Quando in un bosco ne percepisci la bellezza e diventi tutt'uno con il bosco, allora, intuitivamente, sei in armonia e in pace con le Dee e con gli Dei. Essi sono parte della nostra vera natura, la nostra Natura Profonda, e quando siamo separati dalla nostra vera natura, viviamo nella paura. Percepire questa normalità vuol dire dare un senso reale al vivere che è insito in tutte le cose.

Intraprendere la Via Romana al Divino significa iniziare un percorso di risveglio: praticando l'attenzione e la consapevolezza continua ci incamminiamo lungo una strada sapendo che ciò che conta è il cammino per sè più che la destinazione.

When you, entering a forest, perceive the beauty of the forest and you feel to be in a complete harmony with it, then, intuitively, you are in peace with the Deities. They are an essential part of our real nature, our Deep Nature, and when we are separated by our real nature we live in the fear. Perceiving such normality means giving a real sense to our lives.

Undertaking the Roman Via to the Deities implies a path to awakening: with the practice of continuing consciousness and awareness we undertake our walking knowing that taking the path is more important than the destination itself

giovedì 19 febbraio 2009

Pagans and Trees

Trees play a relevant role in the Traditional Roman Religion. Paganism recognizes trees as living beings having a soul (spirit) corresponding to their specific species: trees are worthy of respect due to any living being.

Some trees may be indicated by "supernatural signs" and for this they are worthy of a cult.

In Roman Tradition often a God/Goddess or nymphes appear close to trees or turn into trees: in brief, the myth expresses the idea that trees have a soul. In some cases a nymph doesn't attribute a soul to a tree, because she appears as the materialization of the soul of a tree.

The identification of some trees with nymphes or other divine expressions describes an interpretation of Nature (within which anything has a precise sense and meaning) and the relations of man with natural species or the best way to establish a relation with them.

Maia - she-generating
Flora - she-producing flowers
Pomona - she-generating fruits

A wood becomes a sacred site. "Sacred" means "pertinent to Gods/Goddess": a sacred wood is therefore a Gods' site.

The most important sacred wood in Traditional Roman Religion is the Nemus Dianae or simply the Nemus. Diana is the spirit of savage woods and forests.
The term Nemus indicates a sacred wood comprising some clearings. A sacred wood may become, thanks to a Pontifex intervention, a Temple. The temple is a physical and metaphysical space traced by a Pontifex with a lituus (on the ground , in the air, on the water) where a numen may manifest his/her signs.

A classic temple with its columns represents a sacred wood.

In Traditional Roman Religion celebrations are held mainly outdoor around an altar possibly in sacred woods or close to trees.

Trees and plants are mainly divided into felices o infelices plants. It is extremely difficult to translate these terms because they do not correspond to the common sense; they haven't any positive/negative meaning or lucky/unlucky sense.
In general terms a felix tree is linked to supera Gods, while an infelix is linked to infera Gods.
  • Oak: felix tree dedicated to Jupiter (authority)
  • Olive tree: felix tree dedicated to Ceres (she-feeding)
  • Fig tree: felix tree dedicated to Mars (The Father)
Some plants and trees, for the presence of divine expressions, have a sacred name such as:
  • laurel- Daphne (ecstasy)
  • white poplar - Leuke (shining death)
  • lime tree - Filirias (divination, recovery)
  • black pine - Pitis (the tears)
  • walnut tree - Carias (the head)
  • almond tree - Philiades (the leaves)
  • cypress - Ciparissus (inconsolable sorrow)
  • mulberry tree - Piramus and Tisbe (separation)
  • blackberry- Moron (misfortune)

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