|Planting Seeds- for Soul and Soil
For centuries, moon-wise gardeners have observed many outward
expressions of fullness and fertility during the waxing
of the moon (the two weeks of the lunar cycle when the
moon grows from new to full) The sap rises in the trees,
blossoms burst open and fruits swell, increasing in size
Play close attention and you will witness the earth exhale
and breathe life force to all that is growing above the ground.
The new moon brings forth the finest ‘seed potential’ and
the promise of germination and new growth.
A look through the farmer’s almanac reminds us that
planting by the moon reconnects us to the rhythms of the
heavens. “Plant above annual ground vegetable plants,
herbs and flowers from the new moon through the second quarter.”
A thoughtful gardener knows that seed planting requires
the garden site to be properly prepared. Soil needs to be
loosened and unwanted debris, stones and weeds removed. Compost
and manure are added for nourishment for the future seedlings.
In this way, we consciously prepare a space for our seeds
and invite them to flourish after they have been lovingly
pushed into the ground. If we are fortunate, the heavens
reward our efforts with rain and sunshine.
So too should we consciously prepare our own ‘inner’ garden
space in the days leading up to the new moon phase. By anticipating
and preparing for the monthly return of the invisible moon,
when the sky is a dark, rich fertile field, we are inviting
our intuition to whisper to the seeds and using the moon’s
energy to blow sweet life into them.
By being conscious, instinctual, open and receptive during
the time of the new moon and waxing phase, we can cultivate
our own worthwhile seeds… and
then aspire to grow them.
The new moon sends us a monthly invitation to dig in with both hands, prune,
weed and re-plant the soul garden if necessary. Tending it and giving it the
nourishment it needs will keep our lives moving towards a rich and meaningful
By Susan Hess
0n the Waxing Moon ~April 2007
Published in the Hollerbeier Haven Newsletter~ Premier Issue May 2007