Monday, February 14, 2011

wash on moonday


Today is a waxing moonday in Cancer, a water sign, and perfect for planting. If you're planning on starting any vegetable seeds indoors or outdoors, now's the time, no matter what hemisphere you live in. I have high hopes to sow lettuce directly into the cold-frame and some trial basil into a 4-pack later on.

I am one who likes to wash on Monday . . . that is pretty much the only day of the nursery rhyme that I follow -- although I suppose I have mended on a Saturday before and would love to learn to brew on Thursday. Anyway, today is a good day for the washing part but not for drying because of Cancer's damp quality. If you need to wash pillows or heavy bedding, etc., hold off a few days until the moon moves into fiery Leo. I have a motto for where to begin when the house is a mess from the weekend and that is "when in doubt, do laundry." It usually makes me feel better even if not a single item gets folded and put away -- it may be piled in chairs or even on the floor but by golly it's clean. I love to be home more than anything in the world but not housework.

Cancer rules the lungs, chest, liver, stomach and gall bladder. This is a good time to both nourish and avoid stress for those parts. If you tend to have digestive issues, stick with a light diet for the next 2 1/2 days. Anytime you want to nourish your liver specifically, keep milk thistle seed, Sylibum marianum, in mind. It is a liver lover that supports good liver function and, believe me, the liver is a hard-worker, performing over 500 functions in the body. Milk thistle strengthens liver cell membranes to help them resist damage from exposure to toxins or over-consumption of alcohol or drugs. The seeds need to be ground, so I grind up about a teaspoon of milk thistle seed and sprinkle on food.

You can use Cancer's sensitive and creative energy to your advantage today and really see projects and plans take off. At the same time, Cancer days can make us feel overly sensitive so remember that it may simply be a lunar influence. If you prefer to have dinner in tonight rather than going out, stay in -- Cancer makes us want to be home, safe and sound in familiar surroundings.

As this day is all about the love, I thought I would make a list of 14 things I love and tuck it away somewhere. It will be a pleasure to think about all day today -- it can be anything although I won't list names of people because the list would be full before I even got my whole family on it. Just 14 things I love. Nobody else will ever even see it.

I realize that this rhyme was based on survival and sanity. We all have schedules and I certainly don't make light of the old ways -- in fact, it's very comforting, isn't it?

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Bake on Wednesday,
Brew on Thursday,
Churn on Friday,
Mend on Saturday,
Go to meeting on Sunday.

A little more tomorrow on the moonmousepad up there.


  1. I wash on Mondays too, although it usually extends into Tuesday because of the amount of clothes that have to be hung to dry. I have two folding racks but it's rarely enough to hold everything. I'm not complaining though. There have been times in the past when I was doing laundry most of the time just to keep up.

  2. Oh, yeah--what I do now isn't much compared to the past -- although my kids did their own as soon as they could reach the controls. Just kidding, but pretty young. Otherwise they wouldn't have clean clothes!

  3. Was this little verse also on our undies when we were little??? It looks familiar. Ha!