The Magical Battle for America 4/8/17

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Thank you so much to those who have been helping in this work.

To recap, we’re very loosely basing our work on the work that Dion Fortune and her society did to protect the island of Albion during World War II.  You can find our earlier workings here, here, hereherehere, here and here.  One of our tasks has been to build up archetypal images of protective American magic.  It’s my hope that, even after we’ve weathered the Trump Interregnum, a fuller collection of magical American archetypes will remain to be called upon in times of need.

We’ve also done some elemental work; bringing the light of the sun and the cleansing power of rain to help burn away the miasma of cynicism that keeps Americans passive and to cleanse our American archetypes, most of which come with some shadowy baggage that can make us uncomfortable when we call upon them.

This week, more details emerged concerning Russia’s successful efforts to undermine our democracy and install Trump in the White House.  The Senate turned over a stolen Supreme Court seat to a dangerous ideologue who couldn’t garner the sixty votes that have heretofore been necessary to appoint a justice.  Trump bombed Syria, but only after telling Putin so that Putin could warn Assad.  The press dutifully praised Trump for his aggression.  One real danger that we face is that one catastrophe after another after another can start to feel like too much.  People shut down, turn on the tv, begin to ignore what’s happening.  We have to stay focused and engaged.  We have to stay woke.  We have to stay inspired to retake our democracy.  Inspiration comes from the Latin root for breathing.  America’s winds are the breath of our continent.

Let’s call upon the power of the American winds to blow away the dangerous notion that what has been happening to us is normal, acceptable, OK.  Let’s call upon them to re-inspire America to become what it could become.

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Breathe.

Ground and center.  Cast a circle.

Anchor yourself firmly to your landbase.  Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.

Breathe.

As you move astrally to our American plain on the astral plane, you can see again the safe hillock where you do your work.  You can see the five giant banners, shining in the sky:  Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, and Lady Liberty.  Do they seem more defined since we began our work?  Do they have anything special to tell you this week?

You find your place and sit comfortably, grounded and connected to the plain.  Focus on your own breath.  Breathe in the fresh prairie air and breathe out any fears, distractions, concerns.  Each new breath that you take makes you feel lighter, stronger, more energetic.  Each old breath that you release leaves you feeling calmer, more in control, more focused.

Gradually, begin to feel the wind, blowing from the West to the East.  The wind carries a hint to the salty Pacific, a mineral tang from the Rocky Mountains, and a hint of the new grass, sprouting all over the plain.  The wind carries the wisdom of Salmon and the freedom of the Cowboy.  Watch as it blows away fear, inertia, despondency.

Feel a Nor’easter blowing from the North to the South.  It’s a strong, cold wind that pushes and changes everything in its path.  The wind carries the austere spiritual values of Walden Pond and the strength of Lady Liberty.  Watch as it blows away the willingness to sacrifice freedom and democracy for familiarity and comfort.

Feel the humid wind blowing from the South to the North.  It smells like honeysuckle, and fishing towns, and swamps.  This gentle wind carries the love of freedom of those who traveled and maintained the Underground Railroad.  As it passes, it reminds America of how hard people fought to reach freedom.  You can see it inspiring people to turn off their tv, put away their cell phones, and drop their despair, as they continue to resist Putin and Trump.

If you stand on your hillock, you can gather all of these winds and direct them to the place where you know they will do the most good.  See them swirling around and then moving at your direction.  Use them to blow away complacency, the fear that renders people inactive, the acceptance of the “new normal” that America’s enemies want us to adopt.  Use them to fill up the sails of activists along America’s rivers, to turn the windmills that will power the resistance, to lift kites of hope into the sky.

And, now, dismiss the winds.  See them return to gentle breezes, moved by the shifting weather patterns of the continent.  Thank them for their assistance.  Resettle yourself on your hillock for a short time and watch the gentle prairie wind play with the prairie grasses and wildflowers.  See hawks riding the winds high above the plain.  Watch the bison off in the distance, the wind blowing their fur.  You are part of this vast country and you have done good work to help it survive.

Breathe.

Return to your own body, your own landbase.  Open your eyes.  Rub your face, move your arms and legs.  Notice the detail you  selected to call you back from the astral.  Drink some water.  If you like, have something to eat, maybe a piece of fruit or some crackers and cheese.

