Last year, the number of the article viewing of Olivet Journal was the record low on St. Valentine’s Day, which fell on a Friday. The total of article views on that day was less than a half of the total views on the day before, on the day after, and on any other day of the year, including the Super Bowl Sunday! … amazing. I was not aware of the occasion first and was very curious why that was … then, I realized after a few minutes … “Ah, it was Valentine’s Day!”
Apparently, people were paying their respect and undivided attention to their spouse and significant other all day. Now, it will be on a weekend, a Saturday, also this year … very interesting to see how busy people will be on this coming St. Valentine’s Day.
It is not that Olivet Journal is competing for attention going up against this very popular tradition of our society, where many people feel somewhat “obligated” to express their love to their special someone, or feel excited about confessing a secret admiration to someone. There is no disrespect to the “love” being expressed, but for the followers of our Messiah Yeshua, and as dedicated Bible students, it is just as important for us to know the deception behind St. Valentine’s Day before you go along with the tradition, as it was important to learn about the deceptions behind Christmas (Judaism and Kabbalah (5): Christmas and Chanukah). We must not be deceived by anyone or anything as Yeshua told us, “Take head that no one deceives you” (Matt 24:4) … hence, this article.
It is important because we the disciples of our Messiah Yeshua, and the saints of the only true God our Father, must not follow or participate in any pagan and occult traditions … period. As a part of the Preparation of the Bride of the Messiah, we must be free of any darkness in our life. The Bride must be pure.
The Bible is clear that worshiping any other god is not acceptable to Him.
Exodus 20:3 NKJV
(3) “You shall have no other gods before Me.
And, we are to worship Him in “spirit and truth,” meaning, not when you are conforming to any worldly tradition or being in any deception.
(24) “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Following any tradition of the world, to which we do not belong, is conforming to the world.
(2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
And, of course, we must not be complacent and be holy in all ways, because …
(9) A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
These references will suffice. I will not further bother Olivet Journal readers with any more elementary matters of our walk with our God.
The bottom-line is:
We must not walk in any darkness,
for you are “light in the Lord”
Please first note: All the references and sources from which the information was drawn are neither academic nor biblical, and they are not verifiable due to the legendary and mythological nature of the topic. Olivet Journal is not responsible for the accuracy of the source information.
The origin of this holiday, which happens in mid February annually, seems to be related to a very old pre-Roman pagan holiday. And, actually, this pagan festival is also the origin of the name of the month: “February.” And, needless to say, but to be sure: St. Valentine’s Day is definitely not mentioned in the Bible.
Nonetheless, just as any other “old traditions,” there are more than a few theories and legends about it. Therefore, the discussion will be centered around the St. Valentine’s Day’s relation to paganism and over-all nature of the pagan holiday, and not around the details of the content of the holiday itself. The purpose of this article is to help you see the satanic connection of this popular tradition. And, you will see that it will inevitably connect to … you guessed who … Satan.
In addition, although this article will not go into the connection of the tradition to Kabbalah, if you have read some of the articles on Judaism and Kabbalah on Olivet Journal, you know that the origin of paganism and Kabbalah is the same, which is the Babylonian satanic worship. They are worshiping Satan, who comes in many forms and by many names, including a goddess with many names and hermaphroditic deity (such as Baphomet), in different forms of religion.
The origin of St. Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly “pagan,” and is related to “sexuality” and “fertility,” and of course, involves animal sacrifices and orgies or encourages fornications. That is the nature of almost all pagan festivities. But … this St. Valentine’s Day has a bit of Catholic twist, or two, in its history, and that is where the name “St. Valentine” seems to have come from. We will learn about it at the end.
Let us review a brief summary of the history of this festival of love.
Lupercus and Februus
All write-ups I have read on the Internet relate the tradition to a pagan feast from pre-Roman ancient Italian civilization going back to about 800 BC, probably Etruscan, called “Lupercalia” (Wiki1, Wiki2, NPR, et al.), which is the festival of god, “Lupercus.” It is the god of shepherds, flocks, their health and safety, and fertility. And, the first part of the words “Lupercalia” and “Lupercus,” derives from the word “lupus” in Latin, which means “wolf.”
The Romans and wolf are inseparable. It will be discussed later.
