The Magical Battle for America 7.8.18

May I ask a favor?  If you’ve been doing this work, thank you!  I have been hearing lately in my meditations that not enough people are doing the work.  So if you have a Facebook page, or a blog, or a Twitter account, I’d be very grateful if you’d share these workings and encourage others to join in.  I think we can make a difference.  Also, please note on the right side of the blog that Diotima has been cataloging these posts in case someone wants to go back to earlier workings.  Many thanks.

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.

Breathe.

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.

Breathe.

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 all have American ancestors.  Some of them are our ancestors via family and some of them are our ancestors via spirit, art, sympathy.  Today, we’re going to work with one of our recent ancestors via sympathy and art.  You might want to call your own ancestors — of whichever type — and ask them to aid you in today’s work.  Some of them may be American ancestors.  Some of them may come from other places.  But all of them are ancestors because they care for children.

As you sit on your hillock and look out across America, the sun begins to go down.  You can see windows twinkle in the evening gloom, beginning on the East Coast and then moving across America from the plains, to the Rocky Mountains, to the West Coast.  You can walk up and peer into the living rooms of American homes and, in this place where all times are one time, you can see children of the past sitting around their TVs.  Some of the TVs are early black & white models, some are color TVs from the 1980s, some are giant screen TVs that the children control by voice.  On each screen, you see an American ancestor, Fred Rogers (known as Mr. Rogers), speaking to the children.  From 1968 to 2001, Mr. Rogers had a children’s TV show in which he reached out to children and helped them deal with everyday life and with trauma.  He showed children that the world can be kind, safe, friendly, and open.  Mr. Rogers embodies both the Cowboy, who cared for every tiny calf, and Thoreau, who, at Walden Pond,  exemplified gentleness.

Stand up on your hillock.  Grow your roots deep into the ground,  Run your roots to Latrobe, PA, where this American ancestor is buried.  Call to him.  Ask him to rise up.  See his spirit coming back through the veils.  Can you make an offering to him?  He liked songs, puppet shows, calm conversation, and fantasy.  Maybe you can sing to his spirit, do a puppet show for him, speak kindly to him, tell him a story.  Maybe you can put out cookies and milk for him, or donate some books to the local library in his name, or volunteer time to your local kindergarten to honor him.  Pay the spirit his due.

Talk to this American Ancestor about the horrors that Trump’s ICE is inflicting on children.  Tell him how they rip children away from their parents,  How they house them in cages.  How they refuse to wash them.  How they mock their pain,  As you offer chocolate milk, vegetable soup, and animal crackers (animal crackers are an EXCELLENT offering to make to this American Ancestor), ask Mr. Rogers to witness what is happening.

And, now, offer to go with him to the cages.  Ask Mr. Rogers to come inside the metal gates where children are kept like animals.  Ask him to slip under the “space blankets” where they cry themselves to sleep, far away from their mothers and fathers.  Ask your American Ancestor to show up for these children who have no one else.   When you find yourself and Mr. Rogers deep within one of these American concentration camps, send energy to Mr. Rogers so that he can become real to the children who need him,  Grab his hand and go with Mr. Rogers to slip into the frightened dreams of the children that Trump has kidnapped and imprisoned in his concentration camps.

As the kidnapped children toss and turn, dreaming fitfully of their parents, you and Mr. Rogers show up to send them messages of safety, peace, warmth, family, animal crackers, chocolate milk, sunshine.  You and Mr. Rogers give them the strength to hold on until they can be reunited with their family,  You and Mr, Rogers touch them just before they wake and remind them that they are loved.   You and your American Ancestor sing them a gentle song and let them feel the strength of their parents’ arms.   Trump is traumatizing children, but, on the astral plain, you and this American Ancestor, Mr. Rogers, are strengthening the children.  Mundane work will be needed to reunite these children with their parents.  But, in the meantime, you and your American ancestors can work with the children to keep them strong.

