The Magical Battle for America 4/29/17


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.


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

Ground and center.  Cast a circle.


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?

As you sit on your safe hill, the Walden Pond banner begins to grow even larger and brighter.  You can see all the details of the beach on the pond:  rocks, trees, animals.  The pond water is clear and you can see fish and water plants.  As you watch, Henry Thoreau’s small cabin reassembles itself along the shore.  If you stand, you can walk towards the pond and into the banner.  You now stand upon the beach, listening to the lapping water, seeing the wood ducks, and breathing in the forest air.

Enter the cabin and sit in one of the three chairs that Thoreau always kept for visitors.  Sit as long as you like an allow the peace and silence to soothe any worries you have been carrying.  Americans have long retreated into wilderness to renew their spirits.

As you grow more and more at ease, feel your resolution growing to protect America’s remaining wilderness.  Trump is eager to sell off our national parks, to allow drilling and mining in them.  You hear your name being called from just outside the door.  The landbase itself is calling to you.  Step outside and see Thoreau, Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, and Rachel Carson calling to you.  Stand with them and gather strength and resolve from them.  Look at your hands, which glow with the power to preserve our wilderness.  Lift your hands, along with all of America’s conservationist heroes and heras, and send the magic outward to save the land.  It will empower all who love the wilderness and it will give strength to America’s park rangers, environmentalists, forest rangers, and naturalists.

For a moment, you may want to join hands with Thoreau, or Roosevelt, or Muir, or Carson and thank them for all that they have done.  You may want to make a small offering — planting a seed, or clearing away debris on the beach.  You may have a chant, or song, or poem to offer.  You can ask for inspiration.

Now, slowly and deliberately, begin to walk away from Walden Pond, out of the banner, and back to your hillock on the great American plain.


Notice the wildflowers, the clouds against the blue sky, the huge hawks riding the winds. You are a powerful part of this landbase, and the magic that you do is already beginning to work.  The landbase itself works with you, recognizes you, responds to your magic.


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.  Open your circle.  Drink some icy cold water.  If you like, have something to eat, maybe a piece of maple sugar candy or some slices of dried apple.

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.

Picture found here.


4 responses to “The Magical Battle for America 4/29/17

  1. I have always loved Thoreau’s writings, but alas, since we called the Tricksters, they have been calling the shots for me. It’s how I roll, and They know it.

  2. I read a little about all four conservationists before doing the working yesterday, and when I was paying attention to the five banners near the beginning of the working, I was struck by how interconnected they are. I thought of them as fairly separate up until then. But I read that one reason Thoreau didn’t pay his taxes and spent a night in jail was that he didn’t want to support a government that supported slavery, and that he later worked on the Underground Railroad. So the Walden Pond and Thoreau banners were suddenly more connected than before. I thought about the pentagram lines – how Lady Liberty is connected directly to the Underground Railroad and the Cowboy, and Walden Pond and the Salmon are connected. The banners felt more like an interacting, stable system than a collection of archetypes.
    Since I started doing the workings, I have imagined a Native American grandmother hanging out in the banner with Salmon. I thought about how she has known all along many of the truths the conservationists discovered. That gives extra roots to the work we are doing and brings in the perspective of the people who have been on this continent the longest.

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