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Homeodynamics: Overview of Seminar

Overview of Seminar by Enzo Nastati in Kentucky

Starting on October 18, 2013, Enzo Nastati presented a five-day seminar on Homeodynamics at Foxhollow Farm in Kentucky. This program was one of two given by Nastati in the United States that month. As a researcher, practitioner and teacher, Nastati’s mission was to introduce a few key aspects of his agricultural work to North American biodynamic farmers and educators. Paul Salanki from Loon Song on Manitoulin Island attended the Kentucky seminar. On January 18 and March 12, 2014, Salanki delivered presentations summarizing Nastati’s discourse to two groups of biodynamic farmers here in Ontario. The following is a brief overview of key points from Salanki’s talks.  

Daily Format of the Nastati Seminar 

After decades of learning and research, Enzo Nastati brought a wealth of experience and understanding to these lectures in North America. With a strong background in esoteric sciences, sacred architecture, homeopathy and agriculture, as well as many years of study of the works of Rudolf Steiner, Nastati was eager to share his thinking on many levels. 

Salanki and other participants had been invited to bring questions to this seminar. The focus of the talks was based partially on these queries. Daily lectures went from 9 to noon, followed by lunch with the formal program resuming at 1:30 and running until supper at 5. Evening discussions were of a spiritual nature. 
Being non-conversant in English, Nastati spoke through an interpreter. Accordingly, the discourse proceeded at a slower pace; however, given the complexity and newness of these teachings, these delays facilitated the assimilation process on the part of the participants. 

Moving Forward from 1924

When Rudolf Steiner was first asked to give a course on agriculture, he had envisioned giving three sets of lectures. Unfortunately, he only completed the first set of eight lectures before his health declined and he crossed over to the other side in 1925. Based on his extensive study of Steiner’s Occult Science and many other lecture series, Enzo Nastati has attempted to take Steiner’s work further and develop what these missing lectures might have contained.
Moreover, critical influences such as electromagnetic frequencies, radioactive pollution, genetically modified organisms, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer runoff, industrial waste, significant variations in weather patterns and increased susceptibility to invading species and diseases were not as present in 1924 to the degree that they are with us today. Nastati feels that this post-industrial shift calls for greater resiliency and protection of plant, animal and human beings and a consequent shift in biodynamic agricultural techniques.

The Cosmic-Earth Connection

Nastati follows Steiner’s emphasis that the cosmos and the Earth are mediated by the role of the individual. Our goal as humans is to increase this capacity to know, to understand and to create a greater sense of harmony and balance.
The Egyptian goddess, Nut, goddess of the stars and the cosmos, is the root of the words “nutrition” and “nutrients.” The current use of these words is focused mainly on the physical; we have lost focus of their deeper meaning. Both Nastati and Steiner emphasize that nutrition means something coming not from us, but from the cosmos. 
Biodynamic farmers look out to the cosmos as a source of nutrition. In Nastati’s words, “We look beyond the physical limitations. Some might say this is impossible. Yet working with preparations, making preps enables us to connect to higher powers.” 

Preparation Making

Lecture seven in Steiner’s Agricultural Course gives details about making Horn Manure and Horn Silica preparations, which according to Nastati, are a form of spiritual science. Horn Manure (BD500) aids the Earthbound energies, that is, it can be used just before planting seed in the ground to help strengthen these formative forces. Horn Silica (BD501) assists the cosmic or skybound energies. 
In Kentucky, Nastati gave specific directions when making up these two preparations into liquid sprays. This information is clearly presented in his book, Growing in Drylands with the Homeopathic Method.
For best results, those living in the Northern Hemisphere were advised to first stir the Horn Manure preparation counterclockwise to add increased vigour and growth to the plants, while the Horn Silica preparation should be first stirred clockwise. For practitioners living in the Southern Hemisphere, the initial stirring is reversed: the Horn Manure preparation is first stirred clockwise while the Horn Silica is first stirred counterclockwise. Thus, the directional instruction for making the Horn Silica preparation spray coincides with the direction that the planets and stars appear to move in the sky based upon one’s position on Earth. 

Homeodynamic Preparations

Given the challenges in modern farming compared to how things were in Steiner’s time some 90 years ago, stronger, more highly energized preparations are needed to deter these forces. Nastati and his research colleagues have introduced methods that transform the preparations into more highly energized ones. In particular, they have spent many years testing the  efficacy of further diluting the standard biodynamic preparations before spraying them on the land and on the plants.

