In February 2017 a ritual began to circulate on line that was designed to bind Donald John Trump, aka 45, aka any number of names one might wish to ascribe to the individual sworn into the Office of President of the United States in January of 2017, and all those who abet him.
I, along with others, participated in this magical action on the February New Moon. Following the ritual’s completion there were many conversations about its efficacy and other possible approaches to using magic to stop 45 and his crew from doing harm to the people they are sworn to protect. One idea was to go through the very oath he and his people had already taken and broken. I found this very appealing and set out to craft a ritual from this perspective.
What follows is the Working portion only.
All elements of set up, cleansing, defining of space, naming of elements or powers other than those used in the work, feast or celebration, grounding, dismissal, and opening of the circle are to be added at the users discretion.
Fifteen gods/PTB are named in this invocation. They correspond to my sense of who/what a deity of Sovereignty is – one who grants the power to lead and govern, one who guards/protects people/cities/communities, one who hears/sees actions and holds people to their word. There are MANY other powers that might fit this concept, but when crafting ritual there is a limit to how many gods one wants to deal with at any one time. People are welcome to add or subtract / adjust the named deities as feels appropriate to their way of working.
This ritual is available for all to use.
Sovereignty in Action: 45 and company
A New Moon ritual[i]
For 2017: March 28th, April 26th, May 25th, June 24th, July 23rd, August 21st, September 20th, October 19th, November 18th, December 18th
Tools for the working:
Candle for the Powers of Sovereignty
Orange stub candle for the working (carve DJT’s name on it)
Picture of 45 (one from his inauguration would be ideal)
Cauldron/dish of sand
Invocation of the Powers of Sovereignty [ii]
The Powers are our Mother, our Father, our Family.
They are our history, our future, our present.
They hear us, see us, know us, always.
We stand between old and new,
Between confusion and clarity,
Between hope and despair,
Between need and want,
To call upon the Powers of Sovereignty
Freyr, Chango, Morrigan,
They who guard and keep
Lakshmi, Wisakedjak, Oya,
They who provide and oversee
Heru-sa-Aset, Epona, Nuliajuk
They who protect and nurture
Chenghuangshen, Juno, Ma’at
They who hear and remember
Hestia, Frigga, Amaterasu-ōmikami,
They from whom the power flows
Hear our call.
Be welcome in our hearts and our temple.
Light the orange stub candle with the Oath breaker’s name inscribed on it. Place it over or near their photograph.
Powers of Sovereignty, we call to your attention one who has broken his oath to his people and to those around him who have broken their own oaths to their people.
We name Donald John Trump Oath Breaker.
At his inauguration Donald John Trump swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.[iii]
We name Donald John Trump’s staff, beginning with his Vice President Michael Richard Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Oath Breakers.
Each of these individuals swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” [iv]
Instead of preservation, they champion cutbacks and neglect
Instead of protection, they foster hatred and ignore violence
Instead of support, they try to silence knowledge and disagreement
Instead of defense, they promote war
They claim to speak for the people of the United States.
The actions of the people of the United States demonstrate that they do not.
In these ways do we see them as Oath Breakers to ourselves, our friends, our families and our world.
Powers of Sovereignty,
We know you that you see.
We know that you hear.
We know that you determine right time and right action.
We ask that you bring your discerning gaze to these individuals
and take action for the benefit of all.
(Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray. As the picture burns imagine the Statue of Liberty’s torch shining brightly)
Once the image is burned completely everyone says:
So Say We All!
So Say We All!
So Say We All!
(Blow out orange candle, visualizing the ashes scattering over Trump and his crew to call attention to them, their words and actions. After ritual compost or bury the candle)
[i] Inspired by “A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him (version 2.0)” circulated on line in Feb 2016 https://extranewsfeed.com/a-spell-to-bind-donald-trump-and-all-those-who-abet-him-february-24th-mass-ritual-51f3d94f62f4#.ebp4h9sdg
[ii] This is an incomplete list of world divine powers who watch over people and places, are credited with the gifts of wealth, abundance, fertility, kingship. In some way each can be understood as a Being of Sovereignty. Some have explicit stories where they confer power upon leaders, others are seen as having this power even if there is no formally recorded documentation to back up the claim. There are many other Beings that might fit this list. Add or subtract Being names as best fits your needs.
