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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X Has Been a Witch for Y Years

X has been a witch for Y years.

Lots of Craft bios begin this way. Apparently we think that it sounds impressive.

It doesn't.

No matter what your Y is, there's always a Y + 10 that would be more impressive. Not to mention Y + 20, or Y + 50.

Y years? Really? Is that all?

Besides, the statement automatically raises the question: So what were you before that?

And then you've already lost your thrust.

Witches aren't made, we're born.

So, how long have you been a witch?

Who, me?

I've always been this way.










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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.


  • Patricia Brown
    Patricia Brown Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    It is still so nebulous and varied what a witch even is. I was always interested and started experimenting at a young age. I disallowed my true self after a frightening experience that put me too close to a way I did not want to be. Now I have begun again, allowing myself to experience and experiment. What was missing was a group of like minded people to associate with that could have supported me and I would have been growing all this time. I just wonder now what I can do at the age of 60, starting again. I was still a witch all those years, just a very guarded one.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Submerged though it may be, somehow this identity just never goes away. Though we wander, we always come back.
    I have to think that those hidden years will have given you strengths and discernment that will hasten the process for you now. One advantage might be that in these days there actually are far more wise and experienced elder voices speaking than there were back then.
    May the Horns and the wandering Moon guide your way, Patricia, and lead you to the like-minded, and the like-minded to you. My experience has been that the journey is always worthwhile, no matter when we begin.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Let me add that I'll be remembering your name before the Altar as I make the daily offerings.
    Good strength, Patricia.

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