Lupercalia (Rome)

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Lupercalia (Rome)

Post  Admin on 11/10/2008, 8:07 am

Lupercalia (Rome)

VENUS

Themes: Love; Passion; Romance; Sexuality

Symbols: Doves; Flowers; Berries; Trees; Pine Cones

About Venus: Venus was originally an Italic goddess of blossoms; hearts and flowers have slowly become attributed to her loving, passionate energies. In fact, her name became the root for the word to venerate - to lift up, worship, or esteem. So it is that Venus greets prespring efforts for uplifting our hearts with positive relationships.

To Do Today: During Lupercalia, an ancient predecessor of Valentine's Day, single girls put their names in a box, and unmarried men drew lots to see with whom they would be paired off for the coming year. To be more modern-minded, try pinning five bay leaves to your pillow instead to dream of future loves. If you're married or otherwise involved, steep the bay leaves in water and drink the resulting tea to strengthen the love in your relationship.

To encourage balance in a relationship, bind together Venus's symbols, a pine cone and a flower, and put them somewhere in your home. Or, to spice up a passionate moment, feed fresh berries to each others and drink a berry beverage from one cup (symbolizing united goals and destinies).

In Roman tradition, anywhere there's a large stone adjacent to a tall tree, Venus is also there. Should you know of such a plae, go there today and commune with her warm, lusty energy.

By Patricia Telesco ~ From "365 Goddess"

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