The Cimaruta ("sprig of rue") is a traditional charm of Italian origin. With symbols of the Old Religion, it invokes blessing and protection upon the bearer. In this piece, artist Paul Borda has intertwined the Cimaruta with a pentacle. The rim bears the names of Diana, Selene, and Hecate--the Maiden, Mother, and Crone Goddesses. This heavy, dimensional plaque may be hung on a wall, laid on your altar, or displayed with a stand or easel.
Color: Terra cotta
Materials: Cast resin, velveteen backing, brass hardware
Dimensions: 7 in (height) x 7 in (width) x 1 3/4 in (depth)
The stand in the pictures is not included. You can purchase a stand here.
Symbolism of the Cimaruta
The origins of the Cimaruta can be traced back to pre-Roman times. The Cimaruta is dedicated to the lunar Goddess known to the Romans as Diana. Cimaruta charms were often carved from wood and placed in the home for protection. As Diana is the protectress of infants and children, they are also hung near newborns to ward off evil. The esoteric meaning of the charm isn't immediately obvious, but can be decoded by those familiar with the ancient symbols of Witchcraft.
The Cimaruta gets its name from a branch of Rue, a protective herb associated with Diana. The rooster symbolizes watchfulness. The blade, too, belongs to the Huntress and symbolizes moonbeams as enlightenment, piercing through ignorance and deceit. The serpent, associated with Proserpina, invokes ancient wisdom and intuition. The key is Hecate's and is an emblem of initiation. The blossom is Vervain and represents the faery races. As Diana is known as "queen of the faeries," securing her favor was considered essential to earning the cooperation of the Fae.