Valentine’s Day: Pagan Gods & Sex rituals

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On February 14, couples from around the world recognize Valentine’s Day. For most, Valentine’s Day is a day of love, a day to shower your beloved with gifts and tokens of appreciation, to enjoy a nice meal with them, and to have moments of romance.

Many consider it to be a “Hallmark” greeting-card holiday, created by the retail business in order to get people to spend money on flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, jewelry, travel, meals, and other luxuries. However, Valentine’s Day is not a modern creation. Rather, it is a day with ancient roots, both cultural and religious. With many legends and tales surrounding Valentine’s Day, the supposed day of love, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly where and how Valentine’s Day originated.

Valentine’s Day is not a global holiday. It is celebrated in many countries, but its classification as a holiday is somewhat limited. It is also referred to as St. Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, which gives the impression that the celebrations on February 14 have Christian roots. However, the day is also said to have Pagan origins.

Some say that Valentine’s Day is rooted in an ancient Roman festival. During Roman times, an annual festival known as Lupercalia occurred from February 13 – 15 of each year. During this festival, men would strip naked and swat young maidens with dog- or goat-skin whips, to increase their fertility. This practice began well before Christianity was adopted within the Roman Empire, but continued after legalization of Christianity occurred.

Greek historian Plutarch described Lupercalia in his works, recording, “Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.”

In “ Lifes of the Principal Saints” , Alban Butler claimed that a practice during Lupercalia, in which men and women would place their names in jars and the names would be drawn to create pairings, was the start of the ritual of exchanging Valentine’s Day love notes. However, there is no evidence linking Valentine’s Day to Lupercalia, or to the practice of pulling names to pair men and women into couples.

Another possibility for the origin of Valentine’s Day involves Christian priest, St. Valentine. It is alleged that at one point, Roman emperor Claudius II banned marriage to prevent young men from avoiding the draft by marrying. Valentinus, a Christian priest, agreed to perform secret marriages for those who wished to become married. However, it has been argued that no such ban on marriage ever took place, and that Claudius II, in fact, urged his men to take multiple wives.

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Another story of St. Valentine claims that a priest by such name was jailed when he fell in love with the warden’s daughter. He would write her notes signed “Your Valentine,” for which he was eventually beheaded. Many Christian priests named Valentine were martyrs, and Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 in many Christian denominations. In the Anglican Communion it has the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints. The calendar of saints for the Lutheran church includes the feast of St. Valentine. However, in the Roman Catholic Church, the feast of St. Valentine was removed from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969.

Throughout modern times, Valentine’s Day has continued to evolve. In 1797, mass-produced Valentine’s cards came into production, after the publication of a book called “ The Young Man’s Valentine Writer” . Rather than writing individual notes to their beloved, men could take from these scripts. In the 19 century in England, paper Valentines became very popular, adorned with embellishments such as ribbon and lace. Mass production of Valentines in the United States began in 1847 when Esther Howland, inspired by a Valentine received from Europe, began selling Valentines through her father’s stationery store. Today, stores around the world mass-produce a wide variety of Valentines cards, with images of hearts and cupid, and containing lace and ribbon. Some of these cards are sentimental and romantic, while other are humorous. Cards are no longer meant solely for one’s beloved, as they are distributed widely among young children in school, given to friends, parents, and other family members.

There are as many ways to observe Valentine’s Day as there are cultures that recognize it. European folk tradition ties St. Valentine to the approach of spring. In Norfolk, England, a mystical character named “Jack Valentine” visits houses delivering candy and presents. In Slovenia as well, the saint is related to spring, and is the patron of beekeepers. February 14 in Finland is for remembering all your friends, rather than lovers. In Japan, China and South Korea, Valentine’s Day is observed with the traditional sweets and gifts, but one month later on White Day, March 14, the favor is expected to be returned in kind, with more presents and chocolate.

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LUPERCALIA, a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman, pastoral festival in honour of Lupercus. Its rites were under the superintendence of a corporation of priests called Luperci, whose institution is attributed either to the Arcadian Evander, or to Romulus and Remus. In front of the Porta Romana, on the western side of the Palatine hill, close to the Ficus Ruminalis and the Casa Romuli, was the cave of Lupercus; in it, according to the legend, the she-wolf had suckled the twins, and the bronze wolf, which is still preserved in the Capitol, was placed in it in 296 B.C. But the festival itself, which was held on February 15th, contains no reference to the Romulus legend, which is probably later in origin, though earlier than the grecizing Evander legend. The festival began with the sacrifice by the Luperci (or the flamen dialis) of goats and a dog; after which two of the Luperci were led to the altar, their foreheads were touched with a bloody knife, and the blood wiped off with wool dipped in milk; then the ritual required that the two young men should laugh. The smearing of the forehead with blood probably refers to human sacrifice originally practised at the festival. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the victims and ran in two bands round the walls of the old Palatine city,. the line of which was marked with stones, striking the people who crowded near. A blow from the thong prevented sterility in women. These thongs were called februa, the festival Februatio, and the day dies febraiatus (februare = to purify); hence the name of the month February, the last of the old Roman year. The object of the festival was, by expiation and purification, to secure the fruitfulness of the land, the increase of the flocks and the prosperity of the whole people. The Lupercal (cave of Lupercus), which had fallen into a state of decay, was rebuilt by Augustus; the celebration of the festival had been maintained, as we know from the famous occurrence of it in 44 B.C. It survived until A.D. 494, when it was changed by Gelasius into the feast of the Purification. Lupercus, in whose honour the festival.was held, is identified with Faunus or Inuus, Evander (Eiiavnpos), in the Greek legend being a translation of Faunus (the “kindly”). The Luperci were divided into two collegia, called Quinctiliani (or Quinctiales) and Fabiani, from the gens Quinctilia (or Quinctia) 2 and Fabia; at the head of each of these colleges was a magister. In 44 B.C. a third college, Luperci Julii, was instituted in honour of Julius Caesar, the first magister of which was Mark Antony. In imperial times the members were usually of equestrian standing.

