Earlier this year (2018)I was asked would I like to write the weather forecast for our lovely Biodynamic newsletter “Who Flung Dung”? Wow what an opportunity to learn new things as I have never thought much about weather forecasts except that I keep an eye on BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) when we are in the cyclone season. It suited me fine to take on the job as I am writing a book about what is happening in the garden during the year and I thought the two of them would go just nicely hand in hand.
I am using the Antipodean Astro Calendar compiled by Brian Keats as my guide. You can order the calendar online (www.astro-calendar.com). It is a great calendar a must have if you ask me! I have included some of my hints and tips based on my garden observations in the Mareeba (QLD) area over a period of eleven years. You will have to keep in mind that Mareeba is a very dry and warm/hot area. I am sorry that I don’t know much about the effect of all the planetary movements but hope to learn more on this subject as I go. However you can tune in to the planets yourself and see/feel what happens and start compiling your own observations. It is really exciting all this about the atmosphere, seasons and cycles, Sun Gods and Goddess, global wind patterns, frontal systems, see what the clouds are doing and have you ever thought about the life cycle of a thunderstorm or whirling winds?
I thought I should include my entire weather forecast even though some of it is history already. However there are many observations to learn from. My weather forecast starts with an introduction to Biodynamic Practises of what we do in the garden/on the farm at different times during a month. My weather forecasts starts with June 2018
A few important things to keep in mind:
Moon opposite Saturn:
We put out Horn Manure Preparation 500, Winter Horn Clay, Cow Pat Pit (CPP) and a fermented Casuarina 508 Preparation tea two days before Moon opposite Saturn. You can start stirring at 3pm and put out after 4pm. Put out Horn Silica Preparation 501, Summer Horn Clay with a fresh Casuarina 508 Preparation tea the next morning. Start stirring one hour before sunrise and put out at sunrise. The morning spray concoction strengthen the plants against fungus such as mildew and botrytis on grapes, rust on coffee, blister blight on tea, mildew on tamarillo and cucurbits and greasy spot on passion fruit. Spraying 501 at this time improves the keeping quality and the taste of all fruits and vegetable. Moon opposite Saturn is also an optimal time to plant all seeds. Moon opposite Saturn times over the next four months: 15th June, 12th July, 8th August and 5th September. If you for some reason could not get the preparations out during above dates you can put out the Horn Manure Preparation 500, Winter Horn Clay, Cow Pat Pit and a fermented Casuarina 508 Preparation tea on a descending moon and the atmospheric Horn Silica Preparation 501, Summer Horn Clay with a fresh Casuarina 508 Preparation tea on an ascending Moon on a leaf day. Most important is that you put the preparations out. They are no good for your garden/farm as long as they sit in a cupboard next to a smelly cheese.
At times of Equatorial crossings we are very likely to experience unsettled weather and sometimes rather wild weather depending what all the planets are doing. Moon Equatorial crossings dates: 9th and 21st June, 6th and 19th July, August 2nd, 15th and 29th August, 11th and 26th September. Also be aware of other planets Equatorial crossings.
Activities connected with the Full Moon: Sow seeds 48 hours before Full Moon to get good germination and strong seedlings. Never sow or plant on Full Moon as this is a very energetic chaotic time where lots of changes are happening. You can graft towards Full Moon during Summer Moon. Do not harvest at Full Moon as there is too much moist in plants and fungal activities will be strong. We have high tides and sap/ fluid in plants above ground are up high. You can strengthen cellulose with Horn Silica 501 with lime and Molasses. If you have too much above ground activity in form of soil bacteria/fungus you can bring the Moon influence back in the soil by using Casuarina Preparation 508. Eat pumpkin seeds or feed your animals with them as intestinal worms start to move/detach themselves two days before and after Full Moon. Apply liquid manures including CPP 48 hours before Full Moon in the afternoon several times during crop growth. It is also a good idea to keep the soil moist leading up to Full Moon to enhance growth and fertility. Watch out for chewing and sucking insects. If you got any use a garlic, ginger, chilli pepper spray, natural pyrethrum, neem oil or stinging nettle together with 5 % cow urine. That will teach them a lesson! You then have to consider what their behaviour is teaching you! Full Moon dates: 28th June, 28th July, 26th August and 25th September.
