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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De Tribu Huicciorum: Concerning the Tribe of Witches

With all due respect, Uncle Gerald got it wrong.

Witches aren't a religion.

We're a tribe.

A tribe: what in the old Witch language would be called a thede.

Some of us are lineal descendants of the old English tribe of Witches, some not. But that's the way of tribes: you don't need to be born in to belong. You can marry in, you can adopt in, you can 'enculturate' in. Tribes have porous boundaries.

That's not to say that we're not all related. Of course we are.

Old Hornie sows his seed wherever he will, far and wide.

So you'll find us all over the world, on every continent (yes, even Antarctica!). Naturally (as one would expect) we come in different clans.

But wherever we go (and we go everywhere), we do share a certain family resemblance.

We everywhere treat with the Old Powers.

We everywhere work our magic.

We everywhere share certain ways of doing and thinking and seeing.

There was no word for 'religion' in the old Witch language, but that's not to say that we don't have our own thedish—tribal—religion. Of course we do.

It's the Witch religion, named for us.

For we are the Tribe of Witches.

Now and forever and aye.


Above: Kyoht Ludemann, Horned God








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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.


  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch Friday, 27 January 2017

    I really enjoyed this reminder. Tribe is a focus for me--intentional tribe calling. Thank you.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Saturday, 28 January 2017

    So mote it be.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 29 January 2017

    We're tribal animals, we humans. We've lived this way since the beginning, and chances are we'll be doing so again in the future.
    Right now seems like a good time to being taking stock of priorities.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Sunday, 29 January 2017

    Steven. I hear ya!

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