Tuesday Trivia: "best days explained"

J. H. Osborne • Sep 3, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Maybe you’ve heard some folks talking about “planting by the signs” or “planting by the moon.” But did you know the stages of the moon and the moon’s position to signs of the zodiac also are used by some to decide which day is the best for other activities — from cutting your hair (to encourage growth) or mowing the lawn, to when to get married or wax the floor?

The Farmers’ Almanac offers a daily “Best Days” calendar covering each day of each month throughout the year.  

Best Days explained

According to The Farmers’ Almanac's long-standing proprietary formula, when the moon is in the appropriate phase and place in the zodiac, it's widely believed that activities will be more fruitful or lead to improved results. The period between the new and full moon (first and second quarters) is considered as the best time to perform tasks that require strength, fertility and growth. The period between the full and new moon (third and fourth quarters) is best for harvesting, slowing growth, etc. Consideration is also given to the relationship the moon has with the 12 ruling signs of the zodiac.

Samples for this work week

• Today is a good day to: cut firewood, cut hair to increase growth, mow to increase growth, dig holes and wax floors.

• Wednesday is a good day to: cut firewood, mow to increase growth, castrate farm animals, dig holes, wean, potty train, wash windows, advertise to sell, travel for pleasure and kill plant pests

• Thursday and Friday are good days to: do all the things listed for Wednesday.

Some other highlights for September

• The 12th and 13th are good days to, among other things: start a diet to gain weight.

• The 14th, 15th, and 16th are good days to, among other things: start a diet to lose weight.

• The 17th and 18th are good days to, among other things: jar jams and jellies; and ask for a loan (and the three days following are good days to buy a car).

• The 22nd and 23rd are good days to, among other things: brew beer and get married.

Source: The Farmers’ Almanac