Funny Little Valentine

Funny Little Valentine
For all those who love – everybody!

 

Where did we get this notion to celebrate Valentine’s Day and make it all about romantic love and lovers? And who is Valentine anyway?

I have always thought Valentine’s Day is all about flowers, chocolates, champagne and romance, isn’ it?

And yet there has always been this low volume nagging in the back of my myind about the true origin of Valentine’s Day. So I decided to dig around and ask a few people who would know. I really didn’t want to be told this idealistic romantic love isn’t romantic at all but I took a deep breath and proceeded anyway.

As it turns out the real story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.

Father Frank O’Gara from Dublin tells the story of St Valentine like this:
"Valentinus was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time," Father O'Gara explains. " He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people “

Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. These were polyagamous times and as the story goes Valentius was secretly marrying the young people and he eventually got caught!!

Back to Father O’Gara story: "One of the men who was to judge him in accordance with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. Valentinus was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result."
In the year 269 AD, Valentinus was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage.

The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius' daughter. He inspired today's romantic missives by signing it, "from your Valentine."

His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. On each February 14, Saint Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world."

 

THE LOVERS

Another example of humans only seeing and hearing what is easy and convenient is The Lovers card in the Tarot.
Generally The Lovers card immediately involve images of love and passion from the person have their cards read.
However similar to Valentine’s Day, The Lovers card in tarot has a way deeper meaning than romantic love and sexuality; it has several meanings which are all related to the duality of life.
For some tarot readh The Lovers card is very closely akin to The Devil to indicate temptation and addiction are very close relatives. For these readers they look to a time in a courtship when the phermones have gaded and the lovers need to decide if the commitment is permanent or not. For this reason The Lovers card both indicates the wild attraction of new love, the harmony necessary in a relationship for it to grow and also those fork-in-the-road choices that must be made for our own spiritual develpment.

The image of the two lovers intertwined is a powerful symbol for the harmonious union of two beings, but it also stands for the necessity of proper choice, and some interesting concepts about the relationship of our conscious minds to whatever power (higher consciousness) brings these lovers together. In our culture there are so many words and definitions for the simple emotion of love, so it is also natural the image of love as expressed in an esoteric modality such as Tarot also has many meanings.

The Lovers is predominantly a card of the emotions, and it often portrays love that is divinely blessed, either by Cupid, an angel, or by God Himself. This seems to imply that nothing but good can come of this union, though with such a dualistic card there is always the potential for a sad conclusion, despite the best of beginnings. After all, love is like a flame because it can ignite the blaze of passion, but also because it can consume and destroy if used carelessly. Love is a wonderful thing, but profane or unrequited love has the power to tear families and lives apart.
The Lovers card also speaks about the shadow aspect of potential as well. We are human and light does not exist without shadow and shadow does not exist without light. They are interdependent.
The Tai Ji Yin Yang symbol depicts this interdependence brilliantly

Air is the element which rules The Lovers card and so it is natural the majority of its meanings to be associated with the spirit and the mind. Originally, the idea of choice between light and shadow, positive and negative was first depicted on this card with the old symbology of a man deciding between two lovers. Such a moral crossroads may be depicted by the presence of the Lovers card – a caution to consider all consequences before acting. The situation may be as simple as a fork in the road with two paths to choose between, or a more complicated decision which tests and challenges all of our strongest beliefs and ideals. At times of such difficult choice we need high guidance. The final meaning of the Lovers is perhaps best illustrated by the image of the card in the Rider-Waite deck, and some of its variants. This image shows the man looking at the woman, who in turn looks at the divine figure above them both. The man cannot see the angel, and he must trust the woman to see it for him. Likewise, the conscious mind (the man) cannot directly access Higher Powers (the angel), whatever you believe those are. The unconscious (the woman) must be the bridge between the physical and spiritual planes. This symbology also shows the true power of love; through love we can get a glimpse of Heaven.
Love is a flame that must not be left unattended; it must be fueled and allowed to burn for as long and as brightly as possible. If not a physical pairing of man and woman.
If a person is not in a relationship The Lovers card can also show the integration of two conflicting parts of a person, the masculine and the feminine. By combing both, greater wisdom is revealed.
Finally, this card carries the meaning of choice, usually on the moral or ethical plane. The most familiar instance of such a choice, sadly, is the choice between your spouse and someone else with whom you have fallen in love.
Alternatively, the Lovers may indicate a choice between two possible partners, both of person loves but only would be best combination. The person in urged to look inside and turn to their unconscious for inspiration. Through it they can access the wisdom needed to make a wise choice and for the good of all involved.
They are urged to trust the counsel of their Inner Voice, make a decision and do not go back on that deicion regardless of what opposition they may face.

At the end of the day
To love and be loved in return
Is the greatest gift of all.
Love, Love, Love. Love is all we need
Love, Love, Love. Love is all we need.

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