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Planting by the Stars - Introduction

Does the variation manifest in the organic world (plants animals and humans) show any correlation with the celestial arrangement at crucial moments of change? My own 'planting by the stars' experiments seem to have been wholly positive. But I don't have the time, patience, discipline and application to do enough experiments on my own to gain conviction. Until I have such results my skeptical mind postulates mundane reasons for the differences in the crops and will not cede the point.

This admission was the one spur to create this section of Considera: a collection point for results of planting with the planets and stars. I figure that if we all pool our results and use computers for what they are good at - looking for patterns in stacks of data - we should be able to come to some firm conclusions. If it's true that we can enhance our crops by using the patterns marked by the heavens, it should not be beyond us to confirm it. Then we can either make use of a tool, with confidence, that can benefit us and our struggling planet, or forget it and move on.


Planting by the Stars - Aims

Considera aims to collect and collate results from farmers and gardeners around the world who have taken note of the time at which they have planted their crops and have also taken note of the results of these plantings. (NB - although this site, between its inception and execution, has become increasingly focused upon Biodynamic agriculture, results from any grower - aligned or independent - are welcomed and indeed solicited here.)

Considera will then look for correspondences between these results and the position of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars at the time of making these plantings.

By doing this it is intended to clarify whether there really are correspondences, what these correspondences are, and to give guidance for those who wish to make use of these correspondences for their future farming and gardening.

When all is going well, we will be able to publish our increasingly confident conclusions so that anyone can use the emerging patterns to enhance their crops.

Another aim is to encourage you to consider whether your eco-system does extend up to the stars, and to take thoughtful note and action on that consideration.

Until we are confident that we have identified the relevant patterns, we suggest that you follow your favourite planting calendar. We will be basing our initial recommendations on the work of Maria Thun, Nick Kollerstrom and Brian Keats.

We have suggested dates for many years, crop type, and hemisphere, at which time you are invited to make two sets of otherwise similar-as-you-can plantings for the different outcomes to be obvious. In this way we hope to encourage you to join in and keep in the research. Until I hear that this is being useful I'm not going to prepare any more for the present.


Planting by the Stars - Assumptions

As far as possible one should establish a firm foundation for research by being aware of ones own assumptions. Not only is this essential for any attempts at expansion of knowledge, its near-absence is central to the criticism of the dominant paradigm. Few of our scientific institutions look back at the basis upon which they build their own work or condemn the 'heretical' work of others like Considera.


Assumptions relating to the hypothesis

  • We have adopted the hypothesis that a crucial point in a plant's 'biography' is the time it is put into its final growing place and medium. This is when the seed is sown or, if it needs transplanting, when the seedling is planted out.
  • We assume that there are several overlapping influential cosmic rhythms that can be differentiated.
  • We assume that we can gather enough results for these patterns to emerge.


Assumptions relating to the project

  • Whilst we realise that the project sinks or swims on the quality of the experiments that we all undertake, we assume (OK, pray!) that anyone who is interested enough to undertake this work will not jeopardise it with careless work (or by active vandalism!)
  • We assume that mundane parameters can be isolated by good experiments and analysis, and by collating enough results.
  • We assume that there are enough people willing to entertain the thesis to join in and make diligent experiments based on a commom procedure.
  • We assume that we are not wasting our or your time. There has been a lot of research which suggests that there are repeatable and measurable effects, but this research is not (yet) unanimous in its recommendations!