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Love Connection

We are now well into the month of February, the month of love. What actually is love and how do we define it. Many songs, ballads, sonnets, plays and shows have been written and recorded about unacquainted love stories. Giving us all hope of the possibility of everlasting love.

Is it psychological need or is it a physical attraction or is a mental requirement we have that determines our need to be loved, to experience connection with someone else. Love is complicated, Anthony and Cleopatra a well-known love story resulting in suicide and a play written by William Shakespeare in 1607 as a tragedy, rather than a love story. Because as we know love, should have a happy ending. Though it has been suggested love can send us mad, or one to lose our mind out of grief. In medicine there is a condition known as 'Broken Heart Syndrome' causing the heart to weaken due to severe emotional or physical stress.

Love makes the world go round. From love, new life is born. As humans we need connection to one another. The close intimacy of shared responses and feelings, the ability to talk to another person. Our human bodies are filled with hormone receptors of dopamine, norepinephrine. Testosterone and estrogen drive lust. Whereas dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin create attraction. Oxytocin and vasopressin are the expression and need for touch, cuddles, emotional connections. Oxytocin is a hormone, that can help to relieve stress, mental health issues as it produces feelings of safety, connection with family, loved ones and social bonding.

In our charts we have asteroids connected to the representation of love, commitment, sexual desire and partnerships. These show up in our charts in different houses and respond to the way we see, need, want or desire love.

When looking at our love connection in our astrology charts, we are looking to see how we connect in love, what we need, what inspires us, what we are passionate about, what we find beautiful this can also relate to art, money and other worldly pleasures.

Love is complex, but we somehow need love. According to the ancient Greeks there are eight different types of love Eros - sexual passion, Philia - deep friendship, Ludus - playful love, Agape - love for everyone, Pragma - long standing/enduring love, Philautia - love of the self, Storge - family love, Mania - obsessive love.

In 1992 Dr Gary Chapman wrote a book on the five love languages. These love languages express our needs and our desires to be seen and heard by our partners in our emotional connection to another person emotionally and how we expressed our love through the acts of service, gift of giving, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time and communication. Sometimes it can be a mixture of love languages.

In the words of 1 Corinthians 13 ' Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps nor record of wrongs.'


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