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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Witching II: ACLU

My friend C____ teaches for the local school district.

Back in the Bad Old Days of the Satanic Panic, word got around that one of the so-called “Occult Experts” who spread their lying gospel of babies bred for sacrifice and “recovered memory syndrome” was going to be speaking locally. My friend and some other men from his coven decided to mount a protest.

The night of the talk, they stood together outside the entrance, each of them wearing a black, pointy witch's hat. They carried no signs, didn't say a word, and didn't interfere with anyone, just stood there in silent witness while people arrived. My friend saw the parents of several of his students going in, and they saw him.

Sure enough, next morning during home room he hears the expected announcement over the loud speaker.

“Would Mr. ______ please come to the principal's office?”

So my friend goes down to the office.

Principal: So C___, I hear you were involved in some sort of...protest last night.

C___: If you haven't heard from the ACLU yet, you should be hearing from them shortly.

Principal (sputtering): Aw Jeez, what did you have to go getting them involved for?

C___: This conversation is over. Good bye.

And he walks out of the office.

End of story, and no more heard. Ever. The teachers' union is a powerful one.

Witches make good friends, neighbors, and co-workers. If we say we'll do something, we'll do it, and we'll help you out when you need our help.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be afraid of us.






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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.


  • Christopher Blackwell
    Christopher Blackwell Thursday, 22 May 2014

    Ironically some of my best memories were during that period of time as that was when I was just discovering Paganism, learning how to find Pagans and went to a few festivals. As festivals were secret, they were also more free and Pagan the they are now.

    Now that anyone can come by, we must not do anything that might upset the non-Pagans. I remember interviewing one Priestess, who did ceremony in a public park of a big city, bragging how her ceremonies, were so church like that, it would not disturb any of the Christians walking near by. I got the feeling that she lost the point of being Pagan.[Grin]

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Saturday, 24 May 2014

    On the Minnesota Renn Fest grounds, there's a 20-foot Green Man figure with a carved wooden mask, covered with a tangle of wild grape vines. It's local custom for the pagans to meet there in the morning and start out the day with a libation to and dance around the Green Man.

    One morning when we got there, there was a Christian service going on right next to the Green Man, but that didn't stop us. "Very Paganistan," said the friend I was with afterward. "Pagan and Christian, praying right next to each other."

    But there was no doubt whatsoever which service was which.

  • Christopher Blackwell
    Christopher Blackwell Saturday, 24 May 2014

    I am sure it was very educational for the Christians. [Grin] Maybe someday this can become common, people of different religions doing their services near by without a blink of the eye.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 25 May 2014

    So mote it be!

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