Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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To Michael from Paganicon Who Is Leaving to Fight in Ukraine


Dear Michael,

I realize that the chances of your ever seeing this are slim. I'm writing because there's something important that I forgot to tell you.

First, I want you to know that in more than 40 years of priesthood, with many namings, handfastings, and arvals—funerals—under my cincture, I have never before felt so honored and so humbled as when you asked for my blessing before you leave for Ukraine to fight. Never. Michael, my thanks.

Fight well, Michael, and the blessings of our people's gods strengthen you, and keep you safe.

I want you to know that every day between now and when next we see one another, I will be praying for your protection and safe return, every day. Here at Temple of the Moon, when I make the twice-daily offerings, I will remember you by name, and pray and offer on your behalf. Every day I will do this; I give you my solemn word.

Come back to us, Michael: safe and sound, body and soul, whole and all. Come back to Paganicon. Gods grant that we meet again.

I hope that somehow this manages to reach you, wherever you are. Whether it does, or whether it doesn't, you have my prayers, regardless.

May the gods bring peace to Free Ukraine.

With all my blessings,

Steven Posch



Pysanka with Goddess in the Trypillian style (modern)



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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.


  • Chas  S. Clifton
    Chas S. Clifton Sunday, 20 March 2022

    Slava Ukraini!

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Saturday, 26 March 2022

    Heroyam slava!

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