Time to full melt pool: 2.5 Hours
Scent Strength: 8/10
Burn Time: 25-30 hours
Intention: abundance and gratitude
Crystals: Obsidian and Smoky Quartz
Herbs: Marigold, Chrysanthemums, Puka Pods, Rowan Berries
Scent: Pumpkin Spice
This candle was inspired by the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain (A Gaelic word pronounced “sow-in”). Samhain is a celebration that welcomes the dark half of the year. Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world are particularly thin during Samhain, making it a great time to convene with loved ones, ancestors and spirit guides alike. Participants in this celebration would light a community fire using a wheel that would cause friction and spark flames. This wheel was representative of the Sun and all the abundance it bestowed on the crops and harvest. Participants took a flame from the communal bonfire back to their home to relight their own hearth. In the Middle Ages, Samhain secured its place in history as a “fire festival” as families began to create more personal fires in their homesteads to protect their families from fairies and evil spirits. Around this time, Jack-O-Lanterns began to appear, often carved with sigils or protective symbols. In the 9th Century, Pope Gregory III declared Samhain, “All Saints Day” or “All Hallows Eve” cementing the tradition of Samhain firmly within the Christian tradition. Fast forward to 2020 and you’ve got Halloween.
Your candle is topped with Puka Pods that look just like little pumpkins. In ancient Samhain traditions, Puka Pods were strung on a string over the fire, one for each loved one that was being remembered or honored. They symbolize family and togetherness- a staple of the Samhain celebration.
Next, you’ll notice a few little berries. These are Rowan Berries. These berries, harvested around the end of October, were strung onto garland and used as protection against evil and dark magic. The red color is said to be most effective for magical protection. They also represent the element of fire- an integral part of Samhain.
The petals in your candle are that of Chrysanthemum and Marigold. Because these flowers bloom right around Samhain, they were used as centerpieces for festivals. Symbolizing the warmth and brightness of the sun, the Celts would burn these petals in incense satchels for rejuvenation, remembrance of youth and protection from wandering Spirits. These flowers are also said to bring joy and luck to the homes they reside in.
You’ll find a crescent moon made out of Obsidian and Smoky Quartz. The crescent moon represents the changing of the seasons and the ebb and flow of life, perfect for this time of year. Obsidian and Smoky Quartz are stones of Samhain, used to ground, protect and calm the wearer. Because the veil is so thin during this time of year, these stones were used as further protection from spiritual interference.
Your candle is golden to represent the hearth fires of Samhain and is scented with everyone’s favorite, Pumpkin Spice. This oil blend includes, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger- all herbs used throughout the festival of Samhain (and also in every Starbucks on the planet).
At the bottom of your candle, you will find an Obsidian rune. Runes are an ancient divination tool of the Norse, used to connect to ancient wisdom and the magic of our ancestors. During Samhain, festival participants often carve Rune symbols on their pumpkins, harnessing the energy of that particular Rune. This Rune has found you for a reason. Consider meditating with it, researching it’s meaning or even carving it into a pumpkin.
Now, it’s time to light your candle. Are you thanking the Universe for your harvest? Enjoying your family around the Hearth? Connecting to your ancestors? Whatever your intention this magical flame is here to help amplify it. Enjoy and Happy Samhain!