Italian Folk Sigils
In the region of Puglia, in the south of Italy, there exists a structure called ‘trulii’. These white conical homes are native solely to that region and are believed to be the result of an Arabic/ Byzantine influence, however there exists one feature of these houses that remains solely in the realm of southern Italian folk religion.
Upon each roof of the trulli are large sigils, painted in white and placed there for protection. The subject matter of these unique sigils come from the realms of Catholic symbolism, ancient nature religion, and planetary symbols. Each year these symbols are renewed and repainted, all for the purpose of protecting the home’s inhabitants from curses, witchcraft, and evil spirits.
The picture above shows the door to my “cunning room”, where I do most of my workings, I have also outfitted the door jams to the rest of the bedrooms as well as the front door of my home with sigils and blessed them properly. In keeping with tradition these symbols should be drawn in white, such as paint or chalk (blessed chalk from the Feast of the Epiphany works nicely) and blessed for the protection of the home or space. These sigils are ancient and though not Sicilian in origin still lie within the Southern Italian folk religion, what many now call Stregoneria or Benedicaria.