Stella Natura 2021 Biodynamic Planting Calendar

Stella Natura 2021 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:

To support people in choosing the best times to sow the seeds for their root, leafy, flower and fruiting crops in the coming year, I must rely on resources that can calculate the movements of the moon and planets against the backdrop of the stars of the zodiac. But work on the articles relies on a sense for what might be helpful on a soul and spiritual level as well as in the practical work of farming and gardening. In this sense, preparing the articles of the 2021 Calendar during 2020 has been a unique experience, as I tried to imagine you reading each one in unpredictable world conditions.

Interestingly enough, the article that most came into question was my own, on "Community as Practice Ground and Building Block for a Better World." Wouldn't community seem like an anachronism in a locked down society? How would my own community stand the test? I am heartened to share that my convictions and enthusiasm have only grown under the pressure of adversity. 'Sheltering in place' on a large farm, doing the essential work of raising food in a social context that especially includes vulnerable people felt like a privilege. We chose a small group to make the overall decisions for the Village (the executive director, the nurse, and someone who is a mastermind at creating people's schedules so that everyone's needs are met), and they, in turn, called us together at various junctures to hear how people were feeling. I am so grateful that we managed to respect each other's different feelings with regard to both safety from exposure to illness and the necessity to carry on essential activities within and outside our Village. I was certainly never isolated, unsupported, or unable to find ways to help others - and such mutuality and purpose strengthen not only the soul but also the immune system!

Other articles enlighten us about the crucial role the formic acid in bee and ant venom plays for the plant world and healthy decomposition of organic matter; about the amazing interconnections of life in and around trees; about the healing power of human speech; and the tangible effect of long-term use of the biodynamic preparations on a dairy farm. A physicist challenges the commonly taught 'facts' that the sun is a ball of gas and that the constellations are mere imaginative constructs. We learn how one farmer experiences the cycle of life and death of the beloved animals on her farm; how another farmer discovered a new way of sorting seeds for enhanced viability; how to see rising tick populations as a symptom of an unbalanced environment; and how to consider the Great Work of transformation needed on earth as a transformation of the heart of agriculture. And we are shown the illusion that has been perpetrated that the internet and other high-tech solutions are somehow environmentally friendly. By peering behind the surface of the screen at the vast, energy and earth-resource-demanding infrastructure that creates and maintains the images and devices we so conveniently manipulate, we are encouraged to face the truth that the earth will not heal if we turn our attention away from the ever-increasing suffering wrought by humanity, but only if we seriously change our ways.

Many more people have begun growing their own food than had in previous years, so please help spread the word among friends, family and colleagues about how helpful the Stella Natura calendar can be in improving the experience.