Gardening by the Moon's Sign October 2017

Plant by the Moon for Best Results

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Use the October 2017 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, or Pisces

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.

See our complete Planting by the Moon calendar.

The Moon’s Astrological Place in October

1 Aquarius

2 Pisces

3 Pisces

4 Pisces

5 Aries

6 Aries

7 Taurus

8 Taurus

9 Gemini

10 Gemini

11 Cancer

12 Cancer

13 Leo

14 Leo

15 Virgo

16 Virgo

17 Virgo

18 Libra

19 Libra

20 Scorpio

21 Scorpio

22 Sagittarius

23 Sagittarius

24 Sagittarius

25 Capricorn

26 Capricorn

27 Aquarius

28 Aquarius

29 Aquarius

30 Pisces

31 Pisces

See your customized Moon Phase Calendar.

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.

Mercury will next be retrograde from December 3–23See Mercury Retrograde dates for the full year.

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