The Secret Teachings 2/14/16 – Valentine’s Lupercalia & Fertile Goat God (DOWNLOAD or LISTEN)
In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of the spring and was considered a time for purification. Most homes were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and sprinkling salt and wheat spelt throughout the interiors. This is similar to ‘spring-cleaning’, as the holy day Imbolc represents the first sign that winter is ending and spring is beginning. Imbolc is the mid point between Yule (Winter Solstice) and Ostara (Spring Equinox). February was a month for ritual cleansing and the Roman festival of Februalia or Februatio was honored to avert evil spirits and purify the city.
Sometime between February 13th and 15th (note: another three-day festival) was a day known as the fertility festival of Lupercalia, what we now refer to as Valentines Day. The Roman festival consisted of a sect of priests referred to as the Luperci who gathered in a sacred cave to perform sacrifices to expedite the purification of the spring in the same way early mass was held in Babylon to usher in Ishtar’s egg and return life to the Earth. The sacred cave or grotto is recalled in the story of Jesus and Mithra’s birth and in the symbolic nature of Mother Earth’s mountains and caves – wombs. Members of the cult of Mithra(s) also used underground crypts called Mithraea to perform their ceremonies. The Luperci caves were called Lupercal, a set of caves on the Palatine Hill where Rome was traditionally founded.
Lupercalia stemmed from Februa, the original spring cleaning ritual held on the same date.
What does the Church say?: In the 3rd century A.D., emperor Claudius II executed two men named ‘Valentine’ on the date we now mostly celebrate as Valentine’s Day. Their execution become honored by the Roman Catholic Church with a celebration known as st. Valentine’s Day. A few hundred years later in the 5th century A.D., Pope Gelasius I merged St. Valentine’s Day with the festival of Lupercalia to help incorporate the pagan traditions into the emerging Christian traditions. At this point the ancient holy-day, began to merge into what would later become, and still is, a modern holi-day
The Lupercalia festival was partially to honor Lupas, the wolf who suckled the infants Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome. Lupercalia was also known as the ‘wolf festival’ due to this fact. Lupercalia further connects to the ancient Greek festival of Arcadian Lykaia and the worship of Pan, the goat god associated with nature and flocks. Pan is also similar to Faunus, a Roman horned god of forests. When he made animals fertile he was then referred to as Inuus. The Greeks refer to this god as Hermes, the god of herds.
During this time, the Luperci gathered to sacrifice a goat and a dog. Lupercalia, associated with the Luperci priests, stems from the word Lupas, meaning ‘wolf’. Also, Lupa means prostitute. The wolf is symbolically the ‘trickster’and is associated with the Greek gods Apollo and Zeus, representing, male energy and sexuality. As a symbol of sexuality, the wolf has historically been called on by many to help woman conceive a child and this is appropriate seeing that Lupercalia is a fertility festival. In some parts of Russia, straw wolves were made and kept with a young woman to also help her conceive. A wolf also acts as a guide of souls in the afterlife as does the dog or jacket-deity known in Egypt as Anubis. The dog is astrologically Canis Major, Orion’s dog in the constellations. Orion, if we remember, is also Osiris, the Great Hunter, or Nimrod, the father of the Sumerian Tammuz. Orion also derives from a word meaning ‘sperm’, which is symbolic of the impregnation of the Earth goddess during the winter Solstice, resulting 9 months later in the autumnal equinox and ‘birthed’ bountiful harvest. Dogs act as guides to souls, just as the wolf, and has the ability like the Roman god Janus, the keeper of doorways, to see between the physical and spiritual worlds. Therefore the dog is seen to have supernatural powers such as ‘second-site’ and some Shamans wear dog skin to access these otherworldly powers. Although most Muslims see dogs as dirty, in Teutonic mythology, the dog Garn guards the gates of Niflheim, the land of the dead. This is similar to the three-headed ‘Hound of Hell’, Cerberus, that guarded the gates of Hades. The Goddess of the underworld, Hecate, is also depicted with dogs. Symbolically, the cult of Mithra(s) utilized the dog, as their god Ahura Mazda has a yellow dog, sometimes described with four eyes, that pushes away darkness. The yellow represents the sunlight pushing back against the darkness of night in sync with the end of the dark winter and beginning of the more illuminated spring. The four eyes of this yellow dog is similar to the four eyes of the Jaguar or Panther, as it allows the animal to see in two worlds and act as the aforementioned guide to souls. In alchemy a wolf consume a dog and this is said to be an analogy for purification and self sacrifice. As Lupercalia is a fertility festival and ‘spring-cleaning ritual, it is a time for purification. As such, another symbol of purity is the goat, which, along with the dog, is sacrificed by the Luperci.