Activities connected with New Moon: Making compost and plant below ground crop towards New Moon, pruning, prepare the base onto which you want to graft. New Moon dates: 14th June, 13th July, 11th August and 10th September.
Activities connected with Ascending Moon: Sow and plant, graft, put out Horn Silica 501 on a leaf day and other folia feeding. Harvest fruit and vegetable (not root and potatoes), plants for making medicine, flowers and plants for BD preparation making, fodder for animals, field crops such as silage and hay on an Air/flower constellation day. Fruit, green vegetable, hay and silage keep better and maintain quality in storage if harvested on an Air/flower constellation day. Grains and seeds for saving are best harvested during Fire/fruit constellation day. Ascending Moon times June: 1st, 15th to 29th, July 13th to 26th, August 9th to 22nd and September 6th to 18th.
Activities connected with Descending Moon: Make and spread compost and put out compost preparations 502-507. Apply Horn manure 500 and Cow Pat Pit (CPP) on a Root day at the beginning of the plant’s growth and just before harvest. Transplant seedlings, container grown plants, trees and shrubs at the appropriate season. Make and plant cuttings. Cultivate soil. Harvest root crops and potatoes for storage on an Earth/root constellation day. Prune all fruit trees and berry shrubs in the appropriate season on a Fire/fruit constellation day. Prune flowering trees, shrubs and roses at appropriate season on an Air/flower constellation day. Descending Moon times: June 1st to 15th, 29 and 30th, July 1st to 12th, 26th to 31st, August 1st to 9th, 22nd to 31st and September 1st to 5th, 18th to 30th.
The most favourable time to harvest seeds is when we have Fire/ fruit constellation day and when the Moon is in/in front of Leo. This happens: on 18th June from 10.17am to 19th, 16th and 17th July, 12th August from 5.59 am to 13th. 8th September from 4.24pm to 10th until 5.05pm.
Activities connected with Apogee and Perigee: Plant potatoes but avoid all other seed sowing for 12 hours either side of Apogee and Perigee. Avoid harvesting at Perigee. Perigee brings watery influence to Earth which can lead to fungal attacks, especially during warm weather. We will experience heavy rain fall and high tides. Put out Casuarina 508. The Perigee locks in the weather pattern whatever weather around the Perigee. It is time to study this influence and make a few notes in your garden journal. If you would like to learn heaps more about Biodynamic practices please click on this link: BDFNQ.
We have reached June and the wet season is over. We had a good downpour in March which was very much appreciated and some of us got flooded in (awesome) and lots of rivers finally got flushed. What a relief! Copperload Dam, 100%, Lake Tinaroo Dam 97%, Ross River Dam 88%, Paluma Dam 100% and I think Burdekin Falls Dam is full as well. We can now prepare for a dry season and with June winter is here. In the dry part of our region such as north of Walkamin on the Tableland it is rather dry by now. It is time for serious and smart thinking watering. To keep the watering to a minimum put out some homemade compost and lots of mulch to keep the soil protected and damp. Parts of the Evelyn Tableland can expect some frosty nights during winter. I do remember one year with ten nights of frost in a row at Kaban. Get the pot belly going and apply Valerian Preparation 507 and spray the area you are protecting from frost the night before and first thing very early morning. Valerian will raise the temperature with 2 degrees. You can also spray out a Seaweed tea in the morning to support the plants. You can apply the Biodynamic Preparation “The Three Kings” for frost protecting. There is nothing like being a farmer. If you haven’t got your winter green crop in already this is your last chance. It is an excellent time of the year to prune, harvest and tidy up the garden/farm for excess growth over autumn. Use all the materials for making a new compost heap and don’t forget to add our wonderful Biodynamic Compost Preparations 502 – 507.
The winter weather forecast for Mareeba is a drier winter than average winter and with no rain around we will have cooler nights than average but normal warm and sunny days. In June to September 2009 we had a total of 3 mm of rain! Gosh! Have a look in your local paper for the weather forecast for your specific area.
New Moon 14th. Peak North on the 15th plus Moon opposite Saturn with Perigee same day. Winter Solstice is on 21st. Winter Solstice has been celebrated in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. I hope you take time to celebrate this event which is the longest night and a turning point where the light returns and the Sun is born again. For me when I lived in Denmark it was a very welcoming day as the winter was so dark and miserable (Sun rise 9am sunset 4pm) and waiting for spring was so intense. It is a time to connect to nature and the nature spirits. The Moon is crossing Equator the same day so look out for some unsettled weather. Winter Solstice means powerful Full Moon and it falls on 28th. Please pay attention to the energy surrounding you and also take note of the weather movement.