This dilution schedule is based on homeopathic principles found in alternative medicine. One basic principle in homeopathy is “The more dilute, the more powerful.” 

These tools developed by Nastati have produced remarkable results, including better quality, enhanced flavour, increased storage life and nutritional value. In terms of quantity, Nastati notes that there are increased yields due among other things to a better adaptation of these plants to unfavourable climactic conditions. 

In summary, Enzo Nastati believes that the agricultural teachings by Rudolf Steiner are preliminary steps. We must go beyond what we already know and seek new ways to bring greater harmony and balance to the land, the plants and the animals. Further reading of books and lectures by Enzo Nastati are available on the Mark Moodie Publications website.

“The Earth must be considered to be much more than a base on which to grow crops, a substratum that often hinders our work, hosting various weeds and pests. The Earth is a living being, a mother that fondly and generously grants us her fruits, a creature that must maintain a proper equilibrium in order to survive―one that we are destabilising through chemical agriculture and pollution.” — Excerpt from the Foreward of Homeodynamic Cultivation Handbook by Enzo Nastati

Article written by Rosemary Tayler, 2015


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Plants Might Move with the Moon Just as the Oceans Do with Tides

The gravitational pull of the moon may affect more than just the rise and fall of the oceans; scientists believe plants respond too. Through observation, they’ve noticed some plants’ leaves wave up and down at night, and this “leaftide” seems to correspond with gravitational changes.

One researcher calls it the "leaftide"

Tree in moonlight - A hawthorn tree in the moonlight (Robert Canis/Frank Lane Picture Library/Corbis)

By Marissa Fessenden
August 19, 2015

Plants typically move too slowly or too subtly for the unaided human eye to appreciate. Instead, we rely on time-lapse photography to reveal their waving branches, unfurling tendrils and grasping vines. But most of those movements are solely initiated by the plants themselves. Now at least one scientist thinks there is an outside influence tugging on the Earth’s vegetation.

The gravitational pull of the Moon doesn’t just cause the ocean to rise and fall, plants wave their leaves in response to the Moon, reports Jacob Aron for New Scientist. Peter Barlow of the University of Bristol, U.K., decided to investigate why some plants’ leaves wave up and down even when they grow at night (many day-growing plants have a similar dance in response to light levels, see these tomato seedlings nodding and bowing as they stretch taller). 

Barlow looked at data about bean plants from1920s to today and matched leave movements with estimates of the local gravitational pull of the Moon at the time. The motions corresponded well with the gravitational changes, he reports in Annals of Botany. Furthermore, plants on the International Space Station showed a 90-minute cycle that lined up with the 90-minute orbit and changing position relative to the Moon. 

Aron writes that the movement of water within the plant might be responsible:

Ocean tides are produced by a combination of the sun and moon’s gravity and Earth’s rotation, creating bulges of water on opposite sides of the planet. For plants, Barlow says water movement in the pulvinus, the “joint” where leaf meets stem, could be responsible.

Other researchers point out that the influences of temperature changes and plants' own internal circadian clock may actually overpower any minute tugs on plants’ water. However, the possibility that Earth experiences a "leaftide" is just romantic enough for us to wish for it to be true.

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BD Tree Paste ApplicationBiodynamic tree paste is applied once a year in late fall after leaf drop or in late winter before the sap flows and before bud break. It is applied in the descending moon (transplanting time in the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar) and when the temperature is above freezing. Tree paste is used to provide a protective covering primarily on the bark of fruit trees to enhance the vitality, to help protect the bark from splitting, to discourage insect breeding and infestation, to heal injuries and to cover wounds made during pruning. It may also be applied to fruiting bushes, vines and roses. A coating of the tree paste may slow blossoming so there is less danger of early frost damage. It is recommended for newly planted trees to give them a good start and it is also helpful for ailing or stressed trees. 

The tree bark should first be gently brushed or scraped to remove moss, lichens and dead, loose bark which provides breeding grounds for insects. Backyard gardeners can use a whitewash brush or paintbrush to apply the paste by completely covering smaller trees and the trunks and lower branches of larger trees. Care needs to be taken that you do not break off buds as you are brushing the paste on. The paste may be further diluted and strained to use as a spray to cover the upper branches of tall trees. Hand application is impractical for large orchards and the spray is used to cover the whole tree. 

