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September 2016

Oak Bark Preparation

“…not all, but a large number of plant diseases can be alleviated just by means of a rational manuring. What is needed is just that the manuring adds calcium to the soil. For calcium to have a healing effect, however, it has to be calcium from something living; we cannot evade the organic realm….

 “Now, one plant that contains plenty of calcium is the oak. Seventy-seven percent of its substance consists of finely distributed calcium. And oak bark, in particular represents a kind of intermediate product between the plant and the living earth element, in the same sense as I already described the kinship between bark and the living earth. Of the many forms in which calcium can appear, the calcium structure of oak bark is the most ideal. Calcium…. creates order when the etheric body is working too strongly, so that astrality cannot influence whatever organic entity is involved…. when we want a rampant etheric development to contract in a beautiful and regular manner…then we need to use calcium in the particular form in which it is found in oak bark.

“…we collect oak bark…. Then we chop it up until it is a crumb-like consistency, and put it into a skull from any one of our domestic animals…and finally close up the skull, preferably with a piece of bone. Next we place the skull in a relatively shallow hole in the ground, cover it with loose peat, and set up some pipe or gutter so that as much rainwater as possible flows into the hole…. Then add some kind of plant matter that will decay, so that the oak bark in its bony container lies in this organic muck for the whole winter, or better still for the whole autumn and winter…. When this material is added to your manure pile, it will truly provide the forces to prevent or arrest harmful plant diseases.”
 
Article Repost from R. Steiner, Agriculture, pp. 100-101, tr. C.E. Creeger and M. Gardner.

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What did Rudolf Steiner mean by full Moon and new Moon?

The evolution of language is something that tremendously varies depending the time and place. And, now even technology is changing the way we speak and how we describe the world around us. Some languages can take hundreds of years to evolve. Others have a hard time keeping up with their own evolution.

There are now some corporations that take advantage of this and create digital applications to get around certain laws to get what they want, simply because the technology is revolutionizing faster than the government can.    

The Celestial Planting Calendar team is fully engaged in sharing the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, and marrying them with current biodynamic research is very simple. However, we have asked ourselves, “Does full Moon and new Moon mean the same in our present time as it meant more than 90 years ago when Steiner gave the Agricultural Course? Both language and extensive knowledge of Rudolf Steiner plays a role here.

 “An image is worth a thousand words,” is a very common phrase, and it is also the way Rudolf Steiner tackled this issue in the “Fourth Discussion” after the Lecture Eight in Koberwitz the 16th of June, 1924:
 
When you talk about full Moon and new Moon, do you mean just the day of the full or new Moon, or do you mean the time shortly before and after as well?
 
Consider it new Moon approximately from the time the Moon looks like this (Drawing 25). You see the Moon looking like this, and then it disappears. Consider it full Moon from the time when the Moon is present as a narrow crescent, like this, and then disappears. Always about 12-14 days.  (1)

This explains why some biodynamic researchers got better germination results three to five days before full Moon and not two days before, why? Because most of the literature does not take into account the “narrow crescent” picture that Rudolf Steiner describes. As far as I know he didn’t mention an exact hour to describe in words new or full moon; he rather describes pictures in the sky that “look like” what he means.

Similar results have been obtained by biodynamic researchers when they talk about spraying 501 the day before (or even up to two days before) the Moon opposite Saturn instead of doing it the actual day of the opposition. For these reasons, from now on I will include these recommendations in our calendar.

  1. Steiner, R. (1993). Agriculture. Tr. C. E. Creeger and M. Gardner.

Article By Cesar Gomez, 2016

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