Thursday, December 6, 2007

Casting a Love Spell

This is the other sort of spell I get asked about all the time. Just about everyone who e-mails me looking for spell advice either wants to curse someone or make someone fall in love with them. I've covered the basic ritual forms in my article on Casting a Curse and the same forms are used for most ceremonial spells. Here are the changes that you need to make to the Saturn operation described in the cursing article to change it from a curse to a love spell, and some comments on how such spells work.

Love spells are among the oldest magical operations that can be documented. Of course, that makes a lot of sense since the desire for love is one of the most basic human impulses. In the Hermetic Qabalah love spells are logically placed under the rulership of Venus, the planet named after the Roman goddess of love. There are two basic ways to construct a love spell:

(1) A love spell cast on a specific target - "make person x fall in love with me."
(2) A love spell cast without a specific target - "bring me love with the most suitable partner."

I favor Method 2 in my own magical work. First of all, with Method 1 you are attempting to directly influence the will of a specific individual who presumably is not interested in you as a romantic partner (since if they were you wouldn't need a spell), and I see this as an unethical use of magick. Second of all, it is significantly less likely to work. Magick manipulates probabilities and as a result you are more likely to succeed if there are many ways in which a spell can achieve your objectives. Limiting your spell to a single person limits the possible success conditions, and if the person you are seeking really is the most suitable partner for you the spell will affect them anyway. On the other hand, if they are more unsuitable than they appear the spell will bring you someone else and you will be happier with the outcome.

Here are the changes to the ritual forms.

0. Basic Rituals

You will be replacing the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Saturn with the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Venus. The ritual should be performed on a the day of Venus (Friday) during the hour of Venus if possible.

00. Preparing the Temple

You do not need a containment structure for a love spell, since in this case you want to be affected by the same magical field as the target. Therefore, the circle alone will suffice. It should be green, and you can also trace a seven-pointed star within it, also in green. If you are using Method 1, you will want to have on your person some sort of link to the target, like a photograph. If you are using Method 2, you do not need a link to any specific person.

I. Opening and II. The Preliminary Invocation

These are the same as in the Saturn operation.

III. The Conjuration

Perform the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram for Venus. As you conclude with "Let the divine light descend!", visualize a column of emerald green light descending into the circle and enveloping you. You then begin to conjure the Spirit of Venus. Vibrate the capitalized words. Seven is the number of Venus, so the names are vibrated seven times. A helpful trick is to count on your fingers as you vibrate the names, because it is easy to lose your place when vibrating a name seven times in a row.

YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH, YAHWEH TZABAOTH (yah-WEH tzah-bah-OTH). Come unto me, God in NETZACH (net-ZAKH), the sphere of NOGAH (noh-GAH). Send unto me HANIEL (hah-nee-EL), that great Archangel of thine, that he may answer my behest.

Pause until the presence of Yahweh Tzabaoth is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

HANIEL, HANIEL, HANIEL, HANIEL, HANIEL, HANIEL, HANIEL (hah-nee-EL). Come unto me, great and mighty Archangel of NETZACH (net-ZAKH), the sphere of NOGAH (noh-GAH) by the name of the great god YAHWEH TZABAOTH (yah-WEH tzah-bah-OTH). Send unto me HAGIEL (hah-ghee-EL), that great intelligence of thine, that he may answer my behest.

Pause until the presence of Haniel is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

HAGIEL, HAGIEL, HAGIEL, HAGIEL, HAGIEL, HAGIEL, HAGIEL (hah-ghee-EL). Come unto me, thou bright intelligence of NOGAH (noh-GAH) , and answer my behest. In the name of HANIEL (hah-nee-EL) thy lord, compel the spirit KEDEMEL (keh-deh-MEL) who is under thy dominion to manifest within this Circle of Art.

Pause until the presence of Hagiel is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL, KEDEMEL (keh-deh-MEL). Come unto me, mighty spirit of NOGAH (noh-GAH), and make manifest my behest. In the name of HAGIEL (hah-ghee-EL) thy lord, come forth within this Circle of Art that thou mayst wield the powers of the path of DALETH (dah-LETH), the path of the planet Venus.

