Burying Seeds During the Holy Nights

2014/12/19 by Tagged with:
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IMG_2294Rudolf Steiner, in his Agriculture lectures, advises the farmers and gardeners to bury their seeds during the Holy Nights, December 24-January 6. From Christmas Eve until Epiphany a special kind of love streams down from the heavens and enriches our earth with cosmic forces. Like most Christian holidays they fall just a few days after a major celestial or planetary event. Christmas falls a few days after the darkest day of the year the Winter Solstice on December 21st. “Into the dark, there was light.” The days start to get a bit brighter, last a bit longer after the winter solstice when Jesus was born on December 25th. He is the light. The Holy Nights are the 12 days between his two births; his earthly incarnation on December 25th and his spiritual birth through his baptism on Epiphany, January 6th. His cousin, John the Baptist by the power of the Holy Spirit brought the Christ being into the body of Jesus and the messiah was born. Jesus was thirty years old when baptized and the Christ being entered his being. Jesus Christ lived for another three years until his death at thirty-three. He sacrificed himself through crucifixion on Easter- the only Christian movable feast that falls around the Spring Equinox- when the days are of equal length. To finish out the Christian festivals we have St. John’s Tide after the Summer Solstice on June 21st and Michelmass a few days after the Fall Equinox September 21st.

 

The Holy Nights will be here soon, so get out your shovel and bury your seeds. I first put the seeds in tissue paper and in glass jars, then in a plastic bag (like a zip lock or garbage bag) and finally in a box or old suitcase and bury them in some sandy soil I have in my yard. I prepare the seeds a few days or even weeks before I bury them. On Christmas Eve, I place the seeds in my chosen spot which I pre dig. It is about a foot or so down and wide- I have even put paper bags or straw in the hole, as moisture is your enemy here. We don’t want our seeds to get moist. Dig them up on January 6th, Epiphany, the birth of the Christ. Dust them off and open up the bags and wrappings make sure they are dry and store them where you normally would until they are ready to be planted.

 

In my Biodynamic class with Gunther Hauk, several of my classmates had seeds buried here in the States, in Jerusalem and Brazil and some seeds not buried at all. All seeds were from the same source. The results were astounding. The buried seeds were often twice as robust as the unburied seeds and the Holy Land seeds were the best. The East Coast seeds a close second and Brazil third, unburied were the slowest to grow and the smallest even after several months.   Another student simply experimented with buried and unburied on the East Coast and again the buried seeds far surpassed the unburied in germination, growth and vitality. It could make a convert out of you.carol

 

There are other biodynamic activities happening during this magical time but start with the seeds. Think of your seeds while they are buried and see the difference after the resurrection.

 

Merry Christmas,

Carol Avery


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