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What Does a Standing Stone Do?

 Paul Bransky on Twitter: "Monument Rock Vernon County, Wisconsin https://t. co/30qit0xLG7" / Twitter

What does a standing stone do?

Raised in 2021, the Bull Stone stands at Sweetwood Temenos, a pagan land sanctuary in southwestern Witchconsin's legendary Driftless Area. Born in the bed of an inland ocean, old before dinosaurs walked the Earth, the six-foot, one ton slab of karst limestone is the standing stone that I know best.

So what does the Bull Stone do?

Its long axis aligns with the Sun, pointing to the places on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets on the day of the Winter Solstice.

Its short axis aligns with Earth: with both a notch on the southern horizon, some two miles distant, where two ridges come together and, to the north, with the sanctuary's Grand Circle.

What does a standing stone do? Easily told.

Set in Earth, reaching for Heaven, the Bull Stone joins together.




Monument Rock

Vernon County, WI


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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.


  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes Sunday, 06 November 2022

    Is a stang, then, a portable standing stone?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 09 February 2023

    Even so.

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