When I start a spell, I first think of what I want to accomplish and then select tools that are already around me to enhance the spell. I knew that my next spell was about career and prosperity so I did a quick inventory of what was growing in my yard as well as what candles, ribbons and fragrances I had lying around the house. I remembered seeing many fallen pine cones in my backyard when I was cutting down anise a couple of weeks ago. Of course! Pine cones are perfect for prosperity spells and this is the time of year when they are most prevalent.
Pine cones are used in a lot of spell work. Most commonly, they are symbols of fertility, health, longevity and prosperity. Pine nuts are said to aid in conception and a closed pine cone kept in the home is supposed to bring longevity to the inhabitants. Pine cones also make good talismans as small ones can easily be carried around in pockets. If you keep your Craft a secret, pine cones are very inconspicuous objects. In the autumn especially, a few pine cones in a basket make for festive decorations. No one has to know that you have transformed them into magical objects.
If you celebrate the sabbats then you might know that pine cones are one of several symbols of Mabon, which this year is celebrated on September 23rd, 2011; the day of the Autumn Equinox. This is a great time of year to make a pine cone wreath to hang on your door to bring protection over the winter and ensure abundance in the spring.
For my spell, though I’m still working out the details, I think I will select a pine cone that speaks to me and bury it. After all, I’m trying to grow a new opportunity, so burying it seems like the right thing to do.
Do you use pine cones in your spells? Share your tips in the comments section.