June 30th, 2003

bear by san

By the way, can anybody prove the existence of the--

Valentine's heart (IE, the phallic/yonic heart-and-arrow) as a symbol of sexual love before 1750 or so? Please note: I know what the symbolism is. I know it's derived (among other sources) from the myth of Psyche and Eros. What I need to know is if, definitively, it was in use in the 16th century.

I think I'm stuck with a true-love's knot. Which sadly, isn't nearly so phallic.

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