By Patty Kamson
In this country we have placed so much energy on Valentine’s Day and our relationships. It’s come to the point where people break up or completely end their relationships with their partners if they don’t get some kind of gift, flash mob performance, or a marriage proposal “live” on the evening news. All this effort and energy can be exhausting and looks like the Universe is going to give you an excuse this year to keep it simple, if that’s the route you choose to take. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but making it “simple” is definitely an option. Here are some astrological hints for you to create what you desire.
This Valentine’s Day we will have Mars, the planet of passion, sexual desire, and initiative will be retrograde. What does that mean for you? It means that this Valentines you will have to work a little harder (don’t stop reading now, keep going) to create the passion in your relationship. You will have to have a little more patience when things don’t exactly go your way. And you’re going to have to realize that you may not have the stamina or energy to go that extra mile this year. But guess what? It’s all going to be ok!
For those who have a Valentine, 2012 is about taking the time to really connect with your partner without all the fanfare and hoopla, which takes a lot of energy and this year that energy (Mars) is being dialed down a notch. Your man (or woman) is really going to get a kick out of the fact that you’re open to the simplicity of life. Some fabulous hints are, get take-out, rent a movie, or take a bubble bath together. Create an evening that is easy and healing instead of trying to create a Broadway performance that shows how much you love you love your partner or puts all the pressure on your partner to be a Tony winning performer as well. This is not the year for you to put out so much energy that you really don’t have to give. Everyone is affected by Mars retrograde and the signs that will feel Mars retrograde most intensely are Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, and Sagittarius (remember these signs apply to your rising as well).
For all the single ladies (who won’t have someone put a ring on it), one of the big things about this Valentines Day 2012 is about healing and discovering who you really are. So what does that day look like for you (and me, I’m single too) is to buy yourself some flowers and put them in your home to reflect that you do love yourself. Get together with your single friends and have a theme such as “create my perfect mate” party and dish about the relationships that you wish to manifest (such an overused spiritual word, but very powerful) and what all of you are looking for in the partner that is coming.
One of the big themes of 2012 is about healing and discovering who you really are within your love relationships. This is because Venus, the planet of love, and Mars, the planet of passion will go retrograde as well as Saturn, the planet of karma and lessons, is still in Libra, the sign that represents relationships. This energy is really asking for you to go inward and assess if you are in alignment with all that is happening within your relationships, and if you’re single, within yourself. For example, ask yourself a few simple questions:
- Are you harboring any anger or resentment (Mars) toward your partner or toward yourself?
- Are you feeling the love (Venus) that was there in the beginning of the relationship or feeling the love for yourself?
- If you’re single (or in an unhappy relationship), what can you do this year to manifest the relationship you desire?
- And lastly, what work (Saturn) are you willing to do to take your relationship to the next level of commitment. This can apply to singles as well by applying it to yourself.
So 2012 is about being aware of what you’re perpetuating in your life. Once you get down and dirty with your answers, clarity and the person of your dreams, will emerge.
Now I know this doesn’t sound like the most romantic Valentine’s Day or year but if you are willing to do the work to get your current relationship or yourself back to an authentic place, the romance will come and be so much sweeter! Let’s not have the same conversation this time next year, shall we!
Patty Kamson is an Intuitive Astrologer and has been practicing astrology for over 14 years. She writes astrology forecasts for various websites, including the position of National Astrologer for Examiner.com
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