Wax And Wane
1114. Set out cabbages in the new of the moon to make them head up well,
and gather apples in the new of the moon to make them keep well. Plant
potatoes in the old of the moon.
Mitchell Co., N.C.
1115. Plant flowers in the increase of the moon.
1116. Be careful as to the phase of the moon when felling timber.
General in the United Stat
1117. If brush and thistles are cut down in the full moon in August when
the sign is in the heart, they will never grow again.
Copied from an agricultural paper.
1118. Grass cut when the moon is waning will not spend well.
1119. If cut when it is waxing, the hay weighs and spends well.
1120. Plant peas and potatoes in the increase of the moon.
1121. Seeds should be sown when the moon is new. This custom is still
more or less observed. Corn should be planted at this time.
1122. Plant seed the first three days after the moon changes.
1123. Plant potatoes in the dark of the moon, so the potatoes will root
and yield well.
1124. The full moon is the time to cut alders, spruce, or other
undergrowth, because the roots then die quickly without sprouting.
1125. Shingle the roof in the decrease of the moon, so the shingles will
lie flat (go down). Else they may warp and rise up.
1126. If a farmer lays a rail fence by the light of the moon, it will be
stronger and last longer than if it was laid in the daytime.
Western New York and parts of Massachusetts.
1127. Kill any animal for meat on the increase of the moon, and it will
increase in the pot. Kill it on the wane of the moon, and it will shrink
in the pot.
General in the United States.
1128. If hogs are butchered on a rising tide, the pork will not shrink in
1129. You must never kill cattle or pigs, or even wild game, by the dark
of the moon; it is most unlucky, and the meat will come to no good.
Clover Bend, Ark.
1130. If you wean a calf at the time of the full moon, it will make less
fuss. You mustn't wean it when the sign is in the belly, or it will never
grow fat. Pursue the same course with a pig, or it will squeal.
1131. To make hair grow, cut it in the new of the moon.
N.F., N.B., N.S., Me., Mass., and Talladega, Ala.
1132. Cut hair the first Friday in the new moon, if you wish it to grow.
General in the United States.
1133. It is the custom for girls to cut their bangs on the forehead when
the moon is new. It is supposed to make them grow. This custom is
observed by many intelligent young people.
1134. Cut hair in the new moon, bury it in earth near a running brook,
and it will make the new hair grow long and abundant.
1135. Clean the spring or well during the increase of the moon, so the
water will run in and fill the spring after it is emptied.
1136. Make soap in the new of the moon.
1137. Make soap in the full of the moon.
Prince Edward Island.
1138. Do not marry or move during the wane (decrease) of the moon.
1139. To take away warts, steal a dish-rag out of the house, without
anybody's knowledge, and go out of doors in the first of the moon, rub
the dish-rag on the wart, and say: Here, new moon! take away my new
wart. Then throw the dish-rag away where no one can find it, and tell
1140. To cure warts, go out of doors when the moon is new, take up a
handful of mud, looking at the moon all the time, and rub on the wart.