Now, let’s keep up with names … pagan gods have many names. Also, ancient Romans had many gods as the Greek, where they had an altar titled, “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD,” as Apostle Paul acknowledged (Act 17:23), so that they would not forget any god to honor. And, basically, you can roughly assume that Greek gods and Roman gods are the same but called by different names.
OK, this deity, “Lupercus,” is also called “Faunus,” and interestingly, Faunus is a half goat and half human god of the wilderness and pastures. Lupercus is a wolf-god … so, wolf and goat … the same god? Apparently so … you will see it is true later. And, a couple more names to this deity will be introduced as well. But, hopefully, they will all come together at the end for you.
And, in the Roman calendar, March was the first month and the year ended in December. January and February were disregarded as dead month (Ref.). That is why the current 12th month, “December,” begins with “deca,” means “ten” in Latin, as it was the tenth months of the year for the ancient Romans. So, that makes February the time before the beginning of a year. Therefore, as they did everything obsessively and compulsively in ancient paganistic and kabbalistic rituals, they “purified” a lot, and of course, they did it also before the beginning of the year. However, I cannot explain what “purification” in pagan terms means. But, I have read that the rich social class people in Rome did not even work during the month of February, in addition to many other ritualistic things they probably did, and that was to purify themselves of so-called “impurities” that they had accumulated in the previous year.
At this time, let me introduce another name for the same god, or considered to be the same god as Lupercus and Faunus, called “Februus.” They worshipped god “Februus,” the god of purification from the time of Estruscan (Rasenna) civilization (approx. 800 – 300 BC) existed before the Roman Empire in the area where we know as northern Italy. Februus is a god of purification, and with festivities, sacrifices, and prayers, they sought purification by this god in the last month of the year, therefore; they called the festival, “Februalia,” … so, there you have it: That is where “February” comes from.
And, this god “Februus” is often identified as “Lupercus” the wolf-god. Many authors of articles on this topic say that these two deities are considered the same because of the timing of the festivals honoring them … in February. However, the lines blur right here on this topic, and get very confusing. No one can clearly tell how these two celebrations were incorporated into each other. But, it seems that, because of the same timing of the celebrations and festivals, the Lupercus, which is a shorter event, was later incorporated into the whole-month event of Februalia (beginning in January 30 – February 02, and last for the entire month), and thus, had become the same festivity by the time the Romans began ruling the area (ca. 264 BC).
Nevertheless, they were supposed to be honoring the same god with different names to begin with … see? It is very confusing. But, all you need to remember is that this god has multi-names and multi-purpose, and was celebrated in the same month, February.
So, then, when did they celebrate Lupercalia?
It was on the full moon, called “Ides” in the Roman calendar, and in a short month such as February, it started on the 13th. Therefore, the festival was from the 13th through the 15th, and in the middle of the period is February 14.
The deities of focus in both festivals seems to be of the same origin as well (Refer to previously listed references). It looks like the whole month of February was a month of Februalia, and in addition, they celebrated Lupercalia, where they celebrated their sexuality, had a matchmaking lottery for sexual partners, and young women were blessed for fertility by being whipped with goat-skin thongs, honoring Lupercus the wolf-god, on the full moon, in mid month .… Wait … “whipping with goat-skin thongs” … !? Well, I will explain about it more later, but, that was part of Lupercalia.
And, from now on, in order to make it less confusing, we will just call it Lupercalia, because this pagan festival is most often discussed in relation to St. Valentine’s Day.
She-Wolf and Twins
Lupercalia is also more interesting for a discussion, and more relevant, because the ancient Romans worshiped wolf, and particularly a she-wolf. And, understanding Lupercalia will help us connect it with the origin of Valentine’s Day.
And as to why this she-wolf was important to the Romans, it was that the city, “Rome,” was named after the characters in this legend of the she-wolf, “Lupercus.”
