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Prince William Initiated Into Coven

AP: London

Palace sources confirmed today that Prince William, eventual heir to the British throne, was recently initiated into a local Windsor coven.

“The Duke of Cambridge's interest in the Old Ways is of both a long-standing and a deeply personal nature,” a spokesman said, while requesting that the prince's “spiritual privacy” be respected.

According to Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, this initiation in no way conflicts with the prince's likely future standing as “Defender of the [Anglican] Faith.”

“He would certainly not be the first King of England to maintain the Old Faith along with the New,” he said on Friday.

Smiling, he added: “Haven't you ever heard of the 'King of the Witches'?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright, alright, I'll admit it: I made it up. Did I manage to give you a “Whoa!” moment?

I'm certainly not the first to fantasize a joining of the twin mystiques of the Old Line and the Old Faith.

See Katherine Kurtz' Lammas Night and Stewart Farrar's Omega, not to mention Margaret Murray's classic work of out-there (ahem) "scholarship,”  The Divine King in England.

Born on Midsummer's Day 1982, married on the eve of May Eve 2011: admit it.

If one were looking for a King of the Witches, one could do far worse than Bonnie Prince Billy.

 

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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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