The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a fascinating carnivorous plant, renowned for its diet of insects and other animals.
Initial studies on this unique plant were first carried out during the 17th and 18th centuries – a time when women were portrayed as temptresses, governed by greed and sexual desires. Botanists found correlations between the trap of the plant, the female anatomy, and their behaviours; this enticing but deadly plant seduced its prey with a sweet-smelling sap, but as soon as the insect had succumbed to the lure of the plant, it was trapped and digested.
This association lead to the plant being named after Venus, the pagan and roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, victory and prostitution.
Love spells can act very much like the Venus Flytrap – attracting an unsuspecting victim, luring them in, capturing them and finally consuming them.
Before crafting a love spell, carefully consider why you want to cast it. What is your intention and what is the intended outcome?
Are you, like the Venus Flytrap, trapping someone to satisfy your own appetite?
He loves me, he loves me not…
5 common reasons for casting a love spell are:
Loneliness / need for companionship
Casting a love spell to attract the attention of a specific individual, or to make them to fall in love with you, is a precarious use of magick. If the spell is successful and you do indeed attract the affections of the one you desire, would you be confident in the relationship knowing that it is not based on true will? That the emotional connection is forced, rather than authentic? What would happen if the spell broke?
Consider yourself on the receiving end of a love spell; if you discovered you were in a relationship, or were attracted to someone who had cast a spell to bring love, would you question the relationship? Would you have doubts about whether your feelings for that person were real or manipulated by magick?
Even a broad spell, not aimed at an individual (such as one to attract love in general) needs to be carefully considered before it is cast. It is wise to also bear in mind that things do not always manifest themselves in the way you expect them to.
Who can love you better than… you?
Love is powerful magick. Love for yourself, love for others and love for the earth are the three most positive and potent forms of love. They will raise the vibration of the energy around you and can fill your heart with more joy than you could ever hope to receive.
For many, loving yourself doesn’t come naturally. We are, typically, our own worst critics and our physical appearance often presides over the magnificence of our soul. Once you learn to love yourself, and can marvel over the miracle that is you, you will find people are naturally attracted to you because of the magick that shines from within you, rather than because of a love spell you have cast to trap them.