Author Archives: Hecate Demeter

This Is a Prayer for Spring; This Is a Prayer for Resistance.


This is a prayer for the Vernal Equinox, for Ostara, for Spring.  This is a prayer for resistance.  This is a prayer for as much light as there is dark, for an end to winter’s cold, for life returning to the land.  This is a prayer for resistance.

This is a prayer for as much winning as losing, for an end to the Trump Interregnum, for good government returning to the land.  This is a prayer for Spring.

This is a prayer for safely-born livestock, for radishes and dandelion greens, for sunshine.  This is a prayer for resistance.

This is a prayer for safe schools, for money spent on the aged and sick, for young people leading the march.  This is a prayer for Spring.

We pray the prayer our ancestors prayed:

Let the good times return; let the time of coughing and hunger be over.  Let the land treat us gently; let us be gentle with the land.  May the sheep, and the cows, and the horses, and the chickens, and the pigs, and the fat brown bunnies bring forth their children in the sun; may our children play in the sun.  May the rains be gentle and often, may our seeds sprout and grow strong.  May the streams flow with snowmelt and may our lives, too, be full of the clean, flowing force that rushes down from the mountains.

May there be fires on the hills; may the young people dance until dawn.  May what has been sleeping in the Earth awake; may new things come forth.  May sweet woodruff carpet the woodland; may bluebells make a carpet among the trees.  May the mares suckle strong colts; may parsley and watercress line the streams.

And we pray new prayers:

Let the good times return; let the time of fascism be over.  Let us return to right relationship with the land; let the land recover from our attacks.  May those who have stolen public office suffer the fate that they deserve — and quickly.  May the sunlight shine on all that they would keep hidden.  May the streams of justice overflood their banks and water the fields of freedom.  As the farmer plants seeds now to harvest this Fall, may the Resistance plant seeds that come to fruition in November.

May there be signal flares for those who resist; may our young people lead us forward.  May sleeping Democracy arise; may the land itself call forth many hands.  May volunteers carpet the towns; may marchers make a forest in the streets.  May tricksters work on our side and may all of the fascists’ plans fail.

This is a prayer for the Vernal Equinox, for Ostara, for Spring.  This is a prayer for resistance.  This is a prayer for as much light as there is dark, for an end to winter’s cold, for life returning to the land.  This is a prayer for resistance.

Picture found here.




(Belated) Monday at the Movies

I love meadows and Piet is famous for his composed meadows.  My only disappointment is that you really do need a decent amount of space to implement his ideas.  I don’t think they can be translated too well to tiny gardens.  However, it’s lovely to look.

<p><a href=”″>Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf documentary trailer</a> from <a href=”″>Thomas Piper</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The Magical Battle for America 3.18.18


Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work.  Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position.  Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak and grasp a 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.  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 your glance turns to the Southwest, you see the Cowboy banner growing larger and larger in the sky.  It becomes three-dimensional and you can step from your hillock into the banner.  You are in a small Western town with a Feed Store, a General Store, and a Hotel on one side of the dirt street and the Saloon, wooden church, and the Town Jail and Courthouse on the other.

Embedded within the Cowboy archetype is the Sheriff.  In what was often called the lawless West, a place where there were no rules and no norms, the Sheriff represented the rule of law.  It was his job to protect the weak against the strong, the individual against the gang.  It was his job to bring order into chaos and to make the West livable for everyone, not just the gangs of horse and cattle thieves who believed that their might made right.

As you stand in the shade of the county Courthouse, you see a gang of rustlers ride into town.  They’ve stolen horses from the farmers and ranchers in the area, sold them to other thieves, and now plan to spend their ill-gotten gains at the Saloon, in the Hotel, at the General Store.  Part of the fun for them will be in seeing how much damage they can do before they ride out.  They are sure they can get away with it.

Time spirals, as it does, and you can also see into the present day where a gang of thieves have stolen the White House with the help of Russian interference.  They are using our money to fly in private jets, buy luxuriously tacky dining room sets for their office, give their children access to global markets, and to sell off our natural parks to their friends.  We need a sheriff.  But this gang believes that it can fire the sheriffs and walk away scot free.

You decide to take matters into your own hands.  You will not sit still and allow this to happen.  You walk next-door and knock on the sheriff’s door.  You walk past the deputy and go straight to the sheriff.  You tell him what’s going on.  You draw him a map.  You strengthen his hand.  You convince him to take action.

As you watch, times converge and the sheriff comes out into the middle of the street.  The clock on the church chimes high noon.  The sheriff begins to walk, alone but unafraid, slowly but deliberately, towards the thieving gang that has come to shoot up the town and enjoy wreaking havoc.  His eye is fixed on the leader of the gang, the one who has threatened and bragged that he will get rid of the sheriff so that there will be no real law in this place.

Gradually, the gang becomes aware of the sheriff, standing between them and the Saloon they’ve been planning to enjoy.  They stare and try to look intimidating.  They cluster together on their horses and look down on the man walking towards them.  As the sheriff draws closer and closer, the town goes silent.  The grocer disappears back inside the General Store.  The preacher and the ladies who have come for an auxiliary meeting slip quietly inside the church.  The sheriff simply continues to walk slowly towards the gang.

At the last minute, the gang turns and rides away.  They shoot a few stray bullets into the air to try and show their bravado, but the fact is that they are riding out of town as fast as they can go.  As they near the edge of town, their ill-gotten gold falls out of their saddle bags and they are too afraid to come back for it.  The thieves don’t get to replace the sheriff; that’s not how America works.

