Even though it may seem innocent and harmless, St. Valentine’s Day’s traditions and customs originate from two of the most sexually perverted pagan festivals of ancient history: Lupercalia and the feast day of Juno Februata.
Just like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Year’s and other holidays of this world, St. Valentine’s Day has been another attempt to “whitewash” perverted customs and observances of pagan gods and idols by “Christianizing” them.
February is the month of love magic and ancient Pagan sex rituals, so then why is it named after a Christian saint?
Lupercalia (known as the “festival of sexual license”) was celebrated on February 15 and held by the ancient Romans in honor of Lupercus, god of fertility and husbandry, protector of herds and crops, and a mighty hunter—especially of wolves. The early Romans believed that Lupercus would protect their country from roving bands of wolves, which devoured livestock and people.
The Lupercalia proper began on the 15th of February with animal sacrifice and ritual flagellation. The Luperci (male priests), aided by Vestal Virgins, conducted purification rites by sacrificing goats and a dog in the Lupercal cave on Palatine Hill, where the Romans believed the twins Romulus and Remus had been sheltered and nursed by a she-wolf before they founded Rome. Clothed in loincloths made from sacrificed goats and smeared in their blood, the Luperci would run around Rome, striking women with februa, thongs made from skins of the sacrificed goats. The Luperci believed that the floggings purified women and guaranteed their fertility and ease of childbirth. February derives from februa or “means of purification.” Archaeological evidence suggests that the Lupercalia, far from being restricted to Rome, was practiced in other cities in Italy and Gaul.
The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them with februa, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.
In the eyes of the Romans, February was sacred to Juno Februata, the goddess of febris (“fever”) of love, and of women and marriage. On February 14, billets (small pieces of paper, each of which had the name of a teen-aged girl written on it) were put into a vessel. Teen-aged boys would then choose one billet at random. The boy and the girl whose name was drawn would become a “couple,” uniting in erotic games at feasts and parties celebrated throughout Rome. After the festival, they would remain sexual partners for the rest of the year. This custom was observed in the Roman Empire for several centuries.
So, the next time you ask someone to be your Valentine, try not to forget that you are engaging in a millennia old fertility rite and, what is more, dabbling in a little magic to boot.