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Stregheria Explained

Started by Anna Maria Bruciatelli. Last reply by Arsenic & Old Lace-Vinnie Russo Aug 8, 2013. 1 Reply

Here is a link to a radio show called Seasons of the Witch.  There is a recorded show there on Stregheria.  Interesting and recommended.…Continue

Author Raven Grimassi - truth versus urban legends

Started by Anna Maria Bruciatelli. Last reply by Tegwedd ShadowDancer May 16, 2013. 24 Replies

I can't think of a more appropriate place to discuss Raven Grimassi than here in the Stregheria forum. Grimassi is among the most controversial figures today in the Craft community. But he has the…Continue

STREGA - the word and the witch

Started by Anna Maria Bruciatelli. Last reply by Morgaine Sep 14, 2011. 8 Replies

I've seen some misinformation related to the nature and origins of the strega on this site and other places on the Internet.  So I think this forum is a good place to address it and discuss the…Continue

Rituali in l'italan?

Started by Ashfox. Last reply by Roland Mersics Feb 4, 2011. 2 Replies

parlate italiano all'interno del cerchio?lo pensate fate una differenza?molto benedizioniContinue

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Comment by Arsenic & Old Lace-Vinnie Russo on June 24, 2014 at 6:11pm

Ciao a tutti! I haven't posted much this year because I've been working on a variety of projects.  Here is my blog and the current entry: http://streghe.us/2014/06/24/non-pagan-elements-in-italic-american-...

Comment by Vivian Dickinson on January 15, 2014 at 3:10pm
Hi I'm Vivian I'm Neapolitan Italian, and Ive into witchcraft my whole life. When I was lil I remember my gigi teaching me about herbs and stuff like that but as I got older I didnt c that side of my family anymore! When I realized what stregheria was I became obsessed with it and I still am. I'm so drawn to it is like I've lived through it almost, and a part of me just knows that my ancestors were stregheria and I want to ask my grandmother if they were but I can't! So I've become very frustrated cuz I feel like I know I was born stregha but I don't have anyone to teach me the ways of La Vecchia Religione, and I'm so determined to find someone cuz stregheria feels like it's me and nothing else would feel right ya know! So if there's anyone who would be able to help me or anything I'd greatly appreciate it, thank you.
Comment by Arsenic & Old Lace-Vinnie Russo on November 24, 2013 at 8:12am

Nicole, you might want to start by reading Leo Martello and Raven Grimassi to get a basic background. That will give you enough info that you can start practicing your own way even though you might not have a Family or group around.

Comment by Nicole on November 24, 2013 at 2:33am

Does anyone have any good advice for someone trying to understand the Strega ways of witchcraft as a solitary in the military?

Comment by Soulweaver on July 13, 2013 at 12:43pm

Merry Meet Everyone,

Raven Soulweaver here, just wanting to let you all know about the East Texas Wiccans Association's new website.  Visit it at http://easttexaswicca.wall.fm Everyone is invited to share his or her path.  This is an open group for Wiccans of every tradition or non.

See you there


Comment by Anna Maria Bruciatelli on May 14, 2013 at 10:14am

Author Raven Grimassi will be on the radio show 'Seasons of the Witch' on Wednesday May 15th.  It airs live from 6pm to 8pm Eastern Time (and the shows are archived for later listening).  Raven will discuss his work and his views, which will dispel the misinformation and the misrepresentation about him and his work that is perpetrated on some Internet forums by his detractors and malefactors. Anyone who prefers facts over hearsay will find the show enlightening.




Comment by Arsenic & Old Lace-Vinnie Russo on December 10, 2012 at 9:56am

Hey everyone, I'm participating in this event. I hope you can attend!

A Befana Yule Celebration by the Society of Elder Faiths

Sunday December 16
Brigham Hill Community Farm
37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton
Doors open at 3 PM, Orientation at 4 PM
Admission (Suggested Donation) $5 Members / $10 non-members / under 18 free!

A Yule Celebration for All Ages! This year we will be presenting a ”Befana Yule” ritual. Befana is the Italian “good witch” who brings gifts of the season to the children. She represents the Goddess of the Hearth who gives renewal to the Sun. She is also the old crone who connects us to our Ancestors and the cycle of life, growth, and renewal.

All attendees are requested to bring a fully-cooked and prepared hearty dish to be shared at the post-ritual feast, along with serving utensils. We’ll supply cups, plates, eating utensils, and oven space to warm food. We do not sell or provide alcohol, but you may bring some for your own moderate consumption. Parents must stay with their kids.

Full details: http://elderfaiths.org/befanayule.html
Directions: http://elderfaiths.org/barn.html

     Personal note from Vinnie:

A bit of history about “A Befana Yule Celebration”

In Italy, Befana is often referred to as "The Good Witch".  In secular and Christian Italy, Her feast day falls in January on the celebration of Epiphany. However, as Pagans, we celebrate Her as the connection between the past and the future. She is the representation of both our ancestors and our descendants - she is the center point. Befana is the manifestation in ourselves of the Crone and Great Mother and through her Mysteries we find understanding of the dying and reborn year as manifested in her Son, the Sun. Some hold to the native Italian custom of holding Her Feast in January while others have incorporated her Feast into celebrations of the Winter Solstice and reborn Sun.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, many Italians immigrated to the USA. Once here, they found that many of Befana's outward characteristics (protector of children, gift giving, flying through the air, etc.) were quite similar to those of the American Santa Clause/St. Nicholas.  Many of these immigrant families blended their older customs with those of their new homeland.

The Befana Yule ritual similarly blends old and new customs. It is a celebration of community through ritual story telling as well as the magic and Mystery of the Sun's rebirth by the Great Mother.

---Vinnie Russo
Proprietor, Arsenic & Old Lace

Comment by Arsenic & Old Lace-Vinnie Russo on March 4, 2012 at 7:42am

I wish I had been able to make it to PantheaCon this year.  Maybe next year.

Comment by Volpe Stellare della Stregheria on March 4, 2012 at 12:15am

Hey everyone! I was at PantheaCon last month! and I met THEE Raven Grimassi!!

Comment by Volpe Stellare della Stregheria on January 1, 2012 at 2:48pm

By the way, I got it from Sacred Mists, which is located in Napa Valley.


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