Oh where is Cupid’s arrow in these darker days of winter? The arrow (eros) carries the excitement that only love can bring. Winter days disappear into cold too soon, and we are left seeking joy and warmth, to love and be loved. Enter Valentine’s Day, the perfect antidote to the winter dull drums. After the light of the Holiday season, winter begins in earnest, serious, sober. We huddle inwards in the cold. We get back to work, we stay structured. But deep within our hearts it is always summer, lush and hot, passions waiting to be expressed. And yet, it is always cool too, the moon shining its brightness in the cosmic darkness of the ebony sky.
Oh the moods, the yin and yang. We are both hot and cold. Lovers and foes. And here Valentine’s Day rushes in every February 14th, in the midst of our winter, with its high demands through media and society of expressions of love, and good old fashioned courtship.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is a good time to reflect more deeply at the cosmic energies at this time. Tradition demands its conventional gestures of desire with chocolates and flowers, but these times have been demanding something different from all of us, shocking and sometimes brutal news getting our attention through extreme events all around our world, forcing us out of our collective slumber, to seek Truth.
Valentine's Day Astrological Perspective
The astrology of late has been extremely pointed at transforming us all through upheaval, chaos, breakdowns and breakthroughs. Truths are cracking through old staid systems like the roots of a tree breaking up a cement sidewalk.…though usually the roots slowly unfurl and the cement moves out if its way naturally over time, this has been ultra fast speed, violent at times, full of rage, questions of justice, and much anguish. And there is still more to be seen of this energy meant to carry us all into a new direction, both personally to live more truthful and soulful lives, and collectively as fair and just societies, and ultimately to honor our sacred Mother Earth.
December 2014- March 20, 2015 The last month of 2014, and the first few months of 2015 are still carrying this energy of the Uranus/Pluto square which has been in effect since April 2012. These two powerhouse planets have been wrestling, or better said, warring in conflict for two and a half years, accelerating changes in profound and transformative ways.
Pluto goes deep, it guts you like a house that needs to be rebuilt, it leaves no prisoners, unearths all lies and truths, and ultimately seeks transformation through death and rebirth. Pluto is in harsh aspect to Uranus, the planet of change, sudden flashes of brilliance, of shocks and rebellion, of innovation, humanitarianism, unpredictability. Uranus is future-focused, it wants to shake you out of ruts, even if it light abruptly shocks you, as it rules electricity and all technology. These two planets have been pitted against each other, I like to believe, to transmute and alter us into a higher vibration. We are in a collective metamorphosis from the cocoons we have been isolated or incubated in and the pain of birthing is what many of us have been experiencing.
Tarot Cards For Valentine’s Day
The two cards I pulled are the Three of Cups and the Ace of Swords. I feel these are perfect for our upcoming Valentine’s Day especially in light of our world’s and cosmic occurrences.
Three of Cups - Exuberance, Community, love, abundance, friendship, celebration, uniting with others in a joyful way or to create support like a family, overflowing with good vibes, the joys of dancing with those that you care about. This card can have a feminine feel to it, it depicts three goddesses dancing on the Tarot card, but can be that the feeling in itself, as cups relate to feelings, emotions, relationships, creativity and love; and the three brings it in a trinity, so that it is even more than romantic love between two people, it includes community and society.
Ace of Swords - is about Truth, Justice, using mental force, facing problems, doing what is right, fighting for a cause, cutting through confusion, being honest, singing out what is real, finding strength to overcome. Aces are new energy, new beginnings in a very pure and strong way! And Swords is the suit of communication, thinking, perceptions and perspective, vision, justice, honor and truth.
I see these two cards together as integrating love for one, as love for community as a whole, and a way to communicate more honestly and clearly, with love. This looks to be a beautiful and unique Valentine’s day where you can love and cherish your partner, with the gift of being truthful and honest and fair with them, and to celebrate joyfully, in high spirits, together and spread that joy to the community around you.
Valentine's Day has created its own counter culture of rebellion against the Hallmark commerciality. I know many couples and singles who refuse to partake in the conventional aspect of the day. But I personally ask, how bad can it be to celebrate romance, appreciation and love? Obviously one 24-hour period is not nearly enough, as love is rich, expressed and felt in our actions and efforts over time, is filled with lessons and truly is unfathomable. However in all my tarot Readings, Reiki sessions, and Astrology readings, and in my long years of Yoga practice, I have found over and over the one thing that strengthens love as a daily practice is gratitude. Being grateful for all the blessings in your life, for all that you have, and for those you love and cherish, is a way to expand your Love exponentially.
A LOVE EXERCISE
With your journal and pen, or with your eyes closed right before sleeping, or right when you wake up, take five minutes to really focus on all you are grateful for. It is as simple as beginning with - “I am grateful for….” (the clothes in my closet, the roof over my head, my fingers and toes, my eyesight, the food in my fridge, my best friends support, my child’s laughter, my partner's pancakes and hugs, that I wake up in a peaceful country without war, my health, for legs strong enough to go on a hike, that I am blessed enough to have a car that gets stuck in traffic, that I have a job, that I have drawing ability, that I can breathe, that I am alive, that I came from parents). You get the picture. Dip your toes in the gratitude pool, and I can assure you, your love will grow exponentially.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
May all beings be free, may all beings be loved, fed, clothed and in peace.