Category Archives: What is a Strega

Lilith is a Strega

Excerpt from Welcoming Lilth by Theresa C. Dintino In his book Lilith, The First Eve, Siegmund Hurwitz traces the linguistic connection between Lilith, the owl and the words “striga”, “strix” and “stringes”. “Strix” is literally the word for a screech … Continue reading

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Sacred Malva

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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Trotula of Salerno

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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The Legend of Aradia—The Holy Strega

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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Streghe Cure Il Malocchio

Il malocchio is believed to be a common cause of distress, physical, spiritual and emotional that often needs addressing. The cure to il malocchio is a ritual performed by someone knowledgeable in magic. In the Italian tradition this is the … Continue reading

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Il Malocchio or Evil Eye

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

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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