Ah, love is in the air. I’ve often wondered why the ever mushy and materialistic Valentines day takes place in the middle of airy Aquarius season. In my understanding, the Aquarius archetype typically takes a much more detached, unemotional, unbound, and open minded approach to our modern day vision of “love”. The warm, overly romantic, and indulgent essence of Valentines day seems much more like a Leo holiday, the sign opposite of Aquarius. It wasn’t until I decided to read a little backstory on Saint Valentine himself that I began to see the true Aquarian underpinnings of this holiday.
Apparently, Saint Valentine was a priest who married lovers in secret when the Roman empire decided to place a ban on marriages in an effort to encourage men to join the army and steer them away from having wives and families. St. Valentine thought this was bullshit and continued to secretly wed people, defying the Empire’s decree. Ultimately, the Roman empire found out about his treasonous actions and beheaded St. Valentine on Feb 14th. “Now Thats What I Call Aquarius, vol. 1”. The very essence of Aquarius is the anti-establishment martyr! Aquarius always faces hardship and judgment for staying true to themselves and for always holding down the dream of what’s best for mankind, even if it means being beheaded for believing that people should do whatever the hell they want.
What does help us warm up to Valentines day this year is the entrance of lovely Venus into dreamy Pisces, as of Feb 10. Venus in Pisces is considered to be exalted, and exaltation gives a planet added power and strength to do whatever that planet does best. Venus is our relationship planet and she’s known for warmly bringing people together for a good time. So why does Venus function so strongly in Pisces? When Venus is in Pisces, she can bring this loving relationship factor to the whole world. Pisces represents the ether and the ocean that ties us all together. Pisces is a place of return. It’s an ending, a death, a connection back to source. Here, Venus can share her love and beauty with all, interconnecting all of us together to find a higher truth and brotherly love.
Venus in Pisces makes us all a bit more idealistic about what we want our relationships to look like. She encourages us to write poetry, write songs, get creative and playful. Venus in Pisces is a deeply creative time, in terms of building a relationship or making your own art for yourself. Venus will remain in the sign of the two fish until March 6th, so use this time wisely to get in touch with your art, your lover, or both! We can all step into the sea of love now, partner or no partner. We can get in touch with love in it’s most basic form. Friendship, family, partners, animals, kindness.. the list goes on. Tap into your source of love and disregard the structured, societal dances of false affections.