Gardening with Astrology: Planting Guide – Part I.
June 7, 2007 by admin
Finding the best time to plant your garden using astrology is a tradition that goes way, way back in history. This serialized astrological planting guide helps you learn the principles of successful astrological gardening. However, there is much more to the art of astrological agriculture than just sowing the seeds at the right time. For optimal results, the soil must be prepared at the right moment, you have to plant at the right time for your crop/plant type (do you want flowers? Fruit? Fast or slow growth?), you should cut back growth at the right time, etc. Of course, the first and foremost consideration should be the right season and weather for planting in your area. No matter how great your planetary aspects, a coating of snow or hail is probably not going to help your project.
Part I. Preparing the Soil
As the ancient god of agriculture (the one who devours his own children), Saturn rules the soil, so you will want to make sure that it is strong. It preferably should not be in a barren sign, but if that cannot be helped, as it is barren almost 8 years out of 28, you will want some positive indicator of fertility influencing it, such as Venus in Pisces, or Moon in Cancer. The fourth house should be strong as well, as it rules the earth, or at least it should be free of afflictions. Regardless of Saturn’s sign or aspect, turning the soil during an hour of Saturn is highly recommended by the old authorities. I am sure that if you can do your rototilling on a Saturday (yes, Saturn’s day), on a Saturn hour, you get extra Saturn points.
How do you figure out when Saturn hours are happening at your location? Read this helpful two-part guide to calculating and using planetary hours.
The above also applies to fertilizing/manuring the soil prior to planting. William Ramesey, in his chapter on Tillage and Manuring the Soil, reminds us to make the Ascendant and its ruler strong, as well as the Moon and its dispositor. But that is good advice for many astrological elections, and not specific. Going by the rules in the previous paragraph will not steer you wrong, and, if followed over a period of time, should give you some enviably rich soil.