Goats are therefore associated with fertility, fire and lighting. In Vedic Indian tails, the lord of fire, Agni, rides a goat. In China and Tibet, the goat is a messenger between man and god, symbolic like the dog of an ability to move between the physical and spiritual world. As Lupa means ‘prositiute’ and Lupa means ‘wolf’, Lupercalia may stem from Luere per Caprum – ‘to purify by means of the goat’. This is the notion that goat hide can make women fertile.
Within the Lupercalia festival, the sacrifice of the goat and dog lead to some additional activities that most may see as slightly odd today. Once the animals were sacrificed, their blood was drained and pieces of the goat’s hide was dipped into the blood and taken to the streets. Here the priests would go about striking women and fields of crops with the bloody hide strips. Far from being estranged, most women welcomed the hide as the festival was centered around fertility, and most believed that by being struck by the bloody goat hide they would become more fertile. The same story is true for the crops (this is part of the macro/microcosm – fertile females and fertile soil). As the festival continued, all of the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn, which would then be reached into by most of the city’s bachelors whom would then be matched up with that woman for some part of the year. Some of these matchups even ended up in marriage, although most were for sexual pleasure.
We have extensively discussed the trinity so far, but there are so many other versions from all over the world. One Greek trinity is Aphrodite (Venus), Adonis and Ero (Ares or Amor). Aphrodite’s lover is Ero, her son and lover, who is also Adonis her husband. Eros is one of four Greek words, which means love and erotica. Ishtar is the Babylonian version of Aphrodite (Venus), the mother or goddess. Aphrodite was honored by the eating of fish on a Friday by the naming of Friday after her Scandinavian counterpart, Freya. Ishtar is the morning star, and the Queen of heaven, and her son is named Tammuz. He is also Ishtar’s lover, son, and the father of Nimrod, his own father.
Since Tammuz is also his father Nimrod, he then becomes the Great Hunter. The King James Bible says in Genesis 10:9 “He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.”
The modern day Cupid is often depicted with a bow and arrow. This is symbolic of the Great Hunter, Osiris or Nimrod, both of which, along with Tammuz (Cupid) are the same deity as present within the trinity. Cupid is Roman for Amor, which relates to Ero, the son and lover of Venus or Aphrodite. Valentines Day comes from Valentinus, a Latin word for Valentine, which is derived from Valens, meaning to be strong, powerful and mighty. It also stems from the word Valiant, derived from the Latin Valere – to ‘be strong’. Just as Nimrod is a Mighty Hunter, so is his son Tammuz or Cupid.
Nimrods birthday is also associated with December 25th and this relates him to Saturn and the Roman festival of Saturnalia, the Winter Solstice, which later leads to the resurrection of the sun/son god in the springtime when the days become longer than nights – the sun saves man from the darkness (evil).
Another name for Tammuz is Janus who is further associated with Nimrod or Osiris. This relates to both Orion’s belt and the star Sirius, as Orion is the Great Hunter. Janus is the god of passages and doorways, and endings, which associate him with Lupercalia in that it is an ushering in of the spring and the ending of the winter. Janus is depicted as having two heads, which, along with symbols such as the butterfly or Jaguar, are said to have ‘second-site’, the ability to see between the physical and spiritual worlds.
