Not only is February 14th celebrated all around the world as a day of affection and love, but its also highly debated as to where it originated from and if it should be celebrated at all by certain religions.
Yes, to some Valentine’s Day is yet another Pagan sin-fest of wild sex orgies and unforgiveable transgressions.
While Valentine’s Day is steeped in Pagan roots….it’s celebrations were, in my opinion, beautiful and enriched with every cultures traditional stamp.
What do the other Religions say? One source says:
According the website American Catholic; to some Valentine was a priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius II. He was, as legend has it, thrown in jail and later beheaded on Feb. 14. In fact there is no historical supporting evidence of such a man. Others say Valentine was someone who secretly married couples when marriage was forbidden, or suffered in Africa, or wrote letters to his jailer’s daughter, and was probably beheaded. Still others say Valentine was a Catholic bishop or Terni, during the reign of Claudius II who was beheaded. The historical evidence supports none of these legends that have been handed down for generations. Source
February itself is dedicated and sacred to the Roman Goddess Juno Februata, Goddess of Love or the ‘fever’ associated with love, passion, women, fertility, etc. (every culture had a Goddess representing this)
Valentine’s day at one time revolved around her and this febris, fever of love,…the joining of God and Goddess. It represented the spiritual marriage between man and his Goddess, and or woman and her god. Men and women played the role of both….
One festival that took place February 15th called Lupercalia. Lupercalia revolved around Lupa—mother of Romulus and Remus—two twins. Romulus and Remus (their tale possibly spurring Cain and Abel myths)were believed to be the founders of Rome, whom were raised by wolves or Lupa– the Sacred She-Wolf. The cave they were suckled and parented by Lupa, was named Lupercal and would later become the very center for the festival of Lupercalia.
During these, many rites and rituals,revolving around lovers, passion, and fertility.
Other traditions became something of a lottery where young men would draw the names of women from a box. The name drawn would mean that the boy and girl would become sexual partners for the rest of the year. The girl would receive a gift from the boy and came to represent the Goddess Juno for whom the month name came. She, representing and becoming a vessel of the Goddess, while he became her lover and vessel of the God—Juno’s God Husband, Jupiter.
This became the source for many erotic games, renounced by the Church many moons later.
This day surrounded the Babylonians god Saturn, using their own rites and rituals, represented by many Gods and Goddesses.
So where did the belief that Valentine’s day came from St. Valentine?
In ancient culture, the Babylonian/Roman/biblical Nimrod (also believed to be the God Saturn) was known as the first St. Valentine. It is said that the heart representing Valentines came from Babylonian culture—the heart, the symbol, representing Baal (a title for Lord) of Babylonians—Nimrod. His name was also Santa or Sanctuc—hero/god—meaning saint. The title St. Valentine was shared by many throughout history.
Other Cultures gave rise to Cupid , less not forget, and Eros and Aphrodite reflected the sacred day in Greek civilizations.Venus, Kama, Priapus, and Pan to name a few more.
One thing that is unchanging concerning what efforts were made to do so…Valentine’s Day is all about the Lovers and or love.
The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets by Barbara G. Walkers