All Hallow’s Gourd: Pumpkin Spiritual Meaning and Magic

A wallpaper photo of pumpkins.

The Magic of Pumpkins

It’s Halloween night. A refreshing briskness fills the air as children dressed as goblins, ghouls, superheroes, and witches scanter excitedly from house to house pillaging the neighborhood for treats. In the backdrop of the dark of night are the Autumn leaves, providing a certain fiery orange glow that seems to warm the autumn chill.

The Protective Jack O’ Lantern

And on many a doorstep is the quintessential symbol of the Halloween season — the jack o’ lantern, lit from within by the soft ember of a burning candle, secretly protecting homes from the spirits that wish to harm while guiding the way of the ancestral spirits who walk among us for a brief moment in time.

Pumpkins Are The Quintessential Autumn Symbol

Pumpkins are an honored part of the All Hallow’s Eve festivities — and the fall season overall. They are the quintessential symbol that Autumn has arrived. You’ll find the local grocery stocking up on juicy, plump pumpkins.

An assortment of pumpkins of various colors, large and small, surrounded by twigs and fall leaves.

And Of Course…Pumpkin Spice!

Meanwhile while the scent of pumpkin spice wafts seductively from the nearby coffee shop. Many are dusting off their favorite, tried-and-true pumpkin pie recipes. The pumpkin patch just down the road has come to life with the thrilled squeals of children marveling at the treasure trove of pumpkins and accompanying fall-themed festivities.

Pumpkins Are Connected to the Spirit World

Pumpkins not only capture the joy and enchantment of the fall season but are also intricately connected to the spirit world and the mysteries of magic. They decorate our porches and fill our bellies while also providing us protection from the unknown dangers of the unseen world.

Attracting Good Fortune with Pumpkin

Moreover, pumpkins entice the winds of good fortune and prosperity to grace our homes while providing us with a bit more keen insight so that we do not miss the secret wonders occurring around us during the peculiar Autumn season.

Pumpkin Magical Correspondences

  • Botanical Name: Cucurbita
  • Folk Names: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
  • Deities: Oshun, Hecate
  • Element: Water
  • Magical Attributes: (Fruit) Protection, Divination, Banishing, Prosperity; (Seeds) Fertility, Abundance, Wealth, Love, Prosperity, Good Luck

From Shirley Twofeathers Blog Article: “Pumpkins in Magic.”

Magical Ways to Use Pumpkin

Pumpkins have a long history of warding off evil spirits on Halloween Night. It is tradition to carve a face in a pumpkin and light it with a candle from within to protect the home from evil spirits and apparitions during All Hallow’s Eve.

Protection with Pumpkin

Pumpkin-scented sachets placed around the home not only smell wonderful and provide a cozy ambiance, but they are all very effective in protecting against negative entities and maligned energies.

A field full of pumpkins with a home in the background during sunset.

Light Pumpkins to Connect to Your Ancestors

Carving and lighting pumpkins during the Halloween season can help your ancestors locate you in case you wish to communicate with them. During this time the veil is quite thin, making it a suitable time for communication with the spirit world.

Attracting Wealth and Good Fortune with Pumpkin

Adding the fruit of the pumpkin to your delicacies, entrees, and desserts is not only delicious but lucky as well. It is said that doing so will raise your good fortune and attract wealth into your life.

Pumpkin Seeds Attract Wealth

Pumpkins, especially pumpkin seeds, are very keen on attracting wealth. Place whole pumpkins near your door or scatter pumpkin seeds around your sacred space to draw the energies of abundance and prosperity.

A photo of orange pumpkins taken with a selective focus lens.

Strengthening Psychic Power with Pumpkin

The magic within pumpkin lends itself well to divinatory pursuits. Keep small pumpkins or light pumpkin-scented candles near your divinatory tools to increase the potency of your readings and revelations.

Pumpkins Honor the Goddess of the Night

Pumpkins share a close association with Hecate, Goddess of the Night, Magic, and the Moon, and can be used in spells to hone and strengthen magical gifts and abilities. Casting a next spell near the light of a pumpkin-scented candle is said to raise its potency.

Pumpkin Fun Facts

The record for the world’s heaviest pumpkin belongs to Belgium, with a pumpkin weighing in at 2,624lbs (1,190.5kg). 

Pumpkin Queen of America

Dubbed “the Pumpkin Queen of America,” Sarah Frey is the owner of Frey Farms — the largest grower of pumpkins in the United States — which sells about 5 million pumpkins annually.

Pumpkin Chunkin’

There is a competitive sport called “pumpkin chunkin’,” which involves building mechanical devices such as catapults, trebuchets, ballistae, and air cannons designed to throw a pumpkin as far as possible.

Rows of ripe pumpkins in a field.

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