Making Whoopie, Goddess-Style
February 15 was a big deal in ancient Rome. It was the beginning
of the annual Lupercalia, an early precursor to matchmakers.com. It
foundation of the city/state of Rome.
was also a festival celebrating erotic love. It was held in honor of the Roman goddess of love and
marriage, Juno. (The Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. And it
In fact, it was so hot that the name of the month, February, was derived from the Latin word "febres",
The feast days celebrated the founding of Rome, and a pagan priest
led the festivities. Part of the program included his "whipping" all the
women to ensure their fertility.
Lots more interesting
customs, so read more here...About Pairing Off, Goddess Style
The Emperor, a pagan himself, hated the festival for military
reasons. And that's why the renegade priest, Saint Valentine, ended
up on the executioner's block . . . all for the crime of just
But that's another story. And we tell it along with the tale of the very first Valentine card and an
explanation of how Eros, the Greek god of love, got shrunk into
Go here to read all about these
bits . . .
About Saint Valentine, Cupids, and Cards