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.
As you look to the Northwest, you see the Salmon Banner. It grows larger and larger until it fills the entire sky. It becomes three dimensional and you step into it, stopping beside a large rock near an icy stream. There, you see the salmon returning to their birthplace, making sure that their children will be grounded in the same place where their race has come from since time immemorial. There, the salmon children will learn and grow wise. They will become strong and they will learn good values before they swim out into the wide ocean.
As you watch, one salmon swims to the water’s edge and asks you why some of America’s human children are failing to learn good values. You shake your head and shrug. Sit by the bank of the river and commune with salmon. What can you learn from the salmon people? What task do they give to you to help America’s human children?
When you feel that you have finished, thank the salmon and bid farewell. Walk back out of the banner.
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 warm chai or cold cider. Have something to eat, maybe seaweed salad or some crackers.. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to salmon, (If so, please post a picture!!) 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.