I am so grateful to everyone doing this work and to those who share this working at their own blog or on social media. Please keep up the good 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?
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. Do you see the giant Cowboy banner hanging in Southwestern sky? Watch as that banner grows larger and brighter. You can reach out your hand and pat the cowboy’s horse, smell the piñon on the wind, hear the cattle moving slowly across the grassy plain. As you watch the cowboy ride slowly across the vast expanse of the Southwest, you find yourself, as well, sitting comfortably upon a strong, grey horse, searching the horizon for any dangers that might befall the cows under your protection.
The cowboy archetype incorporates several important notions of what it means to be an American. He is brave, uncomplaining, willing to act alone when needed, persistent, responsible for his herd. Feel yourself growing in any or all of those characteristics that will help you to Resist. Thank the cowboy you’ve been riding with and, now, ride your fast, grey horse all over America, spreading these strengths to everyone who Resists. As you ride, whirl your lasso in the air and let it spread bravery, stoicism, persistence, and responsible action in every city, town, and countryside abode. Call to America’s cowboys, both past and present, and ask them to help Americans to be strong during these troubled times. Do they have a message for you? Is there something that you want to offer to them?
You find that you have ridden all across America and returned to your own hillock. Pat your good, grey horse, give her an apple, and send her back to the Southwest. 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 icy water or a strong cup of coffee. If you like, have something to eat, maybe some summer soup or a handful of cherries.
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 find a picture of a cowboy 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.