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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Pagans Don't Proselytize; We Don't Need To

Pagans don't proselytize. We don't need to.

They come to us.

Why? Because, unlike other religions, “pagan” isn't something that you convert to.

Pagan is what you already are.

Paganism is inherent in human experience. Everyone is born pagan.

Anything else, you have to be made into.

“Becoming” pagan, then, is a process of recovering what's already yours, yours by right.

How do we “grow” paganism?

We “grow” paganism by being the very best pagans that we can be: by living a paganism so true, so beautiful, so desirable, that others look at us and say: What they have is the real thing; I want it too.

No, pagans don't proselytize; in fact, we look down on those that do.

We don't need to.


Above: Bialowieza Forest (Poland)

One of Europe's last remaining Old-Growth ("virgin") forests




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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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