The Wolf, the Witch and the Wild

The Wolf, the Witch and the Wild

What is wildness? Wildness is the untamed and untamable. Wildness is not domesticated. Wildness is our true nature.

Wildness is what makes life possible. Some call it adaptation, random chance, chaos. But it is wildness. Random evolution and chaos are at the root of life systems, because from this wildness/chaos, potentialities are created that allow species to adapt to change. DNA has wildness in it that cannot be controlled even by genetic manipulation and that is how, in the context of unexpected changes in its environment, it thrives and life continues.

Wildness in a human is often thought to be a person who lives outside of cultural norms and customs. To me a wild human is anyone who is owned and defined by themself, in touch with their inner “daemon,” indwelling spirit or genius, as Mary Daly calls it. 

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.

Star Woman Elixirs from Star Woman Healing Arts

Star Woman Elixirs from Star Woman Healing Arts

We are very pleased to introduce you to our newest line of products, Star Woman Elixirs, made by one of our own Strega Tree diviners, Roya Farhadi Koczak. Simply reading the descriptions of these magical potions offers healing. The wisdom and delightfulness of the elemental beings shines through them and infuses the actual products as well. If you need a dose of magic and joy, order one of these.

Brigid’s Cave

Brigid’s Cave

In a stick divination I was told that my ancestors knew how to record and retrieve stories from the stones, using the help of Grandmother Moon. My ancestors also worked very intimately with Brigid. Now it was time for me to learn as well.

In this same divination I was told by the wedeme (elemental beings of the wild) that Brigid had a story to share with me. Retrieving and sharing the story would not only help the Goddess, but it would also help my  four-year-old son. She wanted me to record and share this story with him.