Basil & Cinnamon Love Talisman
Should be done on a Friday during a waxing moon
Large, flat plate
Small picture of yourself
Ceramic or glass bowl
Pink household or taper candle
Small piece of pink cotton cloth
Pink yarn or cord
Hold the candle between your hands & envision yourself as a loving, giving person. Fill yourself with feelings of love & sensuality. Infuse those feelings into the candle and then place it in its holder. Light the candle.
Place the plate before the candle. Put the small picture of yourself in the middle of the plate. Pour a small circle of ground cinnamon on the plate around the picture & say:
“Love surrounds me.”
Pour a larger circle of basil around the ring of cinnamon, saying once again:
“Love surrounds me.”
Now pour a third, larger circle of cinnamon around the basil and say once again:
“Love surrounds me.”
Hold your hands, palms down, over the three herb circles and your picture for a few moments. Sense the energies that are rising from the herbs. Raise energy. Visualize again what you want the talisman to accomplish. Carefully pour the herbs and the picture into the bowl. Place your hands into the bowl and mix the herbs with your fingers, infusing them with your personal energy as you do so and saying these words or something similar:
” Spice and herb, Plant and tree:
send someone to love only thee.
Love we shall share, Equally
As is my will & desire, So mote it be!”
Pour the spices and the picture into the center of the pink cloth. Gather up ends and tie them shut with the pink yarn. Place the love talisman beside the candle. Let sit there for at least 15 minutes or so as you concentrate on what you want it to accomplish for you then pinch out the candles flame. Burn the candle for at least 7 minutes at approximately the same time each day and carry the talisman with you to attract appropriate love. It is best to make another talisman or recharge this one about every 6 months or so.
Attraction Poppet or Figure
Barbie or Ken-like doll or pink poppet
A pink cloth
Black magick marker
Find a quiet place where you can turn out all the lights and be undisturbed. Get a bed sheet and make a circle out of it by tying the ends together. Take some salt and trace a triangle with the apex to the circle on a flat surface, like card board over carpet. Place a rock at the base of the triangle and place a candle at the apex. Light it and step into the circle. Sit down in it. Take the figure/poppet and fasten his picture to it with a rubber band or place inside the poppet. Hold the figure/poppet.
Trace a unicursal hexagram clockwise beginning in the upper left corner with the cup. Visualize lines, the color pink. Then say this:
“Jupiter, I summon they to aid me in this rite, to empower me with what I need.”
Take the pink cloth and sign your name. Then sign: “Jupiter”. (If you know Automatic Handwriting, have the spirit sign the cloth.) Then take the cloth and wrap the action figure or poppet in it and place it all in the shoe box. Thank the spirit from Jupiter and license it to depart by tracing the hexagram counterclockwise at the same upper left point and say:
“So be it.”
Put the shoebox in a safe place where it will not be disturbed.
Attract the Perfect Lover Spell
Timing: Perform on a Friday during the waxing moon.
6 rose petals
1 teaspoon of lavender
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
a rose quartz
6-inch square of pink cloth
green ribbon (floss or yarn will do)
an inch of red ribbon
needle and thread
Place the petals, rose quartz, lavender, cinnamon, red ribbon, and penny in the center of the cloth square. Gather the edges of the fabric together and hold the pouch close to your heart. Then say:
“Venus, Queen of love, divine
Bring the love to me that’s mine.
Perfect, he (she) and perfect, me
Together we are meant to be.
Venus, Queen of love, so warm
Bring my love to me, without harm.
Let nothing keep us now apart,
Bring perfect love to fill my heart.”
Still holding the pouch against your heart, fill it with loving energy. Secure the pouch with the green ribbon to seal the spell. Carry it on your person and sleep with it under your pillow. When the lover comes to you, bury the pouch under a tree.
A Seduction Spell
A red candle
Piece of red or pink paper
Red Ink pen or Doves Blood Ink
Light the Red candle. On the paper write your full name. Under your name write the person’s name you are attracted to, their birthday then your own. Draw a heart around the information then write the names and birthdays again directly on top of the heart. Do this 3 times. Don’t worry if it looks like scribble. Fold the paper small and burn it in the flame of the candle. As it burns say…
“Light the flame bright, the fire Red is the color of desire. ”
Repeat 3 times. This must be done each night for 9 consecutive nights.
You might know Geoffrey Chaucer from Canterbury Tales, but he’s also the first to name-drop St. Valentine, and link the name to love and mating.
Chaucer wrote a dream vision poem, Parliament of Fowls (circa 1381-1382) that’s a perfect match for this love-drunk modern phenomenon of Valentine’s Day.
It’s about the very romantic notion that birds in the wild find their mates this time of year. It’s the day when birds propose, and commit to making a nest together.
As an English major, I took a Medieval Lit class and labored over Chaucer’s Middle English. Here in this modern translation, like jumping to the Cliff Notes, you read the narrative of Nature herself:
You know that on Saint Valentine’s day,
By my statute and through my governance,
You come to choose – and then fly your way –
Your mates, as I your desires enhance.
Season of Longing
With the festival of Imbolc, that begins the month, we are at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
We are weary of winter, and eagerly looking for signs of Spring. A color for Imbolc is red, as it is with Valentine’s Day, the color of vitality, the heart’s blood and erotic passion.
Here’s more from a modern translation of Parliament of Fowls, which is set on a hill, near the Temple of Venus.
Saint Valentine, who art full high aloft –
Thus sing the small fowls for your sake –
Now welcome summer, with your sun soft,
That this winter’s weather does off-shake.
Isn’t it natural to look with a hopeful heart for signs of the coming warmth this time of year? And with it, comes the Springtime passion for life, the surge of vitality, that lies ahead?
