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

martedì 14 marzo 2017


The beginning of spring marks the opening of a period of "transformation" in which Nature, undertakes a period of change due to the restart of natural cycles. Humankind, being part of the Nature (or at least those who still consider themselves part of the Nature), undertakes similar deep changes.
This is therefore a period highly characterized by the presence of Vertumnus.

Vertumnus, a God with perhaps Etruscan or Sabine origin, is the sacralization of metamorphosis, transformation, perpetual change, in the broadest meaning and sense, due to the relentless flow of natural cycles and Time.

Vertumnus is the vertere in the most sacred and profound meaning. Wherever there is uncertainty, there is Vertumnus. Con-vert-ing, turn-ing, the hope that the fate turns in our favor, imply the presence of this God. The camouflage, the illusion, the transformation, the disguise, the mutation are the dimensions where Vertumnus operates.

In the Traditional Roman Spirituality, Gods and Goddesses usually have a non-unique, non-univocal  identity that, being distributed on a myriad of aspects, features and details related along a network of signs and symbols, it is always difficult to understand, identify, interpret. These fragmented aspects are combined and recombined: each of these combinations can potentially end in the identity of a God or a Goddess. Gods and Goddesses are not manifested in a vulgar and profane sense; they may be perceived, they may be understood within their "spheres of action and competence (officium)" which exert their power. This is a problematic task when discussing about a Deity who, by his nature, shows a rather changeable, elusive, fluid identity, just because representing the sacred nature of the transformation. Vertere is the focal attribute of Vertumnus and in this dimension he expresses his vis. In this case, the name of the God reassumes his identity. The meaning of the nomen of Vertumnus outlines the sphere of the action of this God.
Vertere is not only metamorphosis, but also "doubling" (Vertumni as plural), "reversal", "subversion": what is white becomes black and vice versa, what is male becomes female and vice versa, the sudden change of fate (pollice verso). If the vertere can be found in the prefix of the name of God (Vert), more implications are in the second part of his name that can refer to amnis (tide), annus (year) and omnia (all).
In this case Vertumnus can reverse the flowing of the events, change the course of the time, modify and transform all and modify and transform himself in all.
These characteristics of Vertumnus (his sphere of action) are therefore evidenced in this period of the year. We are in a phase of change of the seasons (anniversarius): Vertumnus operates in the transformations we see in plants, trees and herbs (this explains also his links  with Pomona), as well as in animals, clearly passing from a phase to another. Changes in colors, in flavors,in odors, in sounds: this is why we offer the first fruits in spring to Vertumnus.
It is important not to forget that the continuous mutation and transformation sacralized by Vertumnus also affect the entire universe as well as the human body, temperament, behavior and the same human society as a whole.

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