Since my garden is very dry I feel the plants need more support so I put out Seaweed and weed tea. It is tick season and the grasshoppers are my favourite creature this month. They are here in abundance and I am just wondering what their message is! Well, if you have aphids, grasshoppers, caterpillars and other insects and or lots of fungal activities eating away/ destroying your yummy Mustard Green Leaf or any other plants it is because the atmosphere is out of balance or the fact that the plants are growing rapidly and nature don’t like that and sends the insects around for you to wake up. In such a case apply more Silica Preparation 501 with a fresh brew of Casuarina 508. The silica strengthens the leaf cells and the Casuarina 508 will keep the humidity in balance. It is also possible that your soil is not that healthy. Maybe check for minerals and Ph value.
The Brazil Cherry is in season. It is full of Vitamin C and we made some yummy jams. The air is full of music. It is the song of the beautiful Rainbow Bee Eater who has arrived from southern Australia staying here for the winter. They are so beautiful and they make me happy watching them diving for insects performing a colour show when Sun hits their body. Mareeba is expecting 5 days of drizzle/shower/rain this month with a bit of luck. Look up in the sky and see if you can spot a rainbow. They are breathtaking! We will get a few overcast days and 19 sunny days!
July and Mareeba is expecting 28 sunny days and 3 days with a slight chance of drizzle/shower/rain. It is a bumper month for Oranges and Mandarins. Our juicer is working overtime and the freezer is soon full of Vitamins. Malay Apple, Star Apple and Jack fruit are in season. We have Aphelion on the 7th which is the time where the Sun is farthest from Earth being 152.1 million km away. Wow, that’s overwhelming and time to reflect on our incredible Universe and ask “what is my role here on Earth”.
Moon Peak North on 12th with Moon opposite Saturn same day. Did you get the preparations out? Weather Warning Super Moon at New Moon 13th and Partial Solar Eclipse with Perigee at the same day. I would definitely suggest that we all hang on to barn rafters and the likes as this will create a chaotic weather eruption. However as we know after chaos we get order. We have a North node on the 14th at 12.50 and please remember the firm rule that we do not do any farm or garden work two hours before and after. You are in for a long siesta that day but it is not all about granny nap. It is a perfect time to invite a friend over for a nice cup of The Hunters Soup. If you have a good recipe please share it with your family. The next Excitement Warning starts with Peak south on the 26th followed by Apogee on the 27th then followed by Full Moon on the 28th with Total Lunar Eclipse on the same day and a South Node. This combination calls for some dramatic energetic chaos. Make sure you write down your observations in your garden journal you have sitting on your breakfast table. I do urge you to get a garden journal on the go if you haven’t got one already. Before you know this journal will become you very personal garden/farm manual designed by you for your specific property. I know what you will say: I haven’t got time to write a journal. I am too busy fiddling with my new app on my mobile phone, or there are too many YouTube’s I need to watch and I must check Face Book to see what Twitter is doing to compare with Instagram. Bull dust!
My favourite creature this month is the Ibis. They help with airing the soil. They are my friends and one year I saw Ibis catching cane toads and bashing the daylight out of them before they swallowed the fellows. I also appreciate the kangaroos dropping their signature around the place. Every morning when I do my bush walk around the block I pick up their droppings. I make a garden tea out of them adding Comfrey and Sea weed. Soak in water for three weeks before applying remember to dilute. This is a great mixture and when you look at my plants you can see that they are just as alert as the old Skippy himself.
August Moon opposite Saturn 8th. More excitement building up with peak North on the 9th followed by a north node on the 10th then Weather Warning Super Moon as we have New Moon on the 11th in conjunction with Partial Solar Eclipse and a Perigee. Time to hold on to pen and paper and write down what the weather is doing in your part of the world. The rest of the month should be a breeze with Full Moon on the 26th.