More Valentine’s Day Curiosities
Who sent the first Valentine? Legend gives that honor to Charles, Duke of Orleans, who sent it while imprisoned in the Tower of London, in 1415. He wrote romantic verses for his wife, that can now be viewed in the British Museum.
Where did the XXX for kisses come from? You know how in olden times, when people who couldn’t write their name, made an X? To show they meant it, people would seal it with a kiss, with witnesses present. (This comes from the Farmer’s Almanac.)
The over-the-top holiday has lead to a backlash of humor. Here’s one, as seen on an e-card. “Today is Single’s Awareness Day, but Chin Up, Tomorrow is Half-Price Candy Day!”
The flower of the goddess of love Aphrodite (Greece) and Venus (Roman) in myth is the red rose. And, in keeping with the known legends of Saint Valentine, it’s also the flower of martyrs.
In Finland and Estonia, February 14th is “Friend’s Day,” a celebration of friendship.
In Wales, men carve love-spoons out of wood, with symbolic features like a key (to the heard), wheels (of his labor) and beads (for the children he’d like to have). In Ireland, a traditional gift is a bag of flour (which I received once from an Irishman).
Saints and Pagans
The origins of Valentine’s Day is super speculative, and might not even be related, though it’s unclear why Chaucer used that name in a poem. It’s quite possible that it’s only revisionist eyes that reached back into ancient Rome and the legends of the actual Saint (or Saints) named Valentine.
And from the pagan angle, there’s the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility and purification rite, and February itself is a month for purification. It seems a seasonal echo across cultures, since the Northern European festival of Imbolc (early February) is also one of purification, fertility and the very first signs of Spring.
A Love Box
Items You Will Need:
A small heart-shaped box painted pink
Love Drawing Oil
One pink votive candle
A Small square of parchment paper
A lock of your own hair
One rose quartz
Begin by drawing a heart in the center of the parchment paper. Inside the heart inscribe your name and the name of the one you desire or love. Wrap the parchment paper around the lock of your hair and secure it with the red ribbon. Place the parchment, along with the rose quartz, inside the box and close the lid.
Using a pin or sharp object inscribe your name and the name of the one you desire (or love) into the pink candle. Pick up the candle and anoint it with the love-drawing oil as you chant:
“May the God of love hear my plea,
And bring everlasting love to me.”
Set the candle on top of the box and light it. Gaze into the flame of the candle and visualize the one you love loving you in return. Chant the following seven times:
“Hail to thee, great God of Love,
Shine down on me from far above.
Bring the one I desire to me,
That we shall ever love. So Mote It Be.”
Just before the candle burns out drip some of the wax around the lid of the box to seal it shut. On Valentine’s Day, present the box to the one you desire as a token of your love and friendship.
St. Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day is a festival of love that amalgamates the Pagan traditions of Rome and northern Europe. Valentine’s Day has it origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia (15 February) honoring Juno and Pan. During this time, unwed women obtained lovers by a form of lottery.
One myth recounts how a bishop named Valentine had conducted weddings for Roman soldiers against an order of Claudius II forbidding them to marry. When he was condemned to death, he cured the judge’s daughter of blindness and then sent her a letter signed, ‘your Valentine.”
Love spells. They’re one of the things that often draws new folks to Wicca and Pagan religions. However, there’s a lot of question within the Pagan community about the ethics of on someone else. After all, if you’re performing magic on someone without their knowledge, aren’t you messing with their free will?
Most Wiccans will tell you that the best way to approach love magic is to avoid focusing on a specific individual as a target. Instead, use your energy and skills to focus on yourself — to draw love your way, or to help you present yourself as a person worthy of love. You could use your magical abilities to feel more confident and attractive, much like a magical makeover. In other words, fix yourself, not someone else.
Bear in mind that many Pagan traditions have no restrictions on the use of magic to change someone else. If you’re part of such a tradition, the use of love magic may well be within the boundaries of . In some traditions of folk magic, love magic is perfectly acceptable. It’s something that’s done as a matter of course, and is no more unethical than wearing a sexy perfume or a cute push-up bra. Magic is viewed as a tool, and can be used in tandem with the mundane to bring you what you want — after all, if you didn’t want to change things, you wouldn’t be doing magic in the first place, right?
Before casting any sort of working that affects another person, though, be sure to think about consequences. How will your actions affect not only you, but other people? Will it ultimately cause harm? Will it cause someone to be hurt, either directly or indirectly? These are all things that should be evaluated before performing any working at all, whether it’s a love spell or some other type of magic. If your tradition or belief system prohibits you from performing magic on someone without their consent or knowledge, then you’d be better of skipping the love magic, and focusing instead on self-improvement and self-empowerment.
Rather than aiming a love spell at someone and expecting them to become your devoted servant and doormat, consider looking at love spells as a method of (a) getting someone to notice you AND (b) getting the person to, once they’ve noticed you, find all the things about you that they like. If you maintain this perspective, you should be able to work love magic and still keep within your ethical boundaries.
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2017 February 14
The Rosette Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Evangelos Souglakos
Explanation: Would the Rosette Nebula by any other name look as sweet? The bland New General Catalog designation of NGC 2237 doesn’t appear to diminish the appearance of this flowery emission nebula. Inside the nebula lies an open cluster of bright young stars designated NGC 2244. These stars formed about four million years ago from the nebular material and their stellar winds are clearing a hole in the nebula’s center, insulated by a layer of dust and hot gas. Ultraviolet light from the hot cluster stars causes the surrounding nebula to glow. The Rosette Nebula spans about 100 light-years across, lies about 5000 light-years away, and can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros).
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Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
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