As we head into the month of October, the term to keep top of mind is balance. Balance, it’s the ever-elusive state we seek to reach in every corner of life, from our weekday schedules to our throw-together salad dressings. Is it realistic to believe you can have it across the board, all of the time? Probably not. But with the majority of this month filling out the remainder of Libra season, you’ve likely already been feeling areas of imbalance begging your attention. And focusing in on bringing balance where it counts is going to set you up to fully take on the self-empowering energy Scorpio has to offer starting on the 23rd.
Now as far as I’m concerned, if we’re talking about balance about chicken wings. Wings, however you like ‘em, should exist at an intersection—the intersection of salty and sweet, of spicy and bright, at the very least, of moist flesh and dry, crispy skin. Delivering epic flavor and dynamic sauces in such a small package, chicken wings are the culinary apex of balance. That, and a tailgate is nothing without them, so you definitely need a go-to recipe this month. Read on to see what type of wing your sign should adopt to soar through Libra/Scorpio/tailgating season 2019.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your key area of concentration rests in the partnership, relationships, and connectivity department as we head into the month. Aries, it’s time to turn away from surface level dynamics that lack richness—even if they do seem to be convenient enough arrangements given the ambitious energy you’re channeling into other areas. This month, embrace something more; you need nuance, you need depth, you need the layered umami-laden sweetness of a teriyaki wing. Sure, virtually everyone else loves it, but let me guess—you’re not sure the tried and true balance of toasty sesame, soy sauce saltiness, and kicks of ginger, all backed by honey’s warming embrace is the right fit for you?
Well that’s OK, you don’t have to face this uncertainty alone and that’s the point. You don’t even have to call it teriyaki if that feels too cliche, call them honey-sesame wings; the important thing is that you share your wings with someone else. And remember, vulnerability rules over isolation.
RECIPE: Honey-Sesame Grilled Wings
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
SALT & PEPPER WINGS
This month is all about taking your recent growth and putting it all-in towards what you really want… come on, when you know, you know. There’s no room for flip-flopping or weak resolve right now, Taurus. You’ve come a long way this year, you know who you are and, yes, you know what you want to bring to life; now, invest the work. It sounds intense, but this is something to be grateful for. What’s so hazy for some is now black and white to you—salt and pepper, baby. You feel it inside, and the time has come to manifest it. A batch of salt and pepper wings is the perfect declaration that you’re ready to invite destiny to the table.
RECIPE: Salt and Pepper Wings
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
BONELESS STUFFED WINGS
Glory, glory, hallelujah—it’s your moment to embrace, and I mean like bear-hug, your joy and creativity. Heading into October, it’s important that you leverage the full of your own duality to make anything and everything into art. Harness your shadows to embolden your light, and your madness to fuel your genius; the secret is realizing they’re one in the same. You can utilize your unique inclination for self expression to enrich your self-care routine (i.e. make wings), as well as excel in your professional responsibilities. This is not the time to be restrained, Gemini; this is a moment to do what you do well—make the connections where others aren’t seeing them.
Moral being: let your creative energy flow freely this month, do what you can to encourage it and it will carry you through. Pull out all the stops and the bones. May these boneless, stuffed wings serve as a metaphor for your life this month: Entirely flexible and full of rich and funky goodness.
RECIPE: Boneless Stuffed Buffalo Wings
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
SWEET CHILI WINGS
Two words for you, Cancer: self acceptance.
Take this month to look at where you’ve come from and who you’ve been. How have those experiences informed your understanding of who you are today? What no longer fits? You can honor every piece of your story and still let go of those details in the narrative which no longer serve you. This could engrained entail habits, people, adjectives you use to describe yourself, or even your default wing choice. No matter what you may feel a gentle inclination to release, it’s time to be kind and honest with yourself. Acknowledge the balance of who you are today—a little sweet, a little spicy, and delicious dose of brightness. For you, these dynamic (and exceptionally crispy) oven-baked wings featuring warming notes of chili flake and sunshiny citrus are the only wings that will do.
RECIPE: Sweet Orange-Chili Wings
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Focus on the idea of finding balance between familiarity and adventure, practicing discipline and branching out without restraint. Right now, you need an especially calm center (which you’ll achieve through intentional practices) in order to thrive and leap at the opportunities and adventures that may come your way. In other words, you’ll need to honor the things you know well in order to spice things up and explore what you don’t know. You need a reliable launching pad this month, so ask yourself—what makes you feel grounded? Try to hone in on creating a peaceful sanctuary (perhaps give extra attention to your wellness routine, maybe even invest some hours into a deep clean at home?) and you’ll instantaneously feel better posed to go a little wild and chase chances.
Your energy is too potent right now to be contained, so celebrate and fan that fire by giving yourself a firm foundation you know well—give yourself Buffalo wings and go for it.
