Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo
  • 53, Male
  • Malden
  • United States

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Cantamaggio - May Day celebrations in Italy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Milan May 1, 2013. 2 Replies

Anyone going to A Feast of Lights?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anna Maria Bruciatelli Feb 4, 2010. 1 Reply


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My name is Vinnie Russo and I've been a Stregone/Witch and Wiccan priest since 1987 or there about :-) and have had a number of amazing students. I have been honored to participate in a local and international interfaith venues including the 1993 Council for a Parliament of World Religions where the Dalai Lama was the guest of honor. My family is originally from Italy and Sicily. That may be why I love to visit there.

I own Arsenic & Old Lace which is one of the best known and oldest occult stores in New England where folks can get reliable and honest information and advice. We offer quality supplies for the serious practitioner. We were a brick-and-mortar store but have gone "exclusively internet & festival based". In addition to quality supplies, we also offer professional Tarot Consultation via phone and/or email.

I am the High Priest of the Sheaves of Demeter, (Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca) and Mago of Rosa d'Oro (The Strega Tradition/Sicilian Craft). Witchvox Listing
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Books? I love to read. For pleasure, I'll read most SF/F. I enjoy the books by Peter Hamilton and Laurie King. Some of my favorites are the books that are part of the Amelia Peabody series.
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Occultist, Pagan, Witch, Wiccan, Other Spirituality
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Stregheria, Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca, Alexandrian Wicca
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About Vinnie

Vinnie is an Elder in the Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca as well as a Stregone Mago in a Sicilian-American tradition of Stregheria (La Vecchia Religione).

He has been a professional reader of the Tarot for over 20 years and is a regular reader for the Salem Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. He is available for live readings.

He believes that community is extremely important and as the owner of Arsenic & Old Lace, he created the first Pagan Community Center in New England.

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Moving to Sicily for a month!

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:41am 0 Comments

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…


Recommended reading list...

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:58am 0 Comments

(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:

Recommended reading list?

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


We're back on-line...

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:10am 0 Comments

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

Now you can get to any of our sites by visiting 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:



Syncretism versus cultural appropriation?

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 1:51pm 5 Comments

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…


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

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:43pm 0 Comments

Note Bene: This is NOT my work! This is a repost from I just happen to think that it's very very good. Buy the book. :-)

Charge of the Goddess: Analysis


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

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At 8:59am on December 12, 2012, tineke been said…

hi a dutch witch that would like to get in contact with dutch stregas.i know u r far away from the netherlands.but do you have any idea how i could get in contact with italian stregas?in my country?or stregas stregoneria and ppl who are not italian but are practising italian witchcraft?if you do please tell me.i live in the very south of the limburg.close to kerkrade and heerlen.we have many larger cities arround where we live.blessed be and thanks.

At 10:12am on April 2, 2012, Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo said…

Thanks everyone!

At 5:29pm on April 1, 2012, Mark said…

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At 2:52am on April 1, 2012, ஜAmy Aree Artஜ said…

happy birthday balloons

At 8:26pm on April 1, 2011, Linda said…
Happy Birthday!  Wishing you blessings of love, light and laughter.
At 5:42pm on April 1, 2011, Bell Book and Candle said…
I love that Movie...
Arsenic and Old lace!!
At 10:31am on April 1, 2011, Terry said…
At 8:14pm on March 04, 2011, Ronnie Weeks gave Arsenic & Old Lace, Vinnie Russo a gift
At 2:05pm on August 27, 2010, Ronnie Weeks said…
MM Vinnie, I know that you are a Teacher of the Strega Tradition,but do you teach long distances? I live in Fort Worth, Texas and don't have a Teacher in the Strega Tradition.

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