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Two Points in Search of a Line

At the crucial moment of our Spring Equinox ritual this year, I screwed up the chant.

Today, April 14, we're having a blizzard.

Now, do I honestly believe that there's any causal connection between those two facts?

No, of course not. Of course I don't. There is no connection whatsoever between a botched ritual nearly a month ago and today's weather.

O, but why, O why, did I have to go and screw up that chant?




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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.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Saturday, 14 April 2018

    Your mind is telling you that it can't possibly be your fault, not on your own at least. Your heart and stomach on the other hand are telling you your a contributing factor. You your favorite form of divination to determine what you can do to improve the situation. Do the ritual. That way your heart and stomach will at least be satisfied you did your best to make things right.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 15 April 2018

    Good rede, Anthony: duly noted!

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 15 April 2018

    Actually, we'll be getting together tonight for New Moon. You can bet that we'll be doing the same chant, but correctly this time. For sure.

    Oof, off to shovel. 14 inches, yikes.

  • Carl Neal
    Carl Neal Saturday, 14 April 2018

    I'm sure the chant had nothing to do with the, what, 4 massive winter storms so far this Spring?

    Although I'm confident you had nothing to do with it, I hope you never lead a chant on the West Coast... just sayin'...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 15 April 2018

    Funny thing about pagan ritual: though it may not have any direct effect on the world around us, it does change our sense of connectedness to the world, and so does effect change in that world, if indirectly.

    As for the West Coast: hmm, the sufficiently unscrupulous could make a pretty good living this way ("Pay up or I'll screw up your weather!")....Gods preserve us from Pagan Protection Rackets.

  • Carl Neal
    Carl Neal Sunday, 15 April 2018

    Hmmm... That being the case, perhaps you need West Coast representation to help provide these "protection" services. We should chat!

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 16 April 2018

    Gotta love that pagan entrepreneurial spirit. We'll talk.

    I'm coming to think that one of the big differences between pagans and non-pagans is that pagans take the weather personally.

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