Welcome to the Scorpion Table
Astrological eating, eating what is seasonal and supportive of the celestial energies, is a way to align our microcosms to the macrocosm. Many people I know eat by the phases of the Moon, eating lighter during New Moons, heavier during Full Moons, and adjusting their diets to the planetary ruler of the Moon. This is a wonderful way to feel connected to the cycles around us – cycles that impact every living thing. What this blog series suggests is eating according to the solar energy rather than the lunar energy, though they can be combined to great effect.
What foods support Scorpio energy? It is a complex question because Scorpio itself is a complex sign. On the one hand, Scorpio is traditionally ruled by Mars, the god of war, conflict, sex, and action. Mars in the traditional schema is a hot and dry planet. There is that side of Scorpio, the hot, dry aspect.
But Scorpio is also a water sign, and water signs are cool and moist. We have a contradiction in natures – hot and dry vs. cool and moist. Scorpio benefits from incorporating both types of foods in their diets, all things being equal, because Scorpio fluctuates. Though a fixed sign, Scorpio moves through many phases, moods, depths, crises, and transformations.
Finally, and importantly, Scorpio has a special affinity with sexuality, mortality, decay, and the nocturnal. This, too, can be reflected in the types of foods that are well-suited to Scorpio season – foods that are sensual, full-body eating experiences.
In the foods that follow, you will see all of this reflected: the hot, dry, spicy, sexy, and complex as well as the cool, moist, and nourishing. Scorpio feeds your soul while filling your belly.
Perhaps you want to align to the solar energy of this month in small ways rather than overhauling your menu – introduce some figs, smoked oysters, black cherries, dark chocolate, and pomegranate syrup to your rotation. Light candles at dinner. Give thanks to the plants, animals, and minerals that you are bringing into your body and transforming into skin, hair, nails, muscle, laughter, and tears.
The following foods represent how I eat as an omnivore at this point in my development. They are not intended to offer medical advice. Eating is a deeply personal practice, and all types of eaters are respected.
To the table!
· Chanterelles and eggs
· Cottage cheese with roast pumpkin and pepitas
· Yogurt bowl with black cherries
· Chia pudding with pomegranate seeds or syrup
· Red smoothie with beets, berries, and coconut water
· Sourdough toast with fig butter
· Grilled gruyère with black forest ham and cherry (or fig) jam
· Onion tart
· Avocado stuffed with crab salad
· Carrot ginger soup
· Cauliflower crust pizza
· French onion soup
· Peppery mesclun and arugula salad with smoked oysters
· Beet hummus with radishes, carrot sticks, and pita points
· Whipped feta with black pepper
· Cranberry biscotti
· Greek yogurt with black cherries
· Cottage cheese with sriracha
· Chanterelles on crackers
· Beet hummus
· Radishes with butter
· Smoked oysters
· Jamaican beef patties
· Pork loin with figs
· Chili with stout and cocoa
· Chicken paprikash
· Roast turmeric cauliflower steaks
· Ginger and mustard greens stir fry
· Chicken tikka masala
· Coconut and squash curry
· Steak tartare
· Stuffed squash with sausage and gruyere
· Chicken with mole sauce
· Oyster stew
· Poached lobster
· Persimmon and thyme skillet cake (from Must Love Herbs website, one of my favorites)
· Pear poached in port
· Black forest cake
· Coconut rice pudding with dried cranberries
· Chocolate fondue
· Figs with honey, cinnamon, and mascarpone
· Chocolate and fig clafoutis
· Panna cotta and pomegranate syrup
· Mexican hot chocolate
· Ginger tea
· Ginger beer
· Hibiscus tea
· Coconut water
· Fig liqueur
· Pomegranate liqueur