If you’ve taken the SAT, you probably remember verbal analogies (possibly better known as “is to as” questions). You know, the ones like CRUMB : BREAD :: ______ : ______, where you’d have to pick the right answers to fill in the blanks.
In this case, PUMPKIN SPICE : SUMMER :: CHRISTMAS DECORATING : OCTOBER.
It’s an enjoyable thing that isn’t everyone’s bag, and happens just-slightly-annoyingly-too-early every year. Not that I’m really complaining, though– my main gripe is that pumpkin spice everything makes me wish it was autumn already when it’s still bright green and 80°F outside. It’s still tasty, even if it’s about two months early.
Being prematurely inundated by all things nutmeg isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. In addition to being tasty, pumpkin spice is a melange of ingredients that have some pretty interesting associations:
- And, depending on what you’re consuming, pumpkin.
With the exception of pumpkin, all of these are very warming spices (which justifies some of their popularity as temperatures begin to cool) and every one has a history of magickal use. If you want to brew your next latte like a potion, peep what these herbs can do for you.
Cinnamon. Ruled by the Sun, Mercury, Mars, or Uranus, cinnamon is often hailed as a prosperity ingredient par excellence. It has also been burned as a purification and consecration incense (but be careful– cinnamon powder can explode!), and its warming nature also lends it well to magick intended to incite love or lust. For more information on how to incorporate cinnamon into talismans and charms, read Herbal Riot’s guide here.
Ginger. Much like cinnamon, ginger is a fire-associated herb. It’s frequently added to magickal mixtures to give things a little more “oomph”, speed things up, or improve the odds of success. Because of its heat, it’s also used for love and lust magick. Witchipedia has a bit more about ginger here.
Nutmeg. Whole nutmegs are sometimes used as gambling charms, to help bring luck. In beverages, it’s sometimes used to help enhance clairvoyance and other psychic abilities. Nutmeg is also a frequent ingredient in money drawing oils. Witchipedia has some more information here.
Allspice. Associated with fire, allspice is another good love, prosperity, and success herb. Burned as an incense, it is used to draw good luck. Dabbing some allspice oil on a wallet or coin purse helps bring money to you. For more information and recipes for allspice, read Herbal Riot’s guide here.
Clove. Aw-right! I love cloves. They’re one of my favorite medicinal herbs, especially for dental complaints, and they’re pretty great as luck and money drawing ingredients. Clove-infused wine has also been used as an aphrodisiac, but cloves are equally good in workings to help draw and keep friendships. Witchipedia has some more information here.
Pumpkin. Pumpkins are used in a variety of ways– as offerings, carved into protective talismans, and incorporated into potions, beverages, and food. Pumpkins are typically associated with water (unlike the other herbs mentioned here), but they still have a place as a prosperity drawing ingredient. For more information about magickal uses for pumpkin, check out The Magick Kitchen here.
So! We’ve got a lot of fire-associated herbs, one water-associated vegetable, and a long list of potential properties. One thing they all seem to have in common is prosperity. While paying several dollars for a coffee (that’s probably mostly artificial flavoring) from a café will probably make you feel the opposite of prosperous, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin pie filling are good prosperity and luck ingredients to have around this time of year– they’re usually inexpensive, pumpkins are coming into season, and grocery stores are guaranteed to be pretty well stocked in anticipation of the holiday baking season.
Good luck to you!