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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Valentine Day

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Valentine's Day has its roots in ancient orgiastic festivals. On February 14, The Romans celebrated Febris (meaning fever), a sacred sexual frenzy in honor of Juno Februa, an aspect of the goddess of amorous love. This sex fest coincided with the time when the birds in Italy were thought to mate.

The ecstatic rites of the Goddess merged over time with those of Lupercalia, the bawdy festivities in honor of the pagan god of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, Pan, which were observed on the following day, February 15.

On Lupercalia, (named, incidentally, in honor of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus), men and women inscribed their names on love notes or billets and then drew lots to determine who their sex partner would be during this anything goes festival of erotic games.

Sulpicia, a first century BC Roman poet, describes her participation in the events with hearty candor:

"At last love has come. I would be more ashamed

to hide it in cloth than leave it naked.

I prayed to the Muse and won. Venus dropped him

in my arms, doing for me what she

had promised. Let my joy be told, let those

who have none tell it in a story.

Personally, I would never send off words

in sealed tablets for none to read.

I delight in sinning and hate to compose a mask

for gossip. We met. We are both worthy."

Source: Donna Henes

Books in PDF format to read:

Stephen William Hawking - Space And Time Warps
Aleister Crowley - Alexandra
Leo Ruickbie - Valentines Vs Lupercalia

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