America is a young country, but we do have cultural ancestors upon whom we can call. Today we’re going to work with two American Goddesses, Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. We’re going to focus on an historical incident. A nightclub owner was reluctant to book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black. Marilyn Monroe asked him to book Ms. Fitzgerald and promised that, if he did, she’d come to the club every night and sit in the front row, helping to draw in a good crowd. He did, and she did and Ms. Fitzgerald was able to sing to a large crowd every night.
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. Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak or grasp a stone or talisman that matters to you. Grow your roots, send them deep into the soil, let them intertwine and grow small hairs to attach to the mycelia in your own landbase.
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. As you relax, night falls and your eyes are drawn back in time to a jazzy nightclub. You find your self sitting at a table, listening to the amazing voice of Ella Fitzgerald. Front and center, you spot Marilyn Monroe, looking as beautiful as ever, clearly enjoying the music. As you watch, you remember how this event came to happen, how one woman used her privileged and her power to lift up another woman, even as both of them suffered oppression as women and, in Ms. Fitzgerald’s case, as an African American in segregated America.
Stand, feel yourself lifted by the music, and let it inspire you to dance. As you dance, you lift your arms and send all across America a powerful wind that blows through cities and towns, across mountains and lakes, around farms and offices, into schools and the internet. The wind inspires everyone it touches to use the privilege and power that they have to help those who need it. As you watch, you see ripples spreading out, as one act of assistance turns into another anonymous gift, which turns into a different act of courage, which turns into . . . . As you watch, you also see yourself. How will you use your influence to help someone who needs it? What act of assistance would you like to receive? Finally, you may want to leave an offering to these two inspiring ancestors: a song, a prayer, a small item that you find in your pocket, a promise.
Return to your hillock on the astral plane. 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 strong tea with lemon or fire cider with honey. If you like, have something to eat, maybe warm toast or some carrot sticks.
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. You may want to place something on your altar to help you to remember our ancestors, Ella and Marilyn. You may want to listen to some of Ella’s music or watch one of Marilyn’s movies. 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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