Potions might be the alternative

    In the memorable words of Ewan McGregor in “”Moulin Rouge,”” “”Love is a many splendid thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love.””

    Lyon Liew
    Guardian

    For some people, love is just like magic, while for others, it takes a little magic to find love. If you’re feeling like Cupid needs a helping hand this Valentine’s Day, a love spell may sound like a more attractive option than a blind date.

    However, if you decide to call on the help of Venus, the goddess of love, rather then your match-making friends, there are a few things to know before casting a love spell.

    Andrea Hall, who works at Starcrafts, a metaphysical bookstore in Ocean Beach, Calif., points out that the most important consideration in casting spells is not to focus on a specific person.

    “”You shouldn’t try to change the will of another person,”” she said. “”If you specifically focus on an individual, you would be changing their will, and that wouldn’t be fair.””

    While it is tempting to bewitch the one your heart desires, Hall explains that you should focus on attracting the attributes of that person. The purpose of a love spell is to attract love of any kind into your life and to make it easier for love to find you. However, according to Hall, “”as a Wiccan, you don’t change the will of another person.””

    With that disclaimer, there are tons of herbs, flowers, oils and candles that may make it easier for love to find its way to your heart. Rose and jasmine oil are commonly used, as is dragon’s blood oil, which is actually the resin from a drocana palm that is named for its scarlet color. Vanilla is used in love “”magik,”” as is used to refer to ritual magic, as well, and amber greis is used for lust. Also try burning pink and red candles to create some love energy.

    If you still feel like you need an elaborate ritual, there are hundreds of books on casting spells and attracting love. Hall recommends “”Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner”” by Scott Cunigham for those new to the craft, as well as “”Witches Circle”” by Maria Kay Simms.

    If love spells are all you’re after, “”Wicca Love Spells”” by Gerina Dunwich ranks high on Hall’s reading list. Or you can stop by Starcrafts at 1909 Cable St. and talk to Hall yourself.

    She’d be happy to mix up a potion to send Cupid’s arrow flying your way.

    Visit Starcrafts on the Web at http:www.starcraftsob.com.

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