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 across the flat prairie, you see near your hillock that a stand of trees has begun to grow up near a spring. The spring creates a small wetland, hidden by the tall, green prairie grass. Toads, frogs, snakes, and insects thrive in this wetland. Small mammals come to it to drink and to feed. Trees grow near the wetland, prairie trees such as oak, maple, dogwood, and cottonwood. As you watch, the trees grow tall and strong. One tree, in particular, reaches up into the clear prairie sky.
This is the tree that our American eagles have chosen for their aerie. Here, they will build their strong nest, a nest that can withstand the storm that crashes across the prairie. Eagle’s nests are made of thick branches, skillfully woven into a tight bowl. That bowl seems huge; it will hold two adult eagles and several chicks.
You watch as the eagles scour the land for the right branches to use to build their nest. Stand up and search along with the eagles. Look for the sturdy building blocks that will create a safe place for the eagles to thrive. Maybe you can find some soft grass for them to use for lining. Maybe you can find just the right shaped branch that will hold the nest together. You and the eagles can co-create a safe place for democracy’s defenders to live, to breed, to thrive and, when need be, to rest. Perhaps you find a shell or a seed pod to give to the eagles for decoration. Perhaps you come across a scrap of cloth or a piece of yarn. You look up and realize that you have been working for a very long time. The eagle’s nest is almost finished.
Promise the eagles that you will return in coming weeks.
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 nettle tea with lemon or fruit juice with cinnamon. Have something to eat, maybe a salad of spring greens or new asparagus broiled and crisp. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to Eagle. (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.