If you thought that by merely wearing a lucky stone or by donning a particular colour, you could appease the stars in your zodiac, think again. Today, people aren’t leaving things to serendipity but are wooing the stars — be it with their hair colour, culinary ingredients or the tone of their shoes — to get that lucky edge in life. And, shoemakers, hair stylists and chefs are more than happy to comply with these requests.
Take tarot card reader Poonam Sethi, for instance, who has come up with a zodiac-inspired menu at Zerzura in New Delhi’s Qutab Hotel. She recently invited a handful of guests to sample what she calls, “a menu designed according to your elements”. The menu is divided into four categories: air (Libra, Gemini and Aquarius), earth (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and water (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). “Those belonging to the air signs are extremely dedicated. They know how to lose weight through diet or exercise,” says Sethi. “However, they also like to eat, that too mostly in the evenings. So, I recommend chicken with vegetables, walnuts and yogurt for them.”
She has assigned a unique meal plan for each star sign. For instance, earth signs are known to be persistent — they stick to a diet and exercise regime till they achieve the desired result. “They should avoid proteins, raw foods and carbonated drinks but can indulge in cheese, butter, soup and the occasional lean meat,” says Sethi.
While those born under the fire sign should choose a diet which is rich in protein but low on red meat, the water signs should include veggies, lean meat, wheat, rice, dairy products and natural sugars in their meal plan. “Every person’s star sign represents his or her personality from which we can deduce diet, metabolism and temperament,” says Sethi. “The zodiac food pairing offers a peek into each person’s ‘food personality’.”
Food is not the only aspect of your life being dictated by the zodiac. Now you can even wear a shoe according to the tilt in your constellation. Shoe designer Swati Mehrotra, who owns the label Swati Modo, has a line of shoes inspired by the zodiac. “It is based on the astrological calculation that is deduced from birth data. Every horoscope gives a lucky number and auspicious colour,” says Mehrotra. The shoes, which are priced at Rs 8,000 a pair, are designed and crafted during a shubh muhurat. “Each pair is manufactured according to astrological parameters under the strict supervision of expert astrologers. The material used to craft the shoes include fabric, thread, wood, metal or stones suggested by the astrologer,” she says.
So, if you are a meticulous and practical Virgo, then hues of green will suit you, while Taureans can opt for blue and white colours to go with their generous and, sometimes, obstinate personality. Capricorns will do best with grey as they are dutiful and industrious.
Interestingly, hair stylists have caught on to this trend as well. Hygienic Research Institute which owns the brand Streax Pro, has come up with a range of hair colour products to suit your sun sign. According to Rochelle Chhabra, director and professional division head, customers lay a lot of emphasis on the nakshatras. Hence the company maintains a chart of traits based on sun signs in all its salons. “This chart has been devised on the basis of research compiled over time,” she says. So, for independent and assertive Ariens, flame red, burgundy and extra light blonde hair colours would be apt. On the other hand, Cancerians are known to be sensitive and moody, so extra light blonde and brown copper matte would suit them best. “Librans are balanced and fashionable, so we suggested mahogany ash brown and dark copper blonde for them. As a result, hairstyles and colours are based a combination of behavioural traits and grahas,” says Chhabra.