All week we've been discussing the theory of planting your garden by the signs of the moon over on the Blind Pig & The Acorn site ( you can read about it Planting By The Signs
and How To Plant By The Signs
). In Appalachia the folklore of the Zodiac Calender goes way beyond when to plant your corn-it sometimes serves as a guideline for everyday activities as well.
~Schedule your next hair cut under the sign of Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Libra-and your hair will grow back faster and thicker.
~Plan your next hunting trip during the sign of Taurus and you'll have better luck.
~Cut firewood in the old of the moon-it'll dry faster-and burn better.
~Leo is the sign for love.
~Fence posts stay tight if set during the old of the moon.
~Paint during a dry sign like Leo-and the paint will last longer
~Wean a child from it's bottle or pacifier during Capricorn, Pisces, or Sagittarius
~Quit habits on the 2nd day of Sagittarius-the new moon-or in Pisces
~Never shingle a roof during the waxing of the moon or the ends will turn up
~Always slaughter when the signs are in the knees or feet-in the last quarter of the moon
~Cut hay in the old of the moon-in the waning days
Got anything to add to the list? Ever try any of the ones I listed? I'd love to hear about it-leave me a comment.
p.s. Signs also dictate when you do your canning/preserving-I'll discuss that whole issue later in the summer.