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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13 Different Ways of Reverencing a Standing Stone

Bow to it.

Touch it.

Kiss it.

Embrace it.

Anoint it.

Oil, ghee, honey, blood, semen, ocher

Pour a libation to it.

Water, milk, beer, wine, mead, liquor, blood, semen

Offer to it.

Bread, fruit, meal, tobacco, firstfruits, the hunter's portion

Crown it.

Flowers, leaves, grain

Garland it.

Flowers, leaves, grain

Pray to it.

Sing to it.

Circumambulate (walk around) it.

Dance around it.


Please note that not all modes of reverencing are appropriate to all standing stones.

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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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