Mareeba 24 sunny days some overcast days and 2 days with about 50% of drizzle/shower/rain. Remember folks Mareeba is the town with 300 sunny days a year! By now my garden is suffering from the dry weather and I put another dose of seaweed and weed tea out. I also apply Casuarina 508 to balance the atmospheric moisture. By now I feel it is time to pull out the Biodynamic drought maker kit sitting in my garden cupboard however it is far too early to think drought. But I will do some serious rain dancing. My favourite creature this month is the Straited Paradalotes nesting in a pole hole. The Kangaroos are digging up the grass/weeds and eat the roots. I think they lack some minerals. I read somewhere “Support life in the garden. Make peace with the insect world”. The Mangoes are setting fruit. Plum and peach trees are flowering with lots of bees around and the air is full of humming. It is time to smell the roses.
September and congratulations we made it to Spring. It is time to clean the garden for excess winter growth and a great time to cleanse yourself getting rid of nasty bacteria in your body. The Avocado trees are in full blossom. The Noisy Friarbird arrives. They migrate from the southern part of Australia. Common Koel has arrived also known as the Pacific Koel indicating that the build up season is only 2 months away with thunder storm activities and rain coming. Peace and quiet time is over as the Koel spends all early morning (sometimes starts at 2 am) and day calling out for a female to join him. I wish he wasn’t that particular! It goes on and on. The flying foxes are hammering the unripe Black Sapote. We pee in milk containers perforated with holes near top and leave lid off. Hang bottles in trees. Hang up high so you don’t bump into the bottles as the urine stinks to high heaven. The flying foxes don’t like the smell and a bonus is that the fruit flies keep off the fruit as well. I am harvesting Queensland Arrow Root and Peder is making Arrow Root Chips. Clean and slice the root very thinly deep fry in coconut oil or Biodynamic lard.
September looks like a breeze if you think otherwise please let me know. However it is very dry by now. The undergrowth is starting to wither. Moon opposite Saturn 5th New Moon 10th Equinox 23rd time for another party and reflection. Full Moon is on the 25th. Mareeba is expecting 25 sunny days with a chance of 2 days overcast and 50% chance for 2 drizzle/shower/rainy days. My favourite creature this month is the Native Bee and I am also fascinated by the Dung Beetles.
It would be great to hear about your own observations. Don’t be shy. You can post your observations to P.O. Box 1672 Mareeba QLD 4880. I would just love to hear from you. I was told by an old fruit orchard farmer that if the mango trees have no flowers we will get a cyclone. A gardener told me that when the Mock Orange is flowering we get rain. There is also a white orchid that makes the same predictions if it flowers three days in a row. When the ants carry their eggs up high we will get lots of rain. In the old days the Weather-Watchers were priests and shamans whose duties included both predicting the weather and changing it to suit their community’s need by directing rites and sacrifices designed to persuade the weather Gods and Goddess to act appropriately. I grew up in Denmark knowing that the Scandinavian God Thor brought on the thunderstorms.
Did you notice the shift in energy that occurred around the Partial Solar Eclipse New Moon Super Moon on the 13th July or the energy shift that happened around the Total Lunar Eclipse with the south node on the 28th July? Both days I felt irritated, not able to concentrate on the jobs I had set out for these days. I was restless and decided to get practical jobs done instead of writing articles and working on my manuscript.
Our winter in Biboohra was colder than ever. 2.6 degree C on the 20th of June record low. The winter was also much longer than usual and now we have reached spring time another wonderful time of the year.
Moon opposite Saturn:
Moon opposite Saturn times over the next three months: 2nd October, 29th October, 26th November and 23rd December.
October: Silky Oak is in full blossom. Black and white sapote is ready to pick. Jacaranda, Jaboticaba, Akee and Ice cream Bean trees are flowering. The Nankeen Night Heron has left. They are nomadic and leave before the rainy season starts. They roost up high in shady trees and feed primarily at night in shallow water. With a bit of luck rain is coming soon.
November: The first storms are here. It is extremely dry weather by now. Our dam has dried up. It is time to use your BD Drought Breaker. There are lots of grasshoppers and kangaroos around. Flying ants are out. Mr. and Mrs. Cane Toad are busy eating them. We finally get our first rain. The Malay Apple is ready to eat. The Cicadas are out and performing one musical after the other. Prickly Pear is flowering and the Kapok pods are opening. Have you ever tried to spin Kapok or did you use it for stuffing your mattress? Black Cockatoos are eating green pine cones. This is rather unusual news for me. The Dollar Bird arrived ready for breading season. They migrate from New Guinea and build their nest in tree hollows. They are another sign of rain coming our way.
