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 with, 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.
Surely women, from time immemorial, have pieced together bits of hide or cloth to make a larger covering. But American women, quite early, turned quilt making into a serious art form. That old shirt that had been patched too many times could still be cut up into some usable pieces. The cloth bag that contained the corn meal or flour could first be made into a dress and, then, the scraps could be worked into a quilt. You may have had too many red pieces, but your neighbor over the hollow may have had too many green pieces, Patterns abounded and could even, when needed, send a message.
As you sit on your hillock, you look across America and you see women making quilts: piecing together bits of cloth, turning what would otherwise have been waste into warm blankets, beautiful wall hangings (which insulated everyone from the heat and cold), messages for the Underground Railroad, art destined for museums. You watch their descendants wrap up warm, winter after winter. You see their granddaughters carefully folding these family heirlooms into cedar chests. You see art historians using modern techniques to preserve these works of art.
On the astral, all times are one time.
And, so, you go backwards to your ancestors and forwards to your descendants, and you pay homage to the magic worked into every quilt, everywhere in America, those created hundreds of years ago, those being created today, those that your great-great-granddaughters will stitch in Space.
Americans have been protected by the warmth, and beauty, and utility of quilts for centuries. And will be protected by quilts far into the future.
You also see the Women of the Resistance, piecing together the work done by local Democrats, the efforts of the League of Women Voters, the accomplishments of neighborhood associations, PTAs, and volunteer firefighters. The Resistance is pulling together a very diverse group of people, including, especially, young people registering to vote, and is stitching them together into a quilt that will protect America this November.
Stand upon your hillock and draw up energy from the prairie earth. Throw magic and strength out towards the women of the Resistance. Strengthen the coalitions that they stitch together. See the tiny stitches holding strong, see the quilts becoming works of art, protective blankets, family treasures.
What are you moved to offer to those women who stitched together tiny bits of cloth? Are you registered to vote? Are the other members of your family? Could you give two hours this week to local Resistance efforts?
As you sit on your hillock 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. America’s quilts 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 tart lemonade or iced tea with mint. If you like, have something to eat, maybe banana bread or strawberry shortcake.
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 quilters. Can you 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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