At some point in life, most of us will know what it is like to long for another person only for them to seemingly be unaware we exist. Unrequited love is painful, difficult and an unfortunate side effect of the human condition; and few of us ever truly forget the people we have genuinely loved or desired. It is therefore no surprise that the mind, fuzzied with unrequited love and burning with desire, begins to turn and look for less conventional ways of attracting an individual’s attention.
Most Wiccans practice some kind of spell-working or spell-casting, yet many shy away from the idea of love spells. Some believe them to be dark or black magic, as such spells attempt to interfere with the natural way of things and damage the free will of the recipient. Others believe any form of magic is interfering with love spells nature, and therefore it is either all fine or not fine at all, and agree to love spells in principle and perhaps in practice.
So while love spells definitively exists, the jury is out on whether they actually work. The tricky issue, you see, is free will.
Free will is an essential facet of the human emotional range; it is what gives us the ability to think, to deduce, to decide, to experience emotion. If that free will is interfered with by another person using a love spell, you are setting nature at odds.
A person who has been on the receiving end of a love spell may feel love, but that doesn’t mean they agree with it. What they are actually experiencing is a weak, magically induced sense of love; the butterflies in the stomach, the heady desire to be with someone. But those emotions and feelings are easily quashed and dismissed as false if the person has no real inclination towards you, and you’ll be right back to where you started.