Happy Saint Valentine’s Day 2022!
Each year on February 14th, countless people celebrate a day known as Saint Valentine’s Day worldwide. Millions of heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as gifts on the “Day of Love.”
Origin of Valentine’s Day
The association between Mid-February and Romance goes back to the ancient world in Rome centuries ago.
The Pagans’ in the ancient world tightly followed the planets and lived by the Lunar cycles respecting the gift of each season. Coming out of winter going into spring, celebrating spring and fertility in Mid-February is called Lupercalia was celebrated back in the third century. The holiday sadly also included offerings of sacrificed animals. Pagans believed fresh blood promoted fertility. Using the “colour red” originates from symbolizes fertility and the more modern version of Valentine’s Day.
Emporer Claudius, the II, short-lived ruler in the 3rd century, portrayed ruthless rulership, getting into so many wars. The Emperor had difficulty recruiting soldiers who did not want to leave their families behind going into fights in foreign lands, so the Emperor banned marriages and engagements in ancient Rome.
The legend says a simple Christian priest named Valentine came against the Emperor’s ruthless rulership and stood up for the people. He secretly began to marry soldiers before going off to war. After discovering the secret ceremonies, Claudius, the II, threw Priest Valentine into prison. Many young couples and newlyweds came to visit, secretly supporting the priest, passing him red roses and notes showing their gratitude for his efforts until he became the martyr of faith by the cruelty of the Emperor.
February 14th, the day Valentine got martyred, was when the church chose to thank God and celebrated Valentine’s life as a Saint, dedicating this special day to his name, Saint Valentine’s Day.
Cupid, the winged matchmaker, a Roman God of Love, is also an inspiring image of Love for Christians, and now it is favoured by card makers and mass marketers all over the world.
Decorating for Valentine’s Day
Special occasions, such as Valentine’s Days, are a great time to bring in good Qui (Chi) into your private life and personal space. Your intentions are the most crucial part of decorating, and it is more true when it comes to jazzing up your private sanctuary celebrating Valentine’s Day.
A great way to start is by clearing out your bedroom from unwanted or unused items accessories that do not belong to your bedroom, such as family photos financial or work-related documents. Your bedroom is your most intimate space, and it should showcase those particular, maybe even personal, pieces you and your hubby hold a special meaning.
You may even go the extra mile for this special occasion painting your bedroom that you have been planning for a while showing your appreciation of your significant other. Make sure the colours you chose are calm and subtle and will be equally loved by both of you, promoting love, peace, and harmony in your physical and emotional space.
Decorating with the colour “red” can be challenging. It is potent represents the fire element in Feng shui & Astrology, sending a profound subliminal message of passion. Make sure you only use it on a small scale, such as an accent pillow, fresh flowers, or small accessories, as it can also bring too much fire energy into a permanent atmosphere and cause unwanted fights and arguments. Soft pink, lilac, yellow or even aubergine will bring more subtle yet luscious energy into your space and relationship.
Catering to all the senses is excellent at any time of the year, especially true for Valentine’s Day. Making the favourite homemade food of your significant other enjoying a special meal with a beautiful glass of wine in a clean and organized environment, maybe by the fireplace or even in your bed with fresh sheets are a great way to celebrate this special day, connect or reconnect, create special memories and a deeper bond between the two of you.
Decorating items such as salt lamps also represent the fire element, ionize and cleanses the air, space and energy if it is on 4-6 hours a day.
Accessorizing with Amethyst crystals promotes healing the relationship, and placing some Rose Quartz on your bedside tables (both sides) bonds the heart together. Lighting soft pink candles represent gentle, caring, tender loving energy to celebrate your relationship years to come.
Decorating statues of animals such as swans, birds, butterflies, or any of your favourite animals (mine are elephants, deers and dolphins) bring auspicious energy, should be placed in pairs to represent unity and partnership.
Fresh flowers of pink roses show caring & appreciation, fresh & tender love for your sweetheart. The giver must permanently remove all thorns before gifting. It is a must at any time to give a new rose to someone (you don’t want to “hurt” the receiver).
Red roses are deeply passionate, have lots of fire energy, and are great for relationships that have been more established for years or are on the road to reconnect.
I hope you enjoyed this short post and that reading it gave you some insights into the origin of Valentine’s Day and helped you decorate your intimate space for this special day.
Remember, Every Day should be and lived as a Valentine’s Day!
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day
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