I was waddling through Barnes and Nobles the other day and came across a calendar/planner that was put together for witchcraft. It had The moon cycles, and festivals (rituals), and every month it would have either a spell and incantation, recipe, or something related to witchcraft. It got me thinking????????????
I am writing "NOT" to promote the practice( I am not a witch) but thought that It was a good idea. One for gardeners would be FANTASTIC! Gardening with the moon cycles gives tremendous results where ever you live (historicaly proven), and adding in there sayings(quotes), recipes, propagation tips, ect. ect. WOW that would be great. Then I could keep up with home, garden, work, school and family all in one place. Maybe even get some Sfotware going for those who use palm pilots. I wish I new who to talk to and how to go about getting some produced. Any one know?
Jerry Baker puts out a calendar that has moon phases and passages, but it doesn't have the other info. There is also a Witch's Almanac, much like the Farmer's. I'm sure there are some on the net, as well, but it would make an interesting website for sure. I have no clue how to make a website, though.
There is (or was) another moon gardening calendar. I bought one several years ago, and at that time the publishers were having trouble clearing any profit. I can't remember the name but if I find my copy I'll post more info.
I am amazed and thrilled at how much information is available - through knowledgeable people here on this forum and on the Internet. I'm doing a lot of pasting and copying and will try to come up with something that makes sense to me for my area. I do so appreciate all the input!
The moon definitely exerts a gravitational pull on tides and plants. When I was in one of the Costa Rican rain forests my guide showed me a certain vine that grows there. During high tide you can cut this vine and water pours out. Literally. They use it for drinking if they are out of water. During low tide nothing comes out. It was amazing.
I received a gift from a fellow DGer this past Christmas of a 2007 Gardening By The Moon calendar and absolutely love it! He found it at http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com
It has a whole bunch of garden chores listed for July and then specifically by date:
July8-10 Water Compost and Fertilize
11-12 Harvest, Cultivate and Prune
17-18 Plant flowering vines
20th Plant above ground annuals, especially flowers and herbs
Just a tad of clarification here on Witches...The ones you refer to are not Satanic Black Witches...They are classed as White Witches or Wiccans...They date back to before the Druids and Stonehendge, and they are the same type as a Shaman or Healer..
These are the same ones who were burned at the stake because they were able to heal and used herbs, poultices etc. which the Colonists feared...
Just because you get or have a witches calendar, does not mean you are dabbling in Satanic witchcraft... Many of the practices of us Indians are still looked at askance today, unless you are from deep in the Appalachin Mountains...Those people learned much of what they know from us Indians who helped them learn to survive in this country...
More info is available on the web if you look up **Wicca**
I tend to consult The Farnmers Almanac too but it has always left me wanting to know more.
Edited to add:
Of course the most important consideration regarding when to do what, at least for me, is:
If the mood strikes, better do it now, because it may be a while before you are again inspired. :-)