Maybe it’s true, maybe Valentine’s Day was invented by Madison Avenue Hallmark. But I don’t care; I still love Valentine’s Day! Walk into any New York City store and you will see pink paper hearts floating from the ceilings or windows. Little cupid angels will be pointing their arrows right at your heart and there is an overall feeling of love in the air!
Have you ever wondered about the history and symbolism of what the two hearts with an arrow through them comes from? They symbolize love and unity. I actually named my relationship advice ezine: “Two Hearts Beating As One” because it conjures up a very similar image and meaning. The two hearts represent the emotion of love between two people and the arrow symbolizes Cupid’s dart of love.
And who is Cupid and where did he come from? Cupid was the Roman God of Love. Cupid was the equivalent of the Greek god of love who was named Eros (“eros” as in “erogenous” zone – get it)? So the picture of two hearts with an arrow through them represents two people who have fallen in love with each other – and are now united as one. Pretty cool and romantic!
Red roses represent passion. It is believed that red roses were the favorite flowers of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. Stop by one of NYC’s many flower shops, (such as the exclusive Belle Fleur on Fifth Ave.), to pick up a bouquet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s day!
We see a lot of birds paired together for Valentine’s Day. Did you know that birds paired together symbolize fidelity and nesting? And since doves mate for life – they are often depicted in cards and floral arrangements for this holiday. The Dove is the symbol for the Greek goddess of Love otherwise known as Aphrodite. (Now you know why many couples choose to release doves on their wedding day).
Now here is my favorite little known fact about love symbols. We all know that “X” stands for a kiss when we write it on our cards; but do you know why? In medieval times the average person (really peasant) could not write. Therefore, they signed their name with an “x” and then they would kiss the “x” to represent their honesty attached to their signature. This is how the letter “x” came to represent a kiss. So this is where the concept of “sealed with a kiss” comes from. I love this stuff!
Okay. You now have a little more than two weeks to get the most romantic day – or should I say night? – of your year all planned out! Dream up something entirely unique and unforgettable, like a Romantic Cruise on the Hudson, a carriage ride in Central Park, or even a hot air balloon ride far above the city lights! Here’s a little tip – use all five of your senses to create a romantic Valentine’s Day evening!
Rekindle Romance and Happiness in Your Relationship,
Dr. Patty Ann