For the past 16 years, 69-year-old Sarvdaman Patel has been using biodynamic (BD) techniques on his farm in Gujarat’s Anand district. According to The Times of India, the BD cultivation calendar is based on the moon’s movement through each zodiac every two-and-a-half days and covers all 12 signs every month.
It turns out that Sarvdaman is not the only one. About one lakh farmers in India practice this kind of farming. However, this practice is not something the consumers fully understand.
Hence, the produce is sold under the ‘organic’ label.
Midheaven in Aries. If your Midheaven is in Aries, you surge toward new careers. The red planet is the most masculine among the nine planets. Mars was considered as the god of farming by the Yunanis and was worshiped as the god of warfare and battle by the Romans. The planet is so significant in astrology that the third month in the Gregorian calendar is named after the planet. Mars is the lord of Aries and Scorpio. The first definite reference to astrology comes from the work of the orator Cato, who in 160 BC composed a treatise warning farm overseers against consulting with Chaldeans.
Farmers who practice biodynamic farming don’t only follow astronomical signs; they also rely on natural composts—BD 500 is recommended—which is cow manure packed inside a female cow horn and buried in the ground 40-60cm deep in autumn, reports TOI.
Vivek Rawal, CEO of bioRe, which is a research and manufacturing institute, says that according to their research, BD farming provides a better quality of foodgrains and more stable yields compared to other systems. It also improves the soil quality.
Vivek Cariappa from Krac-a-Dawna farms in Kodaikanal is another biodynamic farmer who has been practising this form for the last 15 years. He says that his yield has remained stable compared to conventional methods. He grows seasonal vegetables, pulses, cotton and indigo. According to TOI, he says, “Consumers should make an effort to find the source of what they eat or use.”
This practice also has its shortfalls. It is a very specialised form of farming and requires material and skills not easy to acquire, especially for small-time farmers. Plus, certification is complex too. Airy planets vedic astrology. However, farmers who swear by it, continue to practice it and find it more beneficial than conventional practices.
Like this story? Or have something to share? All astrology systems grew out of the need to fix a calendar for agriculture; the agricultural 'year' itself then became punctuated by religious festivals. These festivals mark turning points of the year—the right time to start planting, or to move animals to higher or lower pastures, for instance.
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Europe, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent all developed systems that originated in what is now Iraq.