Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work. (No, really. You really need to do this.) Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position. Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak and grasp an herb, 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. Does your landbase have anything to tell you today? 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.
Here, as we slip from growing darkness to growing light, America seems in a very dark place. An out-of-control madman, forced for the first time to face his inadequacies, flails about, damaging our economy, frightening our allies, killing children in concentration camps. And, in may ways, it appears as if things will likely get worse before they get better.
But we are not lost in the dark. Look to the North where the Lady Liberty banner hangs. As the banner grows larger and larger, filling the entire sky, it also becomes three-dimensional. You watch Lady Liberty reach down with her brilliant torch and sweep it across the land. With each pass, the way forward becomes more and more clear, the path through the dangers becomes brightly illuminated.
Bend down, gather up as much prairie grass as you can. Hold it up so that when Lady Liberty sweeps her torch near to you, your own torch will become a mirror of hers. You can join her work, using your torch to light the way in your own town, county, city, or woods. Lady Liberty doesn’t have to work alone to bring light to the darkness; she can count on you, as well.
Where will you shine your light? Who will you help to see the way through? How will you commit to doing Lady Liberty’s work in your world?
Slowly, come down from your hillock and begin to walk back to your own landbase.
Open your eyes. Rub your arms and face. Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back. Drink something, maybe pomegranate juice with sparkling water or a cold glass of milk. Have something to eat, maybe a bowl of steaming soup or your favorite holiday treat. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to Lady Liberty and the return of the light. You may want to repeat this working several times this week. You may want to journal about it. Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.
Picture found here.