Stella Natura 2023 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.
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Writing in her introduction to this year’s calendar, Sherry Wildfeuer notes:
Once again, the charts of this calendar offer advice for when to sow seeds and cultivate garden and farm crops to enhance their roots (carrots, beets, etc.), flowers (chamomile, zinnias, etc.), leaves (lettuce, spinach, …), or fruits (squash, beans, tomatoes, …). This is based on the Moon’s passage through the constellations of the zodiac. Unfavorable times for sowing are also indicated, to help avoid those inexplicable crop failures.
In addition to this way of linking our agricultural endeavors with cosmic rhythms, articles by twelve different authors address such topics as the intimate relation of farmers to the animals they care for; the travesty of modern mining practices for the sake of what is touted as ‘green’ energy; a spiritual view of nutrition; the question of vegetarianism; working with fire to control its destructive effects; the inherent musical and spatial relations among the planets; and new ideas about economics and agriculture.
I would especially encourage you to read the article in the front pages by Manfred Klett about “The Unknown World of the Etheric.” This contribution to the Calendar from twenty years ago is just as relevant now, as it explores the realm of life that is so often overlooked when the universe and nature are viewed as a mere mechanism.
Also in those front pages, please look for my note about the future of Stella Natura, and an attempt to help in navigating the increasing number of biodynamic planting calendars on the market.
It would be easy to miss page 12, which gives a monthly account of the visibility of the planets in 2023, and the star chart on pages 38 and 39, but I consider them essential to the Calendar. Only when we take the time to look up and follow the movements of the Moon and planets among the stars at night will the beauty and wonder of our heavenly surroundings come alive in us.
In these challenging times, I hope this calendar will support you in bringing vitality to the food you grow and health to your inner life.