What do I mean by "pink building'? Well, several colleagues of mine came up with this term for that realm governed by a cadre of Deities that strikes fear into the stoniest shaman's heart: the Goddesses (and occasional Gods) of love, desire, eroticism, sexuality, lust, and abundance, deities like Oshun, Freya, Aphrodite, Eros, et Al (Go ahead, laugh. But then think about how tangled up we can get in just those things, how badly it can hurt, and how horrible it might be to have the DISfavor of one of these Deities. Read Ovid's "Metamorphosis," a handbook on why one shouldn't piss off Eros. Still laughing? I didn't think so). Of course, no disrespect is intended by this term. I think the use of this funny little term allows us spiritworkers (many of us utter chickenshits when it comes to matters of the heart--we're shamans, we have hearts? I can hear you all saying now. Yes, some of us do. Die in a fire.) to laugh at our own fears and foibles in a way that in no way denigrates the magnificence and power of the Holy Beings involved. Besides, sooner or later I think every single one of us is going to come face to face with the Power of these Deities; sooner or later we'll call upon Them, sooner or later, we will experience the force of that which They own. Sooner or later we'll taste the joy They can bring ,or the terror, or both intertwined.
Now, I have the utmost gratitude and respect to these Powers, let me tell you, and if any day was particularly fitting to show that gratitude via ritual offerings, Valentine's Day probably fits the bill. Now, if i love someone, i show him every day in different ways that I love him. I don't wait till February! There's something artificial about trying to codify and sugar-coat the experience of being in love or lust. I don't like that. Instead, I use this day as a celebration of the Goddesses and Gods specifically associated with love and sex, romance, eroticism, etc. etc. I clean all Their altars. I make them pretty and put out flowers and candy and good wine and whatever else I think They might like. I spend part of the day giving thanks for all the loves large and small in my life, for all the blessings of abundance and passion, creativity, vitality, friendship, romance, etc. that They have poured into my lap. I thank Them for the passion of my devotional life and ask that this flame always burn brightly and hot. I ask Them to help me always remain open to Their gifts because i've found over the years that if one is not willing to appreciate what these Deities govern, then one isn't really open and welcoming of Their blessings either and without Their blessings, the world can be awfully dull, awfully grey, even a place of pain. So I pray to always remain open to the flow of all that They can bring.
Whom will I be honoring today? Well, in my house, there are shrines and active devotion to Oshun, Freya, Aphrodite, Eros, the Charites, Muses, and Sigyn. I include Sigyn on this day partly because for a long time i've also celebrated Valentine's Day as Her feast day, and because She did so much over the past ten or so years to ensure that my heart did not shrivel up into a scarred and bitter thing. I also pour out offerings to the Goddess Amicitia, the Roman personification of friendship. I've been very, very blessed in my friends. Because the Gamelion also occurs around this time, I usually set out special offerings for Juno and Jupiter too. Then, just because I love Them so, I make offerings to Odin and Loki. It seems like a lot but it really isn't, not when one takes into account the many blessings and challenges, joys and inspirations these beloved Deities have showered upon me. It's not that much at all.
So that's it. That's how I spend Valentine's Day, whether I'm in a relationship or not. The second question i get all the bloody time, concerns love magic. Let me share an article my friend Sophie wrote about that. It pretty much echoes my own opinion of the matter: http://sreicher.weebly.com/1/post/2012/02/love-magic-and-why-i-dont-advocate-it.html. Basically, if you wouldn't slip someone a rohypnol tablet (and for Gods' sake i hope none of you reading this would do that!), then don't try to use enchantments and love spells either. That's all for now. It's almost 3am where i"m at and I"m going to cut this article short before I become too squirrely. Y'all aren't ready for that Galina yet. heh.
So while you're going about your business today, give a thought to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pink Building; and praise Them.