Valentine’s Day. The raucous, pagan holiday that has morphed over the centuries to the holiday it is today and only second to Christmas in commercialism. What is the history that leads up to this big money maker?
Pope Gelasius recast the pagan holiday in 496. The Catholic Church recognized three saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One of these was sentenced to death for secretly performing wedding ceremonies in the 5th century. The thought at the time was that Roman soldiers were believed to be better fighters if they remained single. The 15th Century saw the first written Valentine greeting of love and romance. Greeting cards were freely exchanged as custom in 17th Century England.
The first mass-produced Valentine card was in the 1840’s and from there it has grown to what we know as Valentine’s Day today with 1 billion cards each year sold, $20 billion spent on Valentine’s Day each year at a cost of $130 per person annually. This means 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates and 220 million roses. And let’s not forget about the $4 billion in jewelry that’s purchased annually. Many couples become engaged on Valentine’s Day with all the romance in the air and the purchase of a ring.
It is no understatement to say that billions are spent in February in preparation for February 14. Does all the candy, roses and dinners at a fancy restaurant enhance a relationship and create the experience of what it means to be in love? Not always. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, the expectation and anticipation of receiving a gift can sometimes be a bit disastrous. How about the last-minute gift picked up at the drugstore on the way home as an afterthought that screams, “I forgot about you until I got in the car to go home!”. What about the dog-eared card from so many rejected views that’s the last one on the shelf? This gesture is always a pleasant reminder of the true feelings of Valentine’s Day (said tongue-in-cheek).
What if your Valentine’s Day is meant to show just how much you care for that special person in your life? You know that feeling you get when you are really close to that person? The cuddle up together close? That two, different people coming together as one close?
You can make your couple experience unique and special with one reading for two people and feel greater closeness and intimacy. Don’t do the usual, do the unique and enhance the love experience. Just Feel the Joy!
Make your Valentine’s Day a memorable one and be more adventurous than a box of chocolates, more breathtaking than a dozen roses and last longer than a dinner at a restaurant. Just Feel the Joy!
If you haven’t realized it yet, this special Feel the Joy reading is just for the two of you! Make your Valentine’s Day special for you both! Make it unique! Make it last longer than the heart shaped box of chocolates!
This special reading comes with a companion sheet to guide you in the meaning of the cards and to give you space for notes. It can be done in person or by phone and recorded for review later.
You and your sweetie are worth it!! FEEL THE JOY!!
Aries: You may be an independent sign but you love fraternal and romantic interaction. Conflicts happen between your need for private space and another one to jump into the group. Avoid power struggles. Fun and pleasure of different sorts peak around the Full Moon. Mid-month may bring some perks at work or in finances. Focus on goals for the future.
Taurus: You’re the Earth Mother, but planets in other signs may have you off-center a bit this month. Follow your instincts and your dreams. The Full Moon may have you caught between needs at work and family members. Part of this month has four planets helping you in the career sector in speaking and planning. The end of the month, clues come from dreams and intuition.
Gemini: Expect people and exchanges to be passionate yet intellectual. You will be persuasive and charming. Mercury offers bountiful, beneficial aspects. Make your point to those in influence. Planetary aspects say use discrimination. If your ‘re impetuous, things become unstable. Love, money and power call for discrimination.
Cancer: There are rattles of change. You might feel like taking a risk, but don’t make it a dangerous one. The two Eclipses have you affected especially in the Second House of money concerns. Quick action and exciting innovation could expand the deals. You get a break from ongoing tensions with the Sun and Mercury in Pisces. Change needs to happen with what is old and outworn and doesn’t serve you any longer.
Leo: Relationships are going to be prominent this month. Passion and energy happen in your travel, education and media house. The Full Moon on the 10th bring change and decisive action. Look for positive and exciting news. The New Moon Solar Eclipse affects money that you receive from others. Have a Plan B just to be safe?
Virgo: The beginning of the month brings light to office or health affairs and cooperative ventures. Check health and dies measures. Deep feelings surround Eighth House matters of money, sex and power. There’s added emphasis on alliances in personal business. 22nd, 26th and 27th could be volatile. Be careful. Pull back from excitable, unpredictable, and dangerous energies. The New Moon Solar Eclipse brings intimate surprises.
Libra: Mercury and the Sun positively aspect your house of romance, children, creativity and recreation. The Full Moon in Leo will empower journeys of personal growth. Express yourself and creative ideas with confidence. Mars aspects are in Aries, your house of committed relationships and they will shout for a lot of attention. Fasten your seat belt. By the end of the month, all goes well in the partnership arena.
Scorpio: Being home may be a pleasant and informative time. Maybe there are some new tech gadgets keeping you at home. The Full Moon can have long term effect. Whatever is begun now will be part of the next phase involving your career status and public life. Jupiter retrograding in your Twelfth House means seeking quiet. When the Sun enters Pisces, sentimental feelings follow. Watch out for medical procedures at the end of the month.
Sagittarius: You’re a friend to everyone this month, especially in travels. You love to experience different cultures. You’ll also get involved in community affairs. Expect to meet a few new kindred spirits. The Full Moon plants the seeds in the Ninth House of overseas travel, education and publishing. Maybe a sudden unplanned trip? Learn something new, maybe digital, visit activities like a festival. Get out and enjoy the end of the month.
Capricorn: Being prepared could be an advantage this month. Expansion and contraction are both forces at work. Interests this month may also lead toward the world of holistic and organic things. There’s a personal or professional breakthrough. The Full Moon in Leo will have a long-term effect. There can be psychic or paranormal feelings coming with insight. The Solar Eclipse on the 26th might come with soothing words and images with slowdowns and reassessments.
Aquarius: Multitasking is the answer this month. The Sun shines on you this month. The Full Moon Eclipse in Leo is in your house of relationships and could shake things up with long term effects. The golden goose could show up at your door! Activities, ideas, and information are activated. Communications are interesting. The New Moon Solar Eclipse in your Second House could bring a sudden change in your source of income. Keep peace at home.
Pisces: You may feel like escaping from the fray of a hectic life to spend time alone, meditate, be around nature or art, or just close friends. Lively trends pull you into real-life situations that need attention. The Full Moon Eclipse in Leo asks you to let go of stress and revamp your diet. You have emphasis on money which could mean increasing income. The Solar Eclipse changes situations with immediacy, maybe changes you’ve wanted or wished for will manifest.
Enjoy your February!!