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 and 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.
But it’s important to ward this place, on the astral, just as we ward our homes and the other places where we do magic. Not everyone wandering around on the astral is friendly and we’re fooling ourselves if we imagine that the fascists attacking America don’t know how to work on the astral plane.
So today, as you stand on your hillock, scan the horizon. Lift your non-dominant hand and see the wand that you wield. Is it made of oak, holly, scrub pine, or driftwood? Does it have shells from the Atlantic or the Pacific adorning it? Is there a crystal or stone at its point? Are there runes carved into the wood or dyed upon it with berries, blood, brick dust, brimstone? Has it been decorated with feathers from American birds? Turkey, eagle, pigeon, sea gull, hawk? What kinds of evil is it best suited to detect?
Sweep your wand across the horizon and see what it reveals. If you see or sense entities that would attack America, you can send light from your wand to scare them away. You can create a membrane or bubble around them and then send them someplace where they can never find their way back into a position to hurt democracy, freedom, the arc of the moral universe. You can point them out to others more prepared to deal with them.
Use your wand to draw a circle of safety around your hillock. You will be able to do deep magic here, undetected and unthreatened, whenever you like. You can come here, safe and secure, whenever you want to strengthen America, whenever her enemies work from inside or outside to undermine her. Here, you can stand, secure in your power as a magic worker dedicated to democracy.
Now, turn your attention to one of the five banners: Lady Liberty, Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon. Which calls to you? Which calls to the power within your wand? Use your wand to strengthen and protect the magical work that true patriots have done, are doing, and will do around that banner. Cast a circle of protection, lay stones that are charged to draw attacks away from the banner and into Mother Earth, where one thing becomes another, in the Mother, in the Mother. Set up mirrors to deflect those who would harm America, to send them off into the wilderness where their energy will simply dissipate. Call forth herds of buffalo who will stampede anyone who would undo our magic.
Now, return to your hillock and, if it feels right, lay down your wand. It will always be here, safe upon your hillock, when you need to work magic in this place.
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. The five banners and your magic wand are always available to you when you want to do magic to strengthen America.
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 mug of tea with lemon or a glass of pomegranate juice. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a soft persimmon or crackers 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. You may want to place something on your altar to help you to remember what a beautiful wand you wield. 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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