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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All Acts

Don't let familiarity blunt the impact.

These are revolutionary words.

All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

No circles, initiations, or Drawings-Down necessary.

Wiccanly speaking, that's revolutionary.

And—audacity of audacities—it's a revolution built right into the system.


Some years back, one of the local Wiccan churches (living in Paganistan, I get to say such things) held a Beltane ritual with three simultaneous Great Rites: male-female, female-female, male-male.

The mixed couple used the traditional blade and chalice.

The women poured from two bowls into a third.

The men used a blade and a horn.

Then people went around and drank. Some went to one couple, some to another.

(I remember that the horn—clearly akin to the legendary drinking-horn Face-Washer—was somewhat prone to splashing. Several people commented on this. The horn-priest explained with a grin that in male-male couplings there tend to be lots of liquids splashing around. Yup.)

But most folks went to all three.


As a religion, Wicca is young, and it certainly has its share of problems.

But those words, mate, those words.

That Goddess is a f**king revolutionary.

Go tell that to “Lady” So-and-So.


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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.


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