by Nick Newmont
This Sunday love is in the air as Cupid’s arrow is released. It will explode, sending streams of fiery love and passion like fireworks across the sky showering romance upon the world. What, is this a Hallmark commercial? Nope. This celebration of love is not a contrived excuse for people to buy flowers and greeting cards. Valentine’s Day has been around since, supposedly, 270AD. It is originally an honoring or celebration for one of several Saint Valentines or Valentinus by the church.
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Are we saying it’s for the birds? Love birds!
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.
This Valentine’s Day can be a very rewarding one if you follow the planets. First, Venus the planet of love and beauty is in the materialistic sign of Capricorn. This is a good year to do something for that someone special. Capricorn likes nice things; make the effort! Mars, the planet of fire and passion is in sexual Scorpio, and sextiles, or eases into Venus, so your effort is going to get you more than foil wrapped chocolates in return. On Sunday evening, the Moon in Venus-ruled, romantic Taurus trines Venus, thus the bubbly and the love are flowing. And wait, there’s more! The Moon opposes Mars bringing hot, impulsive behavior. Are you feelin’ me? Folks, this is a “can do no wrong” scenario. Jupiter in Virgo finishes the Grand Trine with the Moon and Venus and sextiles Mars from the other side of the chart. This is referred to as a Kite Chart, which looks like what? An arrow! What’s the Capricorn bottom line? A lot of people are going to get lucky…in love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!