For all lovers, the broken hearts and those aspiring to be loved your favorite day is around the corner! Feeling loved is the fondest of human emotions and for that we will pay anything to have it forever. But I suppose those desires are constantly met with challenges that will either reinforce the love or break it down. To be able to control or predict this endeavor is for lack of a better expression, impossible.
Dealing with the emotions is one thing, seeing the symbol of the emotion another and to understand the meaning of the symbol is even more critical. The symbol I have in mind is Valentines; the day and what the supposed meaning is. The big red heart finds its most use during this season. But one must wonder why the heart had to be in such a shape and not any other shape; I mean, a circle looks subtle and nice…well maybe a bit too perfect. You must wonder where I am going with this!
The combination of the heart shape and its use within the heart metaphor developed at the end of the middle ages. The geometric shape itself is found in much earlier sources but in such instances does not depict the heart but typical foliage in examples of antiquity fig leaves. The scalloped shape of the now familiar heart symbol with a dent in its base first arises in the early 14 century. Various hypotheses attempted to connect the heart shape as it evolved in the late medieval period with instances of the geometric shape in antiquity but that is as far as the shape is concerned.
The other interesting bit to explore is the name Valentines rather the figure behind the name. The name Valentines is derived from Valens which means worthy,strong or powerful. A widely recognized third century Roman Saint; not much is known of the figure apart from the idea that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.
That is as far as I will go as the general history of the day but remain wondering how much impact such a day has created in the society for the centuries that it has been celebrated. Somehow it feels that human being are not independent of seasons and have constantly to be reminded to carry out important duties; well, such as loving and appreciating a lover! If that is so and the season is due, well, here is the once in a year opportunity to do so. If however you are going for something more permanent, well, the derivation from which valentines came from is a good start to know what is important; Valens; something strong, worthy and powerful; then the day will be short of another day that you get to practice the art of appreciating your lover the whole year;perennially; through all seasons, for a life time.