September dawns, and social media informs me that this is Pumpkin Spice Kick Off Day. Everywhere you turn, there will be pumpkin spice flavored everything. This is nothing to mock, my witches. The spices typically used in those “pumpkin spice” lattes, cookies, and muffins all have potent magickal associations of elemental Fire. This powerful blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Allspice and Nutmeg bring the Four P’s: potency, protection, passion and prosperity.
Pumpkin Spice = Fire Magick
So, as the year wanes, days shorten and we enter the seasons of chilly weather, these spices heat us up the old-fashioned way. They found their way from folk magick into traditional holiday recipes like gingerbread and pumpkin pie, as a way to invoke the fires of the sun within us. They do physically cause body temperature to rise!
“Fire magic is good for working on increasing one’s activity, for defensive magic, for protection, and of course, for sex magick. It can destroy, but it also purifies. It can help bolster courage and gets rid of negativity. As one would expect, Fire plants tend to have fiery sap or to taste hot (like chilies).” alchemy-work (5)
Of course, our plant allies have many magickal abilities. Traditionally, herbs associated with fire are helpful in spellwork to bring: Success, sex, banishing illnesses, resolving conflicts, protections, guiding us through issues involving the law, court cases, and protection of (or from) law enforcement officers; They help us win contests and competitions; bring luck in gambling; bring strength and courage, are good for healing, and thanks to the mars energy, good for warriors, the military and safety and victory in war. (1)
So, this season, rather than snidely turn your nose up at the “basic” and “trending,” pride yourself in knowing the dark, spicy secret: “Pumpkin Spice” is some ancient sorcery. Consider it a magick potion, a clandestinely sexy elixir of potency, power and defense against these crazy times. Isn’t it special that suddenly, the medicine we need to power up is available to the masses on every freakin’ corner….just when we need it the most?
Starbucks Logo: Siren, Astarte, or Melusine?
I doubt it is a coincidence that Starbucks logo is an image of a Crowned Woman (Goddess? Siren? Astarte or Melusine?) with double mermaid tale. Here is a great article that discusses the ancient symbolism of that logo. Here are a few highlights:
“Starbucks strangely calls her a Siren.”
“The logo also resembles a goddess from history named Astarte… She was a deity linked to fertility, sexuality and war. Astarte is also known for being a ‘snake’ goddess, and having her own cult worship. One of Astarte’s symbols was a star within a circle, which was used to symbolize the planet Venus. Interestingly, two stars are found within the green circle surrounding the logo character of the former Starbucks logo…”
“The Starbucks logo also resembles yet another mysterious, and volatile female, Melusine (or Melusina). Known as the alchemical Siren, or twin-tailed mermaid, this ancient creature…had a connection to alchemy…The duality of Melusine is meant to shed light on the medieval perceptions of sexuality.” source
Either way, she is sexy and powerful, dangerous and alluring; just like your Pumpkin Spice Latte!
The Old Gods are alive, and Magick is Afoot! Hail and Welcome!
Magickal Ingredients of Pumpkin Spice
The scent of Cinnamon is said to “turn the mind to love, lust, home and prosperity. (2)” Magickally, cinnamon is high vibe, sexy, and protective. It’ll heat up the situation. Also is used to bring abundance and attraction of all kinds: physical possessions, wealth and romance (2) I use more cinnamon in my spell work than any other substance, because it kicks the power up a few notches.
Empowering and considered an aphrodisiac; definitely induces passion and vigor (1). Ginger is also associated with the Goddess Venus, and used for healing, beauty, courage, strength, and adding magical fuel to the fire. “Ginger has long been found to invoke feelings of love, lust, and sexuality. If it’s time for a new, loving relationship, get some fresh ginger. (2)” Also good for stimulating prosperity in a hurry!
Nutmeg is used for states of meditation, to bring sleep, and for protection (1). Jupiter’s influences may be called to bring money, luck, and fidelity. The scent is said to banish fatigue. (2) According to Amy Blackthorn, Nutmeg was used pre-history in embalming practices in Egypt, and “during the middle ages…mixed with fatty ointment to cure diarrhea, nausea, muscle cramps and other digestive issues. (2)”
Associated with Aphrodite/Venus, Allspice is nevertheless considered to be virile and masculine. It vitalizes and adds determination and energy to your endeavors. Allspice is very uplifting, and especially good for healing spells.(3) Magickal associations of Allspice include money, luck, healing, compassion, determination, energy, fertility, gain, love, renewal, and as an aphrodisiac. (4)
The scent of clove is said to increase self confidence, stimulate the mind, and relax the body. (2) Magickally, clove aids healing, courage, protection, fertility, purification, safe travel, and brings blessings (2). Clove is said to be an aphrodisiac and attracts lovers. The scent is said to improve memory. (1)
Pumpkin Spice Spell for Potency, Passion, Protection & Prosperity
Step #1: Order up your favorite Pumpkin Spice beverage or confection
Step #2: Name it. If they haven’t already written your name on that to-do cup, do so now. You can add any sigils or other words of intention to the cup. This is harder to do with muffins or cookies, but perhaps the napkin that you set them on for a moment?
Step #3: While holding the cup or food in your hands, open yourself to the Divine Powers, above and below, within and without. Say a prayer; offer gratitude. Connect to the plant allies of Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Allspice and Nutmeg, and ask for their aid in manifesting your desires. Name your intention specifically from any of their specialties listed above.
Step #4: Visualize your building energies and wishes as a fiery red light that blazes to life in the cauldron of your belly, in your solar plexus, at the core of your being. With your breath, gently blow over the drink or food that red light that rises up from your center, like a breath of fire, and whisper, “awake, awake, awaken to your powers of Fire, Sun, Mars, Jupiter: Awaken and manifest within me your potency, passion, protection and prosperity! So Mote It Be!”
Step #5: Now drink your delicious coffee or eat that magickal muffin with confidence that all your needs are manifesting.
Good job subverting the over-culture to serve your needs! Now, that is some good witchcraft!
1. The Secret Craft of the Wise: Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham, 3rd edition. Llewellyn 2002
2. Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing, Amy Blackthorn, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2018