Lupercalia was the original pagan festival that Valentine’s Day replaced –a festival of the she-wolf. The festival celebrated spring and fertility. Young men would strike women with goat-skin strips to bring fertility and easy birth.
While Valentine’s Day is today a much gentler holiday, with kisses instead of blows, the commercialization and sentimentalization of love that surrounds much of our experiences of this holiday comes up just a little short of what we could be experiencing.
What we can retain from the earlier rites is the passion! Yes, passion! And not just lustful passion.
A celebration of fertility is a celebration of life, specifically the large powerful force of procreation. A wolfish lust for living, the desire for propagation, is the life force itself being creative.
Individually, we may want children or not, but the life force within us desires creation–whether it creates by flesh or by idea or by changing reality itself, creation is a key energy of the spring festival of Lupercalia.
Our life force is compelled into creation, but we are also driven–when we listen closely to our deepest longing–to live fully, wildly, and freely! Lupercalia is this celebration of wild freedom.
While modern Valentine’s Day can be a sweet way to connect with those we love, I plan to connect more deeply into the full and wild passion of life!
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