Equinox and our Auspicious Start!

An auspicious start for Nelson Biodynamic Group today, with a workshop on Preparation 500. We had the March 2009 Equinox, a descending moon, and a transition to an Earth Constellation just about the evening hour that we were to finish potentising, or mixing. I went to a neighbour’s house, since he has left town for the month, and was just finishing his arbor of pears and comfrey when the drops started raining down. At the same moment, his neighbours came to the fence to ask what I was doing, and were very satisfied to hear “spreading biodynamic preparation.” I felt a special connection to the process then. The sky had been slowly filling with clouds during our workshop, and the rain coincided with the cusp, as predicted.

This corroborates the order of the following tale in Steiner’s first lecture on agriculture, later named Biodynamics by his followers. “Two professors at university debated the relation of moon location to the amount of rainfall. Their private rainwater came from a shared courtyard, so the ’spiritual’ professor suggested that they divide the collection days according to his weather predictions, so that he would collect more rainfall. The other professor agreed, but his wife countermanded him.

This demonstrates that folk wisdom had not disappeared in the nineteenth century. Steiner’s typical criticism of this situation is that the women believed the Old Knowledge, while their husbands delved into the new precision of “Science” with disdain for the traditional ways.  Steiner seeks to recover the Old Knowledge through research using the ’scientific method’ so that everyone can reproduce the results.

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