Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jeudi: Root Work

Romantic love is spoken of by sociologists as a modern invention.  Our ancestors didn’t worry about love or even affection, we’re told.  They just married the people their parents told them to and did their duty like farm animals lined up for breeding.  In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth.

As just one example, the ancient use of love spells would seem unnecessary if what some historians tell us is true.  And yet for countless centuries they have existed.  From slaves to kings, from ancient Mesopotamia to Internet occult sites, love spells have been and are employed to catch and keep a romantic interest.  Perhaps more importantly to the debunking the theory, they have also been used to ease the heartache that comes when one party no longer loves another.  Today’s working is an example of just such a poultice for lost love.

The flower known in hoodoo as heartsease (sometimes spelled heart’s ease) is essentially a pansy and its name describes its use: to ease the heart.  Two workings specifically utilize pansies.  One is to try to reconcile a broken relationship and the other is to get over same.

To bring back a lover, mix dried pansies with Balm of Gilead buds (balsam poplar).  These should then be brewed into a tea and added to a bath taken before meeting with the former boyfriend/girlfriend.  This working is said to be effective for both sexes regardless of gender affinity.  To add strength to your working, carry a pansy flower in your pocket or shoe when you go to your rendezvous.

When the affair is truly over, but your heartache is not, make a tea with heartsease and once again add it to your bath water.  Do this for nine days in a row to strengthen your resolve to make that relationship part of your past and help you move on with your life.  Bonne chance ~

Header: Lady Laura by Teresa Alma-Tadema


Timmy! said...

It's funny how many people think our anscestors were so different from us, Pauline (when nothing could be farther from the truth)...

Pauline said...

Absolutely. It's all the same ingredients, just in a slightly different soup!