You may have been aware of the knowledge of farmers from millenniums ago, and how they relied on the queues and patterns from the phases of the moon. They traditionally planted and harvested crops around the ways the moon’s energy affected the pull of water from the root of plants and trees up through their leaves. But, did you know that astrology has played a role in the planting patterns of farmers, harvesters, and herbalist for just as long?
During the Centro Ashé One Month Tropical Herbal Apprenticeship in Costa Rica, astrologer and chocolatier, Christina Orr, shared a wealth of knowledge on how astrological signs of the zodiac greatly influence plant growth and gardening. Christina Orr has lived in the Talamanca region, where she founded Talamanca Organica Cacao & Fine Chocolate (and her chocolate is that real good good!!).
According to Christina, “The moon passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac in just 27.3 days,” and during its time in each sign, there are specific embodiments of the key elements of nature that support and affect plant growth and conditions. Additionally, understanding your own moon sign can be helpful in understanding your own relationship with plants and trees, and how your own elemental qualities may have an affect on your planting, growing and harvesting activities. Below are some helpful insights from Christina Orr on how you can plant with the elements of astrology.
The signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn make up the earth signs in the zodiac. When the moon transitions into one of the earth signs it is traditionally a good time for planting roots. This is because earth signs are very fertile and a good time for planting and encouraging root development with activities such as transplanting.
Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio represent the water signs, and are the most fertile times for planting. According to Christina, all planting and transplanting is encouraged during this time -- especially above ground, leafy annuals, as well as transplanting seedlings. Because this is a very moist fertile time for plants and trees, harvesting is discouraged to avoid the decay of crops.
The air signs of the zodiac are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. This is generally considered a barren, dry time for plants (with the exception of Libra). During this time, flowers and herbs are typically ready for blooming, and it is a good time to harvest, cultivate, weed, eliminate pests, prep and clean.
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are considered fire signs of the zodiac, and these signs are also associated with being barren and dry. Seeds are associated with the fire elements, so seed-centric activities such as weeding, cleaning and prepping beds and growing space are strongly encouraged when the moon is in one of these signs. Fire signs are also a good time for harvesting
Check out this infographic for general insight and best practices on how you can plant and harvest with the elements of the moon, and for more information on how astrological patterns affect gardening and harvesting activities and support Christina Orr at Talamanca Organica Chocolate.
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