Traffic – Heaven Is In Your Mind
Today’s Quote: “Women are creatures meant to be loved, not to be understood.” — Oscar Wilde
It’s Valentine’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate Cupid, the Roman god of love, on the feast day of three Catholic saints. It seems obvious that the conversion from paganism to Christianity still isn’t complete. Are there any truly Christian holidays? I have to admit that I’m not familiar with many of the Catholic holy days but the ones I do know about have pagan origins or festivities that have pagan roots. They were pagan rites and festivals that were usurped by the Church in order to convert the pagans. To convert them, the Church essentially told them, “You can keep your pagan celebrations but we’ll put a Christian spin on it.” To which the pagans replied, “Whatever.”
According to The Catholic Encyclopedia there were three Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, but none of them having anything to do with romantic love. The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day had their origin in a conventional belief generally held in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair and chose their mates. In Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.
For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens.
Okay, Saint Valentine’s feast day just happened to conveniently fall on that day. If this “avian mating ritual” had occurred on Saint Waldo’s feast day, we’d be celebrating St. Waldo’s Day instead. I guess it was only natural that the Roman god of love would be brought into it to give the holiday its mandatory pagan flavor and since it fell on a saint’s feast day, it had the Church’s stamp of approval. On the other hand, Cupid is a cute kid.
Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic. Album: Mr. Fantasy (1967)
Covered by Three Dog Night.