My own grandma is making lemon meringue pies for them and showing them how to sew.  She lost a beloved son to scarlet fever and she lived to make dolls out of  hollyhock flowers and pins,  She would make cookies for those children from the scraps of her pie dough and would help them to cut out paper dolls.

What are your own ancestors doing for these children?  What are you doing?

Breathe.

As you sit on your hillock 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. America’s Ancestors are always available to you when you want to do magic to strengthen America.

Breathe.

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 chocolate milk or orange juice. If you like, have something to eat, maybe sugar cookies or tapioca pudding.

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 a picture of Mr. Rogers on your altar.  What other 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.

 

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My Advice to Elizabeth Warren

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Bullies have a lot of tricks and Donald Trump is a bully.  He bullied President Obama for years by insisting that Obama wasn’t born in America (and, as a result, couldn’t be a legitimate president).  He made a “simple demand.”  If Obama WAS born in America, then he should prove it by releasing his long-form birth certificate.  It’s a game the bully wins either way.  If you refuse to give in to his demand (which the bully has no real right to make), then the bully must be right.  You’re hiding something and the bully can continue to criticize you for it.  If you give in to the demand, then the bully has dominated you and you look weak.  And, even then, the bully can continue to insist that you haven’t really met the demand, so the criticism can go on.

Obama tried, initially, to just ignore Trump.  That might have worked, but Fox News amplified Trump’s charge.  And, any time any Republican was asked if they thought that Obama was born in America, they would say they couldn’t be sure.   Trump would tweet out some lie, that “someone” had called him and was close to proving the truth or whatever, and we’d be off on another news cycle of people raising questions about whether Obama was a “legitimate” president.  Of course, it was a racist dog whistle.  To bigots such as Trump and his supporters, no African American could ever be a legitimate president.

Obama finally gave in and produced his long-form birth certificate.  Now, especially after attempting to ignore Trump’s demands, Obama looked weak and Trump and his fellow bigots could insinuate that there was something fishy or else why did Obama wait so long?

Finally, Trump used his bully tactic one last time, insisting during the campaign that Hillary was originally to blame for questions about Obama’s place of birth and that Trump was the good guy who managed to resolve the matter.

I bring this up because Trump is now ramping up the same tactic for use on Elizabeth Warren, especially if she runs for president in 2020.  This time, Trump is demanding that Warren take a DNA test to determine whether or not she has Native American ancestry.  (Warren’s family, from Oklahoma, believed that they had Native American ancestry.  Warren at times relied upon that belief.  To ridicule it, Trump calls Warren “Pocahontas,” which is both racist and sexist.  His implication is that she made up her belief in her ancestry to get the “benefit” of being a member of a minority, which, of course, his bigoted base hates.)  Warren needs to get out in front of this now and not allow Trump to do to her what he did to Obama.

But how do you deal with this bullying tactic when, as explained above, it is a heads-the-bully-wins-tails-you-lose trick?  Warren has an advantage that Obama did not have.  Trump is now the president and he has refused to release his taxes.  He has also never released a real physical.  Warren needs to turn the tables on him and begin to demand at every turn that he release that information (which, for many years now, all other presidents and presidential candidates have released).  She needs to do it loudly and often and other members of her party need to back her up (rather than, as they shamefully did to Maxine Waters, turning on her).

We can help, too.  On social media, in conversations, whenever we get the chance, we need to ask:  What’s Trump hiding?  Money laundering?  Hereditary Alzheimer’s?  Sexual diseases?  Impotence?  Dementia?  If not, he could easily put all the doubts to bed by releasing his taxes and taking a real physical.  Why won’t he release the information?

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The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

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Excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s famous 1852 speech:

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.

“This is not America.”

Yes it is. But I pray we can change.

“We’re better than this.”

No, we’re not. But I have hope for the future.

Get the full text at History Is a Weapon.

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An American Goddess

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Years ago, the Goddess Columbia showed up and suggested that I ought to begin working with her.  As our country careens further and further into fascist chaos, I begin to understand why.  On this Independence Day, many are turning to Her to aid in their workings to save America.

