Now that Jupiter has moved from the fertile earthy sign of Taurus to the dry and windy sign of Gemini, we need to water the plants more often. For the best effect, water deeply when the moon is in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Those dates are July 26, 27, August 3, 4, 5 and August 13, 14.
Hold off on experimenting with new plants or making major changes in the garden until Mercury moves into direct motion on August 8.
August 1 is the holiday of Lammas, an ancient harvest festival. It was the time of the first harvest of wheat, and was celebrated by eating bread made from this yield. When you have crops to harvest, it is best to do so when the moon is in the barren signs. Look at the Bad Days listed below and those are the days to harvest, especially for foods that you wish to store and preserve. Gather herbs and mushrooms under the full moon, which falls on August 1 in a barren sign.
Very Good Days:
July – 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31
August – 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 (until 4 pm), 13, 14
July – 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
August – 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16
About this column: Arlan Wise is a professional consulting astrologer. She does chart readings in person and on the phone and on Skype. She is available to teach classes, lecture, and tutor on a wide range of astrological topics. She travels round the country holding writing workshops for astrologers. The Astrology of Gardening will be published with the new moon and will feature that moon’s preferred planting days, as well as gardening tips and advice. You can learn more from Arlan at her website: www.arlanwise.com