During the course of this week, you may want to visit the bannered prairie several times in order to strengthen its presence on the astral.  You may want to repeat this working several times.  You may want to journal about it.  Are you inspired to make any art?  Can you put up a wind chime, or fly a kite, or spend time watching birds and butterflies flying in a park?   What actions are you inspired to take for the Resistance?  If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.

Picture found here.

 

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9 responses to “The Magical Battle for America 4/8/17

  1. I’m sitting in a little island across the Atlantic from you, deeply wanting to support you in your work and, whilst sensing the strength and reality of your archetypes, I know they are your archetypes, not mine.

    You are the core magical workers here, as you battle for the soul of America, but there must be many non-USA people, witches and other pagans and magical workers, who want to be able to work with you in a supporting role.

    Currently, I’m focusing on neutralising the poison within your society, which has erupted as the opportunistic carbuncle in Washington. I have the beginning of an image of the wider world providing support to the immune system of the USA whilst it combats this poison and flushes it out of its body.

    I’ve posted elsewhere here about this, and about my background, but probably not in a very obvious place (I’m not over skilled technologically). I’d be so grateful for some input from you, Hecate, and/or any other of the core workers here, about how YOU would most be supported by non-USA witches.

    I’ve set up a Twitter account (@guanche_lady) so that I can follow you. If you’d think it helpful to contact me thru a DM via Twitter, I would love to hear from you.

    With best wishes and a huge hug

    Margarita

    PS. The link in your post to American Winds didn’t go anywhere.

    • guanche_lady,
      Thank you so much for being willing to help us. I couldn’t blame the rest of the world if they decided to sit back and just let us try to sleep in the bed we’ve made. Here’s the thing. Wherever you are, I’m willing to bet there are people here in America who come from that place. Whichever native archetypes resonate with you, I’m willing to bet some folks from your place brought those archetypes over here with them. It’s why even fairies and fey folk who come from elsewhere are so often seen here in North America. Some of them got on the ships and the airplanes and came with their people. So whatever help you wanted to offer, I believe it would find fertile ground here. I love your idea of lancing the wound, popping the pimple, cleaning the carbuncle. We could definitely use that. The magic workers here in America could also use just general support, shielding, and signal boosting. Some of us have been working for more than a year and see no end in sight. Dion Fortune believed that she wrecked her health and died early due to her work against the Nazis. Some of us are starting to see why.

  2. THE WIND – introduction to The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler

    The wind is a gossip. Not in a malicious way. She
    just likes to move around and stir things up. She
    runs through the fire barefoot and has no fear of
    heights. She carries big blue bowls of rain with her.
    She plays the flute and loves all kinds of sounds. Her
    laughter fills the sky. The wind is a wonderful story-
    teller. I still remember how she introduced me to
    the Qualities when I was child.

    Reading your post reminded me of this from Ruth Gendler – I’m glad I did recall it because I was afraid that the Wind would show up as a tornado when I do the working later on today. I want to focus on inspiration rather than my deep desire to have the players who wish to take our freedom and republic away from us swooped up in an Oz like tornado and transported far, far away from here!

    So, I will slip into my Ruby Slippers later on and ask the Wind to speak to all of us who are tired from the work that we are doing for our nation. I will ask Her to repeat or sing the words of those who inspire them to keep them going. I will ask Her to prop up those of us whose energy might be flagging. I will ask Her to thank our officials who are investigating the Russia interference. I will ask Her to whisper sweet nothings to bloggers and Twitter folks that I follow so that they maintain their reporting, their integrity and their sense of humor. And I will ask that She send them favorite music and the fragrance of their favorite flower to relax them afterwards and keep them inspired to continue.

  3. Beautiful…I begin to feel and see the connections ….astral networking…Blessed Be

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  5. Thank you for responding to my comment, Hecate.

    I’ve been thinking that you and those who read your blog and take part in the Magical Battle could find it helpful to read the historical background to Dion Fortune’s work, as it is easy, from our present day perspective, not to realise how protracted was that 1939 – 1945 war, and how much the battle that Fortune her workers waged was to strengthen the morale and will of the ordinary Briton to resist and win. It did not concentrate on Hitler.