The Egyptian calendar was regulated by the movement of Sirius (Sothis in Greek). The Sothic calendar was founded by the movements and rising of the star Sirius (Osiris – Orion) one minute before the Sun rise. This is referred to as the Heliacal Rising of Sirius and typically takes place on July 23rd when Sirius, Earth, and the Sun, are in a straight line on the horizon, and when Sirius aligns with the eyes of the sphinx.
I wrote in The Grand Illusion Slaves to Perception that, “July 23rd is the day when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises from behind the Sun into the constellation Orion, the Great Hunter Nimrod, in what is called the heliacal rising. It is also known as the Sothic rising, Sotic rising, or the Sothis Rising. Sothis is Greek for Sirius and it was because of the brightness of this star that the ancients considered the summertime to be much warmer. Thus we get the ‘dog days of summer.’ The Egyptians also saw this as the time when the Bennu bird (Phoenix) would return and bring about a new age. On the morning of the heliacal rising the eyes of the Sphinx, which is much older that we have been told, align with Sirius, or Sothis, on the Horizon. This day marks an Egyptian and Sumerian high holiday and is steeped in esoteric symbolism. Sirius was important to Egypt because the heliacal rising signaled the annual flooding of the Nile river, which would help fertilize the land for crops. It is from the Egyptian Sun-god-savior Horus, who cast his uncle Seth, or Set, the personification of the dark, into the underworld, that we get Hor-izon (horu-zon), as in the Sun on the hor-izon.”
Sirius was also represented by Anubis (Anpu) portrayed by the dog or jackal-headed god associated with Osiris, which is why the Luperci would also sacrifice a dog. Sirius is also known as “Eastern Star” (female masons) and its symbol is the inverted pentagram. The inverted pentagram within a circle is used in satanic rituals to draw other dimensional demonic entities into this world or to draw down the kingdom of Satan onto the Earth whereas a standard pentagram stands as a sign of defense. The pentagram is a symbol of the goat head, otherwise known as the Goat of Mendes or Baphomet – the horned goat deity.
Valentines Day is essentially the Roman festival of Lupercalia celebrated differently in modern times in the same way Christmas is the celebration of Saturnalia or Yule, the Winter Solstice, and Easter is the celebration of Ishtar or Eostre, the Spring Equinox. Modern celebrations of these ancient holy-days are now modern holidays that have been reduced to commercialism, materialism and misunderstandings. In Japan, women give gifts of flowers or chocolate to men. It’s not until March 14th, White Day, that men give women gifts. Flowers in particular are highly symbolic of the female vagina blooming in relation to actual flowers blooming with the ushering in of springtime. Just like Janus, the vagina is a pathway or doorway to another world – from the spiritual to the physical.
My curiosity forces me to ask why people celebrate these ancient holy-days without understanding why. Most answer that, “It’s just fun.” I’m not claiming Valentine’s Day is ‘evil’ by any means, but the sheer number of people lining up to buy flowers, candy, and toys, is not a matter of just ‘having fun’. People have been conditioned to celebrate certain festivals under the heading of a ‘good time’ or some other masked religious holi-day.
When in all actuality, Valentine’s Day is a time for sexual intercourse, culturally many see the actual physical display of a penis or vagina as vulgar, but find no issue with subtle and subconscious imagery in television and advertisements. Instead of accepting or, in some cases, honoring the male or female, we cover them and then call pagans heathens for baring their bodies during celebrations such as Lupercalia. Apparently subconscious, explicit sexuality is much more accepted artificially than natural sexual feelings for either ‘sex’. Valentine’s Day is a modern version of an ancient tradition of sexuality, purification and fertility – it symbolized the celebration of nature blooming. What once was a series of festivals to venerate nature and the goddess have become festivals to exploit man in his misunderstandings of the material world. Instead of honoring each other and the Earth, we fight over items at the store and expel untold amounts of energy to purchase and hand out useless items tied to the gods and goddesses which make up our misunderstood past. With no celebration has the distortion become greater than the harvest festival known as Sowin or Samhain, the modern Halloween.
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