RECIPE: Angela’s Spicy Buffalo Wings
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Virgo, the name of the game is simplification. This will likely hold especially true in terms of your finances and possessions this month. For you, less stuff = more room for expansion. Material “things” are just cluttering your path, and it’s time to clear the way. Invest your income into your growth and education rather than your amusement. It’s key for you to consider and prioritize what you need over what you crave. What’s actually important in your world? Take it back to the basics to find out. And don’t you worry—classic, homestyle fried chicken wings are gonna have your back every step of the way.
RECIPE: Fried Chicken Wings
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
LEMON PEPPER WINGS
This is your time to shine, Libra. This month, celebrate all that IS balanced and good in your world, right now. Take this time for examination, acceptance, and expression of who you are in this present moment—with the intent of ultimately honoring your sense of self-worth. Prioritize acknowledging and expressing your worth in all aspects of your life this month. Maybe it’s asking for that raise, or asking a partner to step up to the plate… however you manifest this sense value towards yourself, just be sure to do it with the gold standard of chicken wings in-hand. After all, this is your season. Bright lemon plus earthy black pepper, wrapped around succulent, crispy-skinned chicken—no saucy mess, no muss, just a timeless, shining beacon of balance, pure and simple.
RECIPE: Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Scorpio, you’re probably feeling a touch out of whack and even a bit exhausted… it’s been a heck of a year since last October, huh? As you head into the month, focus on rest, self care, self examination, and above all, patience. You may have already identified areas of imbalance in your sphere and feel anxious to act; take a breath and spend more time coming to understand why those imbalances exist so that you can act skillfully. Your moment will come soon enough (after all, scorpio season is upon us), but take it easy and take care of yourself now. Patience and intentional reflection will start to tilt the scales, allowing you to embody your fullest magnitude in a matter of weeks. In the spirit of patience, it’s probably best that you skip the deep fryer and opt for a slower, arguably more sultry, cooking method—let’s break out the smoker, shall we? You could slather on an easy condiment like Alabama white sauce post cooking or play it simple with a just a dry rub.
RECIPE: Dry Rubbed Smoked Chicken Wings
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
This month is a good time to invest in your friendships and community (inviting people over for chicken wings is a great place to start). Focus on bringing balance to the types of relationships you put your time and attention into. Take time to acknowledge that intimate relationships, more casual friendships, and group dynamics all provide significant value; you need all of them to thrive and be your best. You need the kick of exciting energy a girls’ or boys’ night out can deliver as well as the slow and sweet quality time with your honey. May these Honey-Sriracha wings remind you that embracing both yields mouthwatering returns.
RECIPE: Honey-Sriracha Wings
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
JAMAICAN JERK WINGS
Your relationship to success and reputation, particularly reputation tied to your hard work and efforts, is in the spotlight this month, Capricorn. You want to give it your all, but hey… you also want to be acknowledged for doing so. There’s nothing wrong with seeking a little recognition when you put in great work and/or passion, just be sure to remember that your worth isn’t tied to receiving it. You’re more than your accomplishments; check in with yourself to see if the motivations behind your image building are in line with your values. As long they are, you’ll get the positive and authentic acknowledgement you seek sure enough. Once you’ve done a little gut check, go ahead and gift yourself a touch flavorful pizzaz. I mean, it’s impossible not to stand out with a platter of these Jamaican Jerk Wings in your hands.
RECIPE: Jamaican Jerk Wings
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
There is so much potential for you right now and you feel it vibrating in every fiber of your being, you’re experiencing affirmations, internally and externally, that this is true—believe them! Use this moment of expansive vision and excitement to seek out growth, anywhere and everywhere. Leverage the sense of adventure you’re feeling to the fullest, as if there are no limits to where you could go, because spoiler: there aren’t any. Now is not the time to be hung up on limited beliefs. Life is sweet, spicy, zippy, and just downright multidimensional in the tastiest way—and so are these wings! Go ahead, take a bite!
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
There is one key thing for you to concentrate your energy into this month, Pisces, and that is fully embracing yourself—wherever you’re at, however things look. You’re not falling behind or out of place, there’s nothing about yourself that you need to “fix” before you can be the person you want to be and do as you want to do. In fact, the only thing standing in the way of your being able to live on your own terms is you. Pisces, you don’t need to fit the status quo or acquire validation from others to make big, bold moves. You need only your own permission, give it you yourself this month. May the massive range of flexibility and customizability possible in BBQ-sauced wings empower you to forge your own path based on what tastes right to you. Ease in with this straightforward BBQ wing, and then let your appetite be your guide; trust yourself. Molasses BBQ wings, apricot BBQ wings, chipotle-honey BBQ wings, and so much more are all out there waiting for you.
RECIPE: BBQ Chicken Wings