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.
We’re currently in Mercury Retrograde, a time when old, unsolved problems come back to haunt us and a time when we get the opportunity to revisit areas that still require our attention. One thing Trump has done is to make clear that there are issues we’d hoped were more or less resolved that still require A LOT of attention. Sometimes, we need to step back and get a view from above to see what’s really going on down here on the ground. On my morning walks, I’ve been noticing two eagles who fly circles above the meadow next to my new home — they seem to see everything. Eagles were once facing extinction, but are now having a resurgence — just when we need them most. That, in itself, is a good Mercury Retrograde experience
As you sit safely on your hillock, notice an eagle flying high above. If you ask with humility in your heart, the eagle may allow you to see through her eyes, to watch the area near your home. What do you see? Are there activists who need protection? Are there fascists who need to be isolated, neutralized, rendered ineffective? What is beginning to grow that needs nurturing and what old problem still needs to be revisited and dealt with?
Drift slowly down from your eagle’s eye view and see yourself addressing the situation on the ground. Perhaps quick-footed Mercury can help you to go back into the past and correct the problem. Maybe you need to contact your ancestors who were involved in the issue or maybe you need to address your younger self.
What one thing could you do today — on the astral or the physical plane — that would help to fix the problem or improve the solution?
Thank your eagle helpers. Perhaps you feel called to make an offering to them or to plant a tree in their honor — either in the country or where you live.
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 water with mint in it or an icy glass of lemonade. Have something to eat, maybe some sautéed squash or a few strawberries. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to eagles. (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.