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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The First Lesson Every Hunter Must Learn is Persistence

 Deer Tracks vs. Other Animal Tracks: What Do They Look Like?

In Which Our Intrepid Blogger Comes to Paganistan and Finally Meets Some Pagans


Q: Why did it take a pagan to invent mathematics?

A: Because monotheists can't count any higher than one.


I emigrated to Paganistan in 1979: ostensibly to attend grad school, but in reality looking for my people.

It took me a year to find them.

Things moved more slowly in those pre-internet days than they do now. Back then, basically, you had to know someone to get in.

The first lesson every hunter must learn is persistence. For a year I looked, finding the occasional trace, but no real trail.

Then, one unforgettable evening, I walked into Lind Hall and saw, posted on the wall across from the door, the blue-stenciled mimeograph sheet that changed my life.


Are you interested in Wicca?

Paganism? Druidism?


Children of the Night

Student Pagan Organization



7:00 p.m.

2XX Lind Hall


“At last!” I thought. “My people!”

I won't say that I didn't actually bow down and kiss the ground in that moment.

I won't say that I didn't do that at all.




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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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