(Relax, regularize your breathing, and center. Visualize the following
scenes, as if they were on television before you:
First, build up a detailed picture of Lady Liberty,
as she is
portrayed at her shrine on Ellis Island. The
statue inhales once,
then becomes the living Goddess of Liberty.
The light of her torch
outshines the sun, and can be seen from horizon
to horizon. The light
is the light of Her wisdom and power, protecting
the liberty of all on
Change the scene. A group of ugly, gnomish
men crouch in a carefully
darkened room. They piously lower their heads
to pray, but from their
gathering-place billows a dark cloud, blotting out
the light. The
proud, happy smile on Liberty's face wavers - then
is replaced by fear
as the cloud billows rapidly outwards from the Capitol.
Summon to a nearby place the God of America - who
probably looks a lot
like Uncle Sam, but in no way clownish. As
he strides forward to see
the cloud, his face is angry. Feel that anger,
and revel in it. See
and feel the fear of Liberty, as the cloud battles
From out of the sun, an eagle dives towards the
Look down on the city by the Potomac from the eagle's
point of view,
and search the center of the dark clouds until a
piece of paper
glimmers. The offending item has been found,
and it is labelled
"House Resolution 3036, Amendment 705." The
gnomes are crowded around
it, trying to protect it from the only force that
can stop them - the
combined anger of the Gods and the American people.
In addition to
Liberty's fear and America's anger, feel the fierce,
stern pride of
America's Eagle, as the battle is joined.)
All holding hands, process into and three times around the circle area
chanting "I Circle Around":
"I circle around, I
circle around The bound'ries of the Earth ...
Wearing my long
wing feathers as I fly, Wearing my long wing
I fly ..." (repeat)
SUMMONING THE GUARDIANS OF THE FOUR CORNERS:
Priest signals for quiet, advances to the center, lights the four
remaining candles. After a brief pause for meditation, cries
"Hail, mighty Spirits of the Dead! We call
on you though the season
is not yet ripe, for our need is great.
Send forth to be with us the
spirits of four mighty heros of Freedom, to
defend the country that
they once gave their all for. We summon
forth the spirits of George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin,
and Abraham Lincoln.
Even so, now come!"
Priest looks to the north, and asks, "Who here speaks for Franklin?"
"Benjamin Franklin" takes a candle from the altar, advances to the north
edge of the circle, and places it. Then facing inward, with a
"We must all hang together, or we shall all surely
Priest calls to the east, "Who here speaks for Washington?"
"George Washington" takes a candle from the altar and places it to the
east, as above, then says:
"The government of the United States is not in any
sense founded on
the Christian Religion."
Priest calls to the south, "Who here speaks for Jefferson?"
"Thomas Jefferson" places the south candle as above, then says:
"The churches fear me, and with good reason, for
I have sworn eternal
emnity against all forms of tyranny over the
minds of men."
Priest calls to the east, "Who here speaks for Lincoln?"
"Abraham Lincoln" places the final candle, then says:
"We are now engaged in a great civil war, to determine
nation, or any nation so constituted, may
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The Priest continues:
"Behold, my dear brothers and sisters, this latest
attack on your
"They would take away the Goddess and substitute
their own pale,
sickly ways! They will take away our
money, but leave those of their
dead, skeletal churches! No longer will
we be able to build as we
will, marry as we will - perhaps even worship
as we will! What say
RAISING OF POWER:
One by one widdershins, each person in the circle shouts "NO!" and an
extension, as in ...
"NO! It shall not pass!" "NO! We
will not permit this!" "NO! The
Constitution forbids it!" "NO! This
is not the Law!" "NO! We will
never surrender!" "NO! This is not right!"
When the call returns to the Priest, he continues immediately
chanting "NO! NO! NO! ..." and leads the circle in
a spiral inwards,
widdershins. Each person has his or her right hand on the person
front's shoulder, and clutches the prepared "Ballot" in the right hand.
When the Priest reaches the Ballot Box, he drops in his ballot, then
begins the march in a spiral outward, deosil. Once all have dropped
their ballots, the spiral returns inwards widdershins, still chanting
"NO!", until it can wind no tighter and seizes up.
TRIGGERING OF THE SPELL:
This will be the signal for a five-second pause, then on the Priest's
signal, all scream "NO!", releasing the energy that they have raised
the ballots, to re-emerge in Washington D.C. amidst the Conference
"The votes have been cast.
The ammendment has failed.
So mote it be!"
"SO MOTE IT BE!"
Brief pause as everyone re-centers and relaxes, then one or more people
the crowd yells, "Hey! We won!" and all yell, "Group Hug!!!"
long, satisfying group hug, all disperse to celebrate.