Since colonial times, Columbia has been the personification of America.  A statue of her stands atop the United States Capitol and there are innumerable statues, bas reliefs, and paintings of her.  (Check your state flag; She or one of Her many sister Goddesses may well be there.)  To many, and I include myself in this group, She is one of a number of Goddesses, beginning with Athena, associated with a particular nation state.  Thus Athena personifies Athens, Britannia personifies Britain, Marianne personifies France, Germania personifies  Germany.  There are many others.

On Independence Day, 2011, I began a series of workings to get more information about Columbia.  You can read my results at the Hail Columbia website.

Gus diZerega has an important post about the need to “recapture” our national symbols (especially important, as fascists are excellent at stealing them; as Sinclair Lewis is supposed to have prophetically stated, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”).  I can think of no better way to do that than to claim Columbia for our own.

Happy birthday, America.  May you grow to fulfill your promise.  May Columbia guard you.  This is my will.  So mote it be.

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Witches Gon’ Witch Pot Pourri

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Jason Mankey wrote a great post  about how Witches need to just keep on witching in these perilous times.  Here’s a taste:

As I write this I feel as if someone just wiped their butt with my country and flushed the resulting toilet paper down the shitter, but Witches are strong. Witches don’t wallow in despair. Witches get up off the ground and continue to work. And most of all Witches keep Witching. Don’t let anyone tell you that your rituals and work is ineffectual or not working. There’s a lot of garbage out there right now, and a lot of despair, but there’s also #MeToo and a whole slate of women, minority, and progressive candidates out there waiting for our votes in the Fall.

John Beckett also has a good post, noting, inter alia, that:

When Kennedy is replaced by a social conservative, Roe v. Wade (1973) is in serious jeopardy. And if the legal doctrine behind Roe falls, there is no more right to privacy and conservative states like Texas will pass as many regressive laws on social issues as they can get away with. There will be nothing to stop them.

Except us, that is.

Of course, he’s right.  Read the whole thing.

NTodd quotes the poet Paul Muldoon who wrote that :

Look, son. Just look around you.
People are getting themselves killed
Left, right and centre
While you do what? Write rondeaux?
There’s more to living in this country
Than stars and horses, pigs and trees,
Not that you’d guess it from your poems.
Do you never listen to the news?
You want to get down to something true,
Something a little nearer home.

Nimue Brown is writing about rewilding sleep.  Sadly, what she describes may not be immediately practical for most of us, but I think her point is important and, as self-care becomes more and more crucial for magical activists, good sleep should be at the top of our lists.

Resting when you need to rest is a truly powerful form of self care. It boosts self esteem too. The person who is obliged to push on through exhaustion is being treated, or treating themselves as less important than the things they are keeping going for. It’s dehumanising after a while. The need for rest and sleep are fundamental needs, and often not taken seriously.

Resting and sleeping are normal mammal behaviour. Even mammals who have to chew a lot of grass to get their daily food rest more than humans do. We’ve made laziness a sin and industriousness a virtue. Laziness is natural, happy and rewarding. Industriousness is destroying the planet and taking all the joy out of life. The more able I become to sleep when I need to, the more I want this for everyone else. Why are we killing ourselves to go a bit faster or make someone else a bit richer? This is madness, and it is the cause of madness. Being sleep deprived will always leave you feeling inadequate and needy. Sleeping is the only answer to this, not the consumables we’re encouraged to use as a substitute.

What tips do you have to share about getting a good sleep?  For me, it’s a small bedside fan that provides white noise and keeps me comfortably cool during these blisteringly hot Summer days when the planet doesn’t cool down much, even at night.

Gods & Radicals is offering an online course  entitled All That Is Sacred Is Profaned.  Good way to keep the brain cells engaged.  I’m a big fan of online learning, especially as even people who have jobs, children, and other responsibilities can usually engage.  Learning shouldn’t just be for rich, young people.

