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

mercoledì 25 giugno 2014

Nymphs, Spirits of the Trees, Fairies

When walking in a forest, in silence and solitude, one can feel that the trees are whispering and murmuring. According to the Tradition, trees are not mere objects, immobile component of the landscape, simple expressions of the plant kingdom: they are rather Living entities, they are "Beings". They are moreover "inhabited": they effectively whisper and murmur. 

Trees, with no exception, are expressions of a Deity, usually a Goddess (but not always...). We are in June now, so I remind that the Oak is a tree sacred to Juno (even before a tree sacred to Jupiter) as well as the walnut, the nut tree and the almond tree. In the past, before a  marriage, nuts, almonds and walnuts were offered as symbols of fecundity and solidity of the future family.

The spirit of the Oak is a Driad: every oak has her own driad distinguishing each oak from another oak like every man has his own Genius and every woman has her own Juno. These spirits of the trees are also identified as Nymphs and, having a remarkable generating force, are always expression of the feminine energy. This is the reason why trees in the Latin language, have always a feminine gender.

The popular folklore has then transformed these Nymphs into Fairies. Every trees has therefore a spirit, a Nymph, a Fairy: the presence of such Fairies is not aimed to populate the fairytales for children but rather granting and preserving the identity of every tree, their dignity as noble expressions of the Force of the Nature.

Here I include as an example a short list of names of some Fairies linked to important sacred trees.
  • Driad: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Oak
  • Melia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Ash 
  • Maelia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Pomegranate
  • Cariatide: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Nut tree
  • Eliconia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Willow

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