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.
As you look into the distance, you see several small, dark spots moving towards the tree. They grow larger as they approach and now you can see a pair of bald eagles flying towards the trees. Which tree do they pick for their nest? Is it the tallest one or one protected by the other trees, close beside the wetland?
Watch them for as long as you like as they settle upon the tree, leave to hunt or to soar on the winds, and then return to the tree. Can you tell them apart? What do you learn about their personalities? Do they notice you?
Eagles build large, strong nests high up in the branches of vigorous trees. They weave thick twigs together into a firm base for their youngsters. Up among the airs, in nests called aeries, they settle amongst the winds and raise their young high up amid the sound of trees rustling, train whistles, and river music.
As you return to the wetlands you created upon the astral plain, see a strong tree and see a large nest, snuggled into the branches of the tree. There are sturdy twigs woven into a secure aerie, here, high above the ground. All the dangers of the winds are offset by the security that comes from being wiling to brave strong breezes.
Do all that you can to create a strong nest for America’s bald eagles here on the astral plane. We will be returning here over and over as the elections draw nigh.
Perhaps you feel called to offer a gift to the eagles. Will you work to preserve a bit of wetland where they hunt or a forest where they nest? Do you have a song or dance to offer to them? What chant would you chant to bring them into this astral prairie? Can you learn more about them and where they live in your area? 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 dandelion tea with molasses or strong coffee with cream. Have something to eat, maybe vegetable soup or grits with butter and pepper. 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.