Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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Eyes of a Witch

How do you know a witch when you see one?

According to Catalan witch-lore, it's easy: you look into the eyes. Witches' eyes are distinctive.

(Catalunya's witches—bruixas—are a fascinating lot. Their witch-marks look like two horns, crossed. They dance naked a lot, especially on Midsummer's Eve, especially on Montserrat [Sawtooth Mountain] and Pedraforca [Forked Stone], the two sacred Sabbat Mounts of Català.)

Look into the witch's eyes.

In one eye, you'll see a double pupil.

In the other, a deer's antler.

Friend, can you read these runes?

Obviously, the double pupil is for the Second Sight.

As for the antler in the other, well: I'm sure that you don't need me to explain.

You know Him when you see Him.

 

 

 

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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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