Shakespearean Witchcraft: Pansy Spell #1
(This is the first in a series I’m hoping on starting on a regular basis. This is Part One of two parts referring to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Part 2 is here.
For those of you that don’t know me personally: I am a lover - an enthusiastic lover - of Shakespeare.
And for those of you that don’t read Shakespeare: the Bard had quite the penchant for chaos, calamity, hilarity, and witchcraft.
And most of his work reflects that to a degree that I can’t express without showing you.)
Background on the spell:
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act II, scene i, Oberon gives Puck the task of fetching the flower Love-In-Idleness; now commonly called the wild pansy. However, while Oberon uses the pansy for malevolent purposes, it’s also used by Puck to restore true love to both Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena. It’s a bit that can easily be adapted to witchcraft, both as we’re about to find out.
Here’s the verse:
Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound,
And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
Fetch me that flower, the herb I showed thee once.
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
So here is the first Wild Pansy Spell I’ve written based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I call it: “Puck’s Variation”.
Puck’s Variation: True Love Restored
This spell is used for couples in downtime: either going through a rough patch, an incredibly heated argument, or the process of drifting apart. It’s especially powerful after a large fight.
It’s used to make one of the persons re-realize their love for the other.
- purple pansies
- access to the bed of the target
- on a new moon, as per the play’s suggestion.
Step 1: Take the stems of the pansies and carefully tie them together with twine. (If you’re doing this spell without your lover’s knowledge, you probably don’t want the bundle to be too large) As you do this, chant repeatedly:
“Hold or cut bowstrings, we shall endure.”
Repeat until you feel the bundle has been charged to a sufficient degree with your intent. (Background info: “Hold or cut bowstrings” is a Shakespearean proverb, meaning “come what may”. It’s also the last sentence of AMN'sD, act 1)
Step 2: Place the bundled pansies under the pillow of your intended, and say the words:
“Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid’s archery,
Sink in apple of their eye.
When their love they doth espy,
Let them shine as gloriously
As the Venus of the sky.
When thou wakest, if they be by,
Beg of them for remedy.”
(Bolded “they"s refer to the target of the spell. Originally, Shakespeare wrote "him, he, his” etc. Feel free to substitute any pronouns you need to, if you’d like.
Unbolded “they"s refer to the casterof the spell. Originally, Shakespeare wrote "her, she, hers, etc. Feel free to substitute, again.)
Step 3: Go to sleep. Really. It’s essential that this spell is performed right before bed.
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