December and summer is upon us. The Flying foxes starts eating the mango a sign for me to start harvesting. There are heaps of flowers in Grapefruit trees unfortunately it is a yellow grape fruit and not my favourite Red Ruby. Water Cherry tree is laden with fruit all taken by flying foxes within 3 nights. Well there you go lazy bugger I should have harvested instead of doing Instagram! Good crop of Carob Bean. This bean is used as a substitute for chocolate but we did not have enough to start a production. There are lots of fruit in the Grumichama tree and now is time for some yummy jam. Cherry Guava is loaded with sweet fruit so I come to visit the tree every day to graze.
The Passion fruit season has just started and Jack fruit is coming to an end. Mating season has started for Guineafowls. It is a great show to watch them run around. White Cockatoo is hammering the West Indian Lime Tree. We paint CD’s yellow, red and orange. We tread fishing line through the CD’s and hang them in the tree so that they spin freely and the White Cockatoo don’t like it one bit. They think the tree is on fire.
In December we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice on 22nd followed by Full Moon on the 23rd. We can expect some very strong moon forces. Moon is opposite Saturn on Full Moon 23rd with peak North. This Full Moon is also a Super Moon. On the 24th we have North Node and Perigee. Perigee creates a lot of moist, heavy rain fall and high tides. It locks in the weather pattern whatever weather we are having around perigee. I take we could expect some great planetary energetic movements around this time. Maybe we will have a strong chance for widespread heavy rain. Remember we have Uranus, Neptune and Pluto Retro the entire month. I read somewhere that when a planet is in retrograde motion its energy turns inward. As the planet is closer to Earth at this time, its energy is often stronger and more demanding.
Two lunar rhythms come into sync every December – the phase cycle and the declination cycle. The Full Moon is at peak North. The closer the Full or New Moon is to Summer Solstice the greater the surge in the atmosphere, oceans, plants, magma/lava upon which the tectonic plates float. There is a big surge in any case at this time of the year. If the Perigee is at the same time the situation is more stressed. So look out folks and hold on to hat and umbrella. We are in for strong weather and maybe a major earthquake somewhere in the world and maybe a cyclone will turn up in our local area. Who knows! Everybody got a big surprise when cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974 category four killing 71 people.
Geminids Meteor Shower will show itself in December considered by many a folk to be the King of the meteor showers. The shower peaks on the night of the 13th and morning of 14th. The meteors are multicoloured. So get out there in your paddy and have a free documentary show for a change. On December 15th Mercury is at Greatest Western Elongation 21.3˚ from the Sun. It is an awesome time to watch Mercury as it will be at its highest point above horizon in the morning sky. Look low in eastern sky just before sunrise.
Ursids Meteor Shower peaks in the night of 21th till morning 22nd. It is a minor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour so easy to count and keep an eye on. We might not get to see much of it as we are so close to full Moon and the sky is bright with moonlight.
At Biboohra we had some rather hot days and cold nights during August, September and October. August topped with 31˚C and the lowest was 4˚C while enjoying 2 mm rain. September we had a top of 35˚C and as low as 7˚C while blessed with 1 mm rain. October we cooked on 39˚C and had 10˚C in the very early morning. Again we were grateful for the 1mm rain. To me that is a huge difference between the hot and cold temperature. Lots of days the difference was 20˚C. With the cool nights we are very likely not to see much rain.
Then November came around with a heat wave and we broke record with 46˚ on the 26th and we had nine days with temperatures at 40˚or more. We were not the only place to break records! It is totally dry and we get a few thunderstorms but they are dry. The wild life is suffering. Small wasps are desperate for water so we arrange small water stations for them so that they don’t drown as we find them dead in all sorts of large water containers. Skippy finally found its way into the veggie garden. He pushed himself through the fence. The Brazil Spinach was just too tempting. I love it too and picked a heap when I realised I had Skippy visiting. Curlew Mum and Dad had twin babies. We had a birthday party and named the babies Curly and Louie. A couple of days later Peahen presented her young baby strolling around the garden while munching on insects and grass seeds. Mock Orange started flowering on the 18th which is a sign of rain coming and it did on the 21st where we had 24mm. What a blessing!
