Giving the Sugar Back

Yesterday, as I was making yet a few more dissertation edits (wah wah), I came across this quote from a Rastafarian priest I interviewed for my research …

“If a person come to me and say, well um, my mom has Sugar. We would get the Morning Glory, boil that, uh, 1 or 2 other lil bushes, and that’ll help purge, and they could stay on that for about 3 months – and, they could give the sugar back to who they got it from”

For those of you who may not know, “get the Sugar” is a term used in Bahamian dialect that refers to having Diabetes. Illuminating his belief in the connection between physical healing and spiritual/emotional healing, he shares/draws from a principle rooted in Ancient African spiritual systems that Rastafarianism and many other diasporic spiritual systems have emerged. According to this system, what is ailing any one of us was given to us or we received it from someone/somewhere else and we have the power to give it back if we are open to taking the medicine that will purge it from our systems. This is also a principle in holistic health and one with which my own beliefs about health and spirituality are aligned strongly.

People who know me may have heard my definition of medicine before: the right dose of the right thing at the right time administered by the right person. It need not be a physical substance, though it can be. A substance—physical, emotional, energetic, or spiritual—is not healing or poisonous inherently. The dosage, the timing, the circumstance, and both the person administering and receiving determine the quality of the medicine and whether or not it will heal what is ailing someone.

The idea of “giving the Sugar back to who they got it from” resonates with the current moment’s astrology. Venus—goddess of love, beauty, and abundance—is descending into the underworld. Her reversal, her descent, is calling us to re-verse, re-view, re-search, re-volt, re-bel, re-spond, re-work the aspects of life represented by the house she is transiting in your chart specifically, the house located in Aries. Because she is in Aries, she is showing up as the warrior goddess. Because she is in Aries, she is fiery, she is tough. She is kicking ass, taking names, writing them down, burning them, and starting over. We all have this energy inside of us somewhere. She is asking us to unleash this energy to release parts of ourselves that no longer serve us.

Venus is asking each of us, “What is your Sugar? What have you been given and/or allowed yourself to receive that you want to give back to who you got it from?” Most importantly, how will you give it back? Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. Where will you put the Sugar to make sure it is transformed into something that won’t be harmful to yourself or others? I recently discovered that dangerous Mustard bombs from the Cold War are dismantled, neutralized, by applying water. How will you dismantle the chemical weapons of your psyche from your own past Cold Wars? The astrological new year is in 3 days. The Sun is transiting the final degrees of the Zodiac. This is a time for endings, for letting go.

These are the alchemical degrees of the Zodiac, the alchemical oceanic energy of Pisces is a cauldron for spiritual transformation. These are the degrees, the days, where the astrological energies are powerful beneficial bacteria that can eat the Sugar and transform what is ailing us physically, emotionally, and spiritually into food for ourselves, those who serve us, and those with whom we live symbiotically. Stay close to symbiosis. Don’t be afraid to give the Sugar back to who you got it from. Allow the fermentation to happen. Give it time. The wine you’re making is gonna be BOMB a month from now! You are about to be reborn, whether you like it or not. While the Sun is still in Pisces, be like water. Swim in it. Take the path of least resistance. Your life is about to be set on fire.

*If you’re interested in finding out more about where this Venus Retrograde falls in your chart or more about your chart generally, I offer chart readings. For more information, please contact me at*

Published by: hilaryb130

I am an artist, scientist and explorer who facilitates healing and liberation in the minds, bodies and spirits of people and planet through creative and spiritual practice, food and Earth-based medicine. I am devoted to bringing about a more peaceful and just world through my research, healing practice and art. Environmental Studies PhD.

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