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Pumpkins: There’s More to these Ghoulish Gourds!

Jack-O-Lanterns, spiced lattes, scented candles, and pumpkin pie… These things only scratch the surface of the autumn staple that is the Pumpkin. They are so ingrained into fall traditions that it’s hard to imagine the season without them! But where do these traditions come from? It goes far beyond the fact that they are readily available this time of year. And, as you might have guessed, you can thank Magick and Paganism for many of the season’s rituals.


Every Halloween, children and adults alike gather together and carve pumpkins. Sometimes they’re scary, sometimes they’re funny… but the real magic happens when the sun goes down, and our creation is illuminated by the flicker of candlelight.

You may have heard before that carving pumpkins originates from old Celtic cultures. This is true, but pumpkins weren’t the only stars of the show. Turnips and other bulbous vegetables were often carved in order to protect against evil spirits during Samhain. But why a face? Celts believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body. This could explain why they chose to recreate it. One thing is for sure, the ritual is very old. But while the tradition has been around for millennia, the term “Jack-O-Lantern” wasn’t coined until the 1830’s.

Magickal Uses

As mentioned earlier, pumpkins are readily available this time of year. They also offer numerous health benefits, have a long shelf life, and can be canned for preservation. This made them a very valuable asset to our ancestors. And, because of this, pumpkins became associated with health, luck, and abundance. Other magickal properties include love, fertility, and wish granting. You can incorporate pumpkin in your practice in many ways. Use the dried seeds in spell jars and sachets, cook with pumpkin to bring luck or money into your home, or burn some pumpkin scented candles during intercourse

to increase fertility.

I hope this article has enlightened you on the magic you have already been doing all your life. Now that you know, you can go teach others and bring back the meanings behind these wonderful traditions!

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