SUN, MOON AND STARS: Understanding Solar Movement, Lunar Rhythms, and Planting Calendars

Instructor: T. “Turtle” Turtlington
Dates: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • 6:00 – 8:30 PM  &  Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, at 6-8pm
Location: HAALo Herb Shoppe, 412 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA
Class Fees: $30 in advance or $35 at the door


Planning a garden this year and curious about when to plant seeds for best germination? Wondering when the best time to harvest herbs for culinary or medicinal purposes is? Just look to the moon for guidance! Traditional people all over the world have followed Moon Based Calendars to know when to do what.

Join agricultural alchemist T. Turtlington for an evening lecture as he reintroduces you to the Sun and Moon through a short Astronomy 101. He will outline how the lunar rhythms can be easily tracked through the seasons providing you with ancient knowledge of exactly when to cultivate, plant, feed and harvest the vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers from your garden or field.

This is a two hour talk, perfect for the beginner or advanced gardener or farmer, that will be helpful whether you have a few raised beds or a 20 acre farm. The talk will address:

  • Basic Astronomy of the Sun, Earth and Moon, and their Celestial Mechanics.
  • Lunar phases and their qualities.
  • The Zodiac and the Moon’s passage through it.
  • The Ascending and Descending Moon rhythm.
  • Working these rhythms into a gardener/herbalist’s practice.
  • What makes the various Planting Calendars different and why it matters.


Turtle TurtlingtonAbout the instructor

T. “Turtle” Turtlington is a gardener, artist, alchemist and mead-maker. He studies the natural rhythms of both Earth and Sky, in an attempt to wed Art and Science. His tools are the compass, a shovel, paintbrush, and pen. He has studied extensively with geometer and architect Keith Critchlow, in his Kairos Program. He attended the Goethean Studies program with alchemist and biodynamic researcher Dennis Klocek, at the Rudolf Steiner Collage (2002).

In 2003 Turtle learned, and later co-taught, the art and technique of herbal elixirs and medicinal meads with the late Frank Cook. In 2013, he started The Mathemagical School of Art, Design and Natural Phenomena, through which he teaches the practical applications of Divine Number and Sacred Geometry. (Learn more at: The Mathemagical School of Art, Design and Natural Phenomena)