Welcome! Whether you’re new or have been doing this magical working all along, I’m very grateful to you. Today, we’re going to address the way that Trump’s administration keeps stepping on what I call democratic norms. For example, we don’t have a specific federal law that requires the President to release his or her taxes, but it’s become the norm for them to do so. President’s don’t use the presidency to promote their own businesses. They don’t let their daughters sit in for them at G20 meetings. They don’t Tweet insults and outright lies. And so on, and so on. Democratic norms are the things that make America, America. Watching this administration trample all over our democratic norms, people keep saying, “This isn’t normal,” mostly, I think, to remind ourselves not to get used to the madness, not to become complacent.
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. On the grassy plain, just beside your hillock, you see a magical tool. It might be a broomstick, or a wand, an athame, or a sword. Are you willing to work with this tool? What does it look like? How does it feel when you pick it up? Can you tell what force or presence offers it to you?
Using your tool or simply your own power as a magical worker, fly up into the air and look at the American landbase. We are going to draw a Pentacle over America to protect its democratic norms. (I’m a Witch and the tool I found was a broomstick. I’m riding it to draw the Pentacle in the sky. The lines come out from my broom a bit like the lines an airplane leaves, only my lines are permanent.) Move towards the Salmon banner in the Northwest and ground your magical intention there. Now fly to the Walden Pond banner in the Northeast, laying down behind you the magical first line of the Pentacle in the sky above America. From there, fly to the Cowboy banner in the Southwest, being careful to draw a solid line of protection. Now, fly to the Lady Liberty banner in the North. Look back and see the shining lines of protection you’ve drawn. Can you see some lines that your fellow magical workers are drawing, as well? Fly to the Underground Railroad banner in the Southeast. The line of protection that runs from Lady Liberty to the Underground Railroad is straight and clean. Finally, fly from the Underground Railroad back to the Salmon banner in the Northwest. You’ve drawn a Pentacle of protection that incorporates all of the powers of the five banners with which we’ve been working. Fly up a little bit higher and see the Pentacle casting protection over America, over the unspoken norms that have made our democracy possible.
Now, return to your hillock. Do you want to store your magical tool here or release it? Is there a song or chant that you want to leave in return? As you sit and rest, 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 peppermint iced tea or water with a slice of cucumber. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a peach 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 draw a pentacle on a map of America 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.
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