The legend says that this she-wolf suckled abandoned twin boys, Romulus and Remus, who later founded Rome. The following is a brief summary I found in an about.com article:
“Ancient Rome: Romulus and Remus“ by N.S. Gill:
Romulus and Remus were said to have been the twin sons of a Vestal Virgin. Vestal Virgins were respected by normal mortal men and most appear to have honored their vows of chastity. Legend provides no reason to believe otherwise in the case of the twins. Just because mortal men observed the holy and off-limits nature of the Vestals doesn’t mean those who were (or thought they were) gods did so, as well. Thus it was that the god Mars impregnated the inviolate priestess. Impregnated by a god, the priestess gave birth to the twin boys. Since the reason she had been consigned to supposedly permanent virginity was to prevent her from conceiving of offspring who might claim the throne, her delivery was inconvenient, to say the least. The ruler chose to dispose of the potentially rival claimants by having the boys exposed to the elements. Death by exposure was not to be their fate. They were fostered in the normal version of the legend by a she-wolf.
We never fail to find this type of “a virgin impregnated by a god” kind of story when you research the pagan mythology almost everywhere in the world. One of the oldest examples of that would be the Babylonian virgin goddess, Semiramis, being impregnated by a sun god, Nimrod, and giving birth to Tammuz – the famous Easter story. And, this Semiramis is the base for the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary, the Lady who holds the baby Jesus (purportedly, that is). This is a clear esoteric expression of “Semiramis holding the baby Tammuz,” is it not? But, this time, a she-wolf, who supposedly nursed and raised the twin boys becomes a deity to be worshiped. And the twins were hybrids of a “god” and a “virgin priestess.” So, the name “Rome,” comes from the names of the twin, Romulus and Remus.
We have learned so far that the ancient Romans worshiped a wolf-god called Lupercus, and to add a little more information, this god was for protection of the livestock, health, and fertility. And, it is popularly believed to be tied to the legend of a she-wolf who suckled the twin boys, hybrids of god and human, who would grow up to be the founders of Rome. And, we also learned that the festival for Lupercus was called Lupercalia celebrated from the 13th through the 15th of February every year.
Note: Pardon me, but I have stopped putting the names of gods and the festivals in quotes (“…”), because by now, I expect that you are used to recognizing them. Thank you.
Now, we have connected the she-wolf, who suckled the founders of Rome, and Lupercus.
So, what did they do on Lupercalia?
Here is the entry on Lupercalia by the Encyclopedia Britannica:
Lupercalia, ancient Roman festival that was conducted annually on February 15 under the superintendence of a corporation of priests called Luperci. The origins of the festival are obscure, although the likely derivation of its name from lupus (Latin: “wolf”) has variously suggested connection with an ancient deity who protected herds from wolves and with the legendary she-wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus. As a fertility rite, the festival is also associated with the god Faunus*.
Each Lupercalia began with the sacrifice by the Luperci of goats and a dog, after which two of the Luperci were led to the altar, their foreheads were touched with a bloody knife, and the blood was wiped off with wool dipped in milk; the ritual required that the two young men laugh. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the sacrificial animals and ran in two bands around the Palatine hill, striking with the thongs at any woman who came near them. A blow from the thong was supposed to render a woman fertile.** In 494 ce the Christian church under Pope Gelasius I appropriated the form of the rite as the Feast of the Purification.
* ** The bold print is by Olivet Journal.
Well, according to my research, this seems to be an extremely cleaned-up version when it comes to the second bolded section** above. What went on after the sacrifice was apparently much more bloody, explicitly sexual and promiscuous, and actually, quite brutal.
Also, please remember the name “Faunus**,” the fertility god mentioned above.
Arnie Seipel, an npr (National Public Radio) Web site writer, describes as the following:
“The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day” by Arnie Speipel
From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.
The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.**
** The bold print is by Olivet Journal.
The ancient Romans were famous for their taste for brutal and bloody entertainments, and we also hear about the lawlessness of their sexual behavior. That is probably due to the pagan culture itself, but their culture seemed to have been a paganism “on steroid.” A few other articles I researched and read echo this description as well (Ref1; Ref2; et al.)
Basically, they sacrifice dogs (representing wolves) and goats (representing stags) for offering up to the wolf-god Lupercus. Then, the priests to the god, called “Luperci,” young men, would run down the streets of Palatine Hill, drunk and naked, with a thong made with the hide of the sacrificed goats. And, women of child-bearing age would willingly step into the paths of the naked young men subjecting themselves to be flagellated with the goat-skin thongs. The goat was a representation of fertility (you will see why soon), and the broken skin represented a sexual penetration, thus, the “blessing” of fertility will be upon the woman. If she is pregnant, it will be a “blessing” for a safe birth of the healthy child, and the further fruitfulness.
