Harvesting and canning the crops were also timed according to the 12 signs of the zodiac. Signs are barren or fruitful, feminine or masculine, in addition to being associated with parts of the body, like the head, heart or feet. The sign Leo, July 23 to Aug. 22, is masculine, barren and represents the heart, so unwanted weeds should be cut during this sign of the heart, and they will “bleed” to death. During this third and fourth quarter of the moon as it is waning, there is less pull on the plant to urge growth.
In case you missed it this year, remember next year that Good Friday is most favorable for spring crops.
The association of the signs to different parts of our bodies dates back to around 1000 B.C.
Signs also are linked to four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water signs, and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth signs. Scorpio, Pisces Taurus and Cancer are the best ones for planting most gardens. Capricorn is the best sign for planting root crops.
There are many different almanacs published around the world, but for the southeast and especially North Carolina, Blum’s caters to our region. They have calendars showing the best days for fishing. They also have bits of humor and timeless recipes.
We tend to learn so much from our ancestors, and although some people disagree with believing in the signs, they are only misunderstood when used in the wrong way. My ancestors were farmers, and they may have read the Blum’s Almanac by day, but they read their Bibles every night.