Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Be careful!

Attention: I am monitoring police radio: A poorly clad lad fired arrows at a local man and woman. They were last seen heading for a coffee shop. Other unconfirmed sightings were in local parks. Be careful.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Cupid was the son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. His name comes from Latin for desire, his arrows also filled with desire.

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Watch out for Cupid!

Cupid is armed!

Cupid shoots 2 different arrows—one is sharp, causes insane desire—the other is a lead-tipped, blunt which causes aversion. Either way, he will clean out a bar!

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Cupid sightings!

Cupid has been spotted in Louisville! Avoid parks, bars, etc. Cupid is the Roman god of love—Utter desire, The Greeks called him Eros.

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Happy Lupercalia! February 13 through 15 is Lupercalia, celebrated in ancient Rome. It is a wolf festival, presided over by Februus, Etruscan god of purification and the underworld. Also, Faunus/Lupercus, a fertility god. Celebrated with wine and romance. The real Valentine’s Day?

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I posted recently about Lupercalia, a Roman February fertility/love festival that got pretty raunchy. The ancient Germanic peoples worshiped Freya (AKA Frigga) who is often called the goddess of love. Her name means Beloved or Lady. I think calling a lady beloved is more romantic than Lupercalia or more fitting for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!


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The Roman festival of Lupercalia (often associated with a wolf festival dedicated to a nature god, Pan/Faunus) hits a high point on February 15, but the entire month is associated with the festival. Sometimes called Februa, Purging, it gave this name to the entire month of February. Often associated with Valentine’s Day, dogs and goats were sacrificed. Wearing the flayed skins, men and boys ran through the streets nude. Touching one of these runners was said to insure pregnancy in young women. Maybe this was romantic for them. No thank you.

However…I just might write about it.

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Both occur on February 14th.  Lupercalia is a purging, purification festival, connected to the Latin word for “wolf.” Different from Valentine’s Day, maybe, but the crowds used to run naked, which must have led to erotic situations. It continued after Christianity and may have been renamed Valentine’s Day when authorities gave up trying to suppress it.


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On Facebook for Valentine’s Day, one writer listed her favorite Doomed Romances. I thought about some Doomed Romances: Antony & Cleopatra, soldiers dying in battle with love letters in their pockets, Ikhnaton & Nefertiti, interracial lovers, inter-religious lovers, and I realized something. It’s snowing big-time and my Valentine plans are Doomed. The snow photo is from January, but we are having a February rerun.

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