Sage advice from the Farmer’s Almanac? No, but earlier sages may have advised such a thing. I write about a fertility cult and the thought about timing a baby around the planting season came to mind. My granddad was a farmer and he had many kids and in a farming family—everyone works. More kids more workers. A woman can shell peas, in the latter months of a pregnancy, but what about other stages of the farming cycle.

The rites of the Greco-Roman Mysteries involved fertility and may of these female only affairs may have expounded upon women going home and getting laid— a preaching of proper planting etiquette. When should you plow?

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