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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When Statues Speak

 They have mouths, but cannot speak.


So wrote a dyspeptic 7th century Hebrew poet concerning the so-called “idols” of the pagans.

But of course (as anyone who has ever actually lived with one for very long can tell you), he was wrong.


The little clay goddess sits elegantly on her throne on the coffee table in the living room.

A few days ago, I acquired a reproduction of a little bronze votive bull. Not having had in mind a specific location for him, I set him down for the time being next to the lady of the coffee table.

Yesterday, I thought I'd try him out someplace else, and moved him up to my bedside table.

This morning, the living room goddess spoke to me, clear as spring water:

Where's my bull?


Pagan lore is filled with stories of statues that speak.

And when they do, I mean, really: what else can you do?

I moved the bull back, of course.

After all, when statues speak, pagans listen.




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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.


  • Molly
    Molly Thursday, 20 October 2016

    I make goddess sculptures for a living and I totally identify with this experience. I'd modify the quote for mine to: "they do not have mouths, but they speak." Thanks. :)

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