Love, that ethereal alchemy of the heart, is a melody played on the strings of vulnerability. It is the soft whisper of dawn, the gentle caress that stirs the dormant leaves of the soul; a garden of emotions, where love blossoms like wildflowers, vibrant and untamed, each petal holds the fragrance of shared laughter, stolen glances, and the warmth of intertwined fingers beneath the canvas of a star-lit sky.
Yet, with every note, there exists a counterpart, a shadow that waltzes in tandem, and within this garden, thorns emerge, unseen and unforgiving.
The dance of suffering – those very hands that cradle you in love may inadvertently graze these thorns, leaving behind the traces of a pain that lingers, a suffering born from the tender vulnerability of the heart. It is the ache that follows the crescendo of joy.
Love and suffering entwine, their hues bleeding into one another like water colours on a canvas kissed by the midnight rain. And so to love is to suffer. There can be no greater intimacy known, no greater inspiration to the act of creation than to love and love again, no great intimacy than to hold another, or be held, when love suffers. And we all suffer. We all hurt. It is unavoidable, if you love.
What is seldom remembered is that suffering is the ground from which intimacy sprouts. True intimacy arises not just from a profound connection with someone, but when vulnerability is shared and the truth of someone’s being is unveiled. In times of pain and distress, unconditional love emerges as a sanctuary where both individuals feel seen, heard, and understood on a level that surpasses words. What are scars become sacred runes inscribed with the ink of tears, marking a passage through the labyrinth of suffering.
It is in the witnessing, acceptance and holding of each other’s wounds that a divine alchemy occurs, transmuting the leaden weight of anguish into the golden light of spiritual understanding. As suffering weaves its intricate patterns, a sacred language is spoken—a silent dialogue of the heart that only those who have danced in the flames of adversity can comprehend.
So fear not pain when you enter the halls of love. Suffering is a bridge, a conduit through which empathy flows like a sacred river. In the intimacy of suffering, there is a communion with the divine, an acknowledgment that amidst the chaos, there exists a deeper order, a cosmic choreography where every tear is a note, and every sigh is a melody.
Reflection on Morning Star Venus in octile to Ceres and trioctile to Saturn
Art by Andrea Ortuno