This is a question we get quite often at the Esoteric School and the answer is yes, love spells do work.
Hold on though before you go rushing off to secure your dream mate. There are some things to consider. Most often people who send this question in have a specific person in mind already and want to have that particular person fall in love with him or her. Casting a love spell on a particular person can have very serious repercussions. The main reason this type of spell is not recommended is it breaks the rule of magical practice, "Don't bind another unless you are willing to be likewise bound". Would you want someone you didn't love to bind you to them in that way? A spell of this sort may increase their attention to you for a while, but it is difficult to know what type of karmic reactions could result for you.
Now let's turn to the brighter side of love spells. Instead of you dictating a specific person to attract, spells that define a type of person work much better. The first step is to write directors and limiters for your spell. Directors are the things you want the spell to do or include and Limiters are the things you don't want the spell to do or include. Here are some examples of items that could be used in both categories:
Age range of person
Maximum distance the person lives from you
Range of income from legal source
Same hobbies or interests as you (list specifically which ones)
Type of personality (ie – extremely clean, animal lover, etc...)
Has time outside of work for family and friends
Does not have substance abuse problems
Does not have health issues
Does not have tendencies towards violence
Does not have issues with being controlling
Does not have racial prejudices
Stick with those attributes that are most important to you. Consider leaving enough "wiggle" room for the spell to work instead of you trying to control it's direction. If you are too specific or obviously defining that one certain person that we have already talked about, there can be back lash. You might want to start with a more generalized list and once potential mates start showing up, re-define the list to get more specific. Remember that humans have more limited knowledge and resources, so letting the Universe do some scouting for you can bring people into your life that you never knew existed.
After you have your list of Directors and Limiters written out, it is time to launch the spell. One of the safest types of spells to cast is a candle spell. Here are directions for a simple type of candle spell:
•Get a Sun yellow candle (encased in glass works well), a plate and your list
•Place the list of directors and limiters on the plate
•Put the candle on top of the list
•Stand in the south facing north with the plate, candle and list in front of you
•Light the candle with a wooden or paper match
•Let it burn for 30 minutes
•Do this each day until you start seeing results
This process takes the energetic qualities that you have defined and sends it out to the Universe to put your desires into action; much like an energy matrix prayer. Then stand by and wait for your prayer to be answered.