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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Oh gods, it's Posch being outrageous. Again.


An important part of learning to think in Pagan is what I'm going to call Paganonormativity.

The presumption of Paganness.

There's no need to say, “This song is sung only at Samhain and at pagan funerals.” It's enough to say, “This song is sung only at Samhain and at funerals.”

“Pagan funeral” is redundant. (Hey, we invented them.) All funerals are presumed to be pagan unless otherwise specified.

Thinking in Pagan, gods is normative; "God" gets quotation marks, as derivative.

In human history, paganism is normative. Non-paganism is the aberration.

We are the Pagans. We are the True People; we are the Original People.

Paganonormativity. It's arrogant, yes.

Oh, but such a beautiful arrogance.


Above: Robert Gibbings, Devil and Witch (woodcut)



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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.


  • Anne Forrester
    Anne Forrester Sunday, 22 October 2017

    Yes, but where oh where did you get that delicious art at the top?! You really need to give credit where credit is due...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 23 October 2017

    Wait, wait: there's more.
    It's a woodcut by Robert Gibbings from Esther Forbes' incomparable 1928 novel, A Mirror for Witches.
    If you're looking for Samhain reading, you could hardly do better. An amazing novel, with Gibbings' (as you see) striking illustrations.
    And shame on me for being lazy!

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