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, here, here, here, 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.
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.
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.
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.