Citrus Pomanders- A Magickal Winter Craft


Here’s another magickal recipe that you can make from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. If not, there’s nothing here that a quick trip to the grocery won’t fix.

Aside from smelling simply delicious, these pomanders that have become Winter Holiday favorites actually have their roots in witchery and folklore.

Oranges are magickal representations of the return of the Sun and bring fertility, good luck, friendship, love, prosperity, and strengthen bonds. Clove brings prosperity, casts out negative influences, raises the spiritual vibe and purifies the area.

What a deliciously scented and beautiful little ball of goodwill and blessing for the holiday season!  The bonus; you can give a Yule Pomander to just about anyone (including your non-Pagan friends and family)  and they won’t bat an eye; they’ll just thank you for this thoughtful, fragrant gift of the season. Lemons and limes work well too, if you like a little variety and carry their own special Magick.  Lemons, for empowerment, purification and beauty; Limes for healing, love and protection.

This is a great bit of family fun if you have kids to share some holiday crafting with.

As always, before you begin, spend a moment to get grounded and centered.  It’s entirely up to you how much ritual you choose to enact before and during your magickal crafting, but do keep in mind that your physical ingredients are only part of the magick.  Your will is the most important part, so do what works best for you to bring your will to focus on the work at hand. In magickal recipes always bring your will to bear on your crafting.  Your results will prove this out. Even if you’re setting up the crafting for kids, family or non-witches, you can take a moment to get yourself set.

 

You’ll need:

  • Oranges (and/or other citrus fruits)
  • Toothpick or other poker/skewer
  • Crochet hook
  • Cloves
  • Ribbon (traditionally red or gold) or wire
  • Optional spices: ground cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & allspice

You may wrap ribbons on for hanging either before placing your cloves, but be warned.  The oranges will shrink as they dry, leaving the ribbon loose and it may even slip off.  I like to use a crochet hook to pull the ribbon through and tie a bow or knot at the bottom, or even add a cinnamon stick there to stop the fruit from slipping off.  Some folx use a wire threaded through with a hanging loop at the top.  Any of these methods work, but should be done before the setting of the cloves.

You can cover the fruit in as many cloves as you like, either randomly or in patterns.  Spirals, diamond shapes, stars and other geometrics can add additional magical energies as well as beauty.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac recommends putting your finished pomanders in a paper bag to begin the drying process, or rolling them in a the combined (optional) ground spices, but I prefer to hang and enjoy both their beauty and magick right away.

Do leave me a comment if you try this recipe and let us all know how it works for you! And  feel free to comment with any recipe requests you may have.

 

Blessed be,

93

In Light and Shadow,

~Thorne  

*I don’t do affiliate links, so any links you find here in my blog will take you to my own hand crafted products/items. Please visit the shop to view my hand crafted items.

 

Blessed be,

93

In Light and Shadow,

~Thorne  

*I don’t do affiliate links, so any links you find here in my blog will take you to my own hand crafted products/items. Please visit the shop to view my hand crafted items.

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