How To Make & Use Love Potions
Love potions are some of the most coveted potions in witchcraft. Songs have been written about them. Entire movie plots revolve around them. And some companies have even named products after them!
Potions are liquids that are used to cast spells. They’re often meant to be drunk, but you can use them in your ritual bath, to anoint objects on your altar, to diffuse into the air, or to rub on your body. Some potions are meant to be made and then discarded for magical reasons. In that case, the entire spell was probably cast during the potion-making process.
You can make them with any kind of liquid—drinking water, juice, tea, or even things like ocean water or morning dew. If you don’t mind being a bit unconventional, you can create potions from drinks like margaritas and cans of soda! Potion-making can be quite experimental, so don’t be afraid to make up your own recipes.
Are Potions Safe?
Unless you have some kind of allergy to any of the ingredients, all the potion recipes in this article are perfectly safe to make (although not all of them are meant for drinking).
If you make your own potions, please make 100% sure you research your ingredients—all of them! Herbs, oils, and crystals can be extremely dangerous when used improperly and can cause bodily harm or cause damage to your magical tools. Also, if you’re hunting around online for potion recipes, make sure you look into the safety of all of those ingredients as well! Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s safe.
However, take care when choosing and crafting your potions and you’ll likely find them to be valuable additions to your witchcraft.
Magical Love Intentions
If you make a love potion intending to make someone love you forever, you’ll run into some difficulties if you ever decide that you want to end that relationship. You don’t want to end up with a stalker.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when you’re setting the intention for your love potions.
Consider keeping your love intention extremely general. You may not want to focus on a specific person, just in case you discover he or she is wrong for you down the road. I personally don’t like to limit the ways the universe (or whatever power you use in your witchcraft) can deliver my result. Sometimes magic will throw something way better than what you imagined at you!
Create a reversal for the love magic before you make the potion. Keep everything you need to reverse the magic on hand because feelings can shift quickly!
Use intentions that are bound by time, such as a potion that is effective for one lunar cycle. That gives you more control because you can choose to perform the spell again for the next lunar cycle to renew it. If you’re not happy with the results, you can let the magic run its course.
You might want to perform love magic with intentions that bring about romantic situations rather than conjuring up love itself. You can make a potion to get someone to think of you, a potion to get someone to go on a date with you, or a potion to increase any romantic feelings that are already shared between the both of you.
If you’re ready to make your own love potions, read on! Here are three love potion recipes that are safe, simple, and powerful!
Written In The Stars Lovers Potion
Here’s an astrological love potion that taps into the immense power of the stars. It’s best used between two people already in a relationship because it is designed to increase the love that already exists between the two of you.
You’ll need to know your lover’s birth date because you’ll be working with your lover’s sun sign. The energies in the sky are always shifting, so the timing of this potion is the most important part.
Suggested Intention: “I call on the power of the Sun, Moon, and stars. As my love and passion for my partner increases, my partner’s love and passion for me matches that growth.”
What You’ll Need:
A glass jar with a lid
A rose quartz stone
A clear quartz stone
Look up what nights the moon will pass through your lover’s sun sign. Mark those nights on your calendar. The moon will spend at least a couple of nights in every zodiac sign over the course of a month, so you can keep this potion spell going month after month if you like.
The day of your spell, fill a jar with water and set it outside (or by a window to charge in the sun). As you do this, speak your intention to activate your potion. Use the intention provided or create your own!
Using a cinnamon stick, draw the zodiac symbol of your lover’s sun sign in the water’s surface. (If you don’t know what the symbol looks like, you can look the symbol up online or write out your lover’s name instead.)
Place a clear quartz crystal in the jar to amplify the love you’re sending out to your lover.
Stir the potion eight times going clockwise. Eight is a number associated with the planet Venus and clockwise movement will give your potion “projective” energy as you’re sending your growing love out to your partner.
That evening, when the moon is passing through your lover’s sun sign, set the jar out under the moon. Remove the clear quartz crystal. Use the other end of the cinnamon stick to draw the symbol of your own sun sign into the surface of the water. (Again, you can also use your name.)
Place a rose quartz crystal into the jar and stir the potion eight times going counter-clockwise. This will allow you to receive all the loving feelings of your partner. You are attracting those feelings.
