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 7 luglio 2014

The Apollo's and Sun's Flowerbed: the Laurel

July describes a period totally dedicated to the Force of Apollo and the Energy of the Sun (I repeat again, to be intended as metaphysical, cosmic, symbolic and universal entity rather than an astronomic object). 

One of the plants highly representing, in the Green Language of the Nature, this force and energy is surely the Laurel. The Laurel is therefore the Apollo's plant by definition.  

According to the Arval Knowledge, this plant is placed in the the Sun Flowerbed (one of the 4 main flowerbeds in the Hortus Arvalis) together with the helichrysum, chamomile, incense, rosemary, hypericum, angelica, euphrasia, calendula, mistletoe, potentilla tormentilla. 

The Sun's flowerbed describes a dry and hot dimension, the Gold dimension, yellow, where the vital power of the Sun is evidenced. Here the Sun is described as the Vital Spring capable to include qualities and characteristics of the other Planets. These plants have sudorific, tonic and stimulating properties.

The laurel in particular represents power, supremacy, eternity, immortality, art, honor, glory. It is an important prophetic plant showing a very complex symbolism. It is quite redundant to cite the well-known link between the laurel and the Pythia.

Used as medical remedy, the laurel may stimulate the physical energy regenerating the physical inner balance of the body. In the same time it provides (according to the tradition) "wide clairvoyance".

The Laurel's sacred name is Daphne.

The laurel, according to the Roman tradition, cannot be hit by thunders: this is the reason why frequently in the country the laurel is planted near the houses where it can reach even remarkable dimensions. Tradition nonetheless describes the idea that this plant, describing the Apollo and the Sun power and energy, is so important for the community of Cultores and Cultrices, both in material and metaphysical/symbolic terms,  to be considered sacred ("The Untouchable") also by the Celestial Gods and Goddesses.

The Goddess Victoria is always represented having a branch or a crown (symbolic circular control tool - like rings and necklaces) of laurel as symbol of supremacy of the Order over the forces of Chaos. This is the reason why the Roman Emperors, consuls or generals had the crown of laurel during the triumph: not accidentally these crowns were put down over the knees of the statue of Jupiter Optimus Maximus.

Everything related to the Laurel, as sacred plant, is therefore connected to complex liturgies, rites, meanings, symbols, myths and mysteries whose sense and meaning still remain completely obscure for many profane individuals.

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