Why did I create a Love Magic page? In researching for one of my university classes, I realized that there is no single source for information on Love Magic. Almost every culture, including even "developed" nations such as the United States have some form of Love Magic. To see this all one has to do is type it into Google, and a plethora of people trying to sell spells and charms to bind the passions of love will appear. Being so widespread as to transcend time and cultures, why is there no general source for love magic? I don't know, and in not having a sufficient answer I decided to create this page. I hope that everyone will throw in their two cents so that this page can develop into a true source of information for those interested in witchcraft and love magic. --Cedlefsen (talk) 06:14, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
explanation of 'inappropriate tone' label
I applaud and encourage the efforts of the person who started this page and left the note above. The article as it stands, however, has problems of tone and POV. Its tone is naïve rather than scholarly, and is written within a framework of gender politics that treats the subject matter mainly as evidence of sex roles among men and women. This is an interpretation of the evidence, and certainly should be a part of the article, as it's supported by the scholarship. However, the forms and practice of "love magic" should be described first as a basis of these interpretations. There's also a serious chronological problem in treating the Renaissance before ancient Greece; Renaissance magic in some ways is an aspect of the same rediscovery of texts that led to Petrarch's "eureka" moment with Cicero (or some other ancient author; this off the top of my head). The point is, Renaissance practitioners of magic were often convinced they were following in the tradition of ancient magi such as the very historical (and not a magus) Nigidius Figulus.
So two main points: chronology, and more specific description of texts and practices pertaining to love magic. Betz's The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation is online in limited preview; searches on "love," "attraction," "Aphrodite", "eros" etc. might give some glimpses into what kind of evocations and rituals were in use. Cynwolfe (talk) 15:27, 14 September 2009 (UTC)