PBTS NOTE: Before the May Overview, I want to share with you a perfect week for planting that begins on Friday. Remember all times here are Eastern Daylight.


‘Perfect Week’ begins May 3


Since we are cursed with seven of May’s 31 days ruled by killing signs, finding a stretch of perfect days for planting is tough this year.

But I found one: May 3-9! That’s seven days even if it’s not a week in the traditional sense – and it begins Friday.

Here’s the breakdown: The moon is in the dark phase May 3 and most of the fourth and in the light phase after that. I know that’s a bit disproportionate, but I can’t “manufacture” the perfect week, only work with what we have.

On May 3 – and up until about Kentucky Derby post time May 4 - you may plant any below-ground producers with the fertile sign Taurus (the breast) in force; May 5-7 are absolutely perfect for beans with the moon in the light phase and the sign in Gemini (the arms), the bean sign; then the stretch concludes May 8-9 when the sign is in the very fertile Cancer (the breast) and the moon in the light phase for above-ground producers. That’s a great time to plant your tomatoes.

Statistically the danger of frost should be over by Saturday but be prepared to protect tender plants. Pray for dry ground, sunny days, a favorable wind and, if you’re of a mind, you can get a whole lot of planting done in your vegetable gardens May 3-9 – and then those lovely flowers May 12-15.


May Overview


Moon phases: May begins – and ends - with the dark moon in force. The dark moon rules until the new moon – or no moon visible in the sky – arrives at 6:45 p.m. EDT on May 4. The light moon is then in force until the full – or dark moon - returns at 5:11 p.m. on May 18.

      When the full - or dark - moon is ruling, plant only those veggies that produce below the ground. When the light moon is in force, plant those that produce above the ground.

      Ideally, check the signs and plant when one of the fertile signs rules. Don’t plant when the killing signs Aries or Leo are in force. If you can only utilize one aspect of the system, I would suggest going with the moon phases.

The signs

     Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with any planting anywhere, or other activities. May begins with the killing sign Aries (the head), so that’s where we will begin.

      Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating your garden, cleaning out fence rows — anything but planting.

      Here’s when they rule this month: Aries (the head), May 1-2, 28-30; Leo (the heart) May 10-11. There are seven days ruled by killing signs this month.

      Fertile days: These are the most fertile signs in the zodiac. Here’s is in order.

      Taurus (the neck) rules May 3-4, 31, dark moon; Cancer (the breast) May 8-9, light moon; Scorpio (the secrets), May 16-17, light moon; and Pisces (the feet), May 26-27, dark moon.

      There are nine days this month ruled by the most fertile signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Cancer and that’s three less than April. Four with the light moon in force and five in the dark moon.

      Gemini days: Gemini (the arms) rules May 5-7. They are part of the perfect week highlighted elsewhere here.

      Flowering days: Virgo (the bowels) rules May 12-13 and Libra (the reins) is up for May 14-15. There are four flowering days again in May. These are bloom days and flowers planted now should bloom and do so abundantly.

     So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Sagittarius (the thighs), May 18-20; Capricorn (the knees), May 21-22; and Aquarius (the legs), May 23-25. There are eight days this month ruled by the so-so signs.

      The dark moon is in force all but May 18 and when you add the Pisces (feet) days on May 26-27, you have yet another great stretch for making changes.

General tips

      Making changes: If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small children or animals, scheduling elective surgery – anything that requires making a change – the best time for that is when the moon is in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body beyond anything that functions.

      Days this month are May 19-27.

      Pouring gravel: If you have gravel to pour on a drive or road on your farm, do that when the light moon rules, which May 5 through most of May 18.

      The same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase, so they don’t sink. If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light phase of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

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