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Moving to Sicily for a month!

Original posted at Whispers of the Wind

Ciao a tutti!

Yes, the heading is correct. I'll be moving to Italy for a month (September). Why do I say moving instead of visiting? Well, I'm going to reconnect with my heritage and learn the language from native speakers/residents. Although I'll have plenty of time for sight seeing, I'm mainly going to be focused on my…

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on July 25, 2013 at 8:41am — No Comments

Recommended reading list...

(Wow, I'm horrible about blogging here. If anyone knows of a way to add PaganSpace blogs to Hootsuite or something similar, let me know!)



(Original post at: http://stregonemago.blogspot.com/2013/06/recommended-reading-list.html)

Recommended reading list?

This week, I've gotten (literally) a dozen requests for "recommended book lists". Of course, the recommended…

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on June 27, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

We're back on-line...

We're back on line with the new redesign of all our websites!



Now you can get to any of our sites by visiting http://www.arsenic.com. We have a few bugs to knock out so please let us know if you see one and please give us your feedback!

 

Here's what's changed:

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on November 1, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Syncretism versus cultural appropriation?

Syncretism versus cultural appropriation?



I’ve been mulling around a topic lately that has to do with my own personal practice.  Lo and behold, the topic recently came up on Facebook on one of my friend’s pages: Sorita D’Este.



The topic?  To quote from Sorita’s page: "When is it ok to take practices and beliefs from a culture other than your own and claim it for yourself?".



My response was, "When you…

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on February 16, 2012 at 1:51pm — 6 Comments

An excellent analysis of the Charge of the Goddess - by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine

Note Bene: This is NOT my work! This is a repost from http://wicca.avalonia.co.uk/?page_id=155. I just happen to think that it's very very good. Buy the book. :-)



Charge of the Goddess: Analysis

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The following is an extract from the book WICCA MAGICKAL BEGINNINGS by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine (Avalonia, 2001, 2005, 2008) Versions… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on January 16, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Chthonioi Alexandrian Tradition (of Wicca) - Beyond an Initiatory Line and into a Tradition:

The following is a statement of identity of a "Line" of Alexandrian Craft that grown into a Tradition . We began the writing of this document at the Chthonioi Family Grand Council held on May 30, 2009 C.E. and finished it in celebration of Samhain, October 31, 2010 C.E. We are now making this document public. Please feel free to contact me ( Vinnie Russo custserv@arsenic.com ) for additional information.





Chthonioi Alexandrian Tradition (of Wicca)



Beyond an Initiatory… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on November 19, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The new website is up! 20% off all items in stock through 10/31/2010 to celebrate!

I am thrilled to announce that the new version of our website is up and running. Mike really outdid himself with this update. He did a whole bunch of behind the scenes stuff to make the whole browsing and checkout process go more smoothly. He also spent quite a bit of time on the UI to be more interactive and interesting.



To celebrate, we've created a coupon for folks at PaganSpace to receive 20% off every in-stock item at the store - over 7000 of them!



At checkout, simply use… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on October 26, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

This Much I Know Is True

This Much I Know Is True

















Wow. On a recommendation from a friend, I bought "This Much I Know Is True" by Wally Lamb

(http://www.amazon.com/Know-This-Much-True-Oprahs/dp/0060987561)



I just finished it and I'm not really sure what to say about it.… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on October 19, 2010 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

My baby sister is getting married tomorrow!

My baby sister is getting married tomorrow! Unfortunately, both of our parents passed away within the last few years. That means that my brother and I have the honor of standing with her (i.e. giving her away).



May she and her new husband be blessed with lasting friendship, love, health, and…

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on September 17, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Happy Festival Season Everyone! 15% off all of our jewelry! (Yup, I changed our Spotlight Special.)

We're getting ready for Summerfest at Brushwood and in honor of Festival Season being in full swing, we're offering 15% off all of our in-stock jewelry.

Blessed Be,

---Vinnie

http://www.arsenic.com/store/jewelry/index.aspx




Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on July 14, 2010 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Crows...



As you know, I have a particular affinity for all things corvid. :-)

I recently decided to look into the greco-roman myths surrounding crows and discovered that there was a connection between crows and Apollo. Below are some of my favorite snippets.



