Tis' the season for all things pumpkin! 🎃 Pumpkins have a long history in witchcraft and folklore. Celtic traditions use turnips with carved faces to distract mischievous fae. This tradition followed the Irish immigrants to America where pumpkins replaced turnips because they were more abundant. This age-long tradition is based on the belief that the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest during Samhain, or Halloween (modern America).
Pumpkins have a host of magical properties, the most widely practiced being protection, this is what many do by placing an illuminated jack o’ lantern at the front door on Halloween. But did you know pumpkins have so much more to offer, for example, prosperity, wish magic, and love?
Let’s look at some simple ways you can incorporate the power of pumpkin magick into your rituals as the seasons change. Do you remember that pumpkin you’re about to carve? Let’s take it full circle! Take that protection magick with you! Fill a small pouch with the (roasted) seeds from your carved pumpkin to create a protection pouch to carry with you. Add some rosemary to the pouch or carved pumpkin to boost your protection power and ward off negative energies!
Try a bath ritual to enhance your inner beauty or promote fertility. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants said to rejuvenate skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Create the perfect bath ritual with an artisan soap or sugar scrub crafted with pumpkin seed oil as well as pumpkin powder and bring out your magical goddess glow!
Once Samhain (or Halloween) has passed and the pumpkin’s protection is no longer needed use it for wish magick! Write your desires to manifest for the coming spring on paper, place it in the pumpkin, bury it, and watch your wish grow. Alternatively, consider offering it to the forest spirits in gratitude for all the blessings you have received.
Whatever you do this autumn equinox, enjoy the changing of the leaves, sip a pumpkin spice latte, and soak in the changing energy of autumn. Remember, if someone complains about the smell of pumpkin spice on you that it's doing its job! 🎃