Thank you so much to everyone who has been doing these weekly workings. If you’re new, welcome! You may want to go back and read some of the prior posts for background.
I have felt this week that we (along, of course, with all the other magical workers and practical Resistance members out there) are beginning to see some of the fruits of our efforts. A few weeks ago, we called on Tricksters to sew confusion and discord throughout the administration. This week, the news has been full of stories about dissension and distrust among White House staffers. We’ve learned of foolish mistakes that Trump and his people have made: pressuring the director of the FBI to drop an investigation, firing him when he wouldn’t do so, giving away secret intelligence to the Russians, bragging to them about obstruction of justice. And as each “own goal” comes to light, the administration stands there and looks exactly the way that Wylie Coyote looks just before he falls off the cliff.
Last week, we worked with the cowboy archetype and, this week, a Special Counsel was appointed to investigate connections between this administration and Russia. There’s a new sheriff in town, replacing the old one who was in league with the bad guys. This new sheriff is reported to be a pretty straight shooter.
I don’t mean that we’re close to success; far from it. Democracy grinds slowly, largely by design, and this could take a long time. And, meanwhile, this administration is ruining lives, killing people, destroying the environment, gutting public education. But if you’d told me back on November 9th that we’d be hearing serious talk of impeachment by mid-May, I’d have thought you were wildly over-optimistic.
So let’s take at least a few minutes to savor our success, consider what has worked well so far, what may still be working quietly and unseen, and what has not worked as planned. And then let’s get back to work.
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?
Stand atop your hillock and look out over the flat plain. You can see so far out here! Look towards the NorthWest and see the mighty rivers that run from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Walk into the giant Salmon banner. As you pass through, you see that, beside a giant pine, tucked underneath an outcropping of rock, there’s a small, calm pool — a hidden place of calm on the edge of all that foamy, swirling, rushing water. It’s mostly dark and shady in this pool, although a single shaft of sunlight pierces the clear water.
Breathe in the moist, pine-scented air. Ground.
As you peer into the depths of the pool, you see the slightest movement. You focus and the sunlight suddenly illuminates the giant Salmon resting near the bottom of the pool. He’s gorgeous. The sunlight shows his scales of ruddy pink and picks out flecks of silver-grey, tiny obsidian dots on his back, and hints of metallic green near his gills. He’s resting on his long journey from the sea back up to the river where he was born and where he’ll spawn and die. He’s safe here from the bears that hunt in the churning water of the rivers. He’s safe here from humans who want to trick him with bait that looks like food. He’s safe here — for the moment — from his own exhaustion, which wars with his intense desire to return upstream.
Allow yourself to feel some of that same calm. Breathe. Let your heartbeat slow. Feel your muscles relax. Become as calm as the Salmon of Wisdom in his sun-dappled pool. You deserve this moment of peace, this chance to renew your energy. Become aware of the connection between you and the resting Salmon, two parts of the same continental energy loop, two forces working together. Feed each other some peace and calm. Store this power deep in your belly. Do you have a gift for Salmon? Does he have one for you? Is there a small pebble or a fallen leaf that you should bring back with you to help you to access this relaxed sense of safety and renewal whenever you need it?
Return now to your hillock deep in the central plains of America. Stand and lift your hand. Access that deep sense — of peace, calm, quiet, relaxation — in your belly and let some of it flow out through your hand across the plains. Send it to everyone working in the Resistance. Yes, soon, they (and you) like Salmon will need to return to the arduous, upstream work. But for a few moments, they (and you) like Salmon can benefit from a few moments of renewal. Send that force to everyone afraid of ICE. Send it to scientists and park rangers scrambling to save information and natural resources. Send it to our magical workers focused on making changes in consciousness in accordance with will. Send it to the Powers, and Spirits, and Beings of the landbase who work with us.
See the calm spreading like a pool across the cities and farms, running along the roadways and rails, seeping into empty places, watering the weeds that break up concrete. You are a powerful worker of magic, rooted in your very own landbase, working with the strong archetypes of this land, assisted by countless unseen others who labor in league with you.
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 something, maybe some icy water or strong tea. If you like, have something to eat, maybe strawberry salad or a handful of granola.
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 place an image of Salmon on your altar. 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.
Picture found here.