Thank you, again, to those who’ve been willing to do this magical work. Some of you have been doing it from the beginning and some are just now joining, but I think that what many of us are finding out is that this is not easy work. There are forces that push back, often quite insidiously, whispering that you’re too busy, today’s too nice a day, who knows if this will work, maybe you should just sleep in, jog, clean house. Maybe you should just give up, give in, surrender to the new normal. So if you’ve so far managed the simple task of continuing to bring yourself to this work: Thank You.
We’re basing our work on the work that Dion Fortune and her society did during World War II to protect the Isle of England. One big difference, though, is that Fortune and her group could concentrate mostly on attacks from outside, while America, today, is under attack from Putin, without, and his puppets, Trump et al., within. We’re fighting a war on dual fronts. And, as I’ve noted before, Fortune had well-established archetypal icons upon which she could call, while we Americans are still kind of working on the fly. We’re young. Our archetypical protectors either come from oversees (we are a nation of immigrants and there is nothing wrong with calling the fey folk who came over from the old country with your mormor, or farmor, or bubbie, or nonna, or grandpap) and/or are young and often compromised. See, e.g., swamp foxes, or cowboys who fought Native Americans, or Founding Fathers who kept slaves, or railway builders who despoiled the land and killed the bison.
Nonetheless, we’re willing to do the work needed to protect America. To date, we’ve brought in elemental forces: rain, wind, sunlight.
Now, we’re going to work with with a quintesentially American element: wildfire. There is evidence that America’s forests, especially in the West, evolved as a result of, and in order to work with, and in dependence upon, wildfires. There’s little to no evidence that wildfires are similarly integrated into the life of plants and/or animals on any other continent, so this may well be one uniquely American elemental force. A wildfire is, by definition, uncontrollable. It cleans out indiscriminately; whatever is in its path must renew. One of America’s basic, most well-known stories, Bambi, tells the tale of surviving a wildfire. Let’s use this native, American element to protect our landbase.
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.
Look to the West. You see Salmon in the Northwest and Cowboy in the Southwest. In between them, you see brilliant fire racing Eastward. Maybe a lightening strike started this fire. Maybe the heat of the sun, shining on dry tinder, started it, but whatever started it, this American force rushes across the continent. It brings down all that is old, dried up, ready to go. It especially burns down lies. This fire will not allow falsehoods to stand. When Trump’s family members lie about their contacts with Russia, Wildfire will burn away their excuses. When Trump tries to hide the truth about those to whom he owes money, Wildfire will burn away the lies. Wildfire will burn right through all of the walls and obstructions protecting Trump’s tax returns from America.
You sit safely upon your hillock and watch Wildfire. You can stand and direct the cleansing power of Wildfire where it most needs to go. Rise up. Ground. Lift your dominant hand and direct Wildfire where it will do the most good. There are sources that need to be “burned.” There are people born here who have worked with Russian sources to harm America. See Wildfire burning away their protective coverings. One characteristic of Wildfire is that it leaps from tree, to tree, to tree. See our magical Wildfire leaping from compromised source, to compromised source, to the ultimate source. See seeds, that need the heat of a Wildfire to open, bursting open. See the life of our democracy renewing itself in the light and heat of Wildfire. Whenever lies grow thick upon the mountains, whenever liars build forts from dried logs, whenever the truth is buried beneath an undergrowth of shadows, American Wildfire will burn away what is unnecessary. You are an American Witch and you can direct the cleansing force of Wildfire. Wildfire, itself, becomes an American force of magical protection. You give strength to this elemental force.
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 strawberries and mint or broth made from nettles and ramps.
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 sit beside a warm fire, or light incense, or stare into a candle? 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.
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