Monday, February 14, 2011

Juno and Valentine's Day

The Romans celebrated a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno Fructifier, Queen of the Roman gods and goddesses as well as goddess of marriage. In one ritual, women would submit their names to a common box and men would each draw one out. These two would be a couple for the duration of the festival (and at times for the entire following year). Both rituals were designed to promote not only fertility, but also life generally.
So, Valentine's Day.

I ask Roger this morning, "Does Valentine's Day make you happy to have 3 women to come home to, or does it make you wish you had a son?"

His response, "Nope, Valentine's Day makes me wish I had 2 sons!"

LOL, I'm not really big on Valentine's Day, not that I'm a sour puss or anything, but, more of I like the surprise show of affection more then  the designated day. Of course, I'm a sap, I love the chick flicks that show all day, and the people who are able to reunite with loved ones today. Wanna see me cry like a bitch, show me a soldier surprise his wife and children by coming home on Valentine's Day, yea, that pulls the heart strings.

 I also don't look much into the Pagan affiliation with Valentine's Day. I always knew it was related to Juno, and the Roman tradition, but it wasn't something I would really set a ritual for and place in my BOS, however, to stop and think for a moment, what a wonderful day to thank Juno for the blessings of love in general. Everyone loves something or someone, no one is without love. Love is a very powerful word. If someone, a stranger, approached you on the street and told you they loved you, how would you react? Or is someone you know is angry and totally going ballistic, how would they react if you just blurted out to them, "I love you". Yes, it's that powerful, one word, one emotion, that powerful. 

 So, yea, I might make a time today to just meditate on the word love, how it makes me feel, how it affects the world. Sounds like a good essay for my kids as well. Hmmmm, kind of makes you rethink Valentine's Day doesn't it?


  1. Excellent post… was not aware of ancient significance of Feb. 14… something to think about… Thanks…;-)

  2. Thanks CN, it's not a day many people think about, and to think Valentine's has an actual meaning besides heart shaped boxes of candies and Cupids of love is something not many of us focus on.
    Glad it got a new gear in the brain turning!


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