This week, we won an important victory with the (at least for now) defeat of Trumpcare. Our efforts — magical and mundane — are bearing fruit. With Lughnasadh just days away, today seems like a good time to celebrate our harvest. Spending time celebrating, giving thanks for, and sharing the results of our labors is magical work. It increases the energy of the work we’ve been doing, sends that energy out into the universe, and strengthens our ability to do even more.
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. Nearby, you notice a small basket. Look to the Northeast, where the Walden Pond banner is growing larger and larger in the sky. You can see the pond, the rocky beach that surrounds it, the nearby New England woods, and Thoreau’s small, comfortable cottage. In fact, standing at the door, you see Henry David Thoreau himself, waving to you and inviting you in.
Stand up on your hillock, pick up the basket, and walk into the banner, through the woods, across the beach and over to the cottage. Greet Mr. Thoreau who, in addition to Walden Pond, also wrote Civil Disobedience. As he escorts you into his cabin and pulls up a chair for you, he may ask you for news of the Resistance. If you’re willing, tell Mr. Thoreau what happened this week, and about the work that you did — magical and mundane — to bring it about. Give yourself some time to recount and appreciate all that you have done. As he listens, Mr. Thoreau might ask you some helpful questions or make one or two suggestions for your future work. But mostly, he will listen and appreciate all that you have done.
As you tell the story — and storytelling has always been an important part of celebrations — open up the basket that you brought with you and begin to set its contents on Mr. Thoreau’s simple wooden table. There’s an earthenware jug of icy cider, a loaf of crusty bread, some soft cheese wrapped in large leaves, and a bunch of sweet grapes. Share the feast with your host and ask him to tell you a story about resisting bad government. As he talks, he may open his cupboard and add some items to the feast; pay attention because this American wise man may be giving you a subtle message about your own harvest, your own health, the days between now and Mabon.
Spend as long as you like relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. After your meal, perhaps you will take a stroll together along the beach, wander in the woods, or simply sit and watch the water lap on the shore. When it is time for you to go, you may want to leave something — a prayer, a song, a dance, an astral gift — for Mr. Thoreau and all those who will, over the years, visit Walden Pond. He may offer something to you. What is it? Are you willing to accept it?
When it is time, say farewell, collect your basket, and leave the cottage, walking across the beach, through the woods, and out of Walden Pond banner back to your hillock. Place the basket back where you found it. 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 cider or strong tea. If you like, have something to eat, maybe some bread and cheese.
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 some harvest items 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.