“Freyr or Frey is one of the most important gods of Norse religion. The name is conjectured to derive from the Proto-Norse *frawjaz, “lord.” Freyr was associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and was pictured as a phallic fertility god; Freyr is said to “bestow peace and pleasure on mortals.” Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyr
“Changó (also spelled Shangó, Ṣango, or Xango) is one of the most popular orishas in Santeria and is the king of our religion on earth. Chango is the orisha of drumming, dancing, thunder, fire, male virility, and leadership. He was once a living king on earth as the fourth Alafin of Oyó in Yoruba land. Chango was not a particularly effective king when he was alive, but he worked miracles after his death and elevation to the status of orisha. (It is considered offensive to discuss the nature of Chango’s death.) He is known for enjoying in revelry, drinking, eating, having many female lovers and being a skillful dancer and drummer. Chango was the first to divine with diloggun, and was the original owner of the Opón Ifá (table of Ifá) before trading it to Orunmila for the batá drums. Chango is a powerful sorcerer who crafts indomitable spells in his Odó (mortar) including the magic that allows him to spit fire. Chango makes his residence at the top of the royal palm tree. His is the power of fire, lightning and thunder. He wields the double headed axe as his favorite weapon. Chango teaches us to live a full life, enjoying all it has to offer, while at the same time cultivating diplomacy and royal grace.” http://santeriachurch.org/the-orishas/chango/
“… Máire Herbert has argued that “war per se is not a primary aspect of the role of the goddess”, and that her association with cattle suggests her role was connected to the earth, fertility and sovereignty; she suggests that her association with war is a result of a confusion between her and the Badb, who she argues was originally a separate figure. She can be interpreted as providing political or military aid, or protection to the king—acting as a goddess of sovereignty, not necessarily a war goddess. There have been many cases where, after having been a cause of strife, the Morrigan has in turn become one of great help when a certain level of respect has been shown.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Morr%C3%ADgan
“Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. The word ”Lakshmi” is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksme, meaning “goal.” Lakshmi, therefore, represents the goal of life, which includes worldly as well as spiritual prosperity. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi, also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and provides Him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the creation.” http://www.koausa.org/Gods/God6.html
“Wisakedjak is the benevolent culture hero of the Cree tribe (sometimes referred to as a “transformer” by folklorists.) His name is spelled so many different ways partially because Cree was originally an unwritten language (so English speakers just spelled it however it sounded to them at the time), and partially because the Cree language is spoken across a huge geographical range in both Canada and the US, so it has many different dialects. Wisakedjak is a trickster character whose adventures are often humorous. Unlike Plains Indian tricksters, however, Wisakedjak is usually portrayed as a staunch friend of humankind, and never as a dangerous or destructive being. “ http://www.native-languages.org/wisakejak.htm
“Oyá (also Ollá, Yansa or Yansán) is a fierce and powerful female warrior orisha in Santeria. She is the owner of the marketplace, and keeps the gates of the cemetery. She is the force of change in nature and in life. She wields lightning and rides the winds into battle, often fighting with her machetes side-by-side with her favorite lover, Changó. Oyá raises the armies of the dead as her soldiers and is said to use the tornado as her weapon. Oyá’s aché is fierce, tumultuous, changing and protective.” http://santeriachurch.org/?s=Oya
“”Heru, son of Aset” Probably the best-known and most widely worshipped of the Names of Heru, Heru-sa-Aset, the miraculous child of Aset and Wesir, is symbolized directly in the ruler of Kemet – as the caretaker of the legacy of his predecessor (called “Wesir” upon death in honor of the Lord of the Deceased), and as the defender of the weak and the innocent against outside forces (symbolized in Set, Lord of foreign lands, strength and violence). During some periods the rulers were believed to be incarnations or avatars of Heru-sa-Aset, and their wives incarnations of Hethert (Heru’s consort at Idfu/Edfu and Ta-Netjer/Dendera), or Aset. Even female rulers of Kemet, such as Hatshepsut and Twosret of the New Kingdom, were referred to as “the (Living) Heru” http://www.kemet.org/taxonomy/term/82
“There is some evidence that Epona could have been linked to the idea of sovereignty as well as being a horse goddess and linked to the land and fertility. Certainly, the fact that she was invoked on behalf of the Roman Emperor implies a link of some kind to rulership and horse symbolism is a recurring theme of sovereignty. In some Kingship rituals the King had to first mate with a mare and then that mare was sacrificed and, in some cases, the King was then required to sit in a bath of broth made from the mare. There are other deities that have the horse as one of their sacred animals but few, if any, with as strong a link to the land as Epona seems to have had. From a Patroness of Horses, Epona has become a Goddess linked to the Land and Fertility, Rulership and possibly the Underworld.” http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/epona
