Why is it that I am a Scorpio
but your calendar shows the Sun is in Libra on my birthday?
You are refering to two different zodiacs. Please
read the article Tropical
& Sidereal Zodiacs
Having looked through your website I’m
still unsure as to whether the more complex Antipodean Astro Calendar
or the much simpler Moon Planting Guide would be the best for
us – we most definitely are beginners to the wonderful world
of BD and planting to celestial rhythms.
Would you be able to advise which would be the
most suitable for a pair of beginners?
The Antipodean Astro Calendar is comprehensive
and provides information on Sun, Moon, planets, stars, a planting guide, long range weather forecasting and much
else in its 32 pages.
The Moon Planting Primer is a bridging tool to
the Astro Calendars and provides information on four lunar rhythms. It has 14 pages.
If your budget allows you to get both - they are complementary,
if not I suggest the Antipodean Astro Calendar ......................
provided that you are not going to be alarmed and overwhelmed
by how much information is in it. It is designed to suit beginners
as well as researchers but some beginners can unrealistically
expect to understand everything in it in a session - whereas,
in reality, it can take years to assimilate what is offered in
Tips - Reading the astrocalendar
day by day, month by month, selecting one's preferred aspect to
keenly study and then simply reading the rest of the material
on the page out of interest, without trying too hard to understand
it will, with the passing of time become a body of knowledge that
we will begin to feel really at home with.
Taking the one step at a time approach just start off with something
like moon phases which we are familiar with. There dates and times
are easily determined from the calendar. Read what is written
on the reference pages. Run with that and then build from there
.......... when you are ready.
Our connections to the cosmos are simple and beautiful in their
profundity but complex intheir intricacy.
What are "peppers"?
"Peppers" are a biodynamic term for an insect or weed
inhibitor made from the ashes of a weed seed, insect pest, or
animal pest and which look like pepper, hence the name.
Information on peppers can be obtained from local BD groups,
bookshops selling biodynamic literature, or the Biodynamic national
You could also ask questions on a BD online discussion group such
There are many books on biodynamics. Perhaps you could try Culture
and Horticulture by Wolf Storl which has been republished.
Can I use my Antipodean Astro Calendar in the
Can I use my Astro Calendar Northern Hemisphere in the Southern
Yes ........ but you have to take into account what time zones
are being used and appreciate that when the Sun, Moon or any planet
is ascending in one hemisphere then it will be descending in the
opposite hemisphere, and vice versa.
The Antipodean Astro Calendar uses Australian Eastern Standard
The Astro Calendar Northern Hemisphere uses Pacific Time.
The Moon Planting Primer is designed to be used in any hemisphere.
What do the days that have little triangles (trines) with the plant parts signify?
By the Maria Thun planting method there are 2 sometimes differing influences on the plants that day, one from the Moon's position in front of the Zodiac and the other from planets which are 120 degrees apart from each other which is known as a "trine" relationship. When 2 planets are in 120 degrees apart they are always in the same sign. If you look at the Zodiac Circle you will see that all the fire signs are 120 apart as are the water, air and earth signs.
Maria Thun considers that the second influence overides the first.
The Moon is in a fire sign which is considered to be a fruit/seed day.
Two planets are in a trine relationship in Earth signs which makes it a root influence.
Maria Thun would plant root crops like carrots and beetroot.
At times the Moon and planet influences are mutually supportive.
When this is the case
there is an asterisk next to the triangle that indicates that the moon and the planets are both influencing the same part of the plant
When there is a dot next to the triangle that indicates that the moon and the planets are giving different influences to the plant