These days are dedicated to Feronia, an Ancient Italic Goddess whose cult was highly felt above all by rural communites. Her cult even survived well behind the cruel imposition of christianity.
Feronia is a potnia or a Lady.
Her name derives by ferus whose meaning is wild, not cultivated, not domesticated, rural, pertaining the forests and the wild places. She is "The Lady of the wild animals", "Lady of the Forests", "She brings flowers". Feronia represents the sacralization of anything has not been touched by civilization yet. She is also an agricultural goddess: therefore she is a Dea Inferorum.
Feronia is a Solitary Goddess giving sacred life to the places situated far away from the cities: she protects Nature but for the benefit of men and women, for their feeding and health.
Feronia is associated to Bona Dea and Diana: she is a virgo as well or "not limited by bonds", "completely free".
Feronia is represented with a diadem on her head: she has a woodpecker on the left hand (Picus Feronius), oracular symbol.
All the wild places are sacred to Feronia: in the past she had a lucus near Circeo, another one just few kilometers in the north of Rome (at present still viable: lucus Feroniae) and a small hidden lucus in Rome where the Arvales on december 13th broght their offerings.
To Feronia we can offer products of our garden and new wine in a wood.