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Le Felce, The Fern – The Plant of Accord and Discord

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In the Italian tradition, the fern, le felce, is called the “herb of accord and discord.”*  It is viewed as possessing the shape of a hand with fingers that can be separated or reconnected. Le felce or the fern, together … Continue reading

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Sacred Malva

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According to my Father, malva sylvestris (common mallow) was my great-grandmother, the Strega’s, favorite herb. He fondly remembers her gathering malva. On a recent trip to Italy, I was happy to find malva in an herb store in its dry … Continue reading

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Angitia, Snake Goddess of the Abruzzi

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The Earth was born of the egg of the serpent. After the egg had formed within Her, She released it into the sky. The egg split open, releasing many more eggs, among them, earth, moon and sun. Snake roamed upon … Continue reading

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Trotula of Salerno

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11th century, Salerno, Italia Trotula was one of the most famous physicians of her time. Her work was devoted to alleviating the suffering of women. Trotula taught at the school of Salerno, a famous university of the time, where both … Continue reading

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Radical Sexual Surgeries and the Systematic Elimination of Midwifery and Wisewoman Ways

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Radical Sexual Surgeries In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the surgeries that are called “Oophorectomy” and “normal ovariotomy” became very popular in the United States. Between 1873 to the early 1900s this surgery, which removed healthy ovaries  — also … Continue reading

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The Legend of Aradia—The Holy Strega

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In Strega lore lives the story of Aradia, daughter of Diana, who lived in the 12th century. She traveled the countryside with the brigande (outlaw bandits) teaching the Streghe traditions to the peasants. She predicted a time in the future … Continue reading

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Il Malocchio or Evil Eye

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Remedies Against the Malocchio (evil eye) for the Strega In the light of the full moon, dig fennel In the darkness of the new moon Around your home, at all entrances Plant fennels  In the fullness of the Solstice Harvest … Continue reading

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My Great Grandmother was a Strega

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My Great Grandmother, Domenica Colella, was a Strega, a wisewoman, healer, witch, midwife, soothsayer of the Italian Mountain Village tradition. I grew up hearing stories about my Great Grandmother and her abilities: her knowledge of the plants, evil eye rituals … Continue reading

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