Go out now with the sheriff to gather up the gold that the rustlers tried to steal.  America’s wealth is not for Russian plutocrats, the Trump crime family, or Munchin’s extravagant travel.  It is for building schools and bridges, caring for our sick and elderly neighbors, putting books and librarians in libraries, inspecting our food and water, and for maintaining our parks and wild lands.  The sheriff thanks your for your help and deposits the money in the Courthouse safe.  The next time that the judge is in town, he will see that the money goes where it belongs.  The sheriff is not going anywhere.


Walk out of the Cowboy banner and back to your own hillock.

As you sit and rest, know that you are not working alone.  The Resistance — both magical and in all of its mundane (phone banking, check writing, representative calling, letter writing, canvassing, voting, volunteering, tutoring, restoring wetlands, growing plants for bees) manifestations — is huge.  Know that you are a powerful worker of magic, rooted in your very own landbase, working with the strong archetypes of this land, assisted by countless unseen others who labor in league with you.  You are brave and growing braver.  Your magic and your practical workings can make the difference.  The five banners and your local schools are always available to you when you want to do magic to strengthen America.


Return to your own body, your own landbase.  Open your eyes.  Rub your face, move your arms and legs.  Notice the detail you selected to call you back from the astral.  Open your circle.  Drink something, maybe strong coffee with milk or cold water with cucumber.  If you like, have something to eat, maybe a bowl of grits with butter, salt, and pepper or a vegetable omelette.

During the course of this week, you may want to visit the bannered prairie several times in order to strengthen its presence on the astral.  You may want to repeat this working.  You may want to place something on your altar to help you to remember America’s sheriffs in all their forms, modern and older.  Can you stare into a candle?   What actions are you inspired to take for the Resistance?  If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.

Picture found here.


She Always Will

Capped off my Sacred Space experience attending Raven Grimassi’s session on the history of Witchcraft, which was an excellent re-examination of the evidence.  All I could think of was the message from The Pretenders’ song:  She Will Always Carry On.

I am so lucky to be alive in these times, to be a Witch in these times.  May it be so for you.

No More

I wish you could have been with me to hear Byron Ballard sing this acapella at Sacred Space.  It was magical.

Words for Wednesday


How to Triumph Like a Girl

~ Ada Limon

I like the lady horses best,
how they make it all look easy,
like running 40 miles per hour
is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.
I like their lady horse swagger,
after winning. Ears up, girls, ears up!
But mainly, let’s be honest, I like
that they’re ladies. As if this big
dangerous animal is also a part of me,
that somewhere inside the delicate
skin of my body, there pumps
an 8-pound female horse heart,
giant with power, heavy with blood.
Don’t you want to believe it?
Don’t you want to lift my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no, it knows,
it’s going to come in first.

Picture found here.

Elections Have Consequences


One of the excuses people make for failing to vote is that it really doesn’t make any difference.  A couple of recent examples show just how wrong that really is.

This past November, the State of Washington held special elections to fill some vacant seats.  This sort of off-year, local election is exactly the sort that far too many of us decide to sit out.  This time, however, Democrats elected Manka Dhingra to the State Senate.  Washington has a Democratic Governor and the State Legislture has a Democratic majority.  But, as Jennifer Bendry explains:

That one-seat differential has mattered.  Republicans in the Senate have prevented Gov. Jay Inslee from enacting some of his top legislative priorities relating to climate change, voting rights and birth control.  They also forced Democrats to compromise on a smaller state budget.

So what’s happened in the three and a half months since the Democratic win?  Washington has already passed a bill requiring automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, and pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds, and has adopted a & State Voting Rights Act.  The Governor plans to implement a carbon tax.

“We intend to make a full-scale effort in the next session of the Legislature if we win,” Inslee said. “It will be a bell in the night, showing hope for the country, rejecting the Trump agenda of denying climate science.”

In Virginia, Democrats retained the governorship and picked up a large number of seats in the State Legislature, but remain in the minority.  However, their increased numbers led to what some are calling a “muscular minority.”  Some remaining Republicans can apparently see the writing on the wall and have suddenly become more willing to compromise than they were with the former Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

As Blue Virginia reported:

As the 2018 session draws to a close, the influence of House Democrats, who picked up 15 seats in November’s wave election, can be felt through a range of legislation that will benefit working families throughout the Commonwealth.

The newly-configured House of Delegates has delivered results for Virginians in the areas that include health care, economic development, education, the opioid crisis and criminal justice reform.

“We got a lot done this session, bringing about much-needed change that Virginia voters wanted to see in Richmond when they went to the polls last fall,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “We delivered on our number one campaign promise of passing Medicaid expansion in the House of Delegates, which will extend access to affordable health care to nearly 400,000 people. We also passed key bills to address student loan debt and the opioid crisis, and we moved the ball forward in areas ranging from criminal justice reform to the school-to-prison pipeline — all while remaining laser-focused on ways to bring good jobs to Virginia. There is still plenty of work to be done, especially in the areas of women’s equality and the gun violence crisis, but we are proud of the change we were able to achieve with our muscular minority this session. If this is what 49 looks like, imagine all we can do with 51.”

Virginia also voted, and Democratic Governor Ralph Northam signed, groundbreaking medical marijuana legislation that became effective immediately.  More info: here.

Elections have consequences.  Getting out and voting in every election — including local elections and “off-year” elections really matters.  Just do it.

Picture found here.