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Must Paganism Be Transgressive? by John Beckett
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Back in 2012, I wrote a blog post about Syncretism vs Cultural Appropriation. I think it's still relevant.
Back in 2012, I wrote a blog post about Syncretism vs Cultural Appropriation. I think it's still relavent:
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There is so very little written down about the various faerie traditions of Sicily that I love when I come across an entry.  So much of it is close to the accounts of the faerie lore in other parts of the world and has the hallmarks of Traditional Witchcraft that it makes me wonder how modern Sicilians find it hard to believe that there really was an "old faith" or Witchcraft being practiced on the island.



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Please share a portion, of any size, from your harvest plate to support a friend.
On July 14th, Keith received a devastating diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  This is a disease that has no known cure, and answers to many of his questions are hard to come by.   But there is one question that we as a community CAN answer and that is, "What can WE do?" Recently there has been an...
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My gosh, how do I get the right hand "Suggestions" panel from showing up.  It drives me crazy the amount of real estate it takes up.
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OMG, I just figured it out.  The upper right "hangout" icon also controls the suggestions panel.
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I still don't have the hang of getting my hootsuite/FB posts to appear on both my personal G+ page and the store G+ page.  Sorry!

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Very classic
The FAA contest - 'Goddess Imagery' - has concluded and with votes tallied the tie for Second place includes . . .
"Flora 1897" . . . A vintage poster of Flora, goddess of flowering plants. When Zephyrus (the West Wind) kissed the nymph Clovis she became 'Flora'. From an original 19th century (1897) lithograph by Alfons Mucha. All Rights Reserved © 2014 padre art . . . . . .

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A new perspective on Samhain by a friend: Samhain Is My Fertility Festival.
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For me, it's always seemed like a marker of a season of initiation. All of the most important initiatory ceremonies of my life have taken place in September, October and November. Transitioning between worlds...
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Blessed Cornucopia! Happy Lammas! "Like a tide it comes in: wave after wave of foliage and fruit, the nurtured and the wild."
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She was a woman of grace, honesty, and beauty.  She will be greatly missed.
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DIONYSUS. The God who came from far away.
Homeric Hymn 1 to Dionysus (trans. Evelyn-White)

"For some say, at Drakanon on windy Ikaros; and some, in Naxos, O [Dionysos] Insewn born of Zeus (eiraphiota dion genos); and others by the deep-eddying river Alpheios [Arkadian-Eleian river] that pregnant Semele bare you to Zeus the thunder-lover. And others yet, lord, say you were born in Thebes; but all these lie. The Father of men and gods [Zeus] gave you birth remote from men and secretly from white-armed Hera. There is a certain Nysa, a mountain most high and richly grown with woods, far off in Phoinike, near the streams of Aigyptos (lacuna) ... [Zeus announced the birth] ‘and men will lay up for her [Semele, the mother of Dionysos] many offerings in her shrines. And as these things are three, so shall mortals ever sacrifice perfect hecatombs to you at your feasts each three years.’
Kronion [Zeus] spoke and nodded with his dark brows. And the divine locks of the king flowed forward from his immortal head, and he made great Olympos reel. So spake wise Zeus and ordained it with a nod."
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Witch. Priest, Stregone Mago. Eventually, everyone always talks to Vinnie.
Rev. Vincent Russo
Owner and proprietor of Arsenic & Old Lace, one of the best known and oldest, continuous occult stores where folks can get reliable and honest information and advice. We offer quality supplies for the serious practitioner and curious explorer, alike. Through our main website we provide -
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Brief Personal Bio:
  • Stregone Mago in The Strega Tradition of Sicilian-American Witchcraft as taught to me by Dr. Leo Lewis Martello and Lori Bruno.
  • 3rd Degree Elder in the Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca.
  • 3rd Degree Elder, Alexandrian Wicca.
  • Legally recognized minister (S.E.F.& Trinacrian Rose).
  • Over 20 years experience reading the Tarot.
  • Owner of Arsenic & Old Lace, OneStopOccultShop, StregaCrafts, and Streghe.US.
  • Past Reader at the annual Salem Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo and Certified by the Salem Police.

Sheaves of Demeter Coven:
I am the High Priest of the Sheaves of Demeter Coven practicing the Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca and the Stregone Mago of the of Rosa d'Oro (a branch of The Strega Tradition of Sicilian-American Craft). I have had a number of amazing students.

I have been honored to participate in a local and international interfaith venues including:
  • 1993 Council for a Parliament of World Religions (the Dalai Lama was the guest of honor).
  • Covenant of the Goddess (prior Board Mbr).
  • Society of Elder Faiths (prior Board Mbr, Clergy).
  • Our Lord and Lady of the Trinacrian Rose (Elder/Clergy).
  • Temple of Diana, Inc. (Mbr).

General/Personal Interests:
#Italian #cooking, #wine, #beer, #coffee, #Tarot, #Wicca, #Witchcraft, #Stregoneria, #Stregheria, #Ritual #Magic, #travel (especially to Europe and #Italy and #Sicily), #Star_Trek, #Babyon5, #Farscape, most #SF/F movies, reading (SF/F, speculative fiction, alternative history), #MMORPG (#City_of_Heroes, #World_of_Warcraft, #RIFT, #DCUO), #RPG (#Rolemaster, especially).
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Background: My family is originally from Italy and Sicily. That may be why I love to visit there. I grew up in Portland, CT and now live just north of Boston with my Husband (of 26+ years!), 2 cats, and 1 dog.
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