Byron Ballard has a new book, entitled Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time.  As I said in my blurb:

Byron Ballard has written a book to call us back to ourselves.  The greatest threat of Tower Time is that our fear may make us forget our true names.  Tumbling and twisting as we fall headfirst from the lightning-blasted tower, we forget that we know how to fly.  Byron’s book is a drumbeat, played next to a blazing bonfire, that reminds us who we are and why we are here.  This is a book for Tower Time — and for the times to come.

The book is full of practical suggestions and deep rituals.  It should go at the top of your summer reading list.

Finally, on these hot days when the thought of turning on the oven is just too much to bear, I’ve been having gazpacho for quite a few meals.  You need good tomatoes, the kind you either grow yourself or buy at the farmers’ market (my option, as when we’ve tried to grow tomatoes, the squirrels and birds get the lion’s share).  Throw them in a blender with garlic (I like a lot), olive oil (as good as you can afford), salt, sherry vinegar and (this is key) frozen cherries (which I buy by the bag in the frozen food department).  Drink.  I got this recipe years ago when the National Gallery of Art had an exhibit of Joan Miro’s paintings and, to complement it, served Spanish food in the cafe.  The gazpacho was such a hit that they handed out recipe cards.  What do you make when it’s too hot to cook?

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Monday at the Movies

We live in a world soaked in toxic masculinity.  It’s so pervasive that, in many cases, we’re a bit like the fish who don’t understand that they’re living in water.  Water is all they’ve ever known and, so, they really can’t imagine anything else.  Sure, maybe once in a while a few of them jump up, grab a fly, and come back to explain that there’s another world up there, but the other fish look at them as if they had two heads, scoff, and go back to swimming through water.

Even when we attempt to imagine how the world could look if it weren’t soaked in toxic masculinity, we often have trouble.  Thus, one often sees discussions about how men can be “warriors,” and protect their communities.  Or Jung’s archetype of the king, symbolized by the Emperor card in the Tarot, is sometimes believed to be the best we can do:  stern, unyielding, rigid, but, at least, maybe, kind of fair.  We simply don’t have many models.

Mr. Rogers provides one such model and having more men like Mr. Rogers in our communities seems absolutely necessary if we’re ever going to create a better world.  I’m sure he’s not the only model of helpful masculinity, but, in a world where it’s difficult to even conceive of such a thing, he’s one light in the darkness.

The Magical Battle for America 7.1.18

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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.

Breathe.

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.

Breathe.

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 country, you begin to slip back in time, here on the astral plane where all times are one time.  You can see tribes of First Peoples moving across the plains.  Many First Peoples carried their babies wrapped and secured into a cradleboard that could be worn on the parent’s back.  These cradleboards were often made of basket material, hide, wood, and blankets.  Thus, parents were able to keep their babies securely swaddled, warm, and safe, and gave them the soothing sense that babies get from being “walked” and carried.  Often ornately-decorated, cradleboards also ensured that the parents always knew where their babies were.

You watch as grandfathers sit beside the evening fire and carve cradleboards for their grandchildren.  You can see fathers hunting across the plain for rabbits so that their babies will have warm, soft cradleboards.  Underneath a shading boulder, you see a mother wrapping her baby in its cradleboard where it will be safe and secure.  All children deserve to be safe, secure, and with their parents.  All parents deserve to have their children close by.

Stand on your hillock and call to the First People parents and grandparents and ask them to keep all children, including the children of immigrants, safely with their parents.  You may want to raise energy by singing, chanting, drumming, or dancing.  If you have a rattle, you may want to shake it.  When the energy is at its peak, send it forward in time to reunite children and parents who have been wrenched apart.  When you feel that your work is done,  you return to the present time.

Breathe.

As you sit on your hillock 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 First Peoples are always available to you when you want to do magic to strengthen America.

Breathe.

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 cool water or mint tea. If you like, have something to eat, maybe a bowl of oatmeal or a plum.

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 a picture of a cradleboard or some other symbol of family reunification on your altar.  What other 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.