Are you familiar with the Ginkgo tree, Ginkgo biloba, also known as maidenhair tree? It can be found in parks in more temperate climates and also in botanical gardens - and sometimes as a house plant. However, it can grow as a tree as far north as about the 60th latitude.
"Ginkgo is a remnant of the vegetation growing on this planet even before the time of the dinosaurs, when the different species of trees were not yet differentiated.
Its leaves bear resemblance to both conifers and deciduous trees, with its leaves consisting of joined needles. Also its growth pattern resembles that of the conifers; so it carries the essence of both conifers and deciduous trees in it. This, among other things, is why ginkgo is often called "a living fossil". Dinosaurs are gone, but this tree still thrives.
"Ginkgo was also the only tree species to survive the Hiroshima bombings. When after the Chernobyl disaster radiation values were measured in different parts of Europe, in Bodensee, Germany, no radiation was found underneath a stand of ginkgo trees although everywhere around them marked levels of radiation could be found. The tree carries power - life force - that is stronger than radioactivity. This is caused by planetary forces of all our planets carried by the tree." said the researcher Georg Wilhelm Schmidt in his lecture about sustainable forestry.
What is meant by "all planetary forces" being carried inside a tree? In prehistoric times the different species of trees started gradually to become differentiated and started following different planetary rhythms in their growth patterns. They were under control of different planets - whereas ginkgo still retains the qualities of them all.
In fruit formation of the oak trees we can see the two year rhythm of the planet Mars. Also the sturdy lateral branches of the oak trees are planetary qualities of Mars. If dense growth and strong branching are desired, for example in a hedgerow, the opposition between Mars and the Moon can be utilized as a moment of sowing. Conifers follow the rhythm and influence of Saturn; they alternate between the slow and fast growth in 15 year periods, following the ascending and descending phases of Saturn in its 30 year rotation period.
If we want to protect an area - to bring in the 'beneficial power of ginkgo', we can plant "planetary trees" to represent all planetary qualities in the same area. Even diversity of different tree species in a given area in general strengthens the life force of that area.
Planetary Trees and Planetary Qualities:
Saturn - Conifers – vertical growth, upright force, deep vertical roots, tap root
Jupiter – Maple tree, Copper Beech – resistance, light, best protection against fungal diseases, counterforce against formlessness (effect of radioactivity); promotes finer forming
Mars - Oak – strong canopy /formation of canopy, branches
Sun - Ash – Affects everything everywhere, effects is defined by element location of the Sun.
Mercury - Elm – fruit formation, nutritiousness, aroma, taste
Venus - Birch – fruit formation, pollination, storability
Moon - Cherry - reproduction, both sexual and vegetative, vitality
The qualities of the “patron planet” can be reinforced by sowing the tree seeds (only collect the mature seeds for planting!) during either an opposition or a trigon between the patron planet and the Moon. The oppositions and trigons should preferably take place during the ascending phase, during which the planet moves through the star constellations from Sagittarius to Gemini, reaching its zenith at the end of the phase. The qualities of other planets can be used to benefit the plant in the similar way. (See also: Plant regeneration)
The sowing must take place before the exact cosmic moment. The seeds must be in contact with the mineral soil, and are therefore sowed under a litter layer.
The most important thing, however, is the sowing itself. If the exact planting times seem overly difficult, plant away in whichever time is best for you and allows you to get the job done.
Small saplings found in the vicinity of older trees can also be relocated. The best planting times can be found in The Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar.
A small nursery for the saplings can also be well worth the effort, being both useful and very rewarding. It only needs a few square meters of land, and helps to determine the exact changes caused by variations in the planting times.