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 6 luglio 2015

July - Apollo

The original name of this month was Quintilis because it was the fifth month in the ancient calendar of King Numa. Then it was named Julius in honour of Julius Caesar.

This month is dedicated to Apollo (male polarity): this is a period dedicated to transcendence, wisdom, medicine, music and poetry. Apollo is associated to the Sun and to "what exists without depending on the world's events" being also defined as "who stands aside", "the Abstract" or "Always Distant".

Sacred animals to Apollo are: swan, wolf, deer and, above all, dolphin.
Sacred plants and trees are: cypress, hyacinth and laurel.

Ludi Saeculares were dedicated to Apollo (and to Diana - his female polarity): these games were held in Rome every 100 years.
It is always important to remind that the ancient sacred calendar provide us with a sort of compass to direct us along the Sacred Time and its forces and energies. We may say that this period of the year is highly permeated by the energy of Apollo, an extremely complex God. For this reason I think it could be useful, for a Cultrix and a Cultor, to share some basic concepts and principles necessary to identify his characteristics and to understand his role and meaning. Of course the terms and concepts expressed below have to be intented in a non-profane perspective.  

Note the highly complex simbology accompanying this representation of Apollo of Etruscan Age

Apollo is associated to the Sun (Helios), to be intented as Divine entity rather than an astronomical object, thus being an emanation of this Great Divine Force.
"Apollo dwells with Helios, sharing the same semplicity of thoughts, immutable in substance and unvarying his activity". (Emperor Julian, Hymn to King Helios, 22)

Apollo in particular is the pulsating of the Sun Rays. He is "Pure Light" being defined as "shining", "brillant", "clear". His main symbol is the Lyre to represent the Celestial Harmony. He holds also the arrows symbolizing the creative and destructive force of the Sun Rays.

The sacred name of this God is considered as a "well tuned and harmonized name" evidencing the link with Music. Of course Music has to be intented here as the Universal and Cosmic harmonized sound rather than the common expression of music. This Music, this sound, in fact results from the Universe's movement and action. Apollo provides the Universe with order and "measure" cancelling any dissonance. He is placed in the Center as an "orchestra leader" coordinating the Cosmic Music and acting as a Balance Point, the equilibrium. According to the Chaldea Order, Apollo is placed in the balance point among the nine spheres: these spheres dance in harmony around the Sun. The harmonia mundi results from the totality of the sounds and singing deriving from all these spheres (universitas sonorum) within the whole Cosmic structure of the Universe.
Just note, taking into consideration the reflections made above, the peculiar role music, within this sacred perspective, had in the past as critical component of the Sacred Science and Knowledge directly integrated, interconnected and linked to philosophy, astronomy, maths and geometry.
Apollo is surrounded by the Muses "singing for him", by the seven planets and the fixed sphere. The Muses are the divine expression of the Thought's Action: they are the Universe's singing activity. Apollo and the Muses are those forces directing the Universe (Apollon Musagète - directing the Muses). He is the Muses' unifying element, Lord of the Total Harmony,  a force connecting different elements at the base of this Cosmic Harmony.

Apollo has the power to render "the entire intellectual substance an unity because he joins the extremes in an unique and identical reality" (Emperor Julian, Hymn to King Helios, 22)

His rays show a dancing pace, they are pure, they provide force and energy to the "links": not accidentally, with his rays the Vestals ignited the Sacred Fire of Vesta (Apollo provides Vesta with Energy - The Solar-Cosmic Force ignites the "Links"- the "Relations" between elements which otherwise are sterile).

As already mentioned, his sacred plant is the laurel because this plant is "full of fire" being capable to keep the negative daemons away. Furthermore, Tradition indicates that the laurel is a "loquacious plant when burning" evidencing the prophetic power expressed by Apollo. Pythis in Delphi held a branch of laurel in a hand, chewing the laurel leaves and inhaling the smoke from the burning leaves.  A crakling laurel manifests the Apollo's oracle power who gives oracles near this plant. 

The laurel is also an important plant in Theurgy, for purification and curative practices. 

Apollo has the power to remove Evil, in a very broad sense: Asclepius is the Apollo representation as The Medicine. In this case, he has a stick, symbolizing the axis, the support for men and women against the deseases, around which a snake is clung as symbol of body and soul salvation. Being connected to the Sun Rays, Apollo relieves from deseases, purifies the body and restores harmony to the body. A physical or a psychic desease is symptom of a "dis-order", "disgregation", "dis-harmony". The heat of the Sun Rays restores the "equilibrium", the "balance". Apollo is a curative force not only in physical terms because he restores balance to the soul conveying the Rays coming from the Inner Sun.

Everyone of us has inside his/her deeper substance a matter deriving from the Cosmic energy, the energy of the Sun and the other stars. Even Science has confirmed that we are made of Cosmic Matter: we are made of Light. In our rational part a Sun Ray shines thanks to Apollo. If we will be capable to understand and codify the "Apollo's Message", we have the possibility to take part of the "Knowledge" becoming Solar Women and Men or Perfect Women and Men, thus igniting this Sun Ray hidden inside us and turning on this Light inside us. The so-called common people are just purely and solely rational individuals who however still "ignore": there is no light inside them.

 I have just cited few minimal, superficial and brief considerations. Nonetheless, on the base of this, can we define these issues as a component of a Religion according to a profane, devotional sense? Maybe we are dealing with something more complex and deeper...

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