February 13, 1995 12:00 PM

by Barrie Dolnick

Dolnick, a former ad executive who now runs a consulting company that uses “alternative information techniques”—tarot cards, astrology, spell casting—to guide clients in business and career decisions, offers plenty of mumbo jumbo for the lovelorn. But he cautions, “It is important that you not put sticky emotional energy, such as possessive-ness, fear, jealousy or vengefulness, into the spell…. Sticky emotional energy breeds sticky situations.”

This is not just a bunch of glittering generalities, however. Dolnick also offers his readers recipes for romance. To attract prospective lovers, for instance, “on a Thursday during a waxing Moon and in the first hour after sunset, light a purple candle and place it before a bowl of water. Hold a mirror up to the candle, the water, and then to your face. Gaze into your own eyes. Concentrate on your beauty, your lovability, your desirability…. Say aloud, ‘In the grace of the universe and in the abundance of love, I affirm I am greatly desirable and open to the bounty of love around me…. [I]n line with the greater good, I create and attract romance.’ ” One can only hope for progress in the inevitable sequel Really Complex Spells for Love. (Harmony, $15)

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