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Each Thursday we take a look at the magical properties of different herbs & how we can use them to enhance our lives. Today we are going to be looking at the magical properties of Pumpkins.

Pumpkins Associations

Pumpkins symbolise gratitude, generosity, harvest, and abundance.

Pumpkins also represent potential, as each pumpkin is packed full of seeds that will go on to make even more pumpkins.

Also associated with creativity. The myriad designs and carvings that we make on pumpkins each year stoke the creative juices, not to mention the colour orange is associated with creativity, fun, and joy.

It’s fun to see my child’s imagination light up when given a pumpkin to carve!

Speaking of carving, pumpkins with scary faces carved into them (what we now call Jack-o-Lanterns) were long used to ward off evil spirits. Because of this, carved pumpkins are often associated with protection and dispelling negative energy.

Pumpkins, especially white pumpkins, can symbolise the moon. Pairing a small white pumpkin and a moonstone can amplify your work with moon phases, or moon magick, during the autumn months.


You can use pumpkins in so many ways to enhance a nature-focused spiritual practice.

  • No autumn, Mabon, or Samhain altar is complete without at least one pumpkin. I usually decorate my altar with at least one mini orange pumpkin and a mini white pumpkin.
  • Larger pumpkins can be carved into Jack-o-Lanterns (or other meaningful symbols) and placed throughout the home, or outside around Halloween/Samhain.
  • Set your intentions for abundance, prosperity, or happiness into a pumpkin, then bake it into a pie or bread and serve at a special gratitude dinner, or feast (like Thanksgiving.)
  • Charge a white pumpkin under the full moon to carry that full moon energy into your workings for the season. Plant seeds from this pumpkin in your garden the following spring to carry your intentions into the following year.

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