Love Divinations

Yarrow Dream Divination

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Sew an ounce of Yarrow in a piece of flannel and place it under the pillow before going to bed. Repeat the following words, and you will receive a vision of your future husband or wife:

Thou pretty herb of Venus’ tree,
Thy true name it is Yarrow;
Now who my bosom friend must be,
Pray tell thou me tomorrow.”

From: A Modern Herbal

Yarroway Love Divination

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Yarrow, in the eastern counties of England, is termed Yarroway, and there is a curious mode of divination with its serrated leaf. The inside of the nose is tickled by the leaf while the following lines are spoken. If the operation causes the nose to bleed, it is a certain omen of success:

Yarroway, Yarroway, bear a white blow,
If my love love me, my nose will bleed now.”

Found in: A Modern Herbal

More Halloween Love Divinations

heart_carved_in_appleTo find, from a list of potential suitors, whom you are most likely to marry, on Halloween night take one crab apple to represent each suitor. Prick the initials of each candidate into the skin of the apple selected. Leave the apples undisturbed in a box for almost a year, until Old Michaelmas Day (Oct 11). The most perfectly formed initials reveal the answer.

Another (and much quicker) method is to take as many hazelnuts as you have prospective partners. Name each nut accordingly before placing them evenly in the front of the fire. The nut that pops the loudest and burns most brightly says it all.

From: The Good Spell Book

Halloween Luggie Spell

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In this popular Halloween divination spell, three dishes are taken. One is empty; one contains dirty water and the last one has clean water. These dishes are arranged on the hearth. People are blindfolded and taken to the dishes. They then dip their fingers into the dishes, one by one. Those who dip their fingers in clean water first will marry a virgin; those who dip in dirty water will marry a widow or widower, while those who find empty dish are destined to be a bachelor or a spinster.

Found at:  I Love India

Hemp Seed Love Divination

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At midnight, on Halloween, slip alone outside,
and sow a handful of hemp seed saying:

“Hemp seed, I sow thee,
Hemp seed I sow thee;
And he/ she that is my true love,
come behind and harrow me.” 

You will see your future husband or wife harrowing,
when you look over your left shoulder.

From: I Love India

Herring Divinations

herring-school-of-fish-clupea-nautical-art-seafood-art-marine-art-game-fish-urft-valley-artTo see an image of your future spouse: Eat a whole salted herring in three mouthfuls, retire to bed without a drink and don’t say a word. That night you will dream of your future partner.

To know if a future husband will be attractive and trustworthy, throw the white membrane of a herring at a wall. If the skin sticks to the wall and is not a crooked shape, your future husband will be attractive and trustworthy. If the herring skin sticks crookedly or fails to stick, your future spouse will be undesirable.

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Picking a Suitor

blue-moonlight-sizedIf you have a number of suitors and wish to find which one is best for you, there is a ritual that may be done at night when the moon is shining. Draw a large circle on a sheet of paper and write the names of your admirers anywhere within the circumference. Take up the paper in your left hand, and hold a needle in your right hand. Facing the moon, close your eyes and stab the needle into the paper.

The name closest to the hole made by the needle is the one who is best for you. If the hole actually posses through the name – so that moonlight flows through the hole and, therefore, through the name – then that person will be the very best match for you.

Note:
This divination method can be modified for use whenever you are unsure of your choices. Simply write the choices on the paper and follow the above instructions.

From: The Fortune Telling Book by Raymond Buckland

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