Next favorable days for Sowing and Planting:
from Monday, May 4, 5.09 pm, to Wednesday, May 6, 5.05 pm,
Waxing Gibbous Moon transiting Libra
Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing
Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Practical magic comes also under this Moon Sign. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hypercriticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.
The WAXING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Saturday, May 2, 3.35 pm, to Monday, May 4, 5.O9 pm, entering then the Sign of LIBRA.
The LEO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE begins on Friday, May 1, at 6.38 am, and ends on Monday, May 4, 3.55 pm, with the VIRGO GIBBOUS MOON PHASE.
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Virgo Moon in the garden
Despite the earthy nature and the ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand Earthy Virgo is said to be barren, and by most is considered unsuitable for growing. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon.
Like other writers though I feel that Virgo should be considered Productive, as the other Earth Signs Taurus and Capricorn, in regard to those Herbs and Plants with proven medicinal and healing properties. This because Virgo is always been associated with hygiene and healing.
The Sign is also great for tidying up the garden and work bee days. Virgo‘s energy is also great for cultivating, general maintenance, fertilizing and harvesting, the latter better after the full moon. Also suitable for pest control, weeding, and pruning, best done after the Last Quarter Phase.
- The following are the Edible Plants, Herbs, Trees and Flowers since ancient times associated with Virgo, and also with Mercury, Virgo’s traditional Ruler, the archetypal god of intelligence, movement, adaptability, cunning. Plants with finely divided leaves, like carrots, fennel etc, are associated with Virgo and Gemini, because they resemble Mercury’s Airy nature. Also identified with Virgo are those medicinal plants helpful for healthy function of the brain, the nervous system and for speech related issues. As well as healing plants for improving lung function, and bowels health and regularity.
Edible Plants: Cereal Plants, Whet, Barley, Oats, Rye, Millet, Carrots, Fennel, Parsnips.
Healing Herbs: Caraway, Dill, Parsley, Fennel, Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Anise, Lemon Balm, Mullein, Marjoram, Tancy, Vervain, Lavender, Mandrake, Horebound, Licorice, Ferns. Healing Herbs traditionally collected by the road side where they grow like humble weeds are also sacrd to Virgo: example Dandelion, Wild Fennel.
Trees: the trees sacred to Mercury (and therefore Virgo and Gemini) are those with airy, open canopies, also those with winged seeds, like the Elm. And some that have different texture/colour on the top and the underside of the leaves; or that display not one but two crowns (double nature of Gemini). Hazel, Elms etc.
This Moon Phase in the garden
Note that the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.
The First Quarter Moon Phase is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a Fertile or Productive Sign.
The Gibbous Moon Phase should stimulate plenty of garden activities and a sense of urgency, least one should waste the great energy available. When the Moon transits a very fertile Sign like Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or a productive Sign like Taurus, Libra and Capricorn, plus Virgo for Medicinal Herbs, practically every plant and seed can go into the garden successfully. This is the middle of the second waxing week. Ideally, after sowing or planting leafy vegetables in the first week, we should be busy putting in those plants we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans, etc.).