One of original recipes contained equal parts of sticky clay, cow manure and fine sand. Later, Dr. Pfeiffer modified it by adding one stirred unit of BD#500 (horn manure) and .5 to 1.5 percent Equisetum arvense (BD#508) tea for its anti-fungal properties. Over the years, practitioners have developed their own variations according to their individual needs. JPI currently makes available a version that contains bentonite clay with the Pfeiffer BD Field and Garden 
Article Repost - Originally Post by Josephine Porter Institute, January 2015
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The Bridge between the Three Sister System and Biodynamic

Corn Beans Squash
Until recently I used to refer to the cultivation of corn as the foundation of Pre-Columbian civilization in Central and North American. I was wrong in my calculations and time frame. According to the book “Beautiful Corn”, by Anthony Boutard; as early as 1954 only in the United States, the corn-refining industry estimates that 50% of our diet was based on corn, and that number has continued to climb". Corn has been embraced by so many cultures around the world. How much percentage of human population currently depends directly or indirectly from this beautiful gift?
Native with Corn Beans SquashFor thousands of years, Oral Native American Traditions honour the corn plant as a gift from the elements. Traditionally during the year, ceremonies are offered to enhance the agricultural practices as needed. The whole community gathers and concentrate their intentions in Ceremonial Dances offering and honouring the four elements and always asking for the well being of the whole community.  To our Indigenous people, the power of our intentions, will, feelings, thoughts and voice it’s been known for millennia. Corn, beans and squash are traditionally inter-planted under these atmosphere and impulses. The “12 of Moon” (translation of “Doce de Luna” in Spanish), counted from the New Moon it is the preferred day to sow the seeds (which is the same as two days before the Full Moon mentioned by Rudolf Steiner).  Prays are raised to obtain good harvest and if the weather is to wet and humid, prays and offerings are directed to the elements asking for dry weather patterns so the corn can mature, dry and store well.
The Three Sister System it is an Ancient Native American Tradition that embrace the Spiritual Scientific knowledge of the whole universe and applied it to what we currently call Companion Planting, Beneficial Plant Symbiosis, Agricultural Seasons, Planting Calendar, Full Moon Germinating Force, Intensive Inter-planting, Nitrogen fixing crops (the beans), Living mulching Crops (the squash), trellis (the corn) Non-till and non-Soil Compaction practices (hills/raised beds/path ways), etc, etc, etc.
On page 162 and 163 of the Agriculture Course translated by George Adams says: “You should investigate scientifically how important it is to plant horse radish along the edge of your potato fields, to have a sprinkling of cornflower in your corn field, and to exterminate the poppy… …Moreover, strange as it may sound to the Chemist and Biologist of to-day, your human and personal relation to the seed-corn is undoubtedly important. If you examine it thoroughly, you will find it makes a difference to the thriving of the corn, whether the sower simply takes the seed-corn out of a sack and throws it down roughly, or whether he has the habit of shaking it a little in his hand and throwing it gently, sprinkling it on the ground. These differences are of importance in relation to the manuring problem. It would be good for you to discuss these matters with farmers, who cannot but be interested in them. They have no little experience, only their experiences are eclipsed nowadays. Modern agriculture has such experience no longer. Altogether I should advise you- I think it will serve you well- to use old peasant-calendars in connection with manuring problems. They contain very curious instructions, some of which you will indeed be able to formulate in chemical terms”.
The bridge between Native American Oral Tradition and Rudolf Steiner teachings appears to me rock solid.
Corn, beans and squash are currently regarded as three out of the five most important survival crops all over the internet, since they store well, they can provide food all year around. The appropriate mix of corn and beans eaten together provide the full type and amount of amino acids so needed for proper human nutrition. The flowers, the flesh and specially the seeds of the squash are of exceptional value for human health. Other important crops like tomatoes, tomatillo and hot peppers are traditionally planted near by the Three Sisters. These are just the basic ones, but put a few more ingredients and you can start cooking Mexican dishes. There are dozens of animals, trees, vegetables, flowers and herbs indigenous of America and today are very popular and consumed all over the world.
Last year I saw corn plants for sale in a near by garden center!!! Consciously or not, I know that by the minute, more and more people are getting involved recovering Ancient Native American wisdom via Agriculture and eating tacos in the local Mexican Restaurant.
Article by Cesar Gomez, 2015
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