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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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