Autumn is a magickal time, perfect for witchcraft, as we approach the latter half of the year and closer to Mabon and Samhain.
Witchcraft in autumn is the height of witch season as we approach Samhain and the harvest provides an assortment of ways to create autumnal magick.
As the veil thins, we become more attuned to the other world / the other side and become more aware of the Crone / Dark Goddess energies.
Here we’ll look at some natural autumn items that can be used in witchcraft, spells and magick and how you can use protection magick during the autumn season.
Witchcraft in Autumn
Let’s begin with the most popular symbol and item of autumn, the pumpkin.
Pumpkins are synonymous with the autumn season, especially around Halloween / Samhain.
Pumpkins and gourds have been used for centuries as a form of protection from evil and malicious spirits when the veil between this world and the other side is thinnest.
Pumpkins can be put on display outside your door as a form of protection.
If you hollow out the inside of the pumpkin, you can place a spell candle inside anointed with oil for your magickal intention.
Sigils can be carved carefully inside the pumpkin and the top lid of the pumpkin put back in place.
Smaller, miniature pumpkins can be placed on shelves and tables as a form of protection and assistance for divination.
Pumpkin seeds can be added to charm bags and spells.
Pumpkins can be used in magick and spells for:
- Money magick
As a powder, bulb or in a braid, garlic can be used in charm bags, hung by doors and/or windows, added to spells or carried in a purse or bag.
Garlic can be used in magick and spells for:
- Warding off negative magick and spirits
- Honouring Hekate
- Protection against psychic vampires
Corn / Maize
Corn and maize can be used in magick as well as for decoration in the home.
Corn can be used in the form as an ear or as kernels on your altar, hung on your wall to welcome the energy of the season.
Corn can be of any colour and size for the purpose of witchcraft in autumn.
Corn and maize can be used in magick and spells for:
Trees & Leaves
Most trees will have their leaves change colour and lose their leaves by October and November, which the leaves and branches from the trees can be used also in spells and magick.
Wood and leaves from trees can be used in magick and spells, such as:
- creating a wreath of leaves
- grinding the leaves into a powder or mixture
- burning wood in a bonfire or fireplace
- carrying a leaf or piece of wood with you; or
- using on your altar or in your home to attract the magickal properties of the tree.
A few common trees that begin to change the colour of their leaves in the autumn:
Maple can be used in spells and magick for:
- Good luck
Oak can be used in spells and magick for:
Elm can be used in spells and magick for:
- Protection from lightening
- Connection to elves and the Elven world
- The divine feminine
Birch can be used in magick and spells for:
- Women’s health and issues
- Warding off evil
Poplar can be used in magick and spells for:
- Money magick
For the chestnut tree, this can include the wood, leaves and nuts from the tree for magick and spells.
Chestnut can be used in magick and spells for:
- Animal magick
For the elder tree, this can include the wood, leaves and berries from the tree for magick and spells.
Elder can be used in magick and spells for:
- Crone magick
- Death / Rebirth
For the walnut tree, this can include the wood, leaves and the nuts from the tree for magick and spells.
Walnut can be used in magick and spells for:
Apples are abundant in the autumn, both in stores, markets or to collect on your own in an orchard.
Apple cider can be used in place of wine during rituals and/or magickally infused with blessings prior to drinking.
Apple wood can make an excellent magickal wand.
Magick and spells with apple can include the leaves, wood and the fruit from the tree.
Apples and apple wood can be used in magick and spells for:
Autumn Baking & Magick
Baking is a popular pastime during the autumn season when it’s often finally cool enough outside to be working in the kitchen.
Pies are also popular around autumn which can also be infused with magick and spells, even if your intended guests aren’t of the witchcraft variety.
Magickal sigils can be etched into pie crust/dough before filling the pie crust with the fruit or crème filling.
Sigils can also be etched on the top of the pie also.
Cookies can be cut into magickal shapes, etched with sigils prior to baking.
Sigils can also be drawn with icing after the cookies have cooled after baking.
Protection Magick and Spells
As the veil begins to thin between this world and the other side, it’s important to magickally protect yourself from what may be around you energetically.
Here are some ways that you can easily work protection magick into your daily routine:
Witch Protection Bottle or Jar
This can be a small or medium sized spell jar filled with protective herbs and items (some jars include broken glass, nails, knives, urine or vinegar) for protection.
The jar or spell bottle is commonly placed near the entrance or buried under the front step/porch. (Back door will work also too.)
Spell jars and spell bottles for protection can be anointed regularly or often with protection oil.
The Witchery has protection spell bottles available.
Burning black or white candles daily can help to keep your home or space cleared.
If you use a large tumbler or jar candle, you can light it every day and let it burn for as long as you can or feel the need.
You can anoint the candles with protection oil before lighting it and leave the candle to burn someplace safe in your home or on your altar.
Black Salt / White Salt / Cascarilla
Black salt, white salt and/or cascarilla can be used for protection when sprinkled around your entrances, window sills, gateways leading to your home or around your property line.
This can help to keep trespassers, unwanted guests and wandering spirits away.
You can also carry some black salt or cascarilla in a vial with you for protection wherever you are and combine it with a protective stone such as black tourmaline or tiger’s eye.
Home Cleansing / Anointing
You can anoint your doors and windows with protection oil and/or Florida water daily or weekly to keep your home protected from unwanted energies.
A protection wash (available at The Witchery) can be used to wash your floors and home for additional protective energy.
Four Thieves Vinegar can also be effective for protection from negative energies, banishing and healing, which can be used as a floor wash, anointing windows and doors or to anoint yourself.
Autumn is the most witchy time of year, full of so much that can be used in natural and elemental magick.
As we approach Samhain, we come to a close of the Wheel of the Year and await the beginning to happen at Yule.
During the autumn season, the Crone aspect of the Goddess (i.e. the Dark Goddess) rules the time of year.
If you’d like to know more about working with the energies of the Dark Goddess, including the Dark Moon, be sure to check out Working with the Dark Moon and Dark Goddess e-book.
If read tarot and you’d like to connect with the dark goddess during this time, be sure to check out Dark Goddess Tarot Spread e-book.
Hekate rules during the autumn season and especially during Samhain, experience the goddess of witchcraft and ghosts for yourself with a Hekate Tarot Reading, Dark Goddesses Tarot Reading or Baba Yaga Tarot Reading.
How to Work with your Ancestors
Witchcraft & Healing with Baba Yaga
How to Communicate with Spirits using Tarot
Images designed in Canva.