Stella Natura 2020 Biodynamic Planting Calendar

Stella Natura 2020 Biodynamic Planting Calendar

Planting Charts and Thought-Provoking Essays

Edited by Sherry Wildfeuer

This Calendar has many aspects: a basic introduction to astronomy, a simple ephemeris, a planting guide, a star map, aid for following the movement of the planets in the night sky, and articles by ten different authors. All of these attempt to provide a true picture of the world outside us and ideas to assist in developing a healthy relation to that world.

Our New Articles Will Inspire and Guide

Writing in her introduction to this year's calendar, Sherry Wildfeuer notes:

"When I prepared the early editions of this calendar, I enlisted respected elders and peers to write articles on themes I felt would best accompany the planting guide: the cycle of the seasons and festivals, the moon, water, the zodiac, and so on. Gradually I discovered that it was a limiting factor to have pre-arranged themes. I enjoyed scouting for potential authors who were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their particular field of work, under the encompassing theme of what is needed for a healthy agriculture. More recently I have especially sought out younger people to make contributions, and as by now I am an elder myself, I have felt called to share my own thoughts. This year in the front pages I have tried to succinctly articulate the spiritual underpinnings of biodynamics, Michael Phillips sheds light on the hidden world of life that joins the soil and the plant roots, and then there is a short article on the consequences for nutrition and human development of the lack of such connection.

"You will also find an important introduction to George Washington Carver as a largely unrecognized pioneer of organic agriculture; a surprising and educational look into the effects of artificially breeding queen bees; and an exploration in transposing Rudolf Steiner's idea of the 'farm individuality' to residential landscapes. We are guided in a six-step process of plant study to deepen our own conscious relation to nature; and face the sober but hardly addressed issue of the destructive environmental impact of the internet. A young farmer writes about the inner aspects of community farming, and a teacher of Permaculture shares her discovery of biodynamics.

"Of course, the Calendar continues to provide monthly charts of the passage of Sun, Moon and planets through the zodiac constellations, plus a preview of the Visibility of the Planets and a star map to help you watch these movements in the night sky. A clear introduction describes how to use the charts, with their easy to follow indications for the favorable times to plant your root crops (such as carrots and beets), leaf crops (such as lettuce and cabbage), flowers, and fruits (such as tomatoes, cucumbers and beans).

"This Calendar offers ways to strengthen our bonds with the earth, the plants, with each other and the universe in which we are embedded, as a contribution toward a healthier future."