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Biodynamic preps. 501 a sculptor of "forms".

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I would like to start this path talking about prep 501 or Corno silica, seen this wet summer.
In gas or water it's hard to find a determinate form.
Rain and humidity are full of nitrogen and varied informations.
Nitrogen, indispensable for plants toghether with carbon, silica, potassium, oxygen and other molecules, make us visible to the world and vice versa.
These are the most differents "forms" with a high specialized level of organization and always linked with the surrounding world.


Science has been able to explain very well some things, others are not explainable with normal technics and only our intuition will help us to go further.
Getting closer on actions originated by Rudolf Steiner's philosophy seems a biblical enterprise, that's why it's easy to call him a fool day-dreamer.
What is really difficult it's not his vision but how we were teached to see.
Johann W. Goethe, in his book on plants' metamorphosis, explained how, starting by a seed, trough a series of changing, it creates every part necessary for the growth of the plant and then it becomes a seed again (roots, stem, leaves fruits and flowers).
Steiner was strucked by this way of observing the diligent work of these forces creating the world we see.
A tree is certainly different from a human being or a rock.
Everything is made of chemical and phisycal intractions, some are considered more vital than others but they're are differents among themselves because they're subdued on forces that mould their phisycal form from the insideto the outside...from birth to "re-birth".
Those men would never understand this without observing how perfect the universe is, and also its interaction with earth.
We all know about the link between moon and tides, we live everyday thanks to the sun, but there are many other relations to observe.
Moon, with her 29,5 days of revolution, is connected to the liquid component, round shaped like a baby or a plant's cotyledon.
Saturn, with his 29,5 years of revolution, is connected with the stiff element that you can see in a seed and to the definition of an old body graven from life.
From seed to adult plant, all the other planets help to ending every vital phase.
There is no evolution still thinking that a plant could grow up healthy only if we help it with nourishment and not with his capability of using it in order to build his right , strong and expressive form.
Here starts the real comprehension of what biodynamic agriculture is.
It means interacting with nature's forces, to organize them where they are not, and give new life if they are weak.
James Lovelock explains very well why planet earth is an organism.
We all live on a living organism wich needs to be understood and helped, not only inhabited and exploited.
The recent atmosferic phenomenons, show how earth tends to a balance and, quiet like in any other kind of relation, if there is no respect reactions can be violent.
501 is made of 100% thin minced Quartz or Silica.
Stainer defined silica as the outer, general and sensory organ of the earth.
Over this 100%, other factors are: cow-horn, preparation timing, stirring, weather, way and place of distribution.
We are mother's nature sons, and we give what we get.
Attention, respect and cooperation.
Steiner's definition of quartz is "condensed Light".
Light that strikes form and bring warmth, since plant can express itself.
An excessive humidity both of soil and air, works against the form's defining process, and let free way to those elements that refund soil of the organic material that could not develop in the right manner.
Mushrooms. Also in conventional farming you can spend a lot of time in vineyards in order to bring light and air.
They tell us only a half of the whole.
I started to talk about this prep, because they will tell you to use it at last.
Indeed, if you don't have a living soil sprinkled with 500, it has not many sense using prep 501, that in some cases can even damage it.
See you soon with 500, horn and Stirring...

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A more aware view of nature and its ability to support the work of man, allows to take care of fundamental details, trying useless to cultivate thinking, for example, to fight diseases instead of preventing them, manage the soil so Expensive instead of increasing its value, resorting to O.G.M. and not experiencing different management systems with practices aimed at solving the effect, not the cause.

It is not a question of returning to the past by denying the present but of making its own, of new viewpoints, with the aim of improving the quality of work, increasing the value of the earth, reducing costs for raw materials and having more resources for human work.


The point of view of the man who is in his task as an interpreter, director, producer and user, of that same Terroir that we are used to attribute exclusively to the product with which we are interacting. Assumed the natural attitude of the producer/transformer, to be the first customer of himself, we undertake a work path that requires a growing knowledge and a vital self-criticism.

The goal, can be to rediscover the sense of its actions in relation to the context to give to the work, the role of dimension where to express their own being, not only satisfy their own needs. To put ourselves just enough of us, until we lose the humility due to the role that we have chosen, is more sustainable, sociable and professional to give form to something to express only its "ego". It becomes spontaneous and virtuous, respecting the social value of its work to offer its senses and those of others, what they really need and that is lacking in all those products made and not created.


Keeping the point of view for which the consumer must adapt to the proposed offer, instead of seeing himself recognized as the creator's role together with the others, of that social fabric that has formed the same offer, marketing and price strategies, will be the Unique routes, with obvious market crises.

The personal dissatisfaction that ensues, leads to the emergence of countless attempts to affirm the most disparate philosophies and ideologies, from those who use only the retailers, to those who go only to the market local or in the shops of the neighborhood, from the omnivorous, vegetarian, Vegan or raw, to those who consume only bio or just want to hear about it. The glaring demonstration is that the consumer is called to play an uncomfortable role that obliges him to protect himself, instead of receiving information and examples useful to improve that innate aptitude to understand the goodness and quality of a bread, a coffee, a dough, a sweet , even without making technical or emotional courses.

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