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Love Potions, Charms, and Spells

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Nell is fascinated by the paranormal. She is a Pagan, and loves all things magical.

Love Potions

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love spells love potions

Love Potions

Did you know? If a young girl carries a sprig of ivy and lays it next to her heart, she will marry the first young man she speaks to.

And if a bride finds a small spider in the folds of her wedding dress then she will never be poor. Of course she could run screaming at the sight of the spider in the first place!

There are so many love potions, spells and omens in romantic folklore and superstition. Here we will take a look at some of the most popular and heartwarming of them all.

Oriflame Love Potion Eau De Parfum
Oriflame Love Potion Eau De Parfum

Love Potion perfume! Absolutely gorgeous, and it comes in an amazingly shaped bottle that will make her love it even more!


The words 'I love you' taste sweet on my lips

as I sip the potion and think of you.

Drink and be mine.

— Nell Rose.

Wild Pansy

Wild Pansy purple
Wild Pansy purple

Wild Pansy

In legend, it is said that Cupid shot an arrow at the beautiful wild Pansy, also known as hearts ease or love-in-idleness.

It was also known by such delightful names such as:



Tickle-my-fancy, and Three-faces-in-a-hood.

Whoever came up with these names definitely had a poetic nature!

The flower was originally white, but the wound from the arrow caused it to change color. Then the juice of the plant was used as a love potion.

William Shakespeare tells it rather well in his wonderful Midsummer Night's Dream.

Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.

It fell upon a little Western Flower.

Before, milk white, now purple with love's wound,

The Maidens call it Love-in-idleness.

Fetch me that flower, the herb I showed thee once,

The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid.

Will make man or woman madly dote,

Upon the next live creature that it sees.

William Shakespeare.

Apple Magic

apples free images
apples free images

The Apple of Love

Did you know? The apple is sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. So of course its very popular with wise women and witches, who make it into a love potion and use it for divination.

Peel an apple, making sure that its in one long strip, and then throw it over your left shoulder. When it has fallen to the ground, take a look and see what shape it has fallen into. That will show the initial of your future love.

You can also use the pips too, girls! You pick up the pips, press them to your face, and at the same time naming each pip with a different guys name. The pip which stays on your cheek longer, will be your future love.

Apples are the food of love,

but eat each one with care.

Within the red and shiny heart,

is poison and despair.

But if the magic time is right,

and the moon is full and clear

Then eat the apple with all your might

and see your love appear.

— Nell Rose
candle mirror apple love potion
candle mirror apple love potion

The Apple the Candle and the Mirror

Take an apple and a burning candle into a dark room just before midnight. Halloween is the best time, but any night will do. If there is a full moon shining through the window then this will be even more successful.

Stand before the dark mirror, and cut the apple into small pieces. Throw one piece over your right shoulder, and eat the remaining apple. At the same time comb your hair.

Do not look behind you, but at midnight stare into the dark mirror. Your future love will appear in the glass!

love potion free
love potion free

The Love Salve

St. Luke's Day which is the 18th October, is another great day for those who dream of meeting their perfect partner.

Although he was the patron Saint of physicians, St. Luke was regarded as one of the most popular Saints to pray to, if you wanted to meet your life partner and fall in love.

In fact in his case, he was very popular for one main reason. He prescribed love potions!

His popular love salve consisted of, thyme, marigold, wormwood, marjoram, white vinegar and honey.

The marigold is the flower of the sun, and represents fertility. Their chests, stomach

and hips were anointed with the potion, while lying down on the bed. They then recited this three times:

St. Luke, be kind to me,

In dreams let me my true love see.

kissing love spells love potions St. Valentine   free wallpaper
kissing love spells love potions St. Valentine free wallpaper

St. Valentine

Of course we can't go without mentioning St. Valentine. St. Valentines day is the most romantic of the year. But who was he?

St. Valentine was an early Christian Priest. He was martyred in Rome, back in 269 when the Romans were still against Christianity. Its said that on this day, birds pair up together, so people took this as a sign and decided it was the most romantic day to marry.

Strangely enough, the giving of gifts on this day has nothing to do with Christianity. It is an old Pagan custom, associated with fertility and virginity.

The magical love spell on this day consisted of the women collecting pieces of straw.

They would then close their eyes while holding the bunches of straw in their hand. A suitor would then pick a straw, and hold it behind his back. This was followed by other suitors doing the same.

After all the straws had been taken, the girl would tell them to hold out the straw. The longest straw was the winner.

Sound familiar?

There are many Valentine's Day spells and chants out there. But the most powerful has to be the one that you write for yourself.

First you have to cleanse your body and spirit.

