Make a Magickal Horn of Plenty
While the traditional Horn of Plenty, or cornucopia, is a symbol of bounty and a good harvest, it also has definite magickal overtones. The horn itself is a phallic symbol, representative of the God. The inside of the horn is womb-like, especially when it is full of bounty from the fertile earth. This represents the Goddess. And since Mabon is the Witches Thanksgiving, it is very appropriate to utilize this symbol for our altars or table tops.
Make or buy a cornucopia. I bought a wicker one in the basket section of a local craft store. Some of the more crafty among us may opt to make one out of grapevine or other material. Fill the horn with fruits of the season -- fruit, veggies, flowers. Let them spill out onto the table. Add magickal trinkets, glitter, oak leaves or acorns, hazel nuts, or even tarot cards. The Justice card is a card of balance, and Mabon is a day of balance. Justice also corresponds to Libra, the astrological sign of Mabon. Look through your deck, you may find other cards that suit the season.
We're going to borrow an idea from Yasmine Galenorn's book Dancing with the Sun. (Buy this book ! It's excellent.) She puts magickally charged charm boxes in her cornucopia. Following are instructions:
(pp. 124-126, Dancing With the Sun by Yasmine Galenorn)
These are simple charms that you can keep year after year for your altar. (I put them in the cornucopia), or you can make new ones each year.
You will need tiny boxes (ring size boxes), one for each type of charm you are making. You can make them for the household, or if anyone has a particular wish, make personalized ones.
You will need:
sandalwood or cinnamon incense
green wrapping paper
a quarter and a dime
9 kernels of dried corn
a malachite bead
a peridot bead
a pen with green ink
Light a stick of sandalwood or cinnamon incense. Hold the box over the smoking incense to thoroughly saturate it with the scent.
Hold the money, the corn, oats, and beads in your hands. Charge them with energy, focusing on an increase in wealth and prosperity. Visualize yourself harvesting the rewards toward which you have been working.
Put the ingredients n the box and close the lid. With the pen, draw prosperity runes on the box and then wrap them in green wrapping paper. Hold over the smoking incense again and say:
Summer's sun is Autumn's gold
In my life, wealth be foretold
Fortune increase, luck be mine
By harvest dreams and barley wine.
Lady, see my need for more
Send abundance to my door.
You will need:
heather, sage, pine, or cedar incense
white wrapping paper
a sprig of rue
a holly leaf
a tiger's eye bead
a piece of dragon's blood resin
a pen with red ink
Light a stick of heather, sage, pine or cedar incense. Hold the box over the smoking incense to thoroughly saturate it with the scent.
Hold the herbs, bead, and resin in your hands. Charge them with energy, focusing on protection and safety for all who dwell within your household. Visualize a web of protective light encasing your home.
Then put the ingredients into the box and close the lid. With the pen, draw protection runes on the box, and wrap it in the white wrapping paper. Hold over the smoking incense again and say:
Amidst the Autumn's darkest nights
Our home be bound by brilliant light
A web of hope and joy and peace
Be woven now, all danger cease
By watchful eye, by lock and key,
Protect our home, so mote it be.
Visit Yasmine's website Galenorn En/Visions.