Potions are powerful tools that can enhance spells or be used on their own to create love where none existed before. They can be essential oil mixtures, used in conjunction with candles for maximum effect, or decoctions or other edibles taken by mouth.
CLARY SAGE POTION
This essential oil combination can be used to draw a new lover to you, or it can enhance harmony in an existing relationship.
You will need:
3 drops clary sage oil
1 drop sandalwood oil
1 drop ylang-ylang oil
A small bowl
A pink or red candle
Stir the oils together in the bowl and then rub the mixture all over the candle. Light the candle and burn for three hours. Be careful to gently snuff out the flame, as blowing out the candle will blow your wishes away. Repeat each day as necessary until the desired result is achieved.
This essential oil recipe is best used when you have a lover in mind but that person thinks of you only as a friend.
You will need:
3 drops lavender oil
1 drop lemon oil
3 drops orange or tangerine oil
A small bowl
A candle of any colour
Stir the oils together in the bowl and then rub the mixture over the candle. Light the candle and say the name of your love interest three times out loud. Let the candle burn for three hours before you snuff it out. To heighten the effect of this potion, you may also light the candle when you and your love interest are together (but you must not say why you are performing the ritual).
FLOWER HERB POTION
Mix up this potion before you pay a visit to the person you wish to be your love.
You will need:
Small bunch marigold
Small bunch lavender
Small bunch rosemary
Mortar and pestle
A shallow dish
Place the herbs in the light of a full moon for three hours. Next (and this can be done the following day), strip or pluck the soft leaves and petals from the stems of the herbs and flowers. Using the mortar and pestle, muddle the leaves together until their fragrance is released. Transfer the concoction to the shallow dish and place in a room where you know your love interest will be spending time.
ROSE QUARTZ SPELL
You will need:
A table and a chair
A piece of rose quartz
Place the candles on the table at due north, due south, due east, and due west. Light them. Hold the rose quartz in your hands and sit in a chair, facing the table. Close your eyes and repeat the following:
As the room fills with the energy of this stone,
May love full my life so I am not alone.
Then place the rose quartz on the table in the middle of the candles and say:
New love, enter into my world and into my heart,
New love, let us never be apart.
Gently snuff out the candles and let the candles and quartz sit on the table overnight.
ROSE AND CANDLE SPELL
Perform this spell in the evening before bedtime.
You will need:
A red rose
Two large red candles
Arrange the rose and candles on a table by your bedside, putting the rose between the candles. Do not light the candles yet. Go to sleep. At sunrise the next morning, sit by an open window that faces east. Hold the rose and recite these words:
This red rose is for true love
True love, come, come, to me
Return the rose to its place on the table. Light both candles, and, as you look into their flames, visualise love growing in the heart of your intended. Keep the candles lit for a full day and night or until the rose begins to wilt. Bury the rose in a sunny spot.
Valentine’s Day Card Spell
Write the name and your desire onto the Valentine’s Day card. Take the candle and drip wax to seal the envelope with the card inside. Place this special spell in the same drawer where you keep your underwear. Within 4 months you should hear from your beloved and of his/her intentions!
It’s Valentine’s Day and you don’t have a date? Everyone else around you is on a really romantic date with the one they love and here you are stuck at home watching mushy movies on television. Well there’s some good news for you mate, you don’t have to do that anymore. This spell, a special Valentine’s Day love spell is sure to drive away all your loneliness woes. The best part of this spell can be performed for couples and singles as well.
A red satin cloth cut in the shape of a heart
White satin cloth
Pins – 7
Incense stick – rose, lavender or basil
Ylang ylang oil
Start this spell on the Friday before Valentines Day. Make sure that this spell is performed atleast one week in advance. First have a cleansing bath and rub ylang ylang oil on your body, especially at the key pressure points. Then choose an appropriate position in your bedroom and lay out a white cloth in that area. Place the mirror directly opposite to where you are sitting. Make sure you sit at the center of the white cloth. Then cast an imaginary circle around yourself and light the candles and the incense sticks all around you within the circle that you have cast.
