--By Kirsten Weiss
One of the many things I love about writing is the excuse to research arcane topics. So in the spirit of Valentine's Day, here are some love spells from the Renaissance:
1. "Love's Whisper" 💭🕯️
Whisper sweet nothings into a candle flame, then use the resulting wax to make a love amulet.
2. "Herbs of Passion" 🌿💕
Gather a bouquet of herbs associated with love and passion, then burn them in a ritual. Herbs associated with romance include spearmint, lavender, basil, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme.
3. "Star-Crossed Lovers" 🌟❤️
Map the positions of celestial bodies and draw a connection between two lovers.
4. "Sweetheart's Bind" 💕🎀
Tie a knot in a ribbon or string, symbolizing the binding of two hearts.
5. "Moonlit Promise" 🌕💍
Make a promise to your loved one under the light of the full moon.
6. "Heart's Fire" 🔥❤️
Light a fire and use it to heat a piece of metal until it is red hot, then press it to a piece of paper with a love message written on it.
7. "Love's Lasting Embrace" 💕🤗
A spell that involves creating a talisman that will keep two lovers together, even after death.
8. "Lover's Eye" 👁❤️
Create a small, intricate painting or drawing of a lover's eye, then carry it as a talisman.
9. "Rose of Love" 🌹❤️
Use a rose as a talisman and imbue it with the power of love.
10. "Love's Binding Oath" 💕🤞
Make a binding oath to your loved one, using a piece of ribbon or string as a physical representation of the promise.
And WHY you ask, am I researching Renaissance love spells? Just for the fun of it. But I do have a new witch mystery coming out this March...
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