By Isabella @TheWandCarver
The 14th of February is nearing; love is in the air…new beginnings are beckoning. Imbolc has arrived with the promise of Spring soon-to-come and not only are little seedlings stirring in the Earth, awaiting their birth into a sunny World, but the stirrings of passion in our hearts is making many folk – at least those who aren’t in relationships – want to take action. Is it any wonder that at this time of year I get more requests for love spells than at any other time of the year?
Before we go any further, I don’t do love spells. I don’t recommend them at all. I really burned myself several years ago by doing a love spell for myself (and I don’t mean that I burned myself on a candle!). I really, really thought he was THE one and I would do anything, within reason, to ensure he wanted to be with me as well. So…a simple little candle spell done and 7 years later, I was still trying to get AWAY from him. Oh yes, the candle spell worked a treat. In fact, too well! Problem was, I couldn’t end it when it was physically necessary to do so. I have always known that every spell needs a “get out” clause, but in candle magick I rarely think to do so. I’ve only just finished scrapping the rot from that relationship from my boots and it’s been over 10 years gone. But..you really want love and I’m here to help .
I’m not going to put a spell into anyone’s hands that is intended for the attraction/love of one specific person only. It would be tantamount to handing a suicidal person a noose. Either way, someone is going to be hurt badly. My recommendation is to anyone wishing to find love and needing a bit of a hand with that from the Universe is this:
1. Make a list – list all the qualities you feel you want most from a future partner. Not just how you would like the partner to treat you, but be so specific that you choose the colour of his or her eyes, if you like. Take your time writing this list, add to it, take away from it, but before you go any further with your spellwork, be absolutely certain that everything on your list is complete and to your liking. DO NOT give this person a name. You are NOT wishing for a certain person, only the sort of person you want to attract. However, being dead specific is the only way the Universe is to know exactly what you want in your future partner.
2. Sleep with this list under your pillow for a week along with a small pouch filled with dried or fresh rose buds, lavender, and vervain. All 3 herbs are coincidentally for love, however, all 3 offer protection, healing, and luck. Rose and lavender have the power to give you a psychic edge as well..this can help you know when Mr or Mrs Right comes into your life.
3. Buy a supply of small pink candles – a week’s worth – and burn one each day during the Venus hour(s)** of each day or night, at your convenience, focusing upon your intent to bring love into your life. Also have on hand a small bottle of rose or lavender oil to annoint yourself & your candle with. Whilst burning the candle, please do not think of a specific person, only think about the qualities you’ve written down. Small chime/spell candles are usually only about 50p each, perhaps more depending upon where you buy them and it normally takes about an hour for one to burn completely down. And by all means, carve hearts onto them with a pin if you like. As your candle burns, visualise yourself being loved, cared for, treated with respect, adored. Let the love you could feel for another flow throughout your body and allow yourself to feel it as though you have already found your new love.
For a full week, your main intention is to bring love into your life. You may carry the herbal pouch with you throughout your day if you choose to. Do try and keep your mind upon whatever work you must do, still, on your own time, allow the feeling of love and intention rise within you as much as possible.
You will need to keep your mind and eyes open at all times…just because he or she is not the spitting image of the person you have in your mind’s eye, don’t discount those whom aren’t…sometimes the most unlikely on the face of it all is the most likely to be just right.
And please remember – do not do any of this specifically for a certain person’s love. As the herbalist & writer, Scott Cunningham, once said, “Capturing a person with love magic of this sort is little short of psychic rape”. Here’s hoping you’ll meet the kindest, gentlest, and most loving partner this month you could ever wish for and may you both be happy ever-after.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Blessed be )O(
** you can find the Planetary hours table here: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/planets/hours.jsp to find what time the Venus hour(s) are for each day. If you find it inconvenient to burn your daily candle during the Venus hour each day, simply carve the Venus planetary symbol onto your candle with a pin.