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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Horned Hammer

As pagan bumperstickers go, it was really pretty subtle.

A Thor's Hammer with antlers.

What it meant to whoever owned the van, I don't know. I could imagine several possibilities.

But I know what it meant to me. Hey, I've heard the stories.

They say that Old Hornie—but he would have been Young Hornie then—used to live up in the sky, in the House of Thunder, to the West.

Well, they say he didn't just live there.

I'll spare you the niceties of the relationship. (Contentious would be one word.) Suffice it to say, he threw him out. Suffice it to say, he fell to earth. He landed hard and we dance the Halt Dance in his honor to this day.

Suffice it to say that goats still draw Old Redbeard's chariot.

A Thunder Hammer with antlers, you say?

No news to me.

Hey, I know Union when I see it.


Above: Mike Deodato Jr., Mjollnir


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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.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Saturday, 10 June 2017

    Well now I have an image of Deerper from Monster Falls with Journal 3 in his left hand and Thor's hammer in his right hand in my mind. Thank you Steven, now I'm feeling even more pressure on teaching myself how to draw.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 11 June 2017

    Best of luck in the learning, Anthony.
    Bwa ha ha.

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