Pumpkin Magic: 11 Ways to use Pumpkin in Your Practice
I would venture to say that pumpkins have grown in popularity, particularly within the past few years. Each year, when September rolls around, it seems nearly every witch goes crazy for pumpkins. Pumpkin spice coffees, pumpkin decorations, pumpkin everything. With the pumpkin being such a favored symbol of Fall AND a food, why not use it in your magical practice? Here’s the pumpkin’s magic properties and 10 ways to use it in your witchcraft.
Pumpkin: Magic Properties
According to Scott Cunningham, the pumpkin is ruled by the water element and by the moon. As we already know, it is an ever-present symbol of Autumn, particularly in North America and has been for decades. The pumpkin has a number of magical properties including: prosperity, growth, fertility, creativity, vitality, divination, and all things harvest related.
11 Ways to Make Pumpkin Magic This Fall
Pumpkins are versatile: they can be used in magic in many ways. They are decorative AND they are a food source. What you do with pumpkin in your practice is entirely up to you. Your imagination is your only limitation. But if you’d like a few ideas, here’s our favorite ways to make pumpkin magic!
1. Jack O’ Lanterns
This is the most obvious way to make pumpkin magic. Carving jack-o-lanterns isn’t just a silly Halloween tradition, it dates back centuries and originates in Scotland/Ireland. Except they didn’t use pumpkins, they used turnips. The turnip was replaced with the pumpkin in the U.S. in more recent times. Carving a jack-o-lantern and lighting it on Halloween night keeps evil spirits from entering your home and lights the way for your ancestors to visit.
2. Pumpkin Pie
For my kitchen witches – now’s the time to make pumpkin pie AND use it as a spell for prosperity or fertility. The entire process of making and baking the pie becomes a magical ritual. The spices used also have their own magic properties. Cinnamon = power and prosperity. Nutmeg = good luck. Ginger = protection. And so on. Draw sigils or symbols in the pie crust before baking.
3. Pumpkin Seed Spells
When you carve your pumpkin this year, save the seeds. Clean, dry, and preserve them to use in spells throughout the year. Add pumpkin seeds to spell bags, bottles, jars, and other witchy charms for prosperity, fertility, luck, divination, etc. They make cool rattling noises when added to shaker spell jars.
4. Magical Pumpkin Painting
I got this idea last Halloween – in addition to carving a jack-o-lantern, you can paint symbols and spells directly onto the pumpkin. Paint an Algiz, Uruz, or Tyr rune on a pumpkin and place by the front door for protection during the Samhain season. Or paint sigils, Ogham symbols, heiroglyphics and other witchy symbols as a means of spell work. Then when the Samhain season is over or when your spell has manifested, you can bury the pumpkin in the West of your house and baby pumpkins might spring up from it!
5. Offerings to the Ancestors and Gods
Pumpkins are a great offering for ancestors during the Samhain season. The veil is thin and the ancestors pay a visit to us during this time, so why not use pumpkins as an offering to them? Harvest gods also enjoy pumpkin offerings.
6. Pumpkin Soup
You can ask my husband, as soon as Mabon rolls around, I’m cooking pumpkin into every meal in the house. Pumpkin is versatile in food – it’s not just meant for desserts. Try this delicious recipe for savory pumpkin soup and mix your intentions in while cooking.
7. Pumpkin Candle Magic
Did you know you can use vegetables and fruits as candle holders? No? Well, now you do. And a small pumpkin is a perfect candle holder for spells. Prosperity, fertility, and increasing intuition spells benefit greatly from the presence of pumpkin. Carve the seeds and pulp from a small pumpkin and then add a chime, tealight or votive candle. The pumpkin will lend it’s energy to your candle spell.
8. Pumpkin Bread
Didn’t I say pumpkin is versatile in the kitchen? If you’ve never made pumpkin bread, now’s your chance. There’s something inherently magical about making your own bread, and when you combine that magic with pumpkins? Fall Witchy Heaven. The process of making bread, the smell of it in the oven, and the taste is pure alchemy.
9. Roasted Pumpkin Spell Seeds
Don’t throw away your pumpkin seeds when carving your jack-o-lanterns. Save them, clean them, and roast them in the oven. Before roasting, sprinkle salt, pepper, and a little chili powder on them. Then eat them to invoke the power of the harvest gods, prosperity, and to connect with the moon and water element.
10. Grow Pumpkins
If you have a large piece of land where you can mound soil, you can grow pumpkins. Imagine having your own harvest of pumpkins next Fall season – you’ll have food, decorations, and a powerful magical tool right in your garden! Watching a plant go from seed, to seedling, to full grown and then fruit is a green witch’s sacred ritual. Give it a try!
11. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
There’s something about visiting a pumpkin patch that evokes strong feelings of joy. As a kid, our school always took us on field trips to the pumpkin patch in October. There was always a magic, innate and unique only to the pumpkin patch, that called to children. It’s the same reason it calls to witches. If you have a local pumpkin patch, visit it and take your friends or family along for the fun!