Autumn is here, and that can only mean one thing. Pumpkin spice madness! Pumpkin spice has managed to make its way into practically everything. From lattes, to cookies, to air fresheners, to vodka, the spice blend of fall is taking over the land. Pumpkin spice is actually a blend of exotic spices, comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves. Each one of these spices has its own magical properties.
Cinnamon- Cinnamon is a well-known spice with many culinary uses. Its magical properties include: Clairvoyance, consecration, divination, energy, good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development and success. Cinnamon can also be burned to purify the energy of a space.
Nutmeg- Nutmeg is primarily grown in Indonesia. Is the seed of the tree, and it usually used ground into a powder. Nutmegs magical qualities include prosperity, good luck, psychic awareness, fortune, clairvoyance, divination, justice, and meditation.
Allspice- Allspice is primarily grown in Jamaica. Its magical uses include money, luck, healing, compassion, determination, energy, fertility, gain, love, renewal, and as an aphrodisiac.
Ginger- Powdered ginger is a root that has been dried and ground into a fine powder. Ginger is used in magic to enhance magical work, and for protection from negative influences.
Cloves- Cloves are the unopened flower buds from an evergreen tree that grows in Indonesia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. The buds are dried and ground to a fine powder for baking. You may have seen oranges studded with whole clove buds, known as Pomandors. Clove pomanders protect the home the negative influences. Magically, cloves are used for protection, banishing hostile and negative forces, and gaining what is sought. They are also good for creating community and kinship in social gatherings.
What a powerful combination of energies we get in Pumpkin Spice blends! If you would like to harness all of them this fall, add a bit to your tea or coffee, baked goods and sprinkle over meat. You may even consider burning a pinch on a hot bit of charcoal, holding the intention of drawing all of the magic of fall.