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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Bred in the Bone

Why are some people witches and some not?

Well, it's easy, really: we were born this way.

He sired us himself.

Yes, you are as you are because he overshadowed your father at your very begetting.

That's why they call him "Witch-Father."

That's why we turn out as we do.

Initiation is a tribal rite, a coming-of-age. No one can make you a witch.

For witchdom is from the womb.

It begins, as they say, at the moment of conception.  

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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.


  • Angela
    Angela Tuesday, 05 April 2016

    I asked my mother if she knew the circumstances around my conception. She paused a moment in thought and said that yes, she knew exactly when she conceived me. After she relayed the story, she looked me dead in the eye and exclaimed "Oh! OH! THAT explains so much about you!"

    I agree.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Tuesday, 05 April 2016

    My, my, my. Let's hear it for the Wild Ride!

  • Critter
    Critter Friday, 24 March 2017

    So I have this terrible knee-jerk reaction to blanket statements made about witches: don't tell me who I am. If not being born by this "witch-father" of yours makes me not a witch then fine. Give me another word to use.

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