Italian Folk Magic is a fascinating journey through the magical, folkloric, and healing traditions of Italy with an emphasis on the practical. The reader learns uniquely Italian methods of magical protection and divination and spells for love, sex, control, and revenge. The book contains magical and religious rituals and prayers and explores divination techniques, crafting, blessing rituals, witchcraft, and, of course, the evil eye, known as malocchio in Italian—the author explains what it is, where it comes from, and, crucially, how to get rid of it. This book can help Italians regain their magical heritage, but Italian folk magic is a beautiful, powerful, and effective magical tradition that is accessible to anyone who wants to learn it.
From the legend of the Holy Strega, Aradia -- Queen of the Witches, and Daughter of Diana and Lucifer -- to the generations of magickal folklore, and the secrets of the ancient Wisdom Tradition, Italian Witch, psychic intuitive and anthropologist, Dr. F. Gianmichael Salvato takes us beyond the "witch wars" and arrogant claims of "authenticity", which has divided the community and added to a culture of misinformation, divisiveness and a false narrative about the rich and beautiful traditions of Stregoneria, and its contributions to the neo-pagan religions of modern Stregheria, Wicca, and New Age spirituality.
Sunday dinners, basement kitchens, and backyard gardens are everyday cultural entities long associated with Italian Americans, yet the general perception of them remains superficial and stereotypical at best. For many people, these scenarios trigger ingrained assumptions about individuals' beliefs, politics, aesthetics, values, and behaviors that leave little room for nuance and elaboration. This collection of essays explores local knowledge and aesthetic practices, often marked as "folklore," as sources for creativity and meaning in Italian-American lives. As the contributors demonstrate, folklore provides contemporary scholars with occasions for observing and interpreting behaviors and objects as part of lived experiences. Its study provides new ways of understanding how individuals and groups reproduce and contest identities and ideologies through expressive means. Italian Folk offers an opportunity to reexamine and rethink what we know about Italian Americans. The contributors to this unique book discuss historic and contemporary cultural expressions and religious practices from various parts of the United States and Canada to examine how they operate at local, national, and transnational levels. The essays attest to people's ability and willingness to create and reproduce certain cultural modes that connect them to social entities such as the family, the neighborhood, and the amorphous and fleeting communities that emerge in large-scale festivals and now on the Internet. Italian Americans abandon, reproduce, and/or revive various cultural elements in relationship to ever-shifting political, economic, and social conditions. The results are dynamic, hybrid cultural forms such as valtaro accordion music, Sicilian oral poetry, a Columbus Day parade, and witchcraft (stregheria). By taking a closer look and an ethnographic approach to expressive behavior, we see that Italian-American identity is far from being a linear path of assimilation from Italian immigrant to American of Italian descent but is instead fraught with conflict, negotiation, and creative solutions. Together, these essays illustrate how folklore is evoked in the continual process of identity revaluation and reformation.
A guide to folk magic from diverse spiritual traditions ranging from Catholicism to Wicca and more Anyone seeking to mend a broken heart, turn enemies into friends, or find a guardian angel will find encouragement in this uplifting, inspiring, and entertaining book. Author Karol Jackowski introduces, explains, and explores the nature of spells, prayers, and blessings and offers practical suggestions for their use. Readers will learn how to cast spells, create altar space, and most crucially how to live their best spiritual and magical lives. Karol draws from a variety of spiritual and folk magic traditions with a focus on the power of positive thought. The first half of the book provides magical and spiritual instruction, while the second half consists of Sister Karol's personal book of spells and rituals, derived mainly from Catholic folk magic, but also from Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, and Wiccan influences.
Benedicaria, Folk Magic of Southern Italy. a combination of Roman Catholic tradition and ancient southern Italian Folk Magic. Novenas to the Saints, healing, how to remove the evil eye,How to remove a ghost from the house, how Saint Anthony will help you find your ideal mate, and every day blessings of the Sicilian and Southern Italian peasantry. 189 pages.
In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago's only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders. Harry Dresden has had worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon-monkeys, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse—but it’s the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways. Harry’s doubly frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas—his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to the vampire’s oversexed, bite-happy family. Now, Harry’s about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry’s life forever.
No matter who you are, and no matter who your ancestors are, everyone can develop a deep, fulfilling ancestor veneration practice. This book shares techniques to help you connect to your ancestors and receive the blessings that come from veneration. Discover how genealogical research, family recipes, music, dancing, rituals, and communicating with the dead in dreams can help complement your spiritual path. Explore the different ways of working with blood ancestors, lineage ancestors, affinity ancestors, and others. Delve into the topics of ancestral trauma and what to do about difficult relationships and ancestors that you may be uncomfortable working with. Honoring Your Ancestors is filled with hands-on tips for creating an ancestor altar, learning the difference between ancestors and ghosts, clearing the energy in your sacred space, working with plant allies, and recognizing the signs that your ancestors are beginning to pay attention to you. The veneration techniques in this book can be practiced by people of any religious or spiritual background. Establishing a veneration practice can help you improve your mental and emotional health. It can help you connect to or increase the love in your life. And it can help you be more creative in the ways that are important to you.