On my jog this morning, the road ahead was dark and narrow until I turned the corner. Suddenly, the landscape became light and the horizon expansive. In a matter of seconds the images (and emotions that embodied them), came into balance. The path that seemed sunless and restrictive suddenly appeared energetic and open much like the transition from the winter season to spring. With this experience, I thought: ahh!, the equinox.
Not only does February mark the celebration of Valentine’s Day, it also commences the Chinese New Year. In Chinese astrology, this year is the year of the Fire Monkey. According to Narrye Caldwell, a Doctor of Chinese medicine and Chinese astrologer, “Fire brings forth the rose, lays the paint on the canvas, and gives voice to the song that’s been forming in the depths of your heart.” In yoga, Hanuman, who is the monkey hero, brings forth the rose and gives voice to the song of your heart. He is the quintessential Valentine and bhakti yogi.