February 2012 Articles (103)

Who or What Is Februrary?

Have you ever wondered why February is called February?

 

It's named after Februus, the Roman god of purification. Originally from Etruscan mythology, he lives in the Underworld and was also the god of the dead. Februus was later promoted to King of the Underworld and changed his name to Pluto (Plutoary any one?). Celebrations of purification date back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. In fact, instruments of purification are known as…

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Added by Cristina Smith on February 1, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Lovers and Lupecalia

Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15th every year in honor of Lupercus, a god of fertility whose Greek counterpart is Pan. The word lupus is Latin for wolf, an essential animal in Roman history. It was a ceremony for purification and fertility. Parts of the celebration are included in February traditions even today, such as Valentine’s Day and fasting customs such as Lent.

The festival, whose flower is the yellow crocus, is as old as Rome itself when it was nothing more…

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Added by Cristina Smith on February 1, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Is balance a good thing?

Order is not pressure which is imposed on society from without, but an equilibrium which is set up from within. Jose Ortega y Gasset



 Today I have a great difficulty in writing.  I am not sure why.  I have been thinking about balance a lot.  For some reason I have been hearing this word quite often these days.  It seems to be a word…

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Added by Renee Vos de Wael on February 1, 2012 at 2:45am — No Comments

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