    There is a useful summary of the history, from the BBC.

    I can’t post a hyperlink it seems, so here are two telling quotes. I’ve highlighted some points, but have had to use capital letters as there isn’t a formatting facility here.

    1. “May 1940, Hitler’s armies swept through western Europe, knocking Britain’s allies out of the war with bewildering speed and leaving the British Expeditionary Force horribly exposed. Hitler now dominated most of mainland Europe, and he was threatening to bomb and invade the British isles. The Soviet Union was allied to Germany; neutral America could offer little practical help.

    ALL AROUND THE WORLD, BRITAIN’S DEFEAT OR CAPITULATION WAS EXPECTED WITHIN WEEKS. In London many, perhaps most, saw little hope against German ambitions. Some government ministers consider that the time had come to talk peace with Nazi Germany. One even bought suicide pills for himself and his wife.
    …[after the defeat and evacuation of Dunkirk] Churchill galvanised and inspired the nation and the armed forces, BATTLING AGAINST LETHARGY AND DEFEATISM IN HIS CABINET AND IN THE COUNTRY. He sought American help, but found Washington sceptical about Britain’s prospects.
    …INTERNATIONAL OPINION PREDICTED THE IMMINENT COLLAPSE OF BRITAIN’S WILL TO FIGHT – supposing that the British would be cowed.”

    2. However, by late 1940, “Across the country A NEW KIND OF PATRIOTISM EMERGED- not the King and Empire talk of 1914, but something more classless, democratic and forward-looking. Such hope and solidarity was about to be tested to the limit, however, as Hitler, frustrated by the failure of the British to yield, ordered an entirely new kind of warfare to begin – the mass bombing of cities.
    Many people who were alive at the time recall THE AMAZING DETERMINATION TO KEEP GOING that could be seen in the RAF at the time, as well as in the British people as a whole.”

    This change in morale is what Fortune saw as the result of their persistent and dedicated magical working.

    I’m a Londoner (tho I don’t live there now) and grew up with the knowledge that battles require resilience, perseverance, and the awareness that one is in something for the long haul. The mantra “keep on keeping on” is vital, and it is really important to conserve one’s emotional, physical, and psychic energy for focused magical action.

    So I’d say that it’s important for you not to squander your anger and indignation by shouting – out loud or in print – but to conserve that energy for deep empowering of the morale of the citizenry of the USA. Your own individual energy, physical as much as emotional, must be protected and conserved. If you are drained and exhausted, you are not going to be of use.

    And, as ever in powerful magic, one must ensure that one is a conduit of energy rather than trying to be the source of the energy. I’m sure many witches and other magical workers will know, with me, that one’s personal battery power is limited and drains very quickly, and that for effective prolonged and serious working it is essential that one keeps one’s own energy and ego in the background, simply giving oneself to be a psychic wire through which the illimitable power of the Universe can flow.

    Fortune gave a clear instruction in the Magical Battle that her co workers were not to be involved in trying to change things on the mundane level. The two types of activity don’t go together. If you are called to battle magically, you will reduce your effectiveness by simultaneously trying to be an activist and change things practically. (Just to note that although I did, as I mentioned, open a Twitter account I’m not continuing to use it as it proved to be too noisy and distracting.)

    In my comment above I used the analogy of a carbuncle. Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about why carbuncles occur:
    “Compromised immunity. If your immune system is weakened for any reason, you’re more susceptible to boils and carbuncles.”

    Using this as a metaphor, I would say that the reason that the present person is in the Oval Office is that the “immune system” of the USA was and is weakened. The strengthening of this system is what is the focus of my own magical working.

    My own spirit supporters, I’ve now realised, are rather down to earth. My own mother and grandmother. (Both passed over and both indomitable rôle models.)
    And Sir Winston Churchill.

    Who, remember, had an United States American mother.

  6. Thank you so much for this work and community. I’ve been entirely preoccupied with the death of a loved one and the aftermath of that and found that moving back into the resistance has been more difficult than I expected- momentum means so much! This working in particular has helped me to fill my own sails again and re-inspired me. I’ve been so glad to know that during this last few weeks there are so many others continuing the work while I was unable to give it the time or attention it deserves. Now I’m ready to take the baton for someone else who needs a break.
    Cheers~

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