The True Meaning of Valentine's Day
The Ancient history of “XXXX" is something that I used to talk about years ago publicly and I forgot all about it.
Just a few days ago it popped back into my head, so here goes...
We all know "XOXO" represents hugs and kisses, "X" standing for kisses, "O" for hugs.
In its modern day use, people use the love and affection abbreviation to sign cards, emails and in texts. They are seen on Valentine's Day sweetheart candies, T-shirts, and even in lyrics to songs.
Besides being a letter in our alphabet, "X" also actually has religious meaning behind it.
The X has always been a Christian symbol, and it's the first Greek letter in the name of ‘Christ'. Many people of religious faith are known to kiss the Bible, kissing Christ.
This reference to Christ can also explain why Christmas is abbreviated to "Xmas.” Somewhere in the past, the symbol transformed from a religious one to a common romantic one. "X" also represents blessings rather than just kisses, and hugs.
Also, XOXO came to be because it resembles tic-tac-toe, a game played even in ancient Egypt and Rome because it was easy to master and the winner was considered Blessed.
The first Valentine's Day was in the year 496! 4+9+6=19, 1+9=10 the Roman numeral for 10 is X. It's so interesting how there is history, meaning and even religion, at the core origins of these special days.
Having a particular Valentine's Day is a very old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called 'Lupercalia' in the middle of February - officially the start of their Springtime, the time of Romance. Valentines day is February 14. 1+4 adds up 5 which in Roman numerals is V=5.
The one thing that most people know nothing of is that 'XXXX' being 4 Tens or 10101010 was an Ancient symbol for 2020, 10+10=20 another 10+10=20, so XXXX=2020.
This year, 2020, on January 26 2020 we officially entered the Age of Aquarius. An Age of kisses, hugs, blessings, kindness and an awakening of people globally to an age of peace and greater connectedness.
Thanks for reading this and I wish for you a Happy Valentines Day.
'Cowboy' Don Tolman XXXX