So, whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or are just now joining us: Welcome! Here we are, in the ninth month of the Trump Interregnum, and we are still alive, still fighting, still Resisting! A lot of people thought that the Resistance would last a month or two, spend itself in some marches, and then go away. But, as my sweatshirt says, “We’re the Majority, and We’re Still Here.”
I have a request. If you do, or have done, any of these workings, I’d love to get your reactions in comments. If you’ve read Dion Fortune’s book, the Magical Battle of Britain, upon which these workings are based, you know that there was a continual back-and-forth between the group sending out weekly workings and Albion’s magical army. What’s worked (or hasn’t)? What messages are you getting? What do you see?
Today, we’re going to work with a uniquely American archetype, the buffalo. These massive animals ranged, per Wikipedia, between “the Great Bear Lake in Canada’s far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo León, and east to the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States (nearly to the Atlantic tidewater in some areas), from New York to Georgia and, per some sources, down to Florida. They were seen in North Carolina near Buffalo Ford on the Catawba River as late as 1750.” Maybe more than any other animal, they represent North America.
Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work. (Especially if you are in the line of a storm or forest fire, please do this!) Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position. The work we’re going to do today calls for extra grounding, so please give real attention to this part of the work. Grow your roots, send them deep into the soil, let them intertwine and grow small hair to attach to the mycelia in your own landbase. Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak or grasp a stone or talisman that matters to you.
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 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 across the wide plain where you sit and, gradually, become aware of vibrations in the ground, the sound of thunder, the scent of a dust cloud, the cellular awareness of a “coming.” Stand and look out across the prairie and see the massive herd of buffalo running across the continent. North America’s land spirits are used to these big animals that rut, and run, and root.
Bovine and big, these quintessentially American herds stampede across the land, digging up dust, eating the grasses, birthing their calves, and moving on. They wallow, in both muddy spots and places dry with dust. They commune with the land and then, in large, noisy herds, they move on. Moving on is, maybe, their most noted, and most American, characteristic. Once hunted nearly to extinction, they are now returning, their herds grow larger, and their presence is felt again on the land.
Just now, North America is feeling the thunder. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Potential earthquakes, coming storms. They terrify us, but of course, those are nothing new for this landbase or for its buffalos. In a way, that’s what North America is: the land of big things. Big storms, big fires, big herds thundering across her. Big forests. Big weather.
You, too, are North American Big. You, too, are a part of this landbase, forged by big things. Your magic, bred of North American forests, mountains, cities, beaches, and plains, is wide, broad, far-reaching. Stand up upon your hillock. Feel the giant banners — Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, the Statue of Liberty — all around you. Grab that power from the landbase that is your birthright, your heritage, ground into magical dust by the hooves of the bison, made large by the dreams of your relationship with the very mycelia that link the struggling chestnut trees on the East Coast with the giant sequoia in the West.
See the Resistance gathering and moving across the land, strong as a giant buffalo herd. Add the magic of your landbase to that growing force and send the Resistance the energy and strength that it needs to keep going. Like the buffalo, the Resistance may seem to grow smaller, but then it returns, stronger and more numerous than before.
Take a minute to catch your breath. 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 a cup of strong coffee or some cold cider. If you like, have something to eat, maybe sliced tomatoes or a mug of soup.
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 something on your altar to help you remember the Resistance. 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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