Thank you to everyone who has been engaged in this Magical Battle for America. To reorient yourself, you may want to re-read last week’s working.
A large part of the work that we are going to be doing, just as was the case with the working that Dion Fortune did during WWII, is to protect America by, as she said, “getting in touch with the Group-Mind” of the nation. Hence, the work we have been doing to bring into focus well-known American archetypes such as the cowboy, the underground railroad, Paul Revere, Helen Keller, Johnny Appleseed, and, of course, Lady Liberty herself. As our work makes these archetypes more and more vivid in our minds, they will become stronger and stronger in the American group-mind. As Ms. Fortune explained, “Our work is to formulate and re-formulate day by day the mental link between the spiritual influences and,” what she called “the group mind of the race.” Today, we’d use different language, but we certainly recognize that there is an American Psyche and that it has, over the past year or so, been polluted with everything from Nazi symbolism to increased racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, sexism, Russian propaganda, false news, etc., etc. etc. A large part of our working is going to be to counter that pollution — what Occult Librarian would call miasma — within the national psyche.
In particular, this week we are going to work to dispel the Glamour of Cynicism that has slowly, over the past few decades, spread like a cloud of smog over our national psyche. It seems, to me, to have begun about the time that Gordon Gekko proclaimed that “Greed is good,” and to have snowballed rapidly. Today, this evil Glamour tells us that there’s no point trying; everything is crooked; all politicians are alike; government can never do any good; the smarter you are, the more you “see through” the system and know how hopeless it is to get involved. It’s all “rigged.” Only naive bumpkins and deluded do-gooders think they can make any real difference. Better to snark on social media and never get involved. Protest marches don’t do any good any more; letters to your representatives are useless; town halls won’t change policy; your one vote doesn’t count. Whatever some silly person is upset about is just a “distraction.”
In the law, we have a saying: “Qui bono?” It means, “Who wins?” Who benefits when most Americans become cynical? Who wins when we give up before we even start? Well, I think we see the answers writ large in Trump’s hopes to give billionaires tax cuts by gutting everything from Meals on Wheels, to arts programs, to health care.
And, so, for this week’s working, after you ground and center, please 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.
Turn to the Northwest and see the banner with the salmon, leaping against the waterfall to secure the next generation. Watch the salmon try over and over, avoiding the fishing bears and eagles, swimming again upstream, curving its body to leap out of its natural element and into the air so that it can do its part to turn the Wheel of the Year. To America’s First Peoples, salmon were a symbol of determination and prosperity. The Celts saw the salmon as a symbol of wisdom.
Walk to the Northwest and stand beside a cold mountain stream. See the foam from the waterfall. Hear the cries of the eagles overhead. Feel the chilly wind that blows through the ferns and the pines.
Call to the determined salmon who does not become cynical and will never give up. Watch the sunlight glance off salmon’s scales into a thousand shafts of rainbow. If a song comes to you, sing softly to the salmon; sing as your ancestors may have sung. Listen to see if salmon answers back. Perhaps your gift to salmon may, instead, be a dance, a heartfelt prayer, a promise to work for clean water. Give thanks to salmon for continuing to leap, over and over and over again, until it vaults the waterfall and swims toward the next obstacle.
Now, walk back to your sacred hillock in the middle of America. From there, send the message of salmon out into the national psyche. See people in cities and towns, on the internet and in coffee houses, staring at tvs and cheering at sporting events. See all of them absorbing in their own way salmon’s message of determination, salmon’s refusal to become cynical. See the miasma of cynicism blowing away like smog before a clean wind. Affirm that this is already so.
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. Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back. Drink some water. Have something to eat if you like, maybe an orange or hot tea with milk.
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 what happened and how this working went.
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