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Tuesday January 23, 2024

Good morning Folks,

We have been getting requests of late from some of you newer folks to the Abib Growing Cycle and thus the Calendar. This is all good news but please keep in mind this has been nearly a 30 year effort for us. And yes, we are still learning things which we share with all of you.

Our simple response back to everyone is the same. If you want a quick study do it visually to start. Go back through the past several years of our reports with all the pictures. Bridget has them located on the website: under Historical Abib Reports.

Take some time and go through each year looking at the progression of the growth in the photos. Get familiar with what the various stages look like. Print out a Zadok scale and a growth picture. I can include the growth one here today and the code is on this Facebook page.

Just simply look at the pictures and practice determining what Zadok stage they are in. It can be fun to someone who likes to put their hands into the dirt and grow things.

After you get familiar with the actual look of the stages you are then ready to start putting Gregorian Calendar dates to each. Only do this once you have the other done. If not you may be trying to process too much at once. Remember, here a little their a little, line upon line, and precept upon precept. Learn the visual pattern first and then applying it to the Calendar second.

I will show you an example of that here after we first see our winter flower representatives.

Then we have 5 pictures from January 22, 2022 for you to look at and compare to what we have been posting this week. You can see a difference between those in the NW Negev and those from the Central part of the country. If you want to know which is which just go to the historical archives and look up that date.

You can do this for each week of the growing cycle and have a visual reference as to what is taking place in it. Then you compare the looks and that will instruct you in the differences between some years as to timing.

Here is a good one to play with.

Most normal years have the early seed germinating in late October through November.

Most intercalated years have early seed germinating from mid November through December.

If we have not answered the questions as to why we look for the seed germinating times in the Land we just did now, eh! That is why we follow the early rain cycle as to its start and continuance. It is those rains which start the grain seeds in the ground to life. Bridget has been posting an interactive map showing the rain cycle but also the initial weeks of it as to germination from one grain growing region to another.

Simple arithmetic: 1,2,3....

This is not rocket science. It just takes time and commitment to learning about these patterns in creation.

Notice the timing of the early anemones as well. They too tell us a story in the Abib Calendar Cycle. As do all the other first and second half of winter flowers do.

Our last photo is checking in on the goat grass up on the Golan. It is right where it needs to be to fulfill its purpose in the Land for feeding livestock and not being used as a representative sample of the First of the Firstfruits Wavesheaf Offering.

I think I will post the Zadok files separately.

Also as a reminder to some, we do not open requests to post things. The only way we know what you are saying is if it has a preview. Emails work best.

Our peace we give to you.


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