Apollo and the Crow -

The Crow was the god Apollo's sacred bird. Apollo was associated with prophecy and wisdom, with music and poetry, with medicine, law, philosophy, and the arts. When the Olympian gods were…

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on May 17, 2010 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

Not quite worthy of an actual blog but funny.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

Are people lazy, willfully ignorant or... what? When you communicate with the written word, spelling and grammar are the equivalent of the first impression. If you want to be taken seriously, then you need to present yourself seriously.

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on May 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Saint Sebastian



I recently compiled the following information for the Coven. It occurred to be that other folks might find some interest in this as well. It is just a bit of history about my family and the patron saint from the town where the paternal side of my family both cam from and immigrated to. Enjoy!



I wanted to mention a little bit of family history. My dad’s family originated in Melilli, Sicily. The immigrated to Middletown, CT with LOTS…
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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on May 9, 2010 at 8:43am — No Comments

Community is important





The title of this blog might be self-explanatory to most of us, at least is it for most of my friends and immediate community.



As Pagans, Witches and Wiccans, part of our religion or spirituality

(indeed, a major part) is serving the Gods. That means different

things to different people. Generally speaking, for someone who is

Wiccan it means that we hold to the Rites of our particular Tradition.

Our Rites honor the Goddess and the God, turn the Wheel… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on March 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Announcement - Coven forming

* Announcement *



I would like to announce that a new coven is forming in the Malden/Boston area of Massachusetts – The Sheaves of Demter.



The Sheaves of Demeter (Covoni di Demetre) will be a coven practicing a syncretic system of Witchcraft derived from The Strega Tradition (hereditary Sicilian Witchcraft) and Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca (a magical and Initiatory Ritual Mystery Tradition).



We will begin by using ritual elements common to modern Craft and Witchcraft… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on February 8, 2010 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Arsenic & Old Lace February Newsletter - Happy February! Happy Imbolc! Happy Lupercalia!

Arsenic & Old Lace February Newsletter



Happy February! Happy Imbolc! Happy Lupercalia!



February is full of holidays! The three big ones that we celebrate are the Lupercalia, Valentine's day, and Imbolc. General holiday themes at this time of the year include purification, love & passion, and celebrating the returning of the Light.



However you and your family celebrate the holiday(s) of this season, you might find this bit of trivia… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on February 4, 2010 at 7:06am — 2 Comments

Happy New Year & January Sale @ Arsenic & Old Lace

Happy New Year!



We just wanted to send you our Happy New Year's wishes and thank you for being a customer. You've helped us make the last decade a memorable one. As we enter a new decade, 2010 promises to be an exciting year and we can't wait to get started!



We'd like to offer you 10%* off everything in the store for the entire month of January. Just enter this coupon code (without the quotes) during checkout:

"QCCZBJHRJ6GAP"



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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on January 6, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

December 2009 Newsletter

December 2009 Newsletter - Arsenic & Old Lace





Happy December! Happy Yule!





Snow, chilly weather, decorations, family gatherings, good homemade food, the good witch Befana, the rebirth of the Sun King, and an all night Solstice vigil. All of those things and more are part of our family traditions during this time of year.



However you and your family celebrate the holiday(s) of this season, we would like to wish you the very best and safest of… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on December 8, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

We've created a new "shop" at Arsenic just for the new Witch!

For the New Witch - We've created a new "shop" at Arsenic just for the new Witch!



With over 6000 products, we've selected a few of the best to get folks started on filling their cupboards at 15% off retail prices! Check it out and let us know what you think: http://www.arsenic.com/store/for-the-new-witch/index.aspx.



As we move forward into the new year, we plan on setting up more… Continue

Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on November 17, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

Observance of Wiccan New Year Ends in Religious Discrimination Suit

Since I'm working in Salem this month and it is Samhain, I thought that I'd repost this news article as a way of raising the awareness that this still goes on.



---Vinnie

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Rev. Vincent Russo, Proprietor: Arsenic & Old Lace (http://www.arsenic.com)

Your One-Stop Occult Shop for over 25 years!

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Added by Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo on October 26, 2009 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

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