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 on: March 26, 2016, 09:14:33 PM 
Started by Blackmoons Owl - Last post by TheGreenWizard
Grimassi is not a reliable source for information on Stregheria.
I know I've said this before, but I don't know if it was in this thread. 

Many years ago I coined the phrase "Wicca With Meatballs".  You can just guess my motivation for that.

Italian Folk Magic / Italian Witchcraft have NOTHING to do with W w/M.  Nothing.  There ARE resources for such things "out there", but they take a bit more diligence.   Firstly, having had an Italian family / upbringing / relatives are almost a must.  One needs to understand the dynamic of Italian paese culture - something you don't get from a travelogue or a week's vacation.  Start, for instance, by using the correct term...Stregoneria.  Names such as Solitario, Agostino Taumaturgio, Capravecchio, and Sirena have some fairly good writings "out there".

Some would counter my aspersion by adding that "all info is good info".  To some extent, that is true.  You can glean a nugget or two from any author, even if they are an "auteur".  Even such people as $RW and Fiona Horne have "nuggets" in their rantings...errr..."writings".
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.

"New Age" is being very polite.  There are those that refer to those writings as the self-motivated, systematic rape of Italian culture for personal gain.

This is what I thought. I read through the book, and only a few things popped out at me that were interesting/what I thought were accurate. The rest of was complete hogwash. Unfortunately, bought the book years ago and now can't decide if I want to simply donate it to goodwill. Urgh.

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 on: March 25, 2016, 09:11:11 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by marisol
I would love a change of scenery, but not in jail. ;D

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 on: March 25, 2016, 06:29:58 AM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by oldghost
We call them jails over here

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 on: March 24, 2016, 01:52:16 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by Canis
Too bad, wouldn't mind checking one out. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to pop on over there. (wonders if I'll remember how to drive on the wrong side of the road  ;) ;D )

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 on: March 24, 2016, 01:50:33 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by Draconis Rex
Yup, I looked them up too, it seems they are only within the british isles.

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 on: March 24, 2016, 01:47:21 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by Canis
Pretty sure there's none here. Went to their website (pretty sure it was the right one) and the nearest one is 2,932.9 miles in Northern Ireland.

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 on: March 24, 2016, 10:31:57 AM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by marisol
Sorry, thought you guys had Weatherspoons over there too.

It's a chain of drinking establishments or pubs, they offer food but cheaply and make no pretences about it. They also don't have any juke boxes etc in order to encourage people to chat and interact without having to talk over background music. They are known for offering cask ales as part of their 'thing' and also the premises they take on are usually unconventional by pub standards, and very much an open plan kind of layout. It makes it very characterful and quite a nice place to meet up with folks.

We could have them here. I'm not widely traveled. Everything is 60 miles away from me in all directions. The trains still go through here 3x's during the night. I live about one and a half blocks from the tracks. It's lovely and gets all the dogs howling. ::)

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 on: March 23, 2016, 04:35:40 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by Draconis Rex
Sorry, thought you guys had Weatherspoons over there too.

It's a chain of drinking establishments or pubs, they offer food but cheaply and make no pretences about it. They also don't have any juke boxes etc in order to encourage people to chat and interact without having to talk over background music. They are known for offering cask ales as part of their 'thing' and also the premises they take on are usually unconventional by pub standards, and very much an open plan kind of layout. It makes it very characterful and quite a nice place to meet up with folks.

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 on: March 23, 2016, 01:55:30 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by marisol
What kind of establishment is Weatherspoon's?

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 on: March 22, 2016, 04:03:14 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by Draconis Rex
Now there Amber, you may have a good point. Admittedly the moots are usually held in Weatherspoon's, so you could be right.

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