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Moving the Longstones

I don't know how you go about moving standing stones where you live.

Here's what we do around here.

In these things, of course, it's always best to start in a sacred way.

Before the day's work begins, we gather around the stone. We lay out the eventual foundation offerings on the foot of the longstone. Then we pass around a horn of beer, and everyone takes a sip.

The rest of the beer we pour out over the stone.

Then we pack up the foundation offerings, and the day's work begins.

Just because it's sacred doesn't mean it can't be short and sweet.

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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.


  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert Friday, 13 October 2017

    Why are you moving them? just wondering...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 16 October 2017

    We're building a shrine at our regional pagan land sanctuary.
    The Stone will be the pivot point where Earth marries Sky, where People weds Land.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 16 October 2017

    I should add that we've taken to doing the same little ceremony at the end of the work day, as well.

  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert Monday, 16 October 2017

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien Saturday, 11 November 2017

    Since we now have an outdoor space, I'm going to see if the men in our circle at San Quentin want to do something similar on a much smaller scale. More modest. I don't know how we'd manage a big stone, but we could use a two-dimensional image of a bull to bury and a smaller stone to mark the place. What do you think? Do you think something like this could be done effectively in a fenced-off section of the main yard?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 12 November 2017

    Macha, this is a splendid idea.
    The genius of the paganisms has always and everywhere been to be religions of the here, and nothing says "here" more paganly than a standing stone, which is temple, altar, and image all in one.
    A standing stone can be large, a standing stone can be small. All it need be (to quote 70s sing-songwriter Melanie) is "longer than it's wide"!
    I'll send you a picture of our bull, and somewhere here I've got a link to my post Thirteen Different Ways of Reverencing a Standing Stone

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