Many heathens and other pagans might simply scoff at Valentine’s day. It’s just a modern made-up day designed to get people buying chocolate and roses and expensive restaurant dinners, right?
Well yes, if that is what you want to make of it, then that’s what it will be. But you know what it is to me?
A day to celebrate love, oh yes of course. But also a day to honour Freya, lady of lust, love, and passion. The 14th of February is not in itself important, and this year we ended up celebrating a few days early both due to practical reasons (husband was about to leave town for half a week) and due to me wanting to time it with the full moon. Back in the old days there was a strong tradition here in Sweden of holding disablot and along with it a disating (a council of sorts) around this time of year (sources vary a bit on when exactly, but early February is often mentioned, especially at the full moon), and in my own home town there are even surviving traditions connected to it – in the form of a market day. And what is a disablot? A blot, offerings, to the disir. Who are the disir? They are a type of female deities and spirits, with Freya being the most prominent one – she even has the name Vanadis which refers to just that.
So, around this time of year there is not only a great world-wide movement of celebrating love (which if you disregard the consumerist aspect is a pretty damn good thing!), there is also ancient traditions of honouring Freya. In my own personal lore, that equals a bloody perfect time for a celebration.
That meant lots of good food and drink. Music. Fresh flowers and an especially decorated table. Offerings at the shrine under the full moon. Candles, so many candles. And oh yes, passionate sex.
It was a great day.
So please, don’t scoff at Valentine’s day just because you are a serious heathen. There is reason to celebrate!