Date 14 February 2022
Ascendant 7 degrees Scorpio
Descendant 7 degrees Taurus
Venus and Mars Conjunct in Capricorn
Moon Cancer opposite Pluto/Mercury Capricorn
Sun/Moon MidPoint 9 Taurus conjunct Uranus
Jupiter Pisces Sextile Uranus Taurus
Cupido Trine Descendant
Confusingly there are a number of St. Valentine’s as the name was quite common in ancient Rome, however, it is usually said that the saint who is remembered on the 14th February was a priest who was beheaded under the orders of Emperor Claudius. Sadly, this Saint’s story is without any romantic incident!
Fortunately for romantics everywhere this festival of love predates Christianity and was originally called The Lupercalia. During this festival which was dedicated to Juno and Pan, young men and women would have their names placed in a box, the names were drawn and the couples paired off accordingly. Early Christians were less than impressed by such naughtiness and tried to stop the celebrations, but they met with so much opposition they had to change tack
PARLEMENT OF FOULES
The earliest recorded notion of St. Valentine’s Day being associated with romance is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer wrote: “For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make. For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
By the 18th Century, printers were producing cards with verses and sketches, called “mechanical valentines, ” and the following century began the practice of mailing Valentines. Paper Valentines became so popular in England in the early 19th century that they were assembled in factories and made the festival into a saint’s day, thus taming the wilder excesses that had marked the Lupercalia.
SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY
Naturally, with time, people decided that St. Valentine’s Day was the perfect opportunity to discover who their next sweetheart would be. The questioner would write the names of several potential partners on a piece of paper and roll them into balls of wet clay, then place the clay balls in a bowl of water. As the clay dissolved the paper would float to the surface and the first to reach the top would bear the name of the questioner’s new amour.
VENUS THE GODDESS OF LOVE
If our love life is a little lack lustre we might like to attract cupid’s attention by wearing items made from copper which is associated with Venus the goddess of love. Alternatively we could decide to wear or carry rose quartz which is the crystal said to be the most associated with romantic matters.