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 Joke in Bad Taste

I generally don't post pieces that seem to me mean-spirited. Gods know, there's no lack of such in our community, and that's not what I'm here to do.

But in this case, I'm going to make an exception.

The easily-offended may not wish to read any further.


Q: How many

Gavin and Yvonne Frost

“Church and School of Wicca”®


does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Three.

In graduated sizes.


Gavin Frost



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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 Tuesday, 13 September 2016

    I remember when "The Magic Power of Witchcraft" and "Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft" were the only books on witchcraft available in the new age section of the bookstore. As I recall they both treated Witchcraft as a craft not as a religious practice. For a religious viewpoint I think you had to get a copy of Buckland's "The Tree". I think the first two books were part of a DIY ESP craze that grew in response to "Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain." It was still the cold war back then and witchcraft promised to be more effective than the standard ESP stuff.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 14 September 2016

    Gods, Anthony, those were heady days. When you managed actually to get hold of something, you treasured it and gnawed it over for all it was worth.

    In some ways, difficulty of access was good for us. It taught us how to teach ourselves.

    And 40 later, we're still doing it.

  • Eli Effinger-Weintraub
    Eli Effinger-Weintraub Tuesday, 20 September 2016

    I... kind of feel like I shouldn't have laughed at that as hard as I did. :D

    It's funny... when I was a wee baby witchling, exploring this strange new world with wide eyes and limited by pocket and circumstance to what could be pulled off the shelf at the Merriam Park Public Library, A Witch's Bible was the first book I picked up. Unsurprisingly, I put it down in absolute horror and didn't touch another Paganism/witchcraft book for almost six months.

    And you know what? That was good. Because I wasn't ready. I thought I was, but I wasn't. I picked it up again about six or seven years ago and was more... okay with it. I still disagreed with a lot of things in it, but I could see a little better where the Frosts had been coming from.

    I think that wass really important. A lot of Pagan traditions have a lot of beliefs and practices that I 110% cannot get behind. But until I was ready to have my disagreements calmly, rather than throwing a book across the room, I wasn't ready to be walking this path.

  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Sunday, 25 September 2016

    Bwahahahaha and Oh No You Di'n't! :D

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