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

venerdì 14 febbraio 2014


Some days ago, as usual, I went to the forest in the hills around my house to make the legnaticum

I have made a long walk with my baculum (I left my car in the garage any time I can: I prefer to walk whenever I can): I went through the forest to pick dead branches the trees leave on the ground. With these branches I make some bundles I use during winter at home for my fireplace.

As usual, while walking inside the forest, my thoughts  were directed to those Goddesses giving life to these so particular places. First of all Diana: then I invoked Marica in order to be able to make my legnaticum in harmony with the trees and the forest in that moment were hosting me (we are always guests in any sacred place) giving me the possibility to make the legnaticum.

Marica is "the Lady of the Forests", an Italic potnia (maybe with origins in Sabinia): she was very well-known and respected in the past in the countryside in Central Italy. This Goddess had a lucus near Minturno, but all the forests (in particular the moist and swampy forests) are sacred to Marica (mara = swamp).  Marica moreover gives life to the wild plants and grass in the forests giving to these plants their peculiar properties.

Marica also protects the newborns (Bona Dea)

Marica, sometimes also assimilated to Circe, symbolically gives life, support and help but in the sametime she can give Death: she transfers these characteristics to the wild plants. It is thus important for the Arvales to have a deep knowledge about Marica and the properties of the wild plants and herbs.

She is the sacralization of these places scarcely contaminated by the human presence. She is the Lady of the "Nobody's Land".

I have written this brief invocation, to be used before entering a forest, using contributions from Callimachus and the Orphic Hymn to Artemis. 
You rarely go into town

You live in the mountains, visiting
the cities of humans, only when women
struck with painful labor, call to you for aid

Wild, infera, you kill the beasts with the happy destiny

You occupy the forests in the mountains, hurt the deer, augusta
I recognize you as queen of these places
always wild


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