Valentine’s week always tends to be emotionally volatile, and this one’s a doozy. It helps to remember that Valentine’s Day is an Aquarian holiday, Aquarius respects the social collective, like bonding together to change a country or giving Valentines to all the class, it doesn’t create real intimacy, something that cannot manifest by a calendar. Aquarius focuses on the ideal of love and love of the ideal, it celebrates the concept of us, us as a couple, us as a part of a group, us as a political collective.
Ideals to one person can look like an illusion to another. It’s easy to get caught up in a fantasy or dream this week as the Sun conjuncts Neptune and Mars and trines Saturn, there’s only a hair’s breadth between delusions and vision. We need that vision to break past the current reality and conceive of new possibilities. But then we need to be ruthlessly honest to see who is really here and what is really happening. While this can be a buzz-kill for romantic fantasy, it can also bring us into a deeper, richer, safer, saner ideal and help us make it so. This goes for any collaboration, whether courting a love or building a new country.
It is a great time for a show of love to our community, tribe or collective and appreciate our family or build a new social circle. Dance in the streets with hope, as the Egyptians are, and reach for a new ideal together. But then we need to continue the action of Mars and the new forms of Saturn to manifest these ideals and make them so.
Throughout this week we get an opportunity to release an old emotional pattern that sacrificed something salient and essential about ourselves. We can do this in a personal way, stepping away from those patterns in our personal life, or do this as group, as are the Egyptian people.
For simple romance, it’s best to go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day over the weekend under a sociable Gemini Moon or wait until midweek for an operatic Full Moon in Leo to provide romantic ambiance. On Valentine’s Day we’ll need comfort, familiarity and to feel cared for as the Moon enters Cancer and Mercury trines Saturn. Don’t stand on ceremony or load up on expectations, instead give each other the gift of attention and acceptance.
If we’re feeling lonely (in or out of relationship) it helps to make a loving gesture to the world; love up the poor, the downtrodden, or send Reiki to heal the world; our hearts want to be used now, partly because we’re told they should be, but we can turn that into a loving-heart meditation.
The weekend is talkative, scattered and a little anxious as Mercury semi-squares Uranus while Mars semi-squares Pluto. Intense power dynamics swirl; underneath a cheerful sociability most of us will just feel the torque of the heart or some deep soul impatience, but these aspects can fray our edges with a push for transformation that makes communication tense and erratic and tempts a play for power which can trigger our obsessive sides or charge political hotspots. It can be exciting, and we’ll want this excitement, making it hard to settle down into anything ordinary. The situation stays in flux, it will be hard to let the dust settle and see what is really going on, though the static is more irritating than decisive. This unsettled quality can serve us, keep us moving, exploring, looking for something better and helping us improve the situation.
by Heather Roan Robbins on Friday, February 11, 2011