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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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My Grandfather’s Topsoil

In his very large garden in Keene, New Hampshire, my grandfather grew the most beautiful food. I grew up eating fava beans fresh off the growing plants. They were so delicious, I could not get enough of them. Taking the … 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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The Goddess Diana and the Lake of the Mirror of the Moon

Diana is the Goddess of the Amazons. Diana is the Roman name for the Greek Goddess Artemis. She has two hounds that escort and protect her. She rules over the wild forests. She is a huntress. The Goddess Diana is … Continue reading

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Angitia, Snake Goddess of the Abruzzi

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

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

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

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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