All these things they did as part of the month-long “purification” festivities … ??? … and I am being satiric, in case someone did not get it.
And, not only that, as Seipel describes, there was actually a matchmaking lottery for god-sanctified sexual liaisons of “supposedly” unmarried man and women (not clear if it was only for unmarried individuals or the married were included). I have found one article that said the young men would get to keep the woman whose name they blindly picked out of the lottery jar “for the year” as their sexual partner! … now, so, the woman he won by the lottery is “his Valentine?”
Well … there is a Catholic twist I will have to explain until the name “Valentine” comes into the picture, but I could not help connecting the “matchmaking” part and the phrase, “Be my Valentine.”
But, did you notice that “goat” suddenly appeared as an element in this whole festivity, and seemed to have a very significant role in it. This goat-god of fertility seemed to have been seamlessly incorporated into the celebration of a wolf-god of protection of the flock, did it not? For some reason, these two gods were honored in one festivity, covering multiple purposes.
But, the goat-god of fertility seems to be for the “love,” “sexuality,” and “fertility” purposes … and this is the part we are interested in in relation to St. Valentine’s Day.
So, let us explore this path a little bit.
Goat and Fertility
This “goat and fertility” theme is very common in many pagan cultures, and when you research even just for a few minutes, you would find the relation of this theme to Satanic background, namely, Baphomet. Please examine some images on Olivet Journal Pinterest Board on “Baphomet” for examples. You will see a clear and undeniable connection.
The point I would like to make here is that this wolf-god seems to be closely related to the Lycaean Pan, a Greek mythological god of wild, shepherds and their flocks. They seem be gods of the same things related to shepherds and flocks, and fertility. This god, called Pan in the Greek mythology, “was also known as the Great Golden Wolf who drives away the wolves of the night” according to the Aridian Witchcraft, writes Raven Grimassi, who seems to be a witch himself, selling witchcraft items and books online. Grimassi’s article is very comprehensive and informative, and says that Pan was born on the Winter Solstice. We can see the sun god connection here also. Tammuz was “re-born” on Winter Solstice, wasn’t it? … as we discussed in Christmas and Chanukah article. And, Pan reached puberty in February, just in time for the new lives to come forth in spring, and that is the occasion for the festival. Also in the same article, Grimassi writes, Luperci, the priests to Lupercus, were actually witches. Below, I am quoting from his article with the link. If you would like to read some of a witch’s inside information, please follow the link.
“Lupercus – Wolf God of Winter” by Raven Grimassi
Probably one of the oldest and yet most confusing aspects of Aridian Witchcraft is the god form known as Lupercus; the wolf god of winter. Traditionally he is known as the Great Golden Wolf who drives away the wolves of night, and in this image we can clearly see the solar aspect connected to Lupercus. In fact it is Lupercus who is born at Winter Solstice and reaches puberty at his ritual day which occurs on February 2nd, or Candelora as it is popularly known in Italy.
In ancient Rome the Lupercalia was an important religious festival celebrated on February 15th near the Lupercal, which was a cave in the Palatine Hill. According to Roman mythology, a wolf nursed the infant twins Romulus and Remus in this cave. The festival included banquets, dancing, and the sacrificing of a goat and a dog. The goat and the dog are domesticated images of the stag and the wolf transformed by an agricultural society. Whips were made of the goat hide which were later used by the priests of Lupercus (known as the Luperci). It was the tradition of these times for women who desired to become pregnant to be chased and struck with a lash of goat’s hide by the Luperci, which was believed to transfer the fertile potency of the goat.
Here, the wolf-god, Lupercus, we have been learning about, and this goat-god, Pan, undeniably overlap and become the same. Do you see? … So, we could surmise that Lupercalia is also a festival of a goat-god, Pan … Yes, we could.
