Thank you so much to everyone who has been doing these workings. If you’re just joining us, you may want to go back through some of the early posts about this project in order to orient yourself. Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work. Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position.
Today, we’re going to work with some American Tricksters.
America is a country rich in Tricksters. From Coyote and Crow, to Pecos Pete, to Brer Rabbit, to Tom Sawyer, to Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Felix the Cat, to Grouch Marx, to the Three Stooges, to Red Skelton, to Eloise, to Harriet the Spy, to Pippi Longstocking, to Bart Simpson, to Matilda, we seem to grow Tricksters as thick and as fast as we grow dandelions. You can probably think of other Tricksters, perhaps some who are special to you or upon whom you have called before.
One of the skills of our current foes is an ability to create chaos, to do one unbelievable thing after another, to keep us all off guard. Today, we’re going to work with our own Tricksters to counter that.
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?
Stand and look around you. Call across the plain, in whatever way seems best to you, to that innately American spirit of fun, silliness, contrariness, and clever misdirection personified in our many Tricksters. Ask one of two of them who are interested in this work to come to you.
Make an offering to the Tricksters. Maybe you can tell them a joke or give them a pun. Maybe you can show them the whoopee cushion that you saved up to buy when you were eight. Maybe you can demonstrate some sleight-of-hand or pull up a youtube that always makes you laugh. Maybe you can give them the tale of the time you pulled off a great practical joke or when someone did that to you.
Travel now on the astral with the Tricksters to the place where our enemies are doing the most harm. Maybe to a bot farm, where they keep inserting fake news and fake discussions into social medial. Maybe to the White House, where a buffoon sits in our sanctum sanctorum, the Oval Office, and makes a mockery of our democratic traditions. Maybe to Wall Street, where fools’ gold entices people to destroy their own environment. What other places appear before you?
As you stand in that place, call in the Tricksers. Invite them to do their best. See them creating chaos and uncertainty for those who would harm America. They work on a landbase already illuminated with sunlight, washed clean with rain, purified with fire. They may go a bit wild! Can you breathe into their madness and see the order behind it? Can you help them to make America’s foes look foolish, even to themselves? Right now, during Mercury Retrograde, is a perfect time to ask the Tricksters to confuse the communications of those who want to destroy the environment, foster war, and sow hatred of immigrants, people of color, and strong women. The Tricksters can confuse their travel plans, broadcast their secrets to the public, undo their schemes. The Tricksters can reveal what our foes would keep hidden.
You are an American Witch and you can use the forces of deception, silliness, and trickery to protect America. You both direct and give strength to this most American of forces.
Now, slowly, see the Tricksters getting tired. Their work is done. Invite them back to your secure hillock. Again, make an offering to them. Cookies and punch. A funny book from the library. Time to sit and watch a puppet show. An old Soupy Sales routine or Dick van Dyke doing slapstick. Praise them. Thank them for their assistance. And then, firmly, dismiss them back into America’s storehouse of archetypes, the astral American lodge of avatars, myths, and heras. Watch carefully; make sure they go safely home.
And, now, sit again on your comfortable hillock. Breathe in and feel the prairie air calming you, untangling any nerves, filling you with peace, order, control. You will face the coming storm of Trump’s and Putin’s tricks much more calmly. So will your fellow citizens. We will see through the ruses and rogery, through the subterfuge and shams. We will watch while America’s foes fall victim to confusion, chaos, trickery, missed flights, misdirected emails, and poorly-timed jokes.
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 strong tea. If you like, have something to eat, maybe an oatmeal cookie or blueberry yogurt.
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