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 out, you see Winter covering large swaths of the land. Some places are experiencing one of the most brutal Winters on record, with bitter cold and thick snow. Rivers and lakes are frozen. Frost covers windows and plumbing pipes freeze and burst. Yet, in other places, Winter is beginning to retreat, even if almost imperceptibly. Daylight comes a bit earlier and lasts a bit longer than it did at Yule. Snowdrops are beginning to bloom and tiny green shoots show that daffodils are beginning to wake up. We have just celebrated Imbolc and the promise that Spring will eventually push away Winter.
If you look with your heart, you can also see a bitter evil that covers large swaths of the land. Children are ripped from their parents and thrown into concentration camps. Economic injustice is at record levels. Nazis fill the White House and a foreign power controls the President and many members of our Legislature. Yet, since November, the evil is beginning to retreat, again, almost imperceptibly in some cases. A diverse Congress now exercises some check on the the corrupt and evil Executive. Investigations are beginning. Local governments, too, are showing green shoots of growth. Good will eventually push away evil.
Pick one aspect of our national climate that you want to encourage to grow. You may want to see our government take global climate change seriously. You might focus on ending racism or discrimination against women or LGBTQ people. Maybe prisoners’ rights, or keeping libraries open, or ensuring access to the ballot box matters most to you. Once you pick an issue, visualize it as a snowdrop beginning to bloom, or as the tight leaf bud on a tree waiting to open, or as pregnant fox or squirrel preparing to give birth as soon as the weather warms a bit. Now, lift your hands up and use them to cup some of the brilliant prairie sunlight that fills the sky. Hold your hands over your goal and direct the sunlight towards it. The light and the warmth will help it to grow, swell, become stronger. Do this again and again until you can actually sense good government pushing away evil.
Do you feel called to thank the sun in some particular way? Are you being asked to ground this magic in the real world by taking a particular action? How does it make you feel to channel sunlight and warmth?
When you feel that you have finished, bid farewell to the prairie sun.
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 melted snow or steaming tea. Have something to eat, maybe hot soup or yogurt with honey. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to good government. (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.
Picture found here.