The Cimaruta

The Cimaruta

The Cimaruta is an ancient symbol and charm that represents the Streghe/Janarre (Italian medicine) lineage and is also seen to be a potent tool against the evil eye.

The symbol is a stylized sprig of the rue plant (ruta) with various charms hanging off of it, all representative of the craft in varying ways. On the Strega Tree Apothecary’s cimaruta logo hangs the moon, a key, the snake and a flower. We chose these for our logo as they represent the powers that we work with.

Theresa and Annie are a direct descendants of a Strega lineage through their great and great-great-grandmother on their father/grandfather’s Italian side This ancestress is a powerful ally in our work. All Strega Tree diviners are initiated into this lineage since they are initiated through Theresa, Annie or one of her mentees. Janarra is the deeper layer of this lineage.

Seeing the Unseen

Seeing the Unseen

In a dream circle a few weeks back we began to sense a pattern emerging. People had dreamt of people from their childhood who had hurt them, they had dreamt of small children who were in essence on their own in the world through no fault of their own. One woman had had a powerful dream of stumbling stones in a dark forest*. This pattern felt so strong to all of us we decided we would need to divine into the dreams to gain more information. The divination revealed a need for our attention to be drawn to the unseen; the unseen beings from our past who vie at our essence desperately, the unseen children of this world who are struggling, the unseen ones whose lives were lost in mass tragedy and many more.

Q & A with Seer and Diviner Annie Dintino

Q & A with Seer and Diviner Annie Dintino

Annie is a seer, Italian wise woman and diviner in the Dagara stick tradition. She grew up in southwestern New Hampshire and still practices her medicine in her ancestral hometown there. Annie answered the call of becoming an initiated diviner in order to bring a unique earth-based healing to those in her community as well as others in need.

Annie has been on the path to becoming a diviner since the age of twenty. She was first called to the path in a stick divination years ago. From there, her Aunt who is also a stick diviner and an Italian Strega mentored Annie.