very important moment.
-It appears to have great influences on plant, animal as well as on human life.
-This occurs every 2.5 years.
-Saturn stays always 2.5 years in each constellation.

Note: Saturn is at the moment in the Zodiac Sign of Virgo, exactly opposite Pisces. (see triangle diagram of constellations)
It shows the related constellations that are connected to the different elements such as Fire, Water, air/light, Earth.

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