“…is a goddess of the Netsilik Inuit. According to Rasmussen  Nuliajuk lives on the bottom of the sea and controls sea mammals (seals, walruses, and sea lions). Whenever humans neglect to observe ritual prohibitions, she imprisons the sea-mammals within the drip-basin under her lamp (making them unavailable to hunters), so that shamans must conjure her so as to release them. Nuliajuk is co-wife with Isarraitaitsoq; their husband is the sea scorpion god Kanajuk. They have an adopted baby, which they stole “from a sleeping mother when her husband was out hunting at the breathing holes”.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuliajuk
“… was originally the name of a deity or type of deity believed to be able to provide divine protection to a city’s physical defenses, particularly its surrounding wall and moat. Later the concept became more generalized, and the meaning extended to the office itself of such a deity, rather than the presumed office-holder (in later times, it was standard to officially appoint the spirit of the government official in charge of the city to a three-year term as City God, upon his decease).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_God_(China)
“Juno (Latin: Iūnō [ˈjuːnoː]) is an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. She is a daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars and Vulcan. Juno also looked after the women of Rome. Her Greek equivalent was Hera. Her Etruscan counterpart was Uni. As the patron goddess of Rome and the Roman Empire, Juno was called Regina (“Queen”) and, together with Jupiter and Minerva, was worshipped as a triad on the Capitol (Juno Capitolina) in Rome.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(mythology)
“Ma’at (pronounced may-et) is the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, harmony, and balance (a concept known as ma’at in Egyptian)” … “If one lived harmoniously in the will of the gods, then one was living in harmony with the concept of ma’at and the goddess who embodied that concept. One was free to live however one wanted, of course, and completely ignore the principle of ma’at, but eventually one would face the trial which awaited everyone: judgment in the Hall of Truth (also known as The Hall of Two Truths) in the afterlife.” http://www.ancient.eu/Ma%27at/
“HESTIA was the virgin goddess of the hearth (both private and municipal) and the home. As the goddess of the family hearth she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods. The cooking of the communal feast of sacrificial meat was naturally a part of her domain.” … “
Homeric Hymn 24 to Hestia (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th – 4th B.C.) :
“Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you ahve gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet,–where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last. And you, Argeiphontes [Hermes], son of Zeus and Maia, . . . be favourable and help us, you and Hestia, the worshipful and dear. Come and dwell in this glorious house in friendship together; for you two, well knowing the noble actions of men, aid on their wisdom and their strength. Hail, Daughter of Kronos (Cronus), and you also, Hermes.’” http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Hestia.html
“Frigga is the goddess of marriage – more properly, the goddess of marriage that is sanctioned by society, as unsanctioned unions are under the guidance of Frey and Gerda. She is the protector of home and families, and was much beloved by married women. She gave solace and aid in childbirth, and was also called upon for help in the domestic arts and cottage industries, especially the spinning of wool, which took up much of the time of women in northern Europe. It was said that she pulled the wool from the cloud-sheep to spin and weave the garments of the Aesir. She was also known as a goddess of frith, which is a combination of peace and social order; in this guise she is called upon as the Lady of the Hall, carrying the mead horn around, and both sending off and welcoming back warriors with the cup of victory.Thus she is also called upon for matters of diplomacy, especially among leaders. She is also said to see many things with her seer’s powers, but she speaks of very few of them.” http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/frigga/who-is-frigga.html
“…is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru means “shining in heaven.” The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is “the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven”.[N 1] According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu. “ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaterasu
[iii] “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”— The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1
[iv] I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
- Oath of Office for Federal and state legislators, executive officers and judges; this includes Senior White House staff including who were sworn in by Vice President Pence in January 2017.