Posts Tagged "italian witchcraft"

Membranes of Hope available in ebook format

Membranes of Hope: A Guide to Attending to the Spiritual Boundaries that Keep Life Systems Healthy from the Personal to the Cosmic, is now available in ebook format. Though I probably chose the most complicated title in the world for this book, the membranes as a concept isn’t difficult to understand. It is simply that everything that is alive is ensouled and everything that is ensouled has a container that is holding it. This container  is a permeable membrane which has its own integral or inherent intelligence and discernment as to what is allowed to get in and what must be kept out. It is...

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Join me for this online event: Ancestral Herbs and Tree Medicine of My Italian Great-Grandmother, the Strega

I am having a great time putting together this talk. It has inspired me to reflect and review the past nine years since I published The Strega and the Dreamer  and put together new material about what this journey has been and how it continues to unfold. April 28th 6-8pm PST $10-$30 Donation Sign up and get tickets here A benefit for the Sonoma County Herb Association/Exchange Join Theresa C. Dintino in a live conversation about her great-grandmother’s teachings from the Strega tradition of Italy, including her favorite herbal allies, the meaning of the Cimaruta, (adorned branch of rue) the...

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A Teaching Gifted to Me by My Great-Grandmother, the Strega

My great-grandmother was a Strega, an Italian wise woman, witch and healer. I am of this lineage. The lineage was lost or broken in my family and I have spent the last 20 years endeavoring to return it to myself and my family. In 2005, in a shamanic journey, I met my great-grandmother, the Strega, in a cave where she was busy crafting something which I could not, at first, see. After repeated visits I was finally able to determine that what she was crafting was something that I call “Wombs with Wings.” It took me fifteen years to understand the meaning of this image.  Wombs with Wings Wombs...

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The Strega and Befana: The Italian Good Witch of Epiphany

Growing up, my Italian Grandmother never considered Christmas to be over until we arrived at Epiphany on January 6, which she called “Little Christmas.” Because she was actively Catholic, she would pray in that tradition. But I remember Italian candies, tangerines and nuts coming out on that day and candles lit to the names of little elemental being friends to be remembered. Catholics see the Epiphany as the day that the Three Magi arrive to the baby Jesus and offer him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh. But in Italy, the celebration among the village folk is a celebration to and in...

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Why Ancestor Work is Important

The ancestors are a major part of divination and many other kinds of spiritual work. This can be perplexing for some who have no relationship to their ancestors and downright disturbing for those who feel they do not like their ancestors. The way I like to look at it is: an ancestor is anything that has given birth to us in some way and therefore continues to be an evolving part of us. Yes, the stars are our ancestors, bacteria are our ancestors, and humans too are our ancestors, even if we prefer that were not the case. At this time on the planet we all have a lot of ancestors. We continue...

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