Repeat this process with the sun and moon until the moon has moved out of your partner’s sun sign.
Store the jar of potion under your bed (or somewhere romantic). The potion will be effective until the next time the moon passes through your lover’s sign.
Love Story Potion
This potion is perfect for single or attached witches alike! Use it to manifest the energy of love scenes from your favorite book. I love this potion so much because I believe life can be just as romantic as the stories!
What You’ll Need:
A page with the words of your favorite love scene printed on it
A small cauldron
Two tea lights
Matches or lighter
2 bay leaves
An athame or something to stir your potion with
Jasmine incense (or incense sticks)
Gather up your ingredients, and—as with all potions—make sure you have cleansed everything.
Light some jasmine incense and allow all of your magical tools and ingredients to pass through the smoke. I find this easiest to do with an incense stick, but you can use any form of incense. Jasmine is an herb associated with romance and this process will charge everything with your intention.
Fill a small cauldron with water. Light two tea lights and slide them under your mini cauldron to heat the water. Make sure you’re working on a heat safe surface!
Read aloud your romantic passage from the paper you’re using. This will communicate your intention to the universe (or whatever source of power). You can either tear the page out of a book, photocopy the page, or write out the passage by hand.
Then add the ingredients to your potion one at a time. Stir the potion any way you like between ingredients. Use your intuition when doing this.
The rose petals and lavender are for love and passion. The bay leaves represent wishes which add whimsical energy to this potion.
As you’re combining your ingredients, visualize the scene from the book playing out in your mind’s eye—except instead of the fictional characters, substitute you and your lover.
When you feel that “butterflies-in-the-stomach” feeling, you can move on to the last step.
Fold the paper with your story on it and submerge it under your water. Use your athame or whatever you used to stir your potion to do this because the water will probably be hot.
After that, your spell has been cast and you can dispose of your potion.
Think Of Me Potion
This indulgent potion uses the power of tarot cards and crystals to make someone think of you. It’s perfect for an evening when you’re alone and in the mood for some romance.
What You’ll Need:
Red juice (cranberry, pommegranate, or cherry juice are good options)
A sprig of sage
Tarot Cards: Eight of Wands, Queen of Cups, and King of Cup
Pour yourself a glass of your juice. Add your clean, polished crystals, amethyst to open the energetic channels between you and your person, rose quartz to make sure this person thinks of you fondly, clear quartz to strengthen your spell so it reaches your person.
Use your sprig of sage to stir your potion as your state your incantation and intention. Sage will help you connect psychically to this person.
“I drink this love potion made so fine,
and plant thoughts in (person’s name)’s head of my own design.”
Then state the thoughts you’d like this person to have using the person’s name such as, “Dan thinks about me and all the fun we had on our date last week.” You can also add a desired action like, “Dan thinks of me fondly and sends me a text.”
Once your potion is activated, remove your crystals.
Arrange your tarot cards on your table in a triangle shape. The King and Queen of Cup should be placed upright leaning towards each other, representing you and your person. (If you don’t feel a strong connection to the suggested cards, you can choose whatever tarot cards best represent you and the person you’re casting your potion spell on. Any cards from the cups suit work well since cups are linked to relationships, and you’re using a cup for your potion. The Magician, the Emperor, the High Priestess, and the Empress are powerful choices as well.)
The Eight of Wands will add speed to your spell. That card will go along the bottom of the triangle, laying horizontally to connect the other two cards.
Place your glass in the center of the triangle when you’re not holding it. Savor your drink and think about your person until your glass is empty.
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by Julie Hopkins
Julie Hopkins is a writer, yoga teacher, and founder of Power Within, a whimsical online space created to help others improve their lives with magic. She’s from Chicago, but spends most of her time traveling to cool places.
Julie discovered the world of magic after she got tired of reading personal development books and hearing the same ideas over and over. Looking for a new way to grow, Julie started experimenting with tarot cards and felt an immediate connection to her intuition in a way she’d never experienced before. After that, she began studying magic in all its forms, never looking back. When she’s not writing about witchy things, you can find Julie making candles, daydreaming, and playing with other people’s dogs and babies.