What’s on the Agenda for January, February and March 2019
I looked on the internet for a weather forecast for the next couple of months for our local area in regards to temperature and rain fall but I could not find a decent one so I gave it a miss. Because we are in the Cyclone season I thought to have a look at how many cyclones we have had in Australia in what months over the years. I downloaded a document and it had 12 pages of Cyclone happenings. Gosh, I had to give my calculations and statistics a miss as well but can tell that I found cyclone activities as early as September (2004) and as late as July (2007).
Very important to notice is Moon opposite Saturn times. These dates are: January 20th February 17th and March 16th.
We put out Horn Manure Preparation 500, Winter Horn Clay, Cow Pat Pit (CPP) and a fermented Casuarina 508 Preparation tea two days before Moon opposite Saturn. Put out Horn Silica Preparation 501, Summer Horn Clay with a fresh Casuarina 508 Preparation tea the next morning start stirring one hour before sunrise and put out at sunrise.
Super Moon is when either the Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth (perigee). We have Super Full Moon on the 21th January, 20th February and 21th March. Congratulations. There will be no more super full Moons in 2019 so enjoy them while you can. Please remember that full Moon is a time of very high tides and also King Waves can be expected so watch out when you take Mother-in-law fishing on the coast. You will be safe fishing on the Atherton Tablelands or any other Tablelands in our local area. But for one thing! Watch out for salt water crocodiles as I have heard on the Jungle Radio also referred to as the Grapevine that some smart fellows have let some “Salties” loose in our beautiful freshwater lakes.
At times of Equatorial crossings we are very likely to experience unsettled weather and sometimes rather wild weather depending what all the planets are doing. Moon Equatorial crossings dates: January 2019 13th and 26th, February 9th and 22nd and March 9th and 22th. Also be aware of other planets Equatorial crossings.
January is usually a wet month with lots of fungal activities so to strengthen the crystalline structure of the plants and to stop excessive fungal activities I apply Oak Bark BD preparation 505. It helps pull the too strong earthly forces back into the soil. BD preparation 505 will balance the energies helping to protect against fungal diseases and to take fungal activities back in soil.
We harvested our first Spaghetti squash and here is Peder’s recipe: Bake Spaghetti squash in oven for 1 and an half hour at 150 degrees. Spaghetti Squash is such a funny squash. Once you bake it and cut it open the flesh looks like spaghetti and you scoop out the spaghetti flesh laughing your head off. Well that’s what I did the first time I saw it. Also it was very delicious.
We have Perihelion on the 3rd meaning the Sun is closest to Earth and Quadrantids Meteor Shower is all over the place. Look up into the sky and count the meteors the shower peaks on the 3rd in the evening to the 4th in the morning. We have a Partial solar eclipse on the 6th January. It will be visible in parts of eastern Asia and the northern Pacific Ocean. It is best to view from northern Russia so call your travel agent and if you chose to go to Russia for this great sighting please remember that it is quite cold in Russia at this time of the year. My best advice is to pack top quality thermal clothes and bring a pair of special solar filter sunglasses. The very same day Venus is at Greatest Western Elongation 47˚from the Sun. This is a great time to watch Venus. Look for the bright planet in the eastern sky before sunrise and the bonus is that it can be watched from your own backyard!
South node on the 7th and north node on the 21st. Remember that we don’t do any garden/farm work 2 hours before and after a node. So if you are one of these farmers or gardeners on the go 25 hours a day 8 days a week please take this opportunity to rest a few hours sipping your favourite cup of tea with a good friend.
Total Lunar eclipse on the 21th January. A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after lunar eclipse. I never payed much attention to this fact but now I am aware. This Eclipse is not visible in our backyard so if you got the Eclipse travel bug you will be off to places like: North or South America, eastern Pacific or western Atlantic Ocean just to mention a few places to get the best view. Bon Voyage!
Super Full Moon 21th January and North node. Moon in Cancer = a water sign. We might be having a very wet time with extreme high tides. Maybe we even get some great winds. This Super full Moon was known by Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon. Mars is square Saturn. On the 22nd January Venus is conjunct Jupiter. The two bright planets will be visible within 2.4˚of each other. Look up in the sky to the east early morning. Perigee on this same day.