Pause until the presence of Kedemel is perceived. If you don’t feel anything or see anything, wait three minutes or so before continuing.

At this point, you deliver the charge to the spirit. Address it to Kedemel. This is what you want the spirit to do, either using Method 1 or Method 2 above. You need to write this part yourself, because it’s very personal. You should state what you want simply so that the spirit can’t twist your words around. After the charge, pause for a moment before closing the temple.

IV. Closing

The License to Depart should be revised as follows.

O thou YAHWEH TZABAOTH (yah-WEH tza-bah-OTH) and thy ministers HANIEL (hah-nee-EL), HAGIEL (hah-ghee-EL), and KEDEMEL (keh-deh-MEL), because thou hast-diligently answered unto my demands, and hast been very ready and willing to come at my call, I do here license thee to depart unto thy proper place; without causing harm or danger unto man or beast. I charge thee to withdraw peaceably and quietly, and peace be ever continued between us. So mote it be!

Pause for a moment to give the spirits time to depart. If you are using Method 1, visualize the emerald green light in the circle sinking into the magical link and vanishing. For Method 2, visualize the light being absorbed into you.

The rest of the Closing is the same. You're done.

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Lena said...

Hello.I badly speak English, I live in Russia, whether therefore is not assured you will understand me. I have a round medallion. From above it is written HAGIEL and from below KEDEMEL. As any symbols there are still represented. I wished to find in the Internet that it for a medallion and have come across your clause.. Whether you could tell to me about it?

Unknown said...

i was reading your page n i think its much good.
but i have a doubt about cast love spells.
the doubt is the folowing:
Is it possible to cast a love spell for several people at the same time using several photographes in the triangle with only one ritual?
thank u

Scott Stenwick said...

Wow. I totally missed these comments. I think blogger needs to have a "recent comments" gadget - or if it does I haven't found it yet.

Helen - I'm guessing that the medallion is associated with Venus, and I would think that the symbols on it might be the sigils of the intelligence and spirit and the character of the planet. If you wanted to use a spell like this one and cast it on a talisman of some sort, your medallion would probably work well.

Dennys - Yes, you could do that. The results might not be what you want, though. If you are trying to cast a spell to make several different people all fall in love with you, that's how you would do it. Also, if you wanted two specific people to fall in love, you could put both of their pictures in the triangle. You could even put a group of pictures in the triangle and command the spirit to make person A fall in love with B, C fall in love with D, and so forth, but I have found that making multiple requests like that will result in all of them being weaker than if you had just called upon the spirit to perform a single task.

You could also do something like "make the most suitable person represented here fall in love with me" and put a bunch of pictures in the triangle. That wouldn't weaken the effect because you are only asking the spirit to perform a single action, but remember to specify your criteria for "suitable" because the spirit won't know unless you tell it. If I were thinking about doing something like this, I would probably be more tempted to do an invocation and call a suitable partner to me without worrying about who it might be. Odds are that a suitable partner (by whatever standard) will probably come out of your general group of friends anyway, so by the time you know someone well enough to take their picture they probably will wind up on the "list," as it were.

Scott Stenwick said...

Just as a reminder, I am still okay with professional spellcasters posting their contact information here, unlike the fake Illuminati nonsense that I'm tired of and am now deleting on sight.

That being said, please post only one comment with your contact information and don't spam the comment threads. If I see more than one copy of a post I will delete it, and if I recognize you as a repeat offender I will go ahead and take down all your comments.

Scott Stenwick said...

Lately the advertising here has really gotten out of hand. Specifically, it seems that people are posting an ad and then coming back and posting another one for the same caster to bump it back to the top of the recent comments.

I am no longer allowing this sort of gaming to go on. If you post an ad for a caster who already has one here I will not only delete the new one, but the old one as well. I only want to see one ad here per caster, as more than that clutters up the commenting.

Yeah, I'm being a bit draconian about this. But keep in mind most blogs aren't willing to allow ads like this at all. If the spamming continues, I may have to disallow them altogether.

Scott Stenwick said...

...and aisle two is now cleaned up. I have enabled comment moderation, and I am officially done with hosting free ads for folks who can't abide by even the simplest rules. Go find someplace else to spam.