I've been feeling a stirring in the ether for quite some time. A preparation, an anxious expectation, a sharpening of senses in anticipation of what is coming. I hear the faint drumbeat of war growing steadily louder as the ancestors of our land urge those of us with the power to affect change through our will and actions to do so.
This has happened many times throughout recorded history and it seems that it must happen again now. As the Sorceress Cagliastro said in Al Vostro Servizo Due:
"There is an issue to address. America is on its way to becoming a place where it is reasonable to hunt and persecute or kill (covering both private and public sector) those of us who do not prescribe to a Christian religion. Observe the media.... Never before have I heard the term evangelicals and 'the Christian right' used so often in a presidential election. This is NOT a comment about who is running, it IS a comment about who is ELECTING. What have you done openly today to state that you have your rights to believe or NOT believe anything you choose? It used to not matter - you could be silent and ignore the head shaking and side comments - but when I hear CNN (for example) talking heads spend time analyzing who will win by discussing who can and cannot court evangelicals.... I urge you to - WAKE UP."
I completely agree with her on this. I don't like it, I am comfortable in the shadows, but I cannot ignore what I'm seeing happening in our society. I see that humankind has raped the planet and penetrated the domain of the stars, but the masses are not satisfied and an old cancer is coming to a head again. A fundamentalism that breeds contempt of everything that doesn't bow to their god and acquiesce to their codes of conduct. I feel in my blood and bones that the land spirits who've gone feral from neglect are rising up to reclaim their domain.
What should we do? What action should be taken? I do not know the answers, I only have ideas, mostly gleaned from those with more knowledge than me. Peter Gray and Alkistis Dimech have published books about this such as XVI and The Blood of The Earth. I have The Blood of The Earth and John Michael Greer does some very knowledgable teaching of strategies to handle the crisis of the planet, but I admit that (rightly or wrongly) I'm more concerned with social changes. I've been told that XVI focuses more on the social aspect but I've not purchased that book yet so I don't know, it's on my 'must have' list though.
There have been some positive changes recently. Quite small but positive nonetheless, which I think is good to focus on since the outlook of our humanity in America is otherwise quite gloomy. The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell was progress, it's good that you can't get kicked out of the military for being gay now, but for fucks sake its still infuriating that this went on for so damn long. The Christian right is still trying to restrict women's access to birth control in spite of the overpopulation of the planet and the massive number of children in foster care, but so far have failed to get legal grounds through our court system to exclude birth control from insurance plans of corporations with a religious affiliation. Another good thing.
Some small things I'm doing that you can too - work your magic for the changes you wish to see. When there's a vote coming up on a social issue you feel strongly about, print off a google map of that city, circle the voting locations, and in whatever way your tradition supports flood them with energy programmed to sway the voters. Anything from hoodoo candle magic to an Uncle Chuckie radionic box can be used and everything in between, dont limit yourself. The same methods can be used to bind or disband churches in the news that are doing ridiculous things like burning books and other nonsense. Or raping children, which is an all too common problem among 'youth pastors' or 'music ministers' or whatever the hel they want to call themselves.
I come from a long line of vigilantes, and I feel my ancestors calling me to meet the challenge with action, not endless philosophizing of how things got to be this way. There may, or may not, be time for that later.