We had a bumper year of Cherry Guava so we fermented them. Do yourself a favour and remove the seeds before you ferment the fruit. Also lovely as a fermented drink mixed with coconut water. Add ginger wine for a unique experience. Lots of flying ants, Black stinking beetles and cane toads out. Many people hate cane toads. Me too in a way however they do a great job. They eat the Black stinking beetles that come in massive numbers at this time of the year. Take my word Stink bugs also stinks not only to high heaven but something rather real yucky poo. They come in all different colours from brown, bronze, yellow, orange and green. The last time I got caught up with a large group of them was when I was out harvesting Pigeon Pea. I was due for another shower when I finished harvesting.
In February we have South Node on the 3rd and North Node on the 17th Perigee on the 19th. Super Full Moon 20th February. This full Moon was known by the North American tribes as the Full Snow Moon it was also known as the Full Hunger Moon since hunting at this time of the year was very difficult. Watch out for rough weather. Cyclone Yasi was in February 2011. On the 27th Mercury is at Greatest Eastern Elongation at 18.1˚from the Sun. It is a great time to watch Mercury. Look for this planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
Guiana chestnut are ready to harvest. It is also called Malabar Chestnut or Saba Nut. The tree produces large woody green pods that contain many nuts. The nuts are edible raw and taste a bit like peanuts. Roast and fry in coconut oil as well. The cooked nuts have a flavour like chestnuts and they can be ground into flour. Let the nuts sprout for another delicious taste. Guinea Chestnut has to be my favourite nut. It is so crisp and taste lovely.
The Sunbird baby leaves the nest. I just happened to see this little fellow sticking his head out of the nest. Then more of his body showing and then I thought “He is going to fall out of the nest” as I could see almost his full body. Then he flew off and I just realised that he was leaving home like any sane teenager would do these days. I just felt so blessed to have watched this moment in life and the sunbird flew over to sit on a banana leaf to have a spell before heading off into the bush of a most fabulous world. See you later little sunbird! Magpie geese roosting in tree tops keeping us awake for long hours. Power Puff/Red Tassel Flower is flowering together with Buttercup Orchid (Cymbibum madidum). Bean sucking bug, Mealy bugs and grasshoppers are in abundance. Australian White Ibis breeding season starts.
March is the start of autumn. We have a South node on the 2nd North node on the 17th, South node on the 29th. Perigee March 20th and Full Moon which is a Super Moon on the 21th March. This full Moon was known to the North American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because the ground would start to soften and earthworms would start to appear. It had many other names but this will do for now.
Equinox is on the 21st. this is when the Sun will shine directly on the Equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. That’s awesome and we need to celebrate this very special day. Venus is square Mars as well so look out for weather action. On top of this Moon is crossing Equator as well the following day. Better be prepared for severe and extreme weather events especially with Full Super Moon on Equinox. Hold on to weathercock. It might otherwise take off.
I am not sure what the energy is of Mercury but it is retrograde from March the 5th to March 28th. Lots of Tamarinds are ready to eat. Peel Tamarind. Soak pulp and seeds in warm water for one hour. Strain by squeezing the flesh through cheese cloth. Tamarind makes a nice drink: one part Tamarind juice to one part soda water. Serve with a slice of West Indian Lemon. Or serve with honey if you have a sweet tooth. To use fresh Tamarind, crack pods and scrape out pulp and seeds. It is a messy job but you will be rewarded at the end of the work. The pulp can be eaten as is or mix with honey. Tamarind pulp is highly valued for its medicinal qualities and it is used to treat constipation, intoxication, digestive ailments and is used as a calmative. Tamarind is an excellent poultice for boils and helps draw out. The leaves can be used in curries and soups. Use overripe fruit to clean copper and bronze. I used the seeds of Tamarind for natural dye and it came out pretty and pink. I used alum as a mordant.
We had Cyclone Larry in 2006 and Cyclone Debbie 2017 both in March. I am going to pay more attention to Moon opposite Mars and Venus and also Moon square Mars and Venus. I want to observe if there is a difference in energy patterns on those days. What would you like to pay attention to in 2019?
While researching a friend showed me a very interesting calendar called “Moontime Diary 2019”, Astrology for your wellbeing, home and garden. You can order this book online (www.moontimediary.com.au). Happy weather watch!