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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Is the God of Witches the Devil?

Is the God of the Witches the Devil?

Is a tree the particleboard made from it?

One is a living being, the other a toxic product.


On the other hoof, he's a god. Gods show themselves differently to different people at different times in different places.

That he should don a Devil mask to some is not beyond conceiving.

In fact, considering both his sense of humor and his tendency to utilize available resources, it actually does seem like something that he might do.

The f**ker.


So, does a tree = the particleboard made from it?

No, not really.

But it's no use denying that there's tree there.


Bernard Zuber, Satan Presides at the Sabbat Attended by Demons in Human or Animal Shapes


For Frater Barabbas

You Old Trouble-Maker, You




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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.


  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer Saturday, 11 February 2017


    One the one hand, very funny! "The f**ker." especially made me laugh.

    On the other, "Gods show themselves differently to different people at different times in different places." - legit excellent point. If you have an expectation about someone, sometimes s/he will choose to oblige because why not? They've nothing to prove, especially to someone who's already made up their mind.

  • nolongerhere
    nolongerhere Sunday, 12 February 2017

    Frey/the Lord has shown up to me as a medieval Orthodox saint once, with gold armor and a beautiful glow.

    His answer when I blinked in surprise was, "Why would I fail to help people who called on me? That's a human limitation. This is the form they could understand."


  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    Admittedly, cross-pantheon identification is an inexact science, to say the very least. But it does seem to be something that pagans do again and again.

    In Latvia, the Thunderer of the old pantheon--Perkwons (= Perun, Perkunas, etc.)--was (inter alia) identified with "Saint" Martin. The Latvian saying was that "Martin carries Perkwons under his cloak."

    Other people's gods so often turn out to be our own in masks.

    And you just never know for sure just who's looking out through the eyeholes.

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