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Some Thoughts on the Invasion of Ukraine

Pit Vipers Can 'See' You, Even in the Dark | HowStuffWorks


Watching the unfolding of Putin's bold-faced invasion of Ukraine this past week and more, I could hardly help but ask myself: in a like situation, what would I do?

Would I flee? Would I stay and fight? If so, how? I've never been trained to weapons. I've never even fired a gun, or wanted to. The gods help those now faced with such cruel decisions.

No one doubts that the land war in Ukraine won't last long. What then?

In the media today I've been hearing much of insurgency: the war after the war. Witches understand insurgency. We should: we've been fighting a spiritual insurgency for hundreds of years now. The Witch's Way is naturally insurgent.

Witches are mostly not ones for frontal attack, for overwhelming force. Witchery tends to act by indirection: over, under, and around are our ways.

I think of the words of Old Woman to Artos the Bear: We are the viper that stings in the dark.

Insurgents of Ukraine, our hearts are with you.

May your sting be true.






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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.


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