Cimaruta literally means, in Italian, "sprig of rue." Among the streghe, it is a powerful amulet against malocchia, or the "evil eye." The plant rue is sacred to Diana. The cimaruta is usually made from silver or white-colored metal in honor of the moon Goddess, in the shape of rue. Its powers are enhanced by small charms attached to it.
Photo by Snooks Family Photography
Gerald Gardner, the "Grand Old Man of Wicca," never claimed to have any training from any of the Italian witches. Interestingly, he did own a cimaruta, which he later passed to Doreen Valiente. You can find a photo of it in one of her many books.
This particular cimaruta was purchased from The Walnut Tree, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Walnut Tree is now out of business.
Katherine Parella provided this image of her family's Cimaruta. An authentic Cimaruta dating back to the early 1900's, it has 13 symbols.
The Aradia Goddess web site receives no financial compensation for providing the link to Katherine Parella Designs. We are grateful, however, for free use of the photograph of her Cimaruta on this page.
The ABC of Aradia: Rue
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