Daily Angel Oracle Card: Strega, from The Gospel Of Aradia Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, Artwork by Jimmy Manton
“You have power – it is real. Do not fear what you do not understand, but, rather, seek to understand it. Weave your magic everywhere you go. You can create something from nothing.
I am the weaver.
I make something from nothing,
Hated and loved, misunderstood,
Potions made, herbs a crushing.
There is The Way,
The method, the magic.
Let me teach you the healing,
The incantations fantastic.
“Strega,” which in English means “witch,” refers to one who is a weaver of magic. “Streghe” is plural for “strega,” and magara and maga are other Italian terms for witch.
Folklore tells of women (and sometimes man) who were the healers of their villages. These wise folk offered curse for hearth, heath, and the health of animals and ensured the fertility and receptivity of the land. In some villages, wise women also blessed newborn babies, watched over marriages and funerals, and performed the duties of midwife and matchmaker.
By the 1300s, though, the reputation of those following the old ways began to suffer under the spread of Christianity and the witch hunts began. At about the same time, new kinds of remedies were being introduced – and only men were permitted to practice this new medicine. Now, rather than having their worth as healers appreciated, streghe – who were often blamed for deaths of newborns, for blighting the farmland, and for causing destructive weather systems – were maligned and in some cases, shamed and chased away.
Today, streghe practice stregoneria, a modern witchcraft with some basis in ancient Italian folklore and witchcraft. Streghe claim that some of their practices date back to Etrucan times. Wihle they also recognize the contributions of Medieval witchcraft and more recent Wiccan practices to their craft, through the streghe, Aradia’s word still lives on and the practices she taught continue to grow and be passed on.”*
~ By Stacey Demarco
So many labels we use to describe people and their customs and ways. What if we were to get rid of all that and just appreciate people for the gifts they offer us, the Light they possess and the natural talents that make them unique? What if we saw each other as extensions of ourselves, and the sacred practices of others as their contribution to society. Instead of being labeled a witch, shaman or even medicine man or woman, we could just be someone who willingly offers healing to those who need it. We could listen to what they have to share with an open heart and an open mind, knowing that they will do their best with the tools they have to heal us.
We can see each others as equals, without judgment, without competition and without assessing value based on money but on willingness to share. We could appreciate people by giving them what they need in return for their service to us. Who would win then? The banks and large corporations? Or everyone? Certainly food for thought. Yes we all need to make a living, yes we all have responsibilities and bills to pay, and yes that whole system hinges on how much money we can work hard to earn. But maybe, in the spaces between, we can start a different system until it replaces the old.
Cuz we all know that the Universe will always provide. Abundance is ours. Anything is possible. And that Love will rule over money one day.
Yes it will.
Heal and be healed.
*The Gospel Of Aradia Oracle Card deck, by Stacey Demarco, Artwork by Jimmy Manton