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.
In the rivers of the Northwest, female salmon lay their eggs in between the tiny rocks and small stones of the rivers. First, the females use their tails to scoop out tiny hollows in which they can lay their eggs. Then, as soon as the male salmon show up to fertilize the eggs, the female salmon cover the fertilized eggs with bits of sand and with tiny stones. Other fish, the trout and the bluegill, show up at the Sacred Wedding and try to eat the fertilized salmon eggs.
Have you been doing magic work, “mundane” work, or the “real” work that combines the two? Have you been registering voters, letting local electeds know what you want, smudging local buildings? Are you working to get local women elected? To protect local wetland? To fund local Black History Month programs or to ensure that local women’s voices get heard? You, like the female salmon, have been laying your eggs beneath the tiny stones on the local river bed.
Stand and lift your hand above the fruited plain. Cast a spell for fair representation all over the land.
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 clementines squeezed with lime juice. Have something to eat, maybe cornbread with syrup or grits with buttery oysters. 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.
Picture found here.