And, this Pan is a half man and half goat. Some articles do say that the Roman god Faunus (aka: Fabruus; Lupercus) and Pan of Greece (Arcadia), are counterparts. A wolf and a goat … not the same, but they both are gods of shepherds, livestocks, wilderness, and hunting, for the Greeks and the Romans, and in the ancient Rome, people sacrificed animals to both deities and had orgies and feasts in honor of them at the same time, in the month of February, and especially on the 13th through 15th for Lupercus, every year, calling it “Februalia” and “Lupercalia.” Is the connection becoming clearer to you … ?
Here is Pan might have looked like …
If you feel confused … I am sorry, but me too. But, that is the nature of the study of paganism. And, all we have to base on our understanding are “legends.” Legends may contain elements of truths, however, we are dealing with Satan and his minions and sons. The father of lies and their disciples … Is it not true? Ironically, however, these characters, meaning, Satan, fallen angels (sons of God in Gen 6:2), demons, and the seed of serpent are biblical truths. Therefore, once you connect facts to Satan, that means that the satanic part of it is true. … something that we can conclude from them. And, ultimately, the Spirit of our Father in us bears witness to that.
Paganism itself is very chaotic, and anything goes. You could have picked a god for yourself and celebrated him or her pretty much on any significant day that is related to a natural phenomenon, such as the summer and winter solstices, the new moon and full moon, etc. That is what paganism feels like to me. There are multiple theories of everything. People worship “tree” in Kabbalah as if the trees give life and have their own magical power, and worshiping them could give you the power of life and the secret of the eternal life … just like that movie … “Avatar.” And Masonic thinking would believe that associating names and initials with certain numbers and doing things on certain days are meaningful and would please their god, Lucifer … and, that is how they are … bound by rules, rituals, and traditions, and they worship creations, but not the Creator.
Let us confirm it further.
I established that Lupercus was the same as Faunus earlier, and Pan seems to be the Greek name for Faunus. Therefore, Lupercus is basically the same as Pan, the half goat and half human god of the wilderness, pastures, livestocks, and fertility. When you google for the images of Pan and Faunus, you will get pretty much the same images. And, most of them are all very sexually explicit, meaning, the creature’s genital is often erect and prominently depicted. And, another characteristics is that it has or is playing a flute supposedly for a romantic purpose. It is also called a god of “romance” in some articles. It is probably an euphemism for lust and fertility. This leaves no doubt in my mind that they are the same god.
Lupercus = Faunus = Pan
Update: A reader of this article shared an interesting video clip on YouTube on Pan, and how it is depicted in the movie, “Chronicles of Narnia.” I watched it, and found it to be appropriate for this section. 3 min and 53 sec. (February 09, 2015)
And, now, let us take another step toward the deeper truth …
Beside the flute, who does this entire profile of this god remind you of …? Especially the parts in bold letters?
That is Baphomet.
Here is a comparison photo of Pan, Faunus, and Baphomet.
This collage kind of looks like a “WANTED” poster for a criminal who changes his appearance often … and it basically is. But, there are tell-tale signs that are showing us who it really is. He can’t hide the horns, for example.
No doubt …
… and this is the face behind the allegedly “popular, romantic, and sweet” St. Valentine’s Day.
Baphomet and Symbolism
Baphomet is a hermaphroditic supposedly “imaginary” creature, or a god, Freemasons worship, and considered to be an image of Satan himself. It typically has a phallus and breasts. It contains many symbolic meanings, but the most significant theme of Baphomet is the union of male and female, the theme of Kabbalah and Freemasonry. “As above; so below,” as Baphomet’s hand gesture indicates, means: “Above or air = male” and “below or earth = female.”
The symbol for “Air” is upward triangle with a horizontal bar, and the symbol for “Earth” is downward triangle with a horizontal bar, and when they come together, as male and female come together, they form a hexagram (six-pointed star). The pose of Baphomet is representing the same meaning. And, as you all know, the hexagram is the most recognizable symbol of Kabbalah. This male and female union theme is the bottom-line symbolism of Kabbalah and Freemasonry.
Here are a couple of examples.
And, the following is how the hexagram can be formed with triangles:
The following is a list of the simplified underline meanings of the Kabbalah and Freemasonry symbolism I have learned to recognize over the years of researching them. The meanings of all their symbols, including their hand signs, boil down to the following four:
- Male genital
- Female genital
- Sexual union of male and female
- Satan (with horns)
Please take a few minutes to examine example images on Pinterest board, Triangles and Hexagram, in addition to the Baphomet Board, so that you can see the relation between the Baphomet symbolism and hexagram. On Obelisk and Mandorla Board, you can observe many Kabbalah-Masonic symbols representing the same theme.
