Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s working. You may want to re-read it in order to re-orient yourself for today’s work.
After you ground and center, cast a circle and anchor yourself firmly to your landbase. Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.
Return again to our American plain on the astral plane. See the prairie grasses and feel the wind. Watch the bison graze in the distance. Find again a small hillock where you can comfortably sit and observe.
See again the glowing banners at the points of the pentacle: Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, Lady Liberty.
Stand up, look out over the prairie, and resolve within your own heart that America will be protected. Know that you have it within you to summon great forces and to do what is necessary. In your own words, and in as heartfelt a way as possible, call out to America’s heras, heroes, and protectors. Tell them about the threat that we face and ask them to come to America’s aid.
Slowly, you begin to see tall figures coming towards you from each of the points of the pentacle. They seem to appear first in the glowing banners and then to walk slowly across the plain towards you. As they come closer, you recognize them.
Some of the figures you see may be historical figures; some may be figures of American folklore; some may be deities. You see the American heroes of your childhood. You see Americans who have inspired you. Who do you see?
You may see Paul Revere, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Samuel Adams, Clara Barton. You may see Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Pocahontas. You may see Geronimo, Cesar Chavez, Wilma Mankiller, Crazy Horse, Sally Ride. You may see Chief Joseph, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, Winona LaDuke. Who do you see?
You may see the victims of the Salem Witch Trials, eager to defend justice. You may see slaves and abolitionists, ready to defend freedom. You may see cowboys, riding to face down mobs. You may see scientists and explorers, willing to risk all for the truth. You may see Suffragettes, determined to win and keep the vote. Who do you see?
You may see the Molly Maguires, Mother Jones, Joe Hill, Emma Goldman. Who do you see?
You may see Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Daniel Boone, Paul Bunyan, the Lone Ranger. You may see Barbara Fritchie, Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher, Jo March, Buffy. Who do you see?
You may well see a number of America’s tricksters: Coyote, Br’er Rabbit, Tweety, Roadrunner, Bugs, John the Conqueror, Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker. Who do you see?
You may see superheroes: Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spiderman, Batgirl. Who do you see?
You may see animals or plants: Wolf, Bison, Salmon, Sequoia, Eagle, Corn, Raven, Crow, Saguaro. Who do you see?
As you watch these figures come towards you, you feel hopeful. You remember that we are not alone. You draw courage and inspiration from them.
As you watch, a few of the many figures come even closer to you. They are strong and helpful. They, in particular, want to work with you to protect America. They, in particular, can grow in America’s group soul and help Americans to work for the country we want to have, to defend what is good and to change what needs to change.
Are you willing to work with these persons? Reach out to them until your fingers just touch theirs. Ask for their wisdom, guidance, help. Commit to work with them. Thank them for coming in our time of need.
Gradually, the figures fade. They no longer need to be visible for you to feel their presence.
Slowly, come down from the hillock on the plains and begin to walk back to your own landbase.
Open your eyes. Rub your arms and face. Drink some water and maybe eat an apple or some nuts. Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back.
You may want to repeat this working several times this week. You may want to journal about it. Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments who you saw and how this working went.
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