Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima)

As a child, you might have painted or carved pumpkins as Halloween tradition; and hopefully you’ve continued the tradition as an adult, because let’s admit it, it’s a fun one! If you’re like me, you’ve also waited patiently every year for Autumn to arrive so you could indulge your appetite for anything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin latte’s, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies… all of the treats unique to the season. You’re probably also a fan of pumpkin scented candles and incense. It’s all right, I am too!

We know pumpkins taste and smell great, but are you aware of their magical properties? Pumpkins can be used for protection, divination, banishing, and prosperity.

  • Protection. Carving ghoulish faces into pumpkins and placing them at your doorstep is said to help protect your home from wandering, harmful spirits this time of year.
  • Divination. Keeping a pumpkin in your divination space is said to provide extra insight in the reading.
  • Banishing. To banish an unwanted spirit or person, write a note detailing who must be banished. Fill a hollowed pumpkin halfway with banishing herbs. Add a mixture of castor oil and olive oil.  Take the pumpkin outside in a space that is fire-safe. Throw a lit match into the pumpkin and allow it to burn completely. Remove any remains from your property, and take them to a stream or river to be carried away by the water if possible. (Adapted from Judika Illes Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells).
  • Prosperity. Pumpkins are a symbol of prosperity and can be placed on the altar, hearth, and doorstep to bring prosperity into the home and to those who live in it.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to these magical properties! Pumpkins are great for carving anything into. Want to honor a deity? Carve a symbol of them into a pumpkin. Want to remember an ancestor? Carve their name into the pumpkin. Remember you can always put a candle inside of a pumpkin, and it would be an excellent place for a candle spell. Get creative and have fun! Make the practice your own!

Happy Magical Monday!