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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Who Are the Ancestors?

We all have many kinds of ancestors.

Ancestors of the loins. These are our physical forebears.

Ancestors of the heart. These are those forebears whom (for whatever reason) we love, though they are no blood kin.

Ancestors of the head. These are our intellectual forebears.

These are only some kinds of ancestors, of course. (The ancestors of the tongue are our linguistic ancestors. Those of us of the Tribe of Witches have forebears in the Craft: the ancestors of the blood.) We are all the children of many lineages.

As pagans, we are intimate with our ancients. Living by their lore, we engage with them in our every waking moment.

In this Season of the Ancestors, we remember them all.

We strive to be worthy of those in whose footsteps we follow.

And we strive to be worthy ancestors ourselves to those who come after.



Remediello Culture (Northern Italy)

ca. 3300 BCE




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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.


  • Chris Sherbak
    Chris Sherbak Wednesday, 25 October 2017

    We say "blood" vs "loins" but .. ya. Oddly, this was a somewhat controversial idea in ADF not many years ago when we did the main ritual "ancestor" section to the three.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 26 October 2017

    Ah, pagans. Did a consensus ever emerge, or is it still an issue?

  • Chris Sherbak
    Chris Sherbak Thursday, 26 October 2017

    It's ADF, there's no consensus. :D But we were satisfied to see the trend picked up by other Groves so we're happy. (wand drop)

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