From time immemorial, people have played “cupid”. The word” charm” derives from the Latin “Carmen “, meaning “song”.
In the way that Indian snake charmers use their instruments to induce the snake to emerge from the basket, so words and music are used to seduce a lover.
Tokens of Love
Charms can be used positively or negatively for example, mermaids were reputed to use songs as charms to lure sailors onto rocks, but the tradition of serenading your lover with a romantic song uses music as a love charm.
Sometimes a love charm is very simple, such as a flower plucked from the hedgerow.it is the intent with witch a charm is given that makes it meaningful.
Love charms throughout history
A very old love charm used by men was to take from a wolf its genitals, cheek hair and eyebrows and burn them together.
If he gave a women the potion surreptitiously, she would desire only him.
Cleopatra had a more pleasant way of charming a lover: when mark Anthony was coming to call, she laid a path of roses for him two feet deep. Roses are still popular love charms today.
In “a midsummers night dream “Oberon dropped a love potion onto Titanias eyelids while she slept. On waking, she fell in love with the first thing she saw ..a donkey!
Flowers for Love
Natures contribution to love magic is flowers ,which have long been used in love charms.
Probably the most enchanting is a bouquet of roses.
Myth has it that as Venus, goddess of love ,ran to save her wounded lover,Adonis,she caught her legs on the thorns of a white rose bush; her blood turned the roses a deep red colour.
Aphrodisiac substances -food or drink-can be added to love charms to increase feelings of desire in your partner or someone you are trying to attract.
love potions have always been given not only to charm someone into loving you back, but to also enhance love which already exists.
The old saying goes ,”the way to a mans heart is through is stomach”, so feed him aphrodisiacs such as oysters, or make a love potion with peppermint, cinnamon and cloves.
Ever since its introduction in the west, chocolate has been considered aphrodisiac and sensual.
Shoes and Spoons
Love charms can be used using objects that are not automatically associated with love today, but which have traditionally been used as keys to the heart in the past.
In wales, young men carved love spoons for their girlfriends. They incorporated fancy shapes such as hearts, keys and locks to say
“you unlock my heart ”
Horseshoes are given at a wedding as a protective charm for the young lovers .
Jewles of love
Gemstones and jewellery are popular lovers gifts. Many gems are associated with love because of their romantic colour such as pink, or their physical qualities ,such as the enduring diamond.
In medieval times, it was believed that the heart was the seat of all emotion which is how this shape came to represent romantic love. Anything heart -shaped can be given as a love token.
Rings representing love, weather they are wedding or engagement rings, have traditionally been worn on the third finger of the left hand. This was because it was once thought that the artery ran from there to the heart.
Diamonds and Rubies
Jewellery made with diamonds is a popular love token. Diamond is the hardest known mineral and thus represents “indestructible love”; this is why they’re commonly used in engagement rings .
Jewellery set with deep red rubies represent passion…
Thank you for reading this article and go ahead and give that special someone a love charm today ,you will be surprised at the magic that it holds ******
written by reader by nicola rose