And now to Chapter 4, Spells for Lovers. Deborah Lipp shares with us her thoughts on love spells and completing the magical circuit.
Ms. Lipp is author of five (and counting) books — The Study of Witchcraft, Elements of Ritual, The Way of Four, The Way of Four Spellbook and The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. As she says, “One of these things is not like the other.” Did I mention she’s a movie buff?
For your reading ease, bits from Mastering Witchcraft are quoted below, with discussion points. The bolded bits are Deborah’s responses.
——————————————————–hapter Four, in which our Hero Fascinates us with the Magical Arts of Heart and Loins, and acquaints us with Surprising Places from which our Powers emanate
Before starting upon the quotes, do you have a favorite love spell you’re willing to share?
This was a very powerful spell indeed. First, I got the woman in question to describe her ideal man. This worked very well because she has a “type,” and she knew exactly what he should look like.
The conversation was an important part; we got into “girl talk” detail so I had a real feel for her attraction, and I could see the man in my head.
I drew a small sketch of my friend’s face. On a separate piece of paper, I drew a same-sized sketch of Ideal Man’s face. I used colored pencils to get the skin, eye, hair tones accurate.
I cut out the two sketches so they were heart-shaped. I placed them facing each other so that it was one heart, with the two faces touching on the inside—the outside was blank. Then I rolled up this heart into a small tube and tied it with a red ribbon.
I raised power while burning dried rose petals, sending the power into my little packet. At the peak, I burned the packet and mingled the ashes with the ashes of the rose petals. Later, I disposed of all the ashes outside where the wind could take them.
My friend ended up in a relationship with exactly the man I sketched.
“A magical operation will always enjoy a greater chance of success if you complete the circuit.”
The circuit being:
Object link (something belonging to the ‘target’) →
apply magic →
to make a Power object (object charged with witch power) →
which is returned to ‘target’
Do you agree or disagree that “closing the circuit” gives greater chance of success in a magical operation?
This isn’t “the” magical circuit, it’s “a” magical circuit. There are other ways to close a circuit. If such was not the case, there would be no way to effectively do magic to bring an unknown lover into one’s life, or to bring a lost person, pet, or possession back home, or to do magic on a far distant person, and so on. In all of these cases, it would be impossible to give the charged object to the target.
Suppose we take this circuit as an example, compare it to other effective examples of magic, and extrapolate a broader, more all-encompassing circuit.
Start with an object link. That’s a great beginning. Suppose “something belonging to the target” is just one example of an object link. Remember the fundamental principal of sympathetic magic: Anything that is like a thing, is the thing. Something belonging to me is like me. So is a picture of me. So is a symbolic representation of me.
The principal of magical contagion states that any part of a thing is the whole thing, and that coming into contact with a thing makes you part of the thing. By magical contagion, my fingernail clippings (a part of me) are the whole of me. So is my footprint (which is like a part of me) and so is the dust of my footprint (which came into contact with a part of me).
My astrological sign is a part of me, and a representation of my sign represents me.
A powerful object link can be created without having any possessions of the target, by layering the symbolic, sympathetic, and contagious connections. For example, a picture of me annointed with a magical oil associated with my astrological sign, and decorated with symbols of the magical work being done (a love spell or any other).
“Apply magic (to the object)” is step two of the described circuit. I recommend always having a magical object as a focal point, but if need be, the object can be a mental image. Nonetheless, this step is absolutely necessary.
Step three is, according to Huson, returning the object to the target. In a love spell, this might mean: Gather the nail clippings of the beloved, charge them with a compelling magic, grind them up, bake them into a cake, and then feed the cake to the beloved. This sort of thing is seen all the time in old spell books.
I have had crushes and desires many times in life. Not once was I able to get close enough to the object of my desire to get his nail clippings or to feed him a homemade cake. One wonders if the whole operation doesn’t work psychologically—by making you do all these things that bring you close to the beloved, you naturally become more intimate. It’s a romcom Grimoire!
Seriously, this methodology has a lot of practical problems, but it’s certainly an example of completing the circuit. How else might this be achieved?
Complete the circuit by disposing of the object in a way that sends the energy to the target. For example, burn the object, and bury the ashes, or place the ashes someplace where the wind will blow them away.
When I work magic, I keep two things in mind: My target, and my goal. In the fingernails-in-a-cake spell, the target is the beloved, while the goal is love, romance, or sex. You can do a spell with an object connected to either the target or the goal (or both, but a crowded altar can dissipate focus).
For example, I can skip symbolizing my beloved entirely, and instead create an object that symbolizes true love. Perhaps I will make a magical charm bracelet, charge it up, and wear it every day until my spell is fulfilled. By wearing the bracelet (which is an object of the goal, not of the target), I complete the circuit.
I can also do a spell that brings the two (target and goal) together. Fingernails-in-a-cake does that, if I am careful to bake a cake that is imbued with love or sex (the goal). Once I’ve done that, I need not feed it to my beloved—I can eat it myself. Look at the circuit created there: I’ve brought the target (fingernails) together with the goal (Love Cake™). Magically, I’ve married these two concepts, so that my beloved is already a part of love. Now, by eating the cake, I bring love into my body, and not just any love—love connected to my target person. Clearly I’ve completed a powerful circuit without ever delivering homemade goodies to someone who isn’t noticing me (yet).
Whenever you devise a spell, it’s vital to ask yourself, how will I complete this?