Place the red heart cut out in front of you along with the pins. Now look in the mirror and chant the following verse:
“I call upon my love, my soul mate
To take me out on a date
Seven times I pierce your heart
And pray to Venus for her magic to start
I bind your heart to mine
This Valentines Day my love shall be thine. “
Chant this verse seven times and each time you have completed the verse pierce one of the pins on the heart. Leave the arrangement for 24 hours. Snuff out the candles and the incense after the ceremony is over.
When Valentine’s Day looms on the horizon, many people start thinking about love. Did you know that the modern Valentine’s Day, although named for a martyred saint, actually has its roots in an early Pagan custom? Let’s take a look at how Valentine’s Day evolved from a Roman festival into the marketing behemoth that it is today.
Lupercalia’s Love Lottery
February is a great time of year to be in the greeting-card or chocolate-heart industry. This month has long been associated with love and romance, going back to the days of early Rome. Back then, February was the month in which people celebrated Lupercalia, a festival honoring the birth of Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of the city. As Lupercalia evolved and time went on, it morphed into a festival honoring fertility and the coming of spring.
According to legend, young women would place their names in an urn. Eligible men would draw a name and the couple would pair off for the rest of the festival, and sometimes even longer. As Christianity progressed into Rome, the practice was decried as Pagan and immoral, and done away with by Pope Gelasius around 500 C.E. Recently there’s been some scholarly debate about the existence of the Lupercalia lottery–and some people believe it may not have existed at all–but it’s still a legend that brings to mind ancient matchmaking rituals perfect for this time of year!
A More Spiritual Celebration
Around the same time that the love lottery was being eliminated, Gelasius had a brilliant idea. Why not replace the lottery with something a bit more spiritual? He changed the love lottery to a lottery of the Saints; instead of pulling a pretty girl’s name from the urn, young men pulled the name of a saint. The challenge for these bachelors was to try to be more saint-like in the coming year, studying and learning about the messages of their individual saint.
Who Was Valentine, Anyway?
While he was trying to convince Rome’s young nobleman to be more saintly, Pope Gelasis also declared St. Valentine (more on him in just a bit) the patron saint of lovers, and his day was to be held every year on February 14. There is some question about who St. Valentine actually was; he may have been a priest during the reign of the Emperor Claudius.
The legend is that the young priest, Valentine, disobeyed Claudius by performing wedding ceremonies for young men, when the Emperor preferred to see them roped into military service rather than marriage. While imprisoned, Valentine fell in love with a young girl who visited him, perhaps the daughter of the jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter, signed, From your Valentine. No one knows if this story is true, but it certainly makes St. Valentine a romantic and tragic hero.
The Christian church had a hard time maintaining some of these traditions, and for a while St. Valentine’s Day disappeared off the radar, but during medieval times the lover’s lottery regained popularity. Chivalrous young men paired off with ladies, and wore the names of their lover on their sleeves for a year.
In fact, some scholars blame poets like Chaucer and Shakespeare for the evolution of Valentine’s Day into today’s celebration of love and romance. In a 2002 interview, Gettysburg College professor Steve Anderson said that it wasn’t really until Geoffrey Chaucer penned The Parliament of Fowls, in which all of the birds on earth get together on Valentine’s Day to pair up with their mates for life.
“[Gelasius] hoped that early Christians would celebrate their romantic traditions a day early and dedicate them to the saint rather than to the Roman love goddess Juno… the feast day stuck, but the romantic holiday didn’t… Unlike Pope Gelasius’s feast day, Chaucer’s ‘lovebirds’ took off.”
Modern Valentine’s Day
Around the end of the 18th century, Valentine’s Day cards began to appear. Small pamphlets were published, with sentimental poems that young men could copy and send to the object of their affections. Eventually, printing houses learned there was a profit to be made in pre-made cards, complete with romantic pictures and love-themed verse. The first American Valentine cards were created by Esther Howland in the 1870s, according to Victorian Treasury. Other than Christmas, more cards are exchanged at Valentine’s Day than any other time of the year.
In ancient Rome, Cupid was the incarnation of Eros, the god of lust and desire. Eventually, though, he evolved into the image we have today of a chubby cherub, flitting about zapping people with his arrows. In particular, he enjoyed matching people up with odd partners, and this eventually ended up being his own undoing, when he fell in love with Psyche. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. He typically is seen on Valentine’s Day cards and decorations, and is invoked as a god of pure love and innocence–a far cry from his original form.