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God of wolves, significant to Romans in that the mythological founders of the Roman Nation (Romulus and Remus) were suckled by a she-wolf in infancy....
Deities & Heros >> Roman
Imbolc - Midwinter
ABOUT IMBOLC | RITUAL | FOODS ABOUT IMBOLC Imbolg/Imbolc is pronounced EM-Bowl-ig or ic, it also known as Midwinter, Candlemass, Oimelc, Lupercus, Lupecal, Disting, Brigatia (Brigid's Day), Lady Day and Groundhog Day. Imbolg translates, according to McCoy, to...
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The Sacred Wheel: The Sabbats
The Wheel of the Year honors the never ending cycle of life, death, and rebirth. It expresses the belief which Pagan religions hold that time is circular, not linear. The Sabbats are derived from the rich traditions of seasonal festivals as celebrated by...
Paganism & Wicca >> Holidays

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The Darkness of Valentine's Day and its Pagan Origins
Valentine's Day originated from the pagan festival Lupercalia which is a celebration of fertility and purification. Lupercalia is named after Lupercus, the god of fertility and hunter of wolves in Roman mythology.
In this case, during the first centuries after Christ, Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The names of teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men for their mutual entertainment ...
MARBLEHEAD 101: The History of Valentine's Day
The day seems to have its origins in third century Rome, when the god Lupercus protected flocks of sheep from wolves in the hills around the city. In appreciation, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia in February, and it was a popular celebration.
What You Need to Win Valentine's Day, Whether Single or Coupled
Lupercus was the Roman god of shepherds and his festival was celebrated annually in order for the city to be purified, releasing abundance and health. In 496, Pope Gelasius I renamed the festival St. Valentine's Day and moved it to February 14th.

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