Romantic love is often considered frivolous, even silly. But what if true, wildly passionate, fiercely romantic love – not the overly-domesticated, highly-sentimentalized and ultimately impoverished version that often passes for same – is the eternal flame that blazes at the very heart of creation, fueling everything that is holy in our world? And what if two brave-hearted souls, engaged in the fiery dance of romantic (with a capital R) intimacy and transparency with one another, are at the cutting edge of evolution, not just for the human species, but for the entire universe in which we live, going all the way back to the Big Bang and beyond?
Finally, what if God has never been simply a singularity, but has always been a most sacred duality, an eternal dance of twin flame lovers, held within the singularity – a “first couple,” if you will? And what if this great God/Goddess duo dreamt each of us into existence through the ultimate act of sacred sexuality an eternity ago? Could it not be that having dreamt each of us into existence in this way, they might now need us to awaken from the dream, in and through our twin flame relationships with our most significant others, in order that they might fully awaken, as well?
To the Greeks, this most exalted of unions is known as hieros gamos: the alchemical marriage of sacred masculine and feminine principles, of the God and Goddess within. Taoists describe it as the perfect balance of yin and yang polarities, while in Tantric Buddhism it’s commonly known as yab-yum, and depicted as two equilateral triangles overlaying one another to form a perfectly balanced, six-pointed star mandala.
In the major arcana of the Tarot, the divine union is symbolized by the Lover’s Card, likewise associated with the number six. In the realm of archetypal mythology, it’s typically represented by the Tree of Life with two kundalini snakes coiling up its trunk. At the intersection of sacred geometry and quantum physics, it’s known as the vector equilibrium or double torus, with its ubiquitous black hole/white hole pairings. In Jungian terms, it’s the syzygy of anima and animus. To a computer programmer, the binary code. To a geneticist, the double helix that comprises our very DNA.
These days, the human species is surfing a very steep evolutionary wave, as the process of collective awakening is intensifying and accelerating on all fronts. It goes without saying that when you find yourself poised at the apex of a tsunami, it’s important to keep your balance at all costs and this is precisely what is required and accomplished through the sacred marriage of inner masculine and feminine Selves.
The astrological chart for Valentine’s Day shows energies aligning to help facilitate the highest expression of romantic love, as described above. First, notice the beautiful symmetry along its vertical axis with a six-pointed star as its centerpiece (in purple), connecting the ruling planet Mercury (messenger of the Gods/Goddesses) with the Sun (one’s Higher Self), the South Node (past-life inheritance), the Moon (one’s Soul, deeply felt emotions and capacity for intimacy), Mars (the Spiritual Warrior archetype) and the North Node (one’s destiny). Added to this potent mix are several Asteroids associated with romantic love: Cupid (the God of desire and erotic love), Magdalene (representing Mary Magdalene, whom many consider the twin flame of Christ), and Hera (aka Juno, the Goddess of sacred marriage, no less).
The fixed star Regulus (courageous heart of the Lion, nobility, sovereignty) completes the message delivered through the spinning portal of the six-pointed star, from the heavenly realm of the original couple, the great God/Goddess who first dreamt us into existence, straight to our Higher Selves. In a nutshell: Rest assured that we draw upon soulful lessons learned and enlightened qualities cultivated in past lives, as well as our most deeply felt emotions, our lion-hearted courage, the archetype of the Spiritual Warrior and the considerable resources made available by the many Gods and Goddesses associated with romantic love, in order to fulfill our twin flame destinies at this time.
Underscoring this message are three overlapping Swords of Truth (the orange isosceles triangles) – representing great focus, clarity, wisdom and truth telling – all of which share the Moon and fixed star Regulus (the sovereignty and nobility of the Soul) with the sacred geometry of the six-pointed star (sacred marriage).
Other planets informing these Sword of Truth formations are Saturn (karma, cause and effect), Pluto (transformation, death and rebirth), Uranus (the revolutionary impulse for freedom, lightning strikes of intuition) and last, but certainly not least, Venus (the Goddess of Love, herself). Rounding out this picture of wildly passionate, fiercely romantic love, are Mesopotamian versions of Venus, Astarte and Ishtar, plus the fixed star Alcyone (the great Mother Sun of our galaxy).
Let this message of empowerment and hope go forth to all who have BIG love in their hearts and an unrelenting, unstoppable desire for completion on this Valentine’s Day, 2014. Let your hearts be like magnets for those you would seek to attract in accordance with your soul’s deepest yearnings.