As most people realize nearly every Christian holiday can trace its roots back to a fine pagan festival. For Valentine's Day, we can trace the festivities to the Roman Lupercalia. Happening during "The Wolf Month" as we spoke of February being last week (Luper from the word Loup, or wolf). Lupercalia is a fertility festival (not the same as the chocolate-sweet, romantic festival Valentine's has become.) Which included a playful scourging of the local women on the course of a procession by men in loincloths. Sounds pretty festive wot? All of it was done in fun and to assure the fertility of the next years crops. Neo-pagans these days are not likely to do a lot of scourging, but Lupercalia festivals still exist in modern forms.
On the lines of fun and fertility (in this case, of nature), David agreed to cover god news around environmental justice issues, along with all our usual, great music. Please post comments about his show, thanks for checking out Wheel of Wonder!
The picture above represent romulus and remus and their mother, the she-wolf. Romulus and Remus were of course, the twins who founded Rome. Lupercalia is intended to celebrate them and their Mother as well.