I want to talk about moon phases and how it relates to life. Did you know the date of Easter every year is decided by the moon cycle? That's right. The reason Easter is a different date every year is because it's chosen to be on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Spring Equinox. 🌝
🌊Oceans, Waves, and Tides 🌊
The moon's gravitational pull is the primary tidal force of our oceans. The moon's gravity pulls the ocean toward it during high tides. During low high tides, the Earth itself is pulled slightly toward the moon, creating high tides on the opposite side of the planet. Our bodies being over 80% water would lead you to think the moon my actually affect us as well. Ask ER workers if it's crazy on a full moon...YEP!
🌿Did you know The Farmers Almanac suggests you plant by moon cycles?
From Farmers Almanac--
The basic idea behind "Gardening by the Moon" is that the cycles of the moon affect plant growth. Just as the moon’s gravitational pull causes tides to rise and fall, it also affects moisture in the soil.
Therefore, it’s said that seeds will absorb more water during the Full Moon and the New Moon, when more moisture is pulled to the soil surface. This causes seeds to swell, resulting in greater germination and better-established plants.
Moon phase gardening takes into account two periods of the lunar cycle: the time between the New Moon and the Full Moon (the waxing of the moon), and the time between the Full Moon and the New Moon (the waning of the moon). It’s considered best to plant certain types of plants during the waning of the moon and other types during the waxing.
All aboveground crops should be planted when the Moon is waxing. During the new Moon is the best time to sow or transplant leafy annuals such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and celery, while the first quarter phase is good for fruits and foods with external seeds.
Below-Ground (Root) Crops
Root crops do best when the Moon is waning. When the Moon is just past full, it’s a good time to plant root crops like potatoes, beets, and turnips, and fruit trees. During the last quarter phase, it’s best to avoid planting at all. Work instead on improving soil, weeding, mulching, composting, etc.
💗You can utilize these moon cycles for LIFE'S metaphorical planting, sowing, tending, and harvesting. As Joe Dirt would say, "Life's a garden, dig it." 💗