A while ago I had the opportunity of visiting in Rome a true factory of perfumes of antiquity with its products: the factory of Pyrgos in the southern part of the island of Cyprus.
The myth tells us about Venus, the goddess of beauty and love: when she arose from the foam of the sea, the Graces- who were addicted to the care of her beauty – picked plants and flowers from the island of Cyprus in order to create her inimitable perfume.
With the rain and with the wind under the Benevento’s tree (ancient spell)
If every nation has its own witches and devils, the story says from every angle of the world these wicked souls meet under the walnut of Benevento, an ancient city between the mountains of Sannio, in the heart of southern Italy.
Romans called this city Maleventum from the ancient name of the city: for them the word sounded like “evil event” so they considered a doomed city until 276 b.C. when they stopped in its forests Pyrrhus of Epirus, obliging him to come back in his homeland. At this point hardly this city could be considered negative for Romans, and they changed its name in Beneventum, i.e. good event.
The motion of the Sun and the Moon – in the zodiac and in the day causes the generation of all the bodies under the sky.
The kind of generation is determined by the quality of stars: planets, starred images, comets generate all the alterations occurring in primeval qualities, hot and cold, and dry and wet. The mixture of the four elements is called Krasis, i.e the temperament.
The legend says that Numa Pompilius, the successor of Romulus, in his reform of the Calendar added two months to the Roman calendar, and fixed the beginning of the year at the first day of the month dedicated to Janus, the God of the doors – janua in Latin, from yana (road) in Sanskrit.
That day Romans used to invite friends and offer them honey with dry dates and figs because “ their taste can arrive in things of life and the year can be sweet as in the beginning.” (Ovidius, Fasti) and laurel twigs, called strenae – this word still means gift In Italian– because these twigs came from a small wood dedicated to the Goddess Strenia, bringer of luck and happiness.