One well-known definition of magic, sometimes attributed to Dion Fortune, is the ability to change consciousness at will. I want to ask you to do some magic, come the Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 4th, this year).
No, it’s not a presidential election, so you may not have heard too much about it. It’s a mid-term election, when many states, counties, and municipalities, will elect Senators, members of Congress, County Commissioners, members of the Board of Education, etc. In some ways, these midterm elections are even more important than the every-four-years and much-vaunted presidential elections. Every president needs a Congress and a Senate that will confirm hir appointments, vote for hir programs, sustain hir vetoes. And the people elected today to local Boards of Education, County Water Boards, and State Legislatures often show up a few years later on the national stage — having cut their teeth on local elections, done some networking, gotten some experience. They’re often the ones that State and local parties send as delegates to the every-four-years national conventions to select presidential candidates.
Most magic requires a bit of preparation. You have to have learned how to ground and center. You have to have memorized the spell or the chant. You have to have dug dirt from the graveyard, pricked your finger and squeezed blood into the alabaster bowl, ground the deadly herbs with a mortar and pestle smudged with sage. Voting on November 4th is the same. You have to have registered to vote. (Dates for this vary, depending upon your State.) You have to figure out what kind of id you may need to bring with you to the polling place. You have to spend maybe a half an hour or so online deciding for which candidates you will vote. And, then, you have to show up and vote.
You can do it as I do: invoking the Suffragettes, a grandmother born before women could vote, and Columbia, Libertas, and Hecate (elections are a crossroad), in the early morning, coffee cup in had, and standing for a few minutes in the lightening dark with my neighbors before I walk into the sanctum sanctorum, the voting booth, cast my votes, close my eyes, whisper, “So mote it be,” and then drive to work. Or you can go at lunch, or after work, or around 11:00 am when the polls are likely empty. It’s very unlikely you’ll have to stand in any kind of long line for a midterm election, which is yet another reason why, even if you don’t vote for president, you should vote in the midterm election.
So why do I call it magic? Why do I say that voting is a way to change consciousness at will?
Single women, young people, and minorities are the groups least likely to show up to vote — and that’s especially true of midterm elections such as the one coming up in a few days. Even though Republicans — who are not popular with women, many young people, and minorities — are no longer able to appeal to a majority of voters, they are considered more likely to win midterm elections because older, privileged, white men are more likely to show up and vote in midterm elections than are women, minorities, young people. And so, not too oddly, Republicans have decided that it’s safe to conduct a war on women, voting regularly against equal pay for equal work, voting to restrict women’s access to health care, announcing that young women just don’t know enough to vote and should, as a result, stay home and paint their fingernails.
You know what? They’re terrified that you’ll actually show up and vote. You can change not only your own but also their consciousness at will.
Tell me in comments that you showed up to vote in the midterms. Tell me that you did magic. Tell me that you made them afraid to keep shitting on you to make an ever-vanishing crowd of evangelical wing-nuts happy. You can use your will to change their consciousness.
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