Magic herbal wands. Talisman, Van Ness Center, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. 362-5111.

This is the weekend you get out your white shoes. And it is just about time for a summer romance. To be on the safe side, you could get a magic herbal wand to bring you luck in love. Talisman, a little store in the Van Ness shopping center, stacked as it is with charming gifts like batik tennis racquet covers and recipe posters designed as blueprints, has come up with glittery pink-and-silver magic wands. They not only smell lovely, having been filled with symbolic herbs, but they come complete with instructions for enchanting your loved one. Naturally they include a proper incantation and special instructions for difficult cases. They say the best time to cast a spell is 7 p.m. Friday, so you have five days to practice. And if you buy one tomorrow, it, along with everything else in the store, will be twenty per cent off to celebrate Memorial Day.

Magic herbal wands. Talisman, Van Ness Center, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. 362-5111.