Paganistan, I Am In You

Ok, so admittedly I am on the outskirts of Paganistan, crashing with the amazing Nels Linde and Judy Olson until I figure out what’s what. It has been an insane week of strange nomadic behavior, and of being carried by the current to strange new places.

First, big thanks to Amy who picked me up crying on the side of the road, cheered me up, gave me a place to crash for the night, and hauled me around. You rock! Big thanks also to my friend Judy back in Georgia, who also gave me a place to crash, and helped me get my stuff sorted. Big thanks to Adrian and Michelle who also gave me a place to crash, made me breakfast and dropped me at the airport. I will miss all my friends back in Georgia!

Big thanks for Cara and Heather from picking me up when I landed, taking me to lunch, treating me to an impromptu slumber party, and giving me the quick and dirty on what I need to know to be a proper Paganistani. And of course a big thanks to Judy and Nels for taking me in at the end of my rambles!

I have literally been swept along a current of possibility and goodwill. I have never before in my life simply gone with the flow like this. I have ended up at tattoo parlors, birthday parties, IKEA and sitting around looking at 30 years worth of Witchcraft archives. And from someone who had $3 and no idea where she was going to live, the kindness of others and a little bit of fate managed to see each problem solved almost magically, as donations came in and I was able to afford a plane ticket, find places to sleep for a night or two, and find transportation to and from places I needed to go.

For all the people who sent me donations, who sent me kind messages, and who physically helped me move myself across the country, I can never express my gratitude enough. I am still overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support I have received. It was completely unexpected and miraculous.

I am excited to be living in this part of the country, and getting to know the Pagan community here. I may have landed here with only 4 bags and some donated money in my pocket, but I have a feeling that I’m going to thrive here and love every minute of it!

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Erynn Rowan Laurie

    Glad you’re safe there! When I first moved to Seattle, I got passed around from person to person or household to household until I was able to get a place of my own. I know that there are times when the community takes care of its own. I’m glad you have support in your new situation.

  • Princess of Dork

    It’s amazing what the Universe (or however you want to label divine providence) will do when you just relax and let it, isn’t it? 

  • Nicole Youngman

    Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures & glad you’re up there safely! 

  • Ravingwitch

    You are stronger than you think. The divinity makes sure that it takes care of their children. Stay strong. You got this!

  • sunfell

    I know this probably sounds nit-picky, but PLEASE stop using the word “Paganistan”. It is a horrible moniker, and needs to vanish. It implies that Pagans are poor, corrupt, and miserable, as well as isolated- religiously, socially and geographically.

    We aren’t.

    • Star Foster

       Even if I stop using it, Twin Cities Pagans aren’t likely to drop the term.

      • sunfell

        Why not just say “Twin Cities”? I suppose I’ll have to ‘get over it’, but that word will always bother me.

        • Cara Schulz

          The Paganistan moniker is, to some local Pagans, a point of pride. It was originally coined to denote a specific neighborhood in the Twin Cities area where many Pagans lived  - similar to how the Castro neighborhood is for gay males in San Fran.  In the years since, it has expanded to cover the Twin Cities area and speaks to the large and thriving Pagan, Heathen, and polytheist communities in the Twin Cities *and surrounding* area.  So the term now isn’t so much a geographical term as a term that talks about the Pagan population within a larger geographical area.

    • Cara Schulz

      That ship sailed long, long ago.  This is Paganistan.

    • Heather Biedermann

       I love to research why we choose the words we do, and the -istan and -stan behind the name usually means, “state of”, “country of” or sometimes “place of”. I don’t think that sounds too terrible. I wonder if the people of Paganistan would be called Paganistani or Pagani? Here is a link to a discussion on this that I thought was interesting:

      • sunfell

         Interesting article. Thanks.

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        Reading the discussion, I am left wondering if -stan is related to the Englisc word stān, meaning stone.

        • Folcwald

           The ‘-stan’ ending in place names comes from Persian, and is ultimately derived from an Indo-European root ‘*steh-’, which gives us modern English words like ‘stand’ and ‘stay’. The word ‘stone’ (Old English ‘stan’, from Proto-Germanic ‘*stainaz’) ultimately comes from a different Indo-European root, ‘*stai-’.

    • Lēoht Sceadusawol

       That only works if (all) other -istans confer those qualities upon their inhabitants.

      Beware of stereotypical prejudice, lest you fall foul of it yourself.

      • sunfell

         No one is perfect, including me. I’ll just have to retool my perception.

  • Jason Hatter

    Glad you made it!

  • Jdstiteler

    Welcome, Star! I’m sure we’ll run into each other sooner than later.

  • Soli


  • Aine

    So glad you made it safe! I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts still, of course.

  • Jason Mankey

    I am glad you made it safe and sound, however I was expecting a much dirtier Penthouse style post after reading the title “I am in you.”    Gods bless with the new adventures.    

  • Ryan

    It’s a joy to know you’ve safely landed on your feet!  Many blessings and best wishes to you!