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. What’s become familiar to you? A tuft of prairie grass? Buffalo off in the distance? The scent of sand carried on the wind? You’ve been involved in a months-long magical working here, joined with magic workers from across the globe. Feel your connection to this place on the astral plane. It is always here for you, always a source of strength.
Look to the NorthWest. In the sky, you see the banner of the Salmon. The banner grows larger and larger, until it takes up the entire sky. As you watch, it becomes three-dimensional and you can walk into the banner. You are standing next to a frozen stream, looking through the clear ice to the watery world below. There, an ancient salmon rests in a deep pool. She is almost the same color as the rocks beneath her and only a ray of bright, winter sun, magnified by the lens of the ice, shows you where she waits. In many cultures, Salmon was the symbol for wisdom and you can see the wisdom in the eyes of this mighty Salmon.
Like the Salmon, America’s wisdom lurks now, below a frozen surface. But Spring is coming. Summer is coming. A warm Autumn is coming. The ice will melt and wisdom will rise to the surface. As you stand beside the frozen stream, lift your hand and draw a symbol of protection over the Salmon.
Walk back now, out of the banner and back to your hillock. Envision the American wisdom that will rise to the surface and restore democratic norms, good governance, fair elections, and policies that help everyone, not just the wealthy. Lift your hand again and draw a symbol of protection over America.
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 cinnamon tea or hot apple cider. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a handful of nuts or a few pieces of 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. You may want to place something on your altar to help you to remember Salmon. You may want to journal about your experience. 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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