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.
As you rest on your hillock, all five of the banners grow larger and larger in the sky. Pick up the wand that you left here last week and use it to trace a line of pure, protective energy from Lady Liberty the Underground Railroad. The energy that links these two magical symbols is incredibly strong. It was the human need for liberty that led enslaved people to risk torture and death in order to escape to freedom. And it was the strong belief in liberty for ALL people that led free people to open their homes as way stations on the Underground Railroad, in spite of the fear of retribution and punishment. Feel the strength of that bond and send that energy into the link between Lady Liberty and the Underground Railroad.
Now, trace a connecting line of protective energy from the Underground Railroad to Salmon. The people traveling the Underground Railroad sought to move freely, just as the Salmon people must be free to move from their rivers to the sea and back again. Salmon is a symbol of wisdom. Feel the wisdom that motivated the free people who helped the Underground Railroad; they were wise enough to know that until everyone is free, no one is truly free. Feel the strength of that bond and send that energy into the link between the Underground Railroad and Salmon.
Next, trace a connecting line of protective energy from Salmon to Walden Pond. Salmon’s wisdom can be seen in Thoreau’s desire to live a simple life, close to nature. In his writings and in the sense of place he was able to convey. Feel the strong sense of place that Thoreau felt for Walden Pond and send that energy into the link between Salmon and Walden Pond.
From Walden Pond, trace a connecting line of protective energy to the Cowboy. Like Thoreau at Walden Pond, Cowboys often lived solitary lives out on the prairie. They, too, often came to live their landbase. Like Thoreau, Cowboys lived simply while they were out on the range. Feel the strong connection and send that energy into the link between Walden Pond and the Cowboy.
Finally, trace a line of protective energy from the Cowboy to Lady Liberty. Cowboys are icons of American liberty, moving freely across the plains and avoiding entanglements. Feel the strong connection and send that energy into the link between the Cowboy and Lady Liberty.
As you gaze at your work, you see that you have drawn a giant pentagram of protection in the sky over America. The power of that symbol comes from the five symbols with which we have been working these many months. See it pulse with the power to protect America from attacks both internal and external. See it repulsing and undoing any who would harm our democracy. You may want to give it one final surge of energy from your wand.
Now, rest 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 ice water with cucumber slices or a mug of hot lemonade. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a tangerine or a handful of walnuts.
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 the pentagram we have created. 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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