Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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A Rede for the Uncovened

I know, I know. More than anything else, you want a coven, but either there are none, or none of them will have you.

Believe me, I understand your pain. I remember it well.

I'm one of the lucky ones. For nearly 40 years now, I've been part of one of Witchdom's oldest and most stable covens. So what could I possibly have to say to the uncovened?

One thing that I can't do is to invite you in. A coven simply doesn't have the resources that a nation-state does; we can't take in refugees. At least, we can't take in many.

But I was a refugee once myself. In fact, we all were: refugees from the Island of Misfit Toys. We were the ones that nobody else wanted.

So we banded together, our little coven of misfits, and here we are today: still going strong four decades later. Meanwhile, all those groups that wouldn't have us have fallen by the wayside.

What do you do when you need a coven and you can't find one?

Friend, heed my rede and do what we did: find some other refugees, and start your own.

Yes, it will take all the work of your hands and all the love in your heart, and no, I can't make you any promises.

But it sure did work for us.






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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    There actually is a Coven of Misfit Toys in Wisconsin...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    My bardic advice to those considering joke names for things is generally: Ask yourself if the joke will still be funny 25 years from now.

    May it still be so for them in 2044.

  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    In "The Goodly Spellbook" there is a recipe to attract witch friends on page 358. Interested parties might find it at their local library or through interlibrary loan.

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