By the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the custom of exchanging tokens of love and affection on Valentine’s Day had spread from France and the United Kingdom to the Americas and even as far as Australia. In 1847, nineteen year old Esther Howland received an English Valentine’s Day card from an associate of her father’s which sparked her interest in trying to make and sell her own.
Surprised at how popular her idea was, she formed her own business, The New England Valentine Company. Being the first mass-produced cards, she has become known as The Mother of the American Valentine.
So from ancient fertility right to religious holiday to a celebration of romance, Valentine’s Day is a natural time to let the heart’s energies flow. The best time for the ritual described below is to be performed is on the Ides of February, February 13.
First, cleanse your body; a shower is good, a long relaxing bath even better. By washing away the mental and physical residue of the day, you will leave yourself both relaxed and unhindered by any energy or issues that could act as a distraction. Next, take an object that you most closely associate with your love interest. This could be a photo, music, an article of clothing; the key is his connection to the article.
Holding the article, allow yourself to relax and focus on the face of your lover (or would be lover). If you need to, close your eyes while doing this. As the image becomes clearer, envision your love as a gossamer cloud gently enveloping him. Whisper your feelings while doing so and, when your message is complete, allow yourself to slowly come back to an awareness of yourself and your surroundings. If you can, going to sleep right after this should produce some profound dreams about the future that awaits the two of you.
Sending your deepest feeling in a psychical way is truly one of the most romantic and intense Valentine’s Cards one could hope to send or receive. Enjoy this celebration of love and romance on Valentine’s Day and know that spring is not far away.
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