Also, in addition, I have found an excellent blog article on the triangle symbolism here at TheUnfathomableMindofGod.wordpress.com.
Baphomet is a god of lust, fornication, and fertility, and that is the god Freemasons worship.
They believe that, by union of heavenly male (Satan, fallen angels) and earthly female, a little gods will be birthed, meaning themselves. And, by mastering the spiritual state, and finding the alchemical formula, aka. the Philosopher’s Stone (or scientific and genetic technology), they will achieve eternal life on earth. That is why they are obsessed with DNA, transgenesis, cloning, etc. manipulating genetic information in our body.
Please, take time, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, and read Judaism and Kabbalah (2): What is Kabbalah? for more discussions on what this “Kabbalah” is all about. Also, the symbolism of Baphomet and its relation to the Messianic symbols is discussed in depth in the article titled, Judaism and Kabbalah (4): Messianic Symbols Examined. There is lots of information and discussions in these articles, and they will make sense to you.
Wolf or Goat
And, now … how could Baphomet be overlapped with a wolf-god?
First of all, Faunus, Pan, and Baphomet, as the same god, does not just look like a goat, but the face also looks like a wolf to me. This creature or god is an evil spirit as well. They are compared with jackals, wolves, lions, and beasts of the wilderness in the Bible. Those are actually “key words” and mean evil spirits. I have personally have no problem with considering this thing is “a beast,” and could be either a wolf or goat, or even both. It does not matter to me. Also, Satan and fallen angels can shapeshift. That is why gods of mythology come in many forms.
Secondly, wolves are also the enemy of the sheep of God in the Bible (Matt 7:15; 10:16; Act 20:29; et al.), referring to the seed of serpent, sons of Satan, with their father being behind them. The goat is the infamous representation of Satan in the occult world, such as in the pentagram and as Baphomet, as we have already touched on. Wolf and goat, both are representing Satan.
The bottom-line is that, when a primitive ancient human being tries to describe an evil and wicked looking fallen angel or a demonic being, it would surely “look like” a wolf, goat, or both … wouldn’t it? If one sees it as a wolf, it is a wolf-god, and goat, a goat-god. They are “symbolic” as well. In any case, a god who would be powerful enough to chase away real wolves must look more fierce than them.
OK .. so much for “wolf or goat” …
Conclusion for Origin
Now … we have a simple conclusion after a confusing discussion.
1. The god of the pagan festival, Lupercalia, is the same as Baphomet, and it was celebrated on and around the February 14th by the ancient Romans. And, this pagan festival is most likely to be the origin of St. Valentines Day.
And the following are additional points:
2. Baphomet, the goat deity, is the quintessential symbol of satanism.
3. Sexuality is the main theme of Baphomet symbolism.
Therefore, Lupercalia was a satanic festival,
and its main theme was the sexuality and fertility.
The thong made with the sacrificed goat skin was symbolically representing the phallus of Lupercus/Faunus/Pan, later symbolized and called Baphomet by the Freemasons and satanists, and flagellating and breaking a woman’s skin was symbolic of a sexual penetration. The implication and the hoped result was that, by doing so, the powerful sexual desire and fertility of Lupercus would be imparted onto the woman.
And, let us not forget the part where the young men, priests to Lupercus called Luperci, actually witches, who would run down the streets of Rome, drunk and naked, whipping some willingly participating young women until they bleed. And, each one would get to play a lottery and pick a sexual partner for as long as a year without any marital engagement or commitment what so ever — Is this about the women being blessed with fertility, or the women being abused and exploited … ?
How about that for St. Valentine’s Day?
The degree of the depravity is astonishing.
Because of this depravity of the origin and the confusion over it, the Roman Catholic Church dropped the St. Valentine’s Day from their official liturgical calendar in 1969 (Wiki). However, St, Valentine is still a “saint” to them, and Lutheran Church, Anglican Communion, and Eastern Orthodox Church still have St. Valentine’s Day on their liturgical calendar as an official feast day.
