Leading motif

It is often difficult to grasp the thoughts that form the basis of the biodynamic cultivation. Just as one think “now I’ve got it, now I understand” the thoughts grow further. The thoughts have a life of their own. Perhaps it should be? Dead, abstract thoughts, is probably not a good starting point if one wants to produce living food.

Instead of trying to catch these living thoughts, it has proved fruitful to try to characterize them with the help of different leading motif.


Balance is an important motif within biodynamic agriculture. Too much and too little spoils everything it says. This is also in good agreement with the results shown in our investigations. For the farmer it is important to adapt ones measures so that the crop can develop in a balanced way according to its specific needs. Farming is the art of creating the dynamic equilibrium between extremes, polarities There are many polarities that can serve as leading stars for the farmer. Below there are links to three:

Light ↔ Shadow

Lightness ↔ Weight

Vegetative ↔ Generative



Regardless of the polarity the rhythm is an important motif in biodynamic cultivation. Life unfolds in shorter and longer rhythms. These rhythms are not mechanical or static repetitions, they are just like life itself dynamic. For the farmer, it is important to get to know these life rhythms. Diurnal and yearly rhythms is perhaps the most obvious but there are many more. The exploration of different life rhythms have been a central theme in the biodynamic cultivation.

Among the  publications from the Scandinavian Research Circle report number 35 with the title “Biodynamisk Odling under skandinaviska förhållanden” (Biodynamic Farming under Scandinavian Conditions) has described different aspects of the importance of rhythms in agriculture.

Here below are some links where you can read more about different rhythms: