Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration adored by lovers and endured by everyone else. The long celebrated romantic event takes place on February 14th and is believed to honour three martyred saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One legendary tale claims that an imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” greeting after falling in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before his death he wrote her a note signed “From your Valentine”. This endearing expression is still used today.
Origins of the Pagan Festival
Valentine’s Day commemorates the anniversary of Valentine’s death. It is also believed that the Christian church decided to celebrate St. Valentine’s feast day in February in an effort to draw attention away from the pagan celebration of Lupercalia – a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. Pope Gelasius officially declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day when the celebration was outlawed at the end of the 5th century. The association with love came much later when, during the Middle Ages, England and France acknowledged the period as the start of the mating season, for birds, and designated it a day for celebrating romance.
How to celebrate Love
The annual celebration of Love is not restricted solely to romantic love and couples. Whilst we may spend a small fortune on the commercialised idea of what love is all about – chocolate, flowers and novelty gifts – true love, in all of its forms transcends this showy display. Valentine’s Day encourages a personal expression of love and romance and is a feel good day for everyone to enjoy. If you’re loved up and in a relationship celebrate your union in a uniquely personal way that is meaningful for you and your partner. If you’re single shower yourself with love and special treats, in preparation for attracting romantic love into your life.
How to change your perspective
Instead of wallowing in self-pity because you don’t have a pile of Valentine cards on your doormat set your sights on adopting a fresh perspective regarding what this day is all about.
• Altering your mindset and expectations means that you don’t buy into the commercialised meaningless occasion that Valentine’s Day usually becomes.
• Treat the day as a special time for you and those you love – family, friends and even pets.
• Create a new tradition that is personal to you and save a small fortune by steering clear of the readily available over-priced ‘Valentine’s Day’ merchandise.
How to attract Love
To welcome in more love into your life you must be open to receive it. This simply means that you are content with all that you have but ready to attract the finishing touches to your version of a perfect life.
• Concentrate on the things that give you joy.
• Treat your self without the need for a reason.
• Smile more and listen to your heart. You’ll soon find synchronicities lining up to bring you more opportunities and possibilities.
• A psychic reading may also help you identify other ways to prepare the path and set the mood for love and romance. The psychic reader will also be able to identify any tall, dark and handsome strangers heading your way!