Cozy Witchcraft for Autumn and Winter
With the shortening days and lengthening nights, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfy witchcraft – and witchy crafts! Here are some ideas for increasing the magick of the autumn season with your own magickal crafts.
Creating Wreaths for Magick
Grapevine wreaths are especially magickal. Grapes have long been associated with attracting abundance and prosperity wherever they are planted. Wine, made from grapes, is thought to be the juice of the gods, so the grape has been associated with divine energy since the ancient world.
Grapevines, as carriers of grapes, have these same magickal properties. Adorning your altar or sacred space with a grapevine wreath will invite riches of both the spirit and the heart, attracting prosperous outcomes to the area you’ve decorated with it. Add other elements, flowers, herbs, and decorations for specific intentions, too.
Grapevines are also symbolically associated with branching out of your comfort zone and embracing the flow of life. The vine reminds us that we are all connected and share the same space in the world. How wonderful is that?
Yule Logs for Magick
Yule logs are a great way to celebrate the sabbat and start a new family tradition in your home. The tradition hails from the ancient Scandinavians and Celts, who burned felled trees at Yuletime to honor their gods for blessings through the harsh winter.
For a modern adaptation, the Yule log is adorned with green and red ribbons or other decorations and is burned at Yule to symbolize the blazing forth of the Divine Child. You can attach notes of bad habits or things you would not like to carry into the New Year and watch them burn in the fire, simulating them burning out of your life. You can also attach resolutions or things you would like to accomplish in the New Year, and as the log burns, so will the flame of motivation and inspiration.
Make sure to keep a small portion of the log as a lucky amulet for the upcoming year. Place it in your home for prosperity and protection, and burn it along with next year’s Yule log to represent the continuation of all things.
Magickal Candle Dressings
Dressing a candle is an easy and quick witchy craft to create if you’re a busy witch. Simply take a candle – whether it’s a votive, jar candle, tea light, or 7-Day candle – and add oils and herbs to it. Below are some suggestions for dressing your candles, but before we get there, always supervise dressed candles closely. The oils and herbs may pop, spark, or jump from the candle.
Busy Witch Hack: One of the safest ways to dress a candle is to pull a tea light out of its little cup and add the ingredients under the candle itself!
Here are herbs and oils for your candle magick:
- For comfort: Geranium, Lemon Balm, Marigold, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Clove, Frankincense, Galangal Root, Myrrh, Vanilla
- For family: Basil, Marjoram, Rose
- For kindness: Allspice
- For protection: Basil, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lavender, Lilac, Marjoram, Pennyroyal, Peony, Solomon’s Seal, Thyme, Valerian, Yarrow
- For wishes to come true: Basil, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Dandelion, Garlic, Lavender, Sage, Sunflower, Sandalwood
- For rebirth and renewal: Fennel, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lilac, Rosemary, Thyme, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood
Crocheting Magickal Intentions
Just as you can weave intentions into wreaths, you can incorporate magickal intentions into your crochet stitches. For instance, if you’re creating a blanket for a new baby in the family, you can infuse the blanket with intentions for health, protection, and easy sleep. The design doesn’t have to be recognizably magickal either, so this is a great way to gift someone with magick without overtly sharing your witchiness.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to cozy up with all these crafts!