Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Moonlight and Moon-dark

Today the waning moon begins to grow at 4:06 p.m. (EDT) According to the planting-by-the-moon theory, you plant above-ground crops in the dark of the moon so that the waxing/growing moon can "pull" the seedlings up. You plant root crops at the full moon, so that the waning moon can "pull" their roots down.

I usually don't have time to organize my life to plant according to the moon, but today i do. So i'll plant kale, chard, spinach and other cold-weather crops today here in the North Country where patchy snow still lingers in the woods.

On new moon and full moon days, Buddhists all over the world take the 8 precepts for the day and don't eat after the noon meal. The Buddha and his followers (and monastics, still today) meditate all night long.

It's hard to organize our lives according to a lunar calendar, when life around us rushes on as if the moon doesn't exist or isn't important enough to notice. Yet, perhaps today, we could meditate for an extra 5 minutes. Or simply look up at the stars shining brightly in the dark sky.

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