We’ve been doing this working for some time now. Sometimes, adding a new tool or other object can help bring a fresh energy to our work. Maybe you can add a candle that you light specifically for this work. (You can buy plain glass candles and print out a picture to tape or glue to the outside. Maybe the Statue of Liberty or Salmon?) Cedar or sage incense can help you to get in touch with the Cowboy. Water in a bowl full of rocks can remind you of the swamps that survivors travelled on the Underground Railroad. A plain pottery cup or woven shawl can remind you of the simple life at Walden Pond. Do what you can to charge up the energy — we’re entering a difficult and uncertain phase of this battle.
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.
Just now, there are so many attacks on decency and justice that it can be difficult to know where we should focus our energy. At times like this, the best course of action can be to go back to basics. Thoreau went to Walden Pond in order to strip things down, to get back to a life that felt livable. As you look to the East, you see the Walden Pond banner growing larger and larger in the sky. The banner fills the entire sky and becomes three-dimensional. You can step into the banner and stand on the shore, just outside of Thoreau’s simple cabin.
As you breathe in the silence and peace, you realize that, for America to get back to the basics, we must protect our elections. Hackable electronic voting machines aren’t necessary. There’s no reason why the vote totals must be known immediately and this is especially true when we are sacrificing accuracy for immediacy.
Bend down and pick up a stone from the shore of the pond. Hold tight to it and visualize your stone, along with so many others, building a wall against those — from this country and elsewhere — who want to hack our votes. The stone is real, concrete, something that everyone can touch and see. So are paper ballots. As we approach election season (and there are important state elections THIS November), focus your energy into the stone and see America returning to the basics of election protection.
When you feel that you have charged the stone, throw it as hard and as far as you can into Walden Pond. Watch it make ripples across the entire pond, ripples that reach from one shore to the other. The ripples change the pond and the energy of the stone spreads far and wide.
You may want to sit and watch until the stone has done its work, until all of the ripples have died down and the pond is again serene.
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 iced tea or a cup of coffee. Have something to eat, maybe a piece of bread with peanut butter or a sliced apple. Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to Walden Pond. (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.