35 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day: Pagan Gods & Sex rituals

  1. Typcial scary pagan nonsense! You know how I feel about V-Day! It’s not good lol

    And I’d like to hear a post, maybe from you, about February being the last month of the year. It makes sense since spring returns in March and Nov=9 and Dec=10, not 11 and 12. Why did the calendar change? And when?

    • You know I always have to bring you some pagan holiday information. I know how much you love this stuff.lol But that’s a good question about the months. A lot of people don’t realize how they have messed with the months many years ago. I remember hearing years ago that the New Year used to be in April then they changed it to January. That’s where April Fools day comes from. They would make fun of people who still celebrated the new year in April by calling them fools. There must be something to it because why do we file our taxes in April. Why not January since that’s the beginning of the new year right? Hmmmmm….food for thought.

      • Lots of food for thought. I’d been meaning to ask you about the dates of the “new year” in the dead of winter and April Fools Day. It makes you curious to where these things originated and why.

      • Here are what the examples I’ve heard about.
        Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
        In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

        There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools’ Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

      • Thank you! I just wonder why, you know? What was the point of changing the calendar? I really want to figure that out.

        Thanks again, KP.

    • There is a reason for it. The original Roman calendar only had 10 months, starting on March 1. This was impractical as the months and related festivals didn’t align with the seasons. Julius Ceasar added two new months (now January and February) to align the calendar years to the solar year, thus pushing all other months further down the calendar. Quintilius and Sextilius were renamed July and August, respectively when the Gregorian calendar was widely adopted. We are currently using the Gregorian calendar.

  2. Society has soften a lot of what St. Valentines really meant. Gosh, those Romans sure they know how to party in their dark ways!

    • Yeah they ere doing some really widl stuff! They were real nasty freaks! And you we have a Roman culture in America and Europe right now. Otherwise why do they still celebrate these holidays? America is still a Roman culture for the most part. They try to tell us different but just look at the perverted things American culture now embraces.

  3. Kushite, it’s Black History month,it is important that our people know our history.The information is their,but bp have to want to read it.I will give information about blacks from every country on this planet and their accomplishments. GOD BLESS

  4. I’m not religious person, but last time I checked Baphomet was represented by a goat’s head with a human body

    I think I did a post on Valentine’s, on my blog sometime last year. But I was still asleep when it came to Black consciousness. So I appreciate African perspective on these pagan festivals which have nothing to do with us.

    Yes, Valentine’s was the Eve of Lupercalia, the Pagan Roman festival of fertility. Goats and dogs were sacrificed because of their strong sexual instincts — white people and beastility?

    Great post!

    • Thanks ScejaMan. You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked the post. I think it’s important that we know the origins of these holidays so many of us participate in. Thanks for the comment.

  5. It’s not a holiday. Nothing holy about it. It is a marketing ploy for retail in the same vein buying diamond rings upon proposal. DeBoers brought that into play in the 20th century via all forms of media especially movies. Movies will spread the lie that giving your woman a ring had been around for centuries though it hasn’t. It ensures profit like paying taxes to the Federal Reserve “eeeeeem” though they’re not part of government.

    If the only time U feel romantic “for sure” is once a year in Feb. your relationship is trash. Love, respect, admiration, attraction is not on a timer. Say it, do it, express it NOW!!! I digress.

    To interject and expound on what U & Kelley spoke about, w/calendars. 360 is complete. Every month should be 30 days and/or the new year then should be celebrated on the 360th day. Daylight savings time? Never understood that logic either. Tag me in and put me up on some knowledge?

    • That’s right Nat. Most of it is about getting you to buy chocolate,rings and flowers. It’s a huge marketing ploy. The stores make millions of dollars every year off of Valentine’s Day. I agree that you should show love to your special someone more than once a year. If you do it only once a year that’s pretty pathetic. I agree with that point for sure.

  6. I’m surprised there was no mention of pedophilia in lupercalia, since the main imagery is that of a naked baby boy (cupid) with some grown men, and the romans have a history of pedo. Someone’s youtube vid said it was all about fuckin little kids, lol.

    there’s some crazy stuff in the news this week. We are living in rome right now.

  7. On the Feb 5th episode of COWS, at around the 26:00 mark Dr CressWelsing mentions valentine day and white people’s obsession with eating chocolate. #wow

    • Yeah I remember that show. She also mentioned that in her book the Isis Papers. That’s why many o them like interracial sex with blacks. They like to imagine they are consuming chocolate. We have to stop being their sexual toilets!

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