A report from London says that the taste of wine changes in accordance with the lunar movement.
It has been observed that the taste follows a 4 -season change in a year. Based on these observations, a great grand mother form Germany had formed some characteristics for the days as fruit, flower, leaf and root days. The taste of wine also differs in accordance with these days. It tastes unpleasant on 'root' days which are Saturday and Sunday!
This is not surprising for us, for we have a vast literature in astrology on these issues which were in use until the two generations ago. The ushering in of English education had made us forget this knowledge.
First of all, all the 7 days have their own special traits. Each day wields certain influence on certain vegetation and the nature of their growth and yields. As such, the 'root' is connected with Saturn! The root tubers grow well on Saturday, due to the power of Saturn.
According to Vedic astrology, all the 7 planets dominating the 7 days lend their special powers to the activities done on their days.
The Wine manufacturers of London could well take a leaf or two from Vedic astrology on vyavasaya (agriculture). The details can be had from Brihad Samhita and books on Muhurtha (electional) astrology.
To quote some basic information, the Moon and the Venus control watery and juicy items.
If the juice is of liquor variety then Venus must have an upper hand and moon must gloat in Venusian power!
This means when Moon exalts in the house of Venus in Taurus, the wine quality will be the best.
When Venus and moon are together in Taurus that is once again a far better combination as far as wine quality is concerned.
Another time is when the moon is in Libra.
In the monthly sojourn of the moon, its movement in Taurus, Libra and cancer and in benefic distance from the Venus can ensure a tasty wine!
The regular readers of this blog must be wondering why I am harping on this 'wine' talk!!
It is to bring to notice that days do play a role in all durable items from vegetables, fruits to juices and liquor!
Every object of the earth is influenced by Nature. Nature includes the celestial objects too! Our ancestors have understood the interaction between all natural forces on life on earth and evolved that knowledge as astrology. The influence of celestial objects is felt on agriculture in varying degrees, to maximize returns and minimize losses.
For example, the seeds of any plant sown on Sunday and in Leo ascendant would give good returns.
One must sow the fruits, juicy plants and milk trees on Monday in Cancer lagna.
Tuesday is not favorable for sowing grains and pulses or red color. However Tuesday is best preferred for spraying pesticides, weeding and for applying manure.
Wednesday is good for sowing commercial crops such as cotton, jute, tea, coffee etc. They sowing must begin in Gemini or Virgo ascendants.
Thursday is ideal for sowing long term and useful trees. The favorable lagnas are Sagittarius and Pisces.
Friday is good for planting flower plants. The time of planting or sowing must begin at Taurus or Libra lagna.
Saturday is good for preparing the fields for cultivation. Tubers and oilseeds can be sown on Saturdays in Capricorn and Aquarius lagnas.
This is just basic information. Further fine-tuning is available in Vedic astrology with reference to each agricultural activity and each variety of crops.
The influence of stars is also known from astrology.
All the 27 stars of the zodiac are divided into 3 groups, such as
Upward glancing stars (Urdhwamukh)
Downward glancing stars (adhomukh) and
Side glancing stars (Tiryanmukh).
These can be found in any almanac.
The crops that grow upwards whose yields are available above the ground are sown on the days of Upward glancing stars.
The crops that grow downwards whose yields are available below the ground are sown on the days of downward glancing stars.
The crops that grow sideways whose yields are available on the ground (creepers) are sown on the days of sideways glancing stars.
The days, lagans and stars as mentioned above must be combined for getting good yields.
In addition the distance between the moon and the sun on the day of sowing plays a vital role in the success of the crop. This is determined by the 'Rahu phani charka' which tells whether the crop will be bountiful or will be affected by pests or lost in floods or fire.
Today one may think that these are just rubbish. But these details were made after intense study for many generations by our ancestors. It is not outside the scope of research nowadays. I wish the agricultural scientists of today work on these and bring out more information made suitable for the vast variety of crops that are grown to day.
Our nation, traditionally considered as an agricultural nation had been so for thousands of years, thanks to the understanding about Nature and its influence on crops. Today our agriculture is shambles not just because there is no adequate water or control of pests. The kind of role that Nature plays in agriculture is forgotten today. This knowledge must be revived.
Wine changes taste with lunar cycle
It has emerged that Tesco and Marks and Spencer only invite critics to taste their ranges when the moon- related biodynamic calendar dictates that wines will be at their best.
Didn'tenjoy your wine on Sunday? Well, the fruition of your desire will end in disappointment — not because of bad selection or the bottle being corked, but due to a cosmic force: the moon.
A growing number of experts reckon that Sunday was the worst possible day for a glass of the old vino.
According to scientists, wine changes its taste with the lunar cycle. And most of Saturday and Sunday is a root period, when the moon casts an unpleasant flavour.
It has emerged that Tesco and Marks and Spencer only invite critics to taste their ranges when the moon-related biodynamic calendar dictates that wines will be at their best.
Both firms pay strict attention to a moon calendar published for nearly half a century by a German greatgrandmother called Maria Thun. She has divided the days of the year into 'fruit', 'flower', 'leaf' and 'root' — the first two are best for drinking wine — the second two worst.
Pierpaolo Petrassi, Tesco's senior product development manager, admitted his firm held its tastings in line with the calendar.
"Our first choice is a fruit day. We seek to avoid root and leaf days. It may be a little step beyond what consumers can comprehend.
We have so many other things to educate consumers about," The Scotsman quoted Petrassi, as saying.
Marks and Spencer winemaker Jo Ahearne is another convert.
"Before the tasting, I was really unconvinced, but the difference between the days was so obvious I was blown away," he said.
David Motion, a London wine merchant, said, "I live in the city and don't think much about nature, but it is clear it has an influence."