Use the January 2018 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best days for the following garden tasks.
Plant, Transplant, and Graft: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or Taurus
Harvest: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, or Aquarius
Build/Fix Fences or Garden Beds: Capricorn
Control Insect Pests, Plow, and Weed: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius
Prune: Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. During a waxing Moon, pruning encourages growth; during a waning Moon, it discourages growth.
The Moon’s Astrological Place in January
Mercury in Retrograde
Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.
Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.
In 2018, Mercury will be retrograde during March 23–April 15, Jul 26–August 19, and November 17–December 6. See Mercury Retrograde dates for the full year.