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The Libran Table


Seasonal eating is another take on astrological eating, eating foods that support the vitality of each astrological sign when the foods are in season. Here we’ll talk about seasonal eating during Libra season – what foods best support Libra, delight its ruler, Venus, and generate a sense of nourishment.


I have three basic tenets when it comes to food: eat close to the ground, make it at home, and cook what’s seasonal, when possible. I am not a nutritionist or a chef. I am an astrologer who eats well. I eat for health, for joy, and for connection to the Earth, the Moon, my body, and others.


Libra season heralds the beginning of autumn in the Northern hemisphere. Libra, ruled by Venus and where Saturn is exalted, can have a love/hate relationship to food and eating. Venus tends to love sweets and indulgences. Saturn tends to love regimens and control. Saturn can disdain excess. This Venus-Saturn dynamic is one of the reasons why finding a balance between the two is so important for a Libran. Lean too heavily into the Venus side of the scale and Saturn gets bossy. Lean too heavily into the Saturn side of the scale and Venus feels deprived. Nobody wants a deprived Venus or a policing Saturn – both can become awful bores.


I have noticed a few eating patterns with Librans – they can be snacky, prefer to graze rather than have heavy meals, trend toward healthy eating because unhealthy eating disrupts their balance, and often are too busy or preoccupied to spend a ton of time on meal prep.


Each astrological sign has rulership over a part of the human body. Libra rules the kidneys. Foods and beverages that support healthy kidney functioning can be especially beneficial to Libras. Drink pure water, cranberry juice without sugar, and ginger and nettle teas.


Here are some meals and menus that would work well during Libra season – they highlight foods that are ruled by the sign of Libra, are seasonal, simple (Saturn) and pleasing (Venus).


Welcome to the Libran table!


Breakfasts


· Oatmeal with apples, almonds and honey

· Quick oats with oat milk or almond milk, raisins, and almonds

· Whole wheat toast with avocado and sprouts

· Whole wheat toast with almond butter and apple slices

· Scrambled eggs with spinach and feta

· Green smoothie with apples, spinach, celery, cucumber, and apple cider vinegar

· Yogurt bowl with berries, almonds, wheat germ, and a touch of honey


Snacks



kefir, yogurt, almonds, brown rice crackers, cherries, berries, grapes (they are great frozen), feta, apples, plums, pickles



A pickle a day…when you don’t know what you want for a snack, reach for a pickle! They are savory, crispy, and good for your biome. Here’s a picture of pickles made this summer by our dear friend, Sara Jo. Her pickles and jams bring our table joy year-round.


Lunches


· Salad with kidney beans, avocado, feta, and apple cider vinaigrette

· Brown rice bowl with black beans, sprouts, grated carrots, steamed squash

· Three Sisters Stew with beans, squash, and corn with a side of cornbread

· Stuffed avocado with tuna salad/chicken salad/shrimp, and grapes

· Whole wheat pita with hummus, sprouts, pickles, and olives

· Whole wheat pasta, or lentil/chickpea pasta with veggies, herbs, and olive oil

· Whole wheat bread with tuna salad, chicken salad, radishes, sprouts and greens


Dinners


· Roast cauliflower, carrots, and beets on a bed of herbed yogurt with barley pilaf

· Poached chicken with brown rice, spinach sauteed with ghee, and steamed squash

· Pan chicken with delicata squash, roast turmeric cauliflower, and rainbow chard

· Fish (tilapia, cod, or salmon), steamed sweet potatoes, and green peas with mint

· Pumpkin risotto with green salad

· Stuffed sweet potatoes with green salad

· Corn chowder with smoked salmon and green salad


Desserts


· Apple crisp with oats

· Figs and almonds

· Brown rice pudding with raisins

· Yogurt with berries

· Apple slices with cinnamon

· Oatmeal cookies with raisins


A Week of Menus for the Libran Table


You likely aren’t going to eat dessert every night, but an option is offered. A side salad goes with nearly every dinner. Apples are one of Venus’ favorite foods, and during Libra season, they are in full glory.


Monday

· Breakfast: oatmeal with pumpkin puree, almonds and honey

· Lunch: Three Sisters Stew with beans, squash, and corn with a side of cornbread*

· Snack: frozen grapes and feta

· Dinner: roast cauliflower, carrots, and beets on herbed yogurt with barley pilaf

· Dessert: brown rice pudding with raisins


Tuesday

· Breakfast: whole wheat toast with avocado and sprouts

· Lunch: Three Sisters Stew with beans, squash, and corn with a side of cornbread*

· Snack: brown rice crackers and apple slices

· Dinner: poached chicken with brown rice pilaf, spinach, and steamed squash

· Dessert: yogurt with honey and almonds


*Soups and stews can usually be served more than once


Wednesday

· Breakfast: yogurt bowl with berries, cherries, wheat germ, and almonds

· Lunch: salad with kidney beans, avocado, feta, and apple cider vinaigrette

· Snack: toast with almond butter

· Dinner: stuffed sweet potatoes with brown rice pilaf

· Dessert: figs and almonds


Thursday

· Breakfast: green smoothie

· Lunch: stuffed avocado with tuna salad, grapes, and brown rice crackers

· Snack: kefir and a plum

· Dinner: corn chowder with smoked salmon, green salad, and brown bread

· Dessert: apple slices with cinnamon


Friday

· Breakfast: quick oats with nut milk, raisins, apples, and almonds

· Lunch: leftover chowder

· Snack: frozen grapes

· Dinner: fish (tilapia, cod, or salmon), steamed sweet potatoes, and green peas

· Dessert: oatmeal cookies


Saturday

· Breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach and feta

· Lunch: brown rice bowl with black beans, sprouts, grated carrots, steamed squash

· Snack: Greek yogurt and cherries

· Dinner: pumpkin risotto with green salad

· Dessert: oatmeal cookies


Sunday

· Breakfast: whole wheat toast with almond butter and apple slices

· Lunch: whole wheat pasta with mix of raw and roast veggies, herbs, and olive oil

· Snack: almonds and pickles

· Dinner: pan chicken with delicata squash, roast turmeric cauliflower, and chard

· Dessert: apple crisp with oats


Libra Foods

asparagus, almonds, brown rice, oats, oatmeal, wheat, wheat germ, barley, apples, spinach, raisins, corn, salmon, beets, yogurt

Venusian Foods

apples, plums, honey, sweet potatoes, figs, dates, mangos

Libra Cell Salt

Sodium phosphate

for Kidney Support

leafy greens, nettles, milk thistle, ginger, astragalus, chamomile, dandelion leaves, water


Make any substitutions that work for your dietary needs, ethics, budget, location, and tastes. Eating is deeply personal and there simply is no one-size-fits-all approach. These foods and menus are a reflection of how I eat at this point in my personal development. They are offered in joyful service.


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