When I was a kid a wise witch taught me, "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," and as an adult herbalist I'll have to say she wasn't wrong. In the coming few days, we will move through Samhain (entering of the dark), eclipse season begins with a Scorpio solar eclipse (hello deep shadow work!) and Mars moves retrograde (outward progress may seem slow or even backwards- this is surely to be frustrating to a culture bent on production and results).
In many ways in life, both metaphorically and literally, a spoon full of sugar can help us swallow some bitter medicine. Astrologically speaking, we may have to do a bit of swallowing of some bitter medicine these next few weeks. But we can soften it with open hearts and a higher perspective. We can welcome this as a time for deep inner work and reflection. We can maintain the knowledge that darkness, decay, and struggle provide fertile ground to plant in this coming spring. We can look our shadow aspects in the eye, alchemize them, and become better people.
In our Samhain herbs and rituals we will be taking reishi (a very bitter medicine and a plant that thrives on decay) that i have cooked down into maple syrup to balance the bitter and sweet. I've then made it into truffles utilizing the heart medicine of cacao and rolled them in our mushroom cacao with a little cayenne (another circulatory stimulant). We will also be utilizing essence of poison plants balanced in a sweet rose glycerine. We will hold the difficult inner work within the sweet container of sisterhood as we move through the darkest parts of the year. There are a few spots left if you'd like to join us!