Planting by the Signs: November at a glance

By Philip Case Published:

For those of you interested in where the moon and signs are during November, here’s the information.

As we know, all unprotected outdoor planting is through for 2012 in our part of the world. You can, however, help out your 2013 effort by removing dead plant material from this year’s garden and getting it ready for spring. It’s better to get those plants off your plot rather than leave them over the winter and allow little mean things to snooze and grab your plants next year.

Plowing, tilling or spading up the plot is the best, too. Then plant a cover crop to return nitrogen (N) to the soil when it’s plowed under when we start the new season here in just a few short months.


November begins and ends with the moon in the dark phase, the full moon having come into force on Oct. 29. The dark moon will continue to rule until 5:08 p.m. E.S.T. Nov. 13 (remember Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 4), with the light or new moon coming into force then and continuing until the full moon returns at 9:46 a.m. on Nov. 28.

When the dark moon is in force, be involved in only dark moon activities, and if that’s protected planting then it would be veggies that produce beneath the ground.

When the light moon rules, plant only those veggies that produce above the ground and participate in only light-moon activities listed under “General Tips.”

Dark moon days: until 5 in the afternoon Nov. 13, then Nov. 29 until 3:42 a.m. Dec. 13.

Light moon days: Some of Nov. 13 through all of Nov. 28, changing on the 29th.


Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.

Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days and appear this month in this order:

Cancer (the breast), Nov. 3-4; Scorpio (the secrets), Nov. 12-14; Pisces (the feet), Nov. 22-24; and Taurus (the neck), Nov. 27-28. There are 10 days this month ruled by the fertile signs: Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces and Cancer.

Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fence rows – anything but planting: Leo (heart), Nov. 5-7 and Aries (the head), Nov. 25-26. There are five killing days this month, those ruled by either Aries or Leo.

So-so days: These days aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so. Here’s the breakdown, thighs through legs:

Sagittarius (thighs), Nov. 15-16; Capricorn (knees) Nov. 17-19; and Aquarius (legs) Nov. 20-21. There are seven days in November ruled by so-so signs.

Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for flowers as well as blooming things in the greenhouse or for the house: Virgo (the bowels), Nov. 8-9 and Libra (reins), Nov. 10-11. There are four days this month ruled by the two flowering signs.

These are great days for planting bulbs that will flower in the spring like crocuses, tulips and daffodils. Remember they need time to “chill” before sprouting.

Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and there are plenty of them this month as they open and close November. Gemini is in force on Nov. 1-2, 29-30, making four Gemini days this month. Gemini days are specifically “bean days” and, alas, we won’t be talking about beans much GENERAL TIPS

Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:

nIf you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink. Check above for the right days.

nIf you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.

nIf you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.

nIf you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery – anything that requires a change – here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet – Sagittarius through Pisces.

Again this month there are no days that precisely fit the formula completely. About the best we can do is pick one half or the other of it – either dark moon or signs going out of the body – and go with that.

Were I picking this month, I would go with Nov. 15-23. On these days the signs are moving out of the body – Sagittarius through Pisces – past anything that functions with the moon in the light phase making half the formula right.

My second choice would be Nov. 8-11 when the moon is in the dark phase. These best days in that stretch are Nov. 10-11 when the moon is dark and the sign in the reins (Libra), a body part that doesn’t function like those that rule in the torso.


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Here’s the information for just this week.

The moon is in the light phase today but that changes at 3:50 p.m. Monday when the full moon, called the “Hunter’s Moon,” comes to rule. It continues in force until the new moon at 5:08 p.m. Nov. 13. Light-moon activities today and then dark-moon activities until Nov. 13.

The sign today and Monday is in Aries (the head) one of the killing signs. Don’t fool with anything you want to grow and thrive on either of these days. The fertile sign Taurus (the neck) comes into force to finish out the month Tuesday and Wednesday.

November opens with Gemini (the arms) in force Thursday and Friday followed by Saturday and next Sunday under the influence of Cancer (the breast), like Taurus, Cancer is one of the most fertile signs.

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