But, what does the name of this Catholic “saint” have to do with this horrible satanic festival we have just learned about?
The fact is … there is no relation between St. Valentine, who is said to have been a martyr, and the holiday, and it is not even clear if this St. Valentine existed.
The “favorite” story of the origin of St. Valentine’s Day (a cleaned and made up version) goes like this …
(I have summarized the story line from a few articles I have read. Here is a link to a Wiki article.)
The legend says that, during the reign of Claudius II (213 – 270 AD), a Roman Catholic Bishop, Valentine of Terni, was jailed because of the persecution of Christians by Claudius II. During this imprisonment, Valentine prayed and healed a daughter of a jailer and secretly married her and a Roman soldier, who were in love but could not get married due to a prohibition of marriage between different social classes at that time. And, before he was beheaded, he wrote a brief and sweet note to the daughter of the jailer, and signed his name, “Your Valentine.”
According to the Wiki article, there were many Catholic Christians called “Valentine” in those days, and there were few martyrs called by that name in the vicinity. And, the bottom line is … the story is a “legend.”
Then, why did this story become famous?
As we all know by now, since the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church, they have been practicing pagan feasts and holidays with biblical names and pseudo-biblical meanings. Remember, Easter and Christmas … ? Being in Rome, they could not avoid celebrating and incorporating Lupercalia into their liturgical calendar events … as you can imagine. But, it was just too “sexual” and too wild for “christians,” and a Pope was embarrassed. The Roman Catholic Church was too “holy” to allow such celebration style with public drunkenness, nakedness, and whipping of young women, and so forth. Therefore, there was a need for an embellishment of the satanic feast of the month of February …. but, apparently, they had to keep the “love” and “romance” element of it. Then, they marketed the holiday with this new package, cleaned up the image, and sold it with some sweet coating. Sugar always sells …
A Catholic publication describes how it happened:
Pope Gelasius I* was, understandably, less than thrilled with this custom. So he changed the lottery to have both young men and women draw the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year (a change that no doubt disappointed a few young men). Instead of Lupercus, the patron of the feast became Valentine. For Roman men, the day continued to be an occasion to seek the affections of women, and it became a tradition to give out handwritten messages of admiration that included Valentine’s name.
*Pope Gelasius I: Papacy 492 – 496 AD
… and the rest is history.
Repackaging, and with different tunes, to sell the same poison, as they still do today.
And, well … this is one “twist,” is it not? But, I said there were “a twist, or two” earlier.
For the second “twist,” please read Part 2 of this Valentine’s Day article on the occult heart symbols. you will find a profound Catholic and satanic influence on the Valentine’s Day traditions we see today.
And, to be thorough …
Also found is the story of an English poet Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 – 1400) having helped to popularize this traditional feast day as a very “romantic” one in the English speaking culture. The poem and the translation, with some commentary, can be read hearer: “Happy Valentine’s from Geoffrey Chaucer.”
But, isn’t “romanticism” sometimes an embellished form of “eroticism?” You may say, “It is only the occasion, I express my love for my beloved my way on Valentine’s Day.” Well then, how about the rest of the year? You have 365 or 366 days a year to express your love.
And, make no mistake; and forget not …
Behind this word, “romantic,” that is often attached to St. Valentine’s Day, there is this spirit of depravity, lust, misogyny, and lawlessness that derive from the original pagan traditions and satanism.
It was originally a feast that was to honor a goat-god, Baphomet, and continued for over a thousand years, or probably much longer, in that brutal and wicked form, publicly. The satanists may still be carrying it on in the darkness, and it is likely.
Another part of the tradition, the chocolate giving, is also linked to its “assumed” aphrodisiac properties. The scientific and medical evidence or proof for that does not seem conclusive, but it is a matter of symbolism and belief.
In any way you look at this tradition, the underlined theme of it is sexuality and lust among unmarried men and women, and is all about condoning and even promoting fornication. That is what I have found over and over while researching this topic. A complete lawlessness.
My dear people of the only true God, our Father … stay away.
Now, would you be flattered if someone gives you a heart-shaped chocolate this Valentine’s Day …?
I certainly hope not.
End of Part 1