WHAT WOULD WE DO FOR LOVE? Valentine’s Day falls amid flu season, when not much but our heart chakras are keeping our world alight. This year, a haunting Venus-Pluto aspect makes it even more poignant. So let’s explore what radical and simple acts of love and compassion we can share.
This Aquarian holiday speaks more to the theory of love than it does to romance. At its worst, Valentine’s Day leaves an image of what we “should” feel and can make us cynical about our love lives. At its best, this holiday encourages us to love all humankind.
Valentine’s Day occurs between the lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 and a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Feb. 15. These eclipses can pare away some dead wood in our lives and encourage us to review our recent personal and political histories. They can also help us release habits that no longer serve us. This coming new moon encourages us to build something that really energizes us.
But first, we need to pay extra attention to what we say and what we write through early next week as Mercury forms difficult aspects with Saturn and Jupiter. We may feel highly opinionated and gruff, which could complicate Valentine’s Day plans.
Early in the week, it’s important to review the warm spots in our lives as Venus challenges Pluto. If we’re celebrating the holiday romantically, it helps to review first meetings and soft moments. If we’re celebrating alone or with friends, review the moments when we brought joy or warmth to another’s life.
FRIDAY, FEB. 9: Meetings and bureaucratic wrangling can complicate our work but may potentially be productive. Playfulness helps tonight — find something to laugh about in a weary world.
SATURDAY, FEB. 10: Get out and meander. Be spontaneous and discover new possibilities. Venus enters sentimental Pisces this afternoon and moves us more into our hearts — just rein in the impulse to spend money. Evening grows more serious as the moon enters Capricorn — watch a tendency to be manipulative.
SUNDAY, FEB. 11: That industrious Capricorn moon conjuncts serious Saturn, which can bring a dour note. We may be painfully aware of an imbalance of power in our lives or constructs that are not working for us, and we will feel better if we take a step to address these issues. Capricorn says, “Don’t get mad (or sad); get efficient.”
MONDAY, FEB. 12: A deadline looms or a situation comes to a crunch as both Mercury and the moon aspect Pluto this morning. Be compassionate, but don’t focus on worry; instead, organize, construct, and do the work. People get flustered easily but will respond to a realistic and hopeful plan.
TUESDAY, FEB. 13: The conversation opens up as the moon enters spacious Aquarius. If we drop our cynicism, we can feel seedlings of idealism and enthusiasm sprout. Engage, but make only realistic promises. Brainstorm great ideas and ruminate on good moments.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14: Radical acts of compassion are helpful. Give out Valentines to the whole community, just like we did in second grade. Go to a fundraiser. Attend a speed-dating event. Relive delicious moments of the past. Be kind to one another’s hearts as Venus semisquares Pluto and stirs poignant undertones.
THURSDAY, FEB. 15: We may need to let go of a theory, a fantasy, or an unproductive path in order to make room for fresh dreams and new possibilities on this new moon eclipse. The mood grows more sensitive and sentimental tonight as the moon enters Pisces.