Today a fun post on the food you eat and how it is linked to your planets. I had written about fragrances associated with planets in an earlier post here. Your food choices are also linked to the planets in your chart. See if you can spot your favourite and maybe not so favourite food and thus your planetary influences. The food and taste that a planet likes is linked to its basic nature.
Sun – Sun the Ruler likes refined stimulation, he is linked to a pungent sort of taste. A Sun-dominant person prefers a combination of pungent/bitter/astringent tastes. You can increase the energies of your Sun by eating hot spices, pungent vegetables, ginger, cinnamon, peppers, mustard seeds and chillies. Sour fruits like oranges, peaches, plums, grapes etc are also liked by the ‘Sun’s’. Fasting regularly, perhaps once a week /fortnight is also beneficial for you. You like the flavour and smells of volatile essential aromatic oils. You also like stimulants and diaphoretics (foods which make you sweat!).
Moon – This planet is partial to salty tastes, but also loves the heavy rich sweet taste of dairy products. Moon dominant persons are attracted to wholesome nutritive foods, which are a mix of sweet/salty/sour. Comfort foods, soothing foods and soups which remind you of maternal love and provide support to the mind and emotions. Soft foods where you don’t need to chew much. You can increase your lunar energies by consuming dairy products, milk and cream. Starchy foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes are also a favourite here. If you eat non-vegetarian stuff, Moon likes all sorts of seafood, seaweeds, fish, crab and lobster. In fruits you will prefer sweet, watery and juicy fruit like melons.
Mars – If you are a Mars dominant person you will prefer sour, acrid and a combination of bitter/pungent tastes. Mars the warrior like the tastes of fermented foods, alkaloids, poisons, stimulants and narcotics. By this I don’t mean that they eat such substances directly. Plants naturally produce such chemicals in minute quantities which are liked by Mars. Foods which are hot, spicy and pungent add to his energy. Onions, garlic, mustard, pickles, peppers and chillies are a favourite here. Alcohol and red meat also increase the energies of Mars, but these 2 are highly tamasic (heavy energies can lead to a ‘dulling’ of the spiritual self) and should be ideally avoided. Small amounts can be had at intervals but please remain in control of yourself.
Mercury – This planet favours astringent tastes. He is the thinking process, so maybe these foods help keeping his computer cool! If you are a Mercury dominant you will prefer a combination of cooling/pungent tastes. Vegetables like celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, green leafy vegetables, sprouts, green beans, peas, salads may be your favourites. Astringent fruits like pomegranates, bananas, cranberries and apples. Mercury likes the taste of tanins (eg tamarind) and volatile oils of a calming nature like mint and fennels.
Jupiter – The planet of expansion naturally loves oily/sweet tastes. If you are a Jupiter dominant you might like the combination of oily/sweet/pungent tastes. You might be drawn to foods like butter, ghee, sesame oil, nuts and seeds. Grains like wheat, oats and rice cooked with a bit of oil would also be a favourite. You might like tonic foods and herbs which help in building the body and the blood.
Venus – If you are Venus dominant you will prefer sweet tasting food, and the most preferred combination is sweet/bitter/astringent. Obviously the foods under this category will be sugar, honey, jaggery, sweet potatoes, mung beans, barley, candy chocolates, etc. You will like sweet fruits like dates figs, grapes, bananas, mangos, prunes etc. Venus likes the taste and flavour of fragrant essential oils and spices like basil, fennel, mint, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla etc. It is very easy to overindulge in these forms of food so be careful (Venus’s trademark – activities leading to addictions)
Saturn – Saturn is inclined to bitter tastes, and prefers a combination of astringent/bitter. If you are a Saturn dominant person you might eat light and less. You might fast more often and prefer a diet composed of detoxifying foods, blood purifiers and raw foods. Salads, sesame seeds, sesame oil, coffee, dark chocolates, bitter gourd, greens, vegetables belonging to the cabbage family attract you. Also ‘drying grains’ like barley, millets, rye and corn. Among fruits you will prefer the astringent pomegranates and apples. You really like cooling foods.
Now in Ayurved there are 6 primary types of tastes/Rasa/essence, and for a balanced meal you should have a bit of all 6 in on your plate.
- Sweet – is a combination of Earth+Water. Very familiar taste in our diet. Eg sugar.
- Sour – is a combination of Earth+Fire. This is also a very familiar taste, it immediately increases the flow of saliva. Eg lemons
- Salt – is a combination of Water+Fire. We all know the taste of salt. Eg table salt.
- Pungent – is a combination of Fire+Air. The pungent taste is a dry heat that stimulates the tongue. Eg chillies
- Bitter – is a combination of Air+Ether. We tend to avoid this taste, but it is deeply cleansing and removes toxins and bad fats from the body. Eg coffee
- Astringent – is a combination of Air+Earth. This is a taste of dryess produced in the mouth by tannins in the bark, leaves and outer rinds of fruits and trees. Eg pomegranate
We are all quite health conscious these days and quite familiar with a healthy balanced diet and we all do strive for a healthy life style. But if you look into your food choices closely and try to match them with your horoscope and planetary energies you will find patterns. Our food and water does affect our mood. And if you so desire you can change your dietary pattern using your horoscope. So your newest astrological remedy for boosting weaker planets or balancing the energies of the horoscope is now at your dinner table!