  • Bathe and bless the water as you wash.
  • Dress in a loose robe or clothing.
  • Prepare salt, water and a candle on the table. Do this by placing salt in a small dish, the same with the water, and place a red candle next to them.
  • Dip your finger into the salt and touch your forehead where the third eye is situated.
  • Sprinkle water over you and say a prayer. Any religion, denomination or Pagan words will be fine.
  • Light the red candle. Then chant your question spell three times.
  • Such as......

Love love come to me,

By this red light your powers be,

Bring my love (name) to my door,

So he will love me ever more.

After chanting your spell, blow out the candle, bless the salt and water, and then empty the bowls.

Sit for a few moments imagining your spell again, and see in your minds eye your wish coming true.

And there you go!

© 2018 Nell Rose


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 9 days ago from England

      Thanks Devika, yes people do do these things, lol!

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      Devika Primić 9 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Such thoughts and superstitious minds, makes me wonder about your title. Interesting and most fascinating.

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      Nell Rose 12 days ago from England

      LOL! thanks Martie! Yes, been there through history and beyond!

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      Martie Coetser 13 days ago from South Africa

      People and their superstition! I can just imagine what kind of concoctions were brew in the name of love. I love your poetic descriptions!

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      Jackie Lynnley 13 days ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks, will do that!

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Yes they come under public domain, but if you want to be totally sure, go to images in google, look underneath and click on tools, go to usage rights, and click, you will see the options. They are self explanatory. And thanks yes, good old spells and love potions! lol!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      Nell, this reminds me of my mom! She never did things like this but apparently she saw some of it growing up. Sometimes I wonder if she just made some of it up. She would have been a hoot at HP! lol

      You gonna try it?

      Love that wallpaper photo! I used to use them and would have to take them down. Guess the rules have changed, I may go looking for some. They are fantastic I think, and free so isn't that just like public domain?

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Mary, yes these love potions and spells have been around for years, thanks for reading.

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      Mary Wickison 2 weeks ago from Brazil

      You got this ready for the run-up to Valentine's day. I imagine some of these are still used. Where I live there are still a lot of people who believe in superstitions. Not sure I have seen anyone putting apple pips on their face. Although I vaguely remember doing something like that when I was a teen.

      I think now they call this 'postive thinking'. It's funny how things don't change, we just give them a different title and call it new.

      Interesting collection.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Hi Dianna, did you know that if you eat the core its actually full of cyanide? Jeesh! lol! never chew the seeds! thanks

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      What a wonderful collection of love potions and spells. I don't think I have ever heard the legend of the pansy before, although I have read and watched A Midsummer's Night. My favorite part is your poem about the apple. It sounds like a spell also.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 weeks ago

      This is an interesting write. I guess the apple, since the beginning of time, has been assigned a bad reputation.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Yes, that's right. Most of our Christian festivals are on the old Pagan ones. In fact that is what the church deliberately set out to do! unbelievable eh? Take the 2nd of Feb, Candlemas, when actually its an old pagan date for the beginning of Spring, called Imbolc!

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Yeah! that was great Shyron, lol! I wish I could make a spell that does that, how awesome would that be?

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Flourish, always good to see you.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Linda, I am concentrating on these now, as they are my favorite subjects.

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      Nell, I just learned something today that I didn't know. December 25 was the Winter Solstice during the Julian Calendar that originated in 46 BC. This calendar used a slightly shorter day than our modern calendar that now places the Solstice on Dec. 21. So the Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on the original Winter Solstice. Doncha love it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      Nell, Nell, my friend

      who loves magic spells and mystical things

      Write me a whimsical tale

      to tell me what to do

      To free our world from fear

      And let our spirits hear

      Happy New Year

      All the way from here.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      I especially liked the Valentine information and your poems. Well done!

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fun article, Nell. I agree with a previous commenter. The poetry is lovely.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks so much Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

      Nell Rose I found this hub Fascinating.. wildly fascinating Happy New Year

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      lol! me too Mary! thanks for reading!

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      Mary Norton 2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is fun. I wish I knew about this when we were growing up.

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Bill, Happy New Year to you and Bev!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That was a fun read, and informative...two for the price of one. Can't beat that deal. :) Happy New Year, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Zulma, Happy New Year to you to!

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      Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Miz, yes the Pagans hung around a lot longer than we think back then. and of course magic potions have always been around, thanks and Happy New Year!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      This is a lovely hub to start the New Year with. Most enjoyable.

      Happy New Year to you, Nell.

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      Nell, the little bits from Shakespeare were enlightening. I didn't realize that they were tucked away in his works. So much of Christianity was adopted from the Pagans to make them more comfortable with their conversions (many forced), but you knew that. The photos are beautiful and the poetry is lovely.