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

giovedì 26 gennaio 2017

Sementinae - Seeds

This period of the year was in the past biased around the Feriae Sementinae (in cities) or Feriae Paganicae (in the countryside). These festivities were primarily connected to important agricultural activities for the end of the sowing.

The Flamen Quirinalis invoked:
Veruactor, Reparator, Imporcitor, insitor, Obarator, Occator, Sarritor, Subruncinator, Mesor, Conuector, Conditor, Promitor

But the core of this festival was the simultaneous invocation to Ceres and Tellus.

This is the invocation addressed to these Goddesses:

"The greedy settlers be satiated with immense harvest  because their labor has worthy prize. The tender seeds do not cease to grow and sprouts are not burned by the frost. When we sow, provide us with sunny skies; when the seed is underground, water it with  rain. The birds do not kidnap it, the ants do not steal it. and the little plant grow healthy and weeds do not choke it to produce ears of corn aplenty "

The Feriae Sementinae had, and still have, however, a meaning that goes beyond the merely agricultural sphere. The importance of this festival is stricly linked to the complex symbolism, about which I can only provide some brief considerations, related to the "seed" and the "field." 

The "field" is connected to the Earth-Tellus representing the Body, the Matter (Mater-Materia). The seed is an inert element (dead), but thrown in the ground, symbolic place of all the vital elements (Ceres), it reborns developing the full potential of the plant according to the cycles and colors of the seasons (in physical and metaphysical terms):
- Winter (black)
- Spring (white)
- Summer (red)
- Autumn (gold)

The seed then symbolizes the principle of generation, the "potential of the Being" which derives from the depths of the Earth (Ceres and Tellus). This is the base of the importance of the act of cultivating not only in a practical sense, but also, and above all, in symbolic and cult-ritual terms. Needless to say, the Gods and Goddesses must be coultivated (Colere Deos/Deas). Pietas is the correct approach to spirituality as a form of symbolic cultivation in which seeds are thrown,  they must germinate, grow, flower and generate fruit.

"The grain of wheat will not give ears until it is thrown into the field-ground-Earth": the rebirth implies the "fall." It is interesting to read therefore the above-mentioned invocation to Ceres and Tellus with this deeper interpretative perspective. 

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