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 look across America, you notice that the country is dotted with libraries. Large, imposing libraries in big cities, with stone statues outside. Small, clapboard libraries in rural communities, with notices about community events tacked to a bulletin board in the entryway. Neat, brick buildings in the suburbs, full of children doing school reports. Mobile vans bringing books to Americans in remote places. Specialized libraries on university campuses and in court houses. Modern libraries bringing internet courses and job training to anyone who is interested. Ever since Ben Franklin set up his lending library, libraries have been a fixture of the American landscape.
In each of the libraries, you see librarians helping everyone, from small children to senior citizens, to learn, to access information, to broaden their lives. You see librarians standing up for the free exchange of ideas, protecting banned books, fighting the funding cuts meant to keep Americans ignorant. You see a long line of librarians, stretching back to America’s first days, and, especially now with the veils so thin, you can feel their dedication to democracy, to fostering the informed electorate upon which democracy depends. Do any of them call out to you in particular? Do they have a message for you, spoken or felt? Do they point you to a particular book or author?
On your hillock, call to all the librarians of America’s past and ask them to protect Americans from the Right’s current attack on information, education, knowledge, learning. See them forming a giant protective ring around the American Library, personified in the Library of Congress, directly under the shadow of the Goddess Columbia. See that ring growing stronger and stronger. See the librarians at the edge of the circle handing out books, magazines, videos. See Americans turning towards wisdom and away from government by “reality” tv. Take one of their offerings and share it with others. What promise can you make to these ancestral librarians? How will you assist their efforts?
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 ice water with a slice of cucumber or a mug of hot cider. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a pumpkin scone or a bunch of grapes.
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 America’s libraries. You may want to visit your local library, in person or on-line. 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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