For the Fourth of July weekend, we’re going to work with the energy of the Declaration of Independence. You remember your grade school history: as England imposed taxes and other measures on the colonists and refused to allow them any voice (taxation without representation — a situations sadly still extant in Washington, D.C.) the colonists grew increasingly frustrated. Finally, on July 4, 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress signed a Declaration of Independence from England.
There’s a modern form of “taxation without representation.” Due to gerrymandering, we now have a situation in which many legislators pick their voters rather than vice versa. That has led, for example, to Republican control of the House of Representatives, even when more people vote for Democrats.
We need to fix this. There are a number of attempts underway, including measures adopted in some states to turn the drawing of voting districts over to nonpartisan commissions, court cases challenging overly partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional, and proposed legislation that would change how we elect the members of Congress. Any or all of them have the potential to return the power to select our leaders (representation) to We, the People.
“We’re,” as Christopher Penczak once said about a different topic, “Witches. We should do something about that.”
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?
For a few moments, just sit on your hillock and allow yourself to become comfortable. This place should be feeling very real to you by now; we’ve been working together to create it for months and months. Look to Philadelphia in the NorthEast. Move back in time to July 4, 1776, and peer over the shoulder of your favorite founder as he reads the inspiring words that begin the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
We, too, need to alter our current form of government, which has become destructive of our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Step up to the desk in Philadelphia and pick up the quill pen. (Are you a woman? A person of color? Queer? A member of a minority religion? Good. Step up and sign your name. No reason for us to remain invisible. This is our country, too.) Inscribe your own name, magical or “mundane,” as large as John Hancock’s (Hancock supposedly said that he wrote his name large enough that King George III, “the “fat old King could read it without his spectacles”). See your hand holding the quill and signing the important document. Henceforth, each time that you sign your name — on a contract, on a credit card slip, on a birthday card or on letter to a loved one or legislator — you will be performing a magical act designed to insure that all Americans have an equal voice in selecting our government. Each time, stop for a moment and recall your own role in America’s evolving growth towards one-person-one-vote government.
And know that you are not working alone. The Resistance — both magical and in all of its mundane (phone banking, check writing, representative calling, letter writing, canvassing, voting, volunteering, tutoring, restoring wetlands, growing plants for bees) manifestations — is huge. Know that 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. You are brave and growing braver. Your magic and your practical workings can make the difference.
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 rosemary lemonade or sweet tea. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a perfectly-ripe plum or an oatmeal raisin cookie.
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 copy out the Declaration of Independence and place it 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.