The Traditiions Associated With St. Valentines Day

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The Roman Feast of Lupercalia
The ancient pagan fertility celebration, which honored Juno, queen of the Roman gods and goddesses and goddess of women and marriage, was held on February 14, the day before the feast of Lupercalia began (on February 15).
During festival time, women would write love letters, also known as billets, and leave them in a large urn.
The men of Rome would then draw a note from the urn and ardently pursue the woman who wrote the message they had chosen.
Later, Valentine's Day was named after the Christian patron saint of love, St. Valentine, but derives it root from the ancient pagan cultural traditions of the Roman Feast of Lupercalia.
For eight hundred years prior to the establishment of Valentine's Day, the Romans had practiced a pagan festival in mid-February commemorating young men's rite of passage to the God Lupercus.
February 14th was a festival to honour Juno, the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. Juno is the Goddess of women and marriage. It is also the eve of an important Roman festival.
The following day Febuary 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
Since the origin of the festival is so ancient, even scholars of the last century before Christ were uncertain. The Feast of Lupercalia was celebrated as a spring festival. The calender of that time was different, with February occuring in early spring time, later than it is today.

The lives of young Roman boys and girls were seperated strictly. On these occasions, one of the customs of the time amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, was name-drawing love lottery for young people.

On eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman maiden were written on slips and placed into jars. On this evening each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar.

As chance directed the girl whose name was drawn was assigned to be his partner and sexual companion for the duration of the festival.

The pairing of these young people lasted the remaining year and often they would fall in love and would later marry.

Valentine of legend, who lived in the third century A.D., was a priest in Rome and served at the temple at the time when Christianity was a new religion during the reign of Claudius II.
According to legend he had special feelings for young people. Together with Bishop Marius he aided the Christian marthyrs and secretly married couples in defiance of the Emperor's decree.
When Claudius found out about Valentine, he first tried to convert him to paganism, but Valentine instead tried the reverse to convert Claudius.
Valentine was eventually arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be flogged to death with clubs and beheaded for defying Emperor Claudius.
He suffered martyrdom on the eve of the Roman Feast of Lupercalia February the 14th, 269 A.D.

Valentine's execution by flogging and beheading may have formed part of the entertainment even during the festival at that time. Roman rulers often made a display of cruelty toward the Christians who were drawing people away from their older pagan gods.

Another (Roman Catholic) legend tells that Valentine was arrested for helping the Christians who were being prosecuted by Claudius II.

During the days of his imprisonment, Valentine befriended and fell in love with the jailer's blind daughter.

His love for her and his great faith managed to miraculously restored her sight before his execution. In the morning before he was taken to his death he wrote and left a farewell message for her and signed it "From Your Valentine."

This phrase has been used on his day ever since.

As Christianity gained political stature in Rome, by the fourth century A.D. the church authority endeavoured to purge out the influence of paganism. Being unable to abolish some of the pagan festivals that people loved, they assigned them Christian names.

The spring festival of Lupercalia was moved from February 15 to February 14th. Pope Gelasius ordered a slight change in the love lottery, where instead of the names of maidens, the lottery box contain the names of saints.

Both men and women are allowed to draw from the box and the purpose was to emulate the ways of the saints they drew for the rest of the year. Needless to say, many young Roman were not too happy with the new change in rules for the festival.

As Lupercalia began in mid February in honour of the pagan god Lupercus, the Church looked for a suitable saint of love to take his place.

They found appropriate choice in Valentine and in 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius in an effort to do away with the elements of paganism in the festival set aside February 14th to honour Saint Valentine.

Thus, the Feast of Lupercalia became Saint Valentine's Day, and the ancient meaning of a celebration of mating was attached to the saint's name. 

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The traditions and symbols associated with Valentines Day are such that no person, who is serious about following Christ, should have anything to do with them.
They have everything to do with sexual desire and absolutely nothing to do with Agape love (God kind of love) all Christians should be walking in.
It is our prayer that the hungry hearts who visit this site will not only be fed good food, but will also be instructed and warned to avoid pitfalls the enemy places in our paths in order to prevent our souls from prospering and thereby rob us of God's very best for us.
We, as followers of Christ, not only should refuse to participate in any of the traditions surrounding Valentine's Day, but should also clean our homes and get rid of all symbolism connected with it (ie., hearts, cupids etc.).
Don't forget to check clothing (tags too) and dishes (check logos on bottom). Closets and cubbards are usually loaded with hearts. 
If any are wondering why this is necessary, see "House Cleaning" link at the end of the first artice on this page.

Where Do Hearts Come From?
There are a few ancient symbols that recur through the ages. One of these symbols is the heart -

The typical shape of a heart has been represented for years as a universal symbol of love. Yet what we have come to recognize as a Heart is actually a version of what was recognized in the days of the ancient Romans and the Greeks as the symbol for female sexuality and lust. Depending on which end was up, it meant two things... if point down, the upper curves symbolized the swelling curves of the female breasts, while the point at the bottom represented the pubic triangle. Rare in portrayal, but also more explicit, was if the heart-shape was shown point-up; the two lower curves of the heart symbol were the imitation of the spread outer labia, while the sharpened top imitated the inner labia meeting at the clitoral hood.

The Heart symbol would often be found in the temples of Venus (Aphrodite) and Juno (Hera) the two major matriarchal goddesses. However while the point-down symbol was commonly linked to the "motherhood" aspect of Juno/Hera, the more sexually-imitative point-up symbol was typically associated with Venus, not because she was the goddess of love, but that she was the goddess of sex and ardour.
Archeology has discovered from painted statues that Aphrodite was not blonde but rather she was red. Athena the Goddess of Wisdom had raven features, and the goddesses Hera and Maia were blondes.

What is also proof of Greek matriarchal favoring is that Greece was the first country in Europe if not the world where female homosexuality surfaced in a recognizable widespread fashion, from the island of Lesbos - thus giving female homosexuals today the title of lesbians. Because of this understanding of female homosexuality they were like-wise open to male homosexuality, which flourished during the Alexandrian period of Greece.

Over time with the fall of matriarchal favoring Greece and the growing patriarchal Rome, along with the spread of Christianity, the vaginal symbol of Aphrodite was converted into the symbol that we know it as today.

Thus the true meaning of the heart symbol.

The familiar heart-shaped symbol of Valentine's Day is not really a symbol of the human heart. 
It is a symbol of female genitalia.

The Catholic Church claims the heart originated with Saint Margaret and her vision of the Sacred heart (heart shape surrounded by a crown of thorns).
But the use of the heart symbol pre-dates St. Margaret and her vision.

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