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(First, GHOST CITY is now available in print on Amazon.com! Don't forget that if you buy the print version on Amazon you can also get the Kindle version for free thanks to their matchbook program! Now back to the post...)

I've never been a hater or a lover of Valentine's Day. When I'm in a relationship, it's a nice reason to do something extra special. It's also a...reason, I guess, to be bummed out if we *don't* do something extra special. And when I'm single...well, it's just a day when you know better than to ask your non-single friends if they want to plan to do anything.

The actual origins of the day are kind of murky. I've heard a lot of different stories (apparently there are MULTIPLE St. Valentines), so I've decided to scrap them all and just go with what it's about now: love. And since there's a lot of Valentine's Day cards being given out by and to kids in elementary school classes who hardly know each other, I'm going to say it's about all kinds of love, not just romantic. And there are definitely people (and critters) in my life that I love.

So I've been trying to figure out what to do on Valentine's Day this year so that I don't accidentally end up moping around the house feeling sorry for myself, or eating all of my feelings (I make really good double dark chocolate brownies, I'm just sayin'), or watching endless streaming Netflix while eating so that I don't actually feel anything at all.

And then it came to me: witchcraft. Duh.

Not to find love. Not to create more love. Not to heal old wounds. Just an evening filled with magic, honoring and celebrating the many forms of love already in my life. I'm not sure on all the details yet, but there will be witchcraft. There will be roses. There might still be double dark chocolate brownies (c'mon!). And I have the perfect little pink votive candle with a picture of Mary on it from Sarah and Jenn to use in ritual.

I am a Taurus. I recently heard an alchemical description of the Earth signs of the Zodiac as a tree: Virgo are the branches, Capricorn are the trunk, and Taurus are the roots. This makes sense to me. I've learned in the past decade that I am all about foundations, be it in forming relationships, making decisions, preparing for new experiences. If I have a solid foundation, I feel perfectly safe and excited to jump in and be spontaneous--if that makes sense. Like, if I'm traveling, as long as I have a foundation, a sense of where I'll be and what's there, and how much money I have to spend, I feel no need to plan things out or worry about a damn thing.

So I think I'll take this Valentine's Day to build a foundation for love in my life, so that I can love others better, experience love more easily, and even allow myself to be loved a little more easily than I have been.

Have a great Monday :)

Date: 2014-02-10 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caitirin.livejournal.com
Sounds like a beautiful idea!

Date: 2014-02-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littleloveflame.livejournal.com
A beautiful, beautiful idea!

By the way
Me = sun sign Pisces
moon sign Pisces

Ascendant, or Rising Sign - as in, what people see when they see you, how you present yourself to the world, the face you wear
TAURUS

Date: 2014-02-13 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littleloveflame.livejournal.com
also my print copy of your newest child is on the way, in the mail as we speak - and you must sign it when I see you next (and I WILL see you again...)

Date: 2014-02-10 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elaby.livejournal.com
I love this idea. What a great way to spend Valentine's Day <3

Date: 2014-02-10 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] costumenut.livejournal.com
Love this! And I like that description of the Earth signs. I can live with being the branches. :-)

Date: 2014-02-11 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lathriel.livejournal.com
I wish I could find more info about that description, I'd love to read up more on all the signs~

Date: 2014-02-12 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] costumenut.livejournal.com
I know. It's fascinating.

Date: 2014-02-13 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarmaplelife.livejournal.com
As a Valentine to myself, I bought print copies of Ghost City and The Hierophant. Got them in the mail yesterday, finished Ghost City this morning while Daniel organized the breakfast cereal circus for me. :D

It was STUNNING. A triumph. I cannot imagine how awesome it must feel to have written another book that's that good. I'm just haunted by the book, even now, and outrageously happy for you. :) <3 I hope you never stop writing, ever, because it was clearly something you were born to do. <3

Date: 2014-02-13 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lathriel.livejournal.com
Oh my goodness, thank you so much! These words mean so much to me. :3 GC was the biggest leap of faith I've even taken in a writing project. I'm immensely proud of how it turned out, and knowing that other people have read it and loved it massively bolsters my faith in the universe, and in myself as a storyteller (or at least as an instrument for the universe to tell stories through!).

Thank you so, so much for your kind words. <3

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