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

lunedì 11 maggio 2009

May 9th - 13th: Lemuria

According to the Roman Tradition, defuncts are divided into two main categories: Lares, whose lives were inspired to Virtus and Pietas and whose example ispire present and future generations. They are Ancestors protecting the family and the house: Lares have a small domestic altar (Lararium) usually close to the home-fire. Lares thus remain in their home.

Those not following Virtus and Pieats become shadows (Larvae o Lamures) and they cannot go back home after their death. While Lares are evoked as protectors, Lemures must be kept away. They are imprisoned in the Pluto's Inferi and only in rare occasions (as in this period) they can come back on the surface and come near their homes they look in the night with homesickness and regret (this condition make them very aggressive...)

In the past, villages in the Roman Empire had a well used to allow Lamures escape for these nights of "freedom".

Even if undeserving ancestors, Lemures are however part of the family and during this night the landlord must offer some food to Lemures. Lemures and living people cannot meet each other: so the landlord, at the doorstep and barefoot, purifyng three times his hands with pure water and turning his head, must throw nine times behind his back some black beans, Lemures' food, reciting this formula:

"With this food, I redeem myself and my family"

After that, he must wash his hands again and hit a bronze bell or a shield saying:

"Shadows, go away!"

Now he can see ahead again to verify that Lemures are gone away.

During Lemuria, marriages cannot be celebrated and temples are closed.

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