Meet you on the Equinox – Lunar Gardening
Posted On March 17, 2010
The March equinox will occur on March 20 in 2010, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.
The word “equinox” derives from Latin and means “equal night”. This refers to day and night being equal lengths nearly all all over the world.
Where as the March equinox marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, it is the start of autumn in many parts of the southern hemisphere.
In the northern hemisphere the March equinox marks the start of spring and has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth. For us in the southern hemisphere it is a time when nature declines, draws back in it’s bounty and readies itself for a restful winter. Unfortunately we dont not have fabulous harvest festivals which are found in other parts of the world, but that does not mean that we do not observe the changing season and slow our pace a little accordingly.
If you follow the lunar phases and grow your garden accordingly you will find that the autumnal equinox is followed by the moon’s first quarter (March, 23rd).
During the first quarter lunar energy is still rising -which makes it a good time for starting anything new. Plant, graft and transplant. Plant cereals and grains. All activities usually done during the new moon phase cans till be done now. Do remember that the last two days of the first quarter, just before the Full Moon are considered optimum for planting, and grafts take best if done at this time.
Wishing you all a great harvest and may the Moon bless you with her bountiful energy.
P.S. Yes I know that the moon on the equinox is just building up to a quarter and is not, like shown in the picture above, a full moon….- but I like the picture 🙂