The carved pumpkin may have originated with the witches’ use of a collection of skulls with a candle in each to light the way to coven meetings. But among the Irish, who, as noted, prompted the popularization of Halloween in America, the legend of “Irish Jack” explains the jack-o’-lantern. According to the legend, a stingy drunk named Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree for an apple, but then cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree to prevent the devil from coming down. Jack then forced the devil to swear he would never come after Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly agreed.
Jack eventually died, but he was turned away at the gates of heaven because of his drunkenness and life of selfishness. He was sent to the devil, who also rejected him, keeping his promise. Since Jack had no place to go, he was condemned to wander the earth. As he was leaving hell (he happened to be eating a turnip), the devil threw a live coal at him. He put the coal inside the turnip and has since forever been roaming the earth with his “jack-o’-lantern” in search of a place to rest. Eventually, pumpkins replaced turnips since it was much easier to symbolize the devil’s coal inside a pumpkin.
On a crisp autumn day, during this magickal season get done one of your things to do on your to-do list - head out to the pumpkin patch! You will find when you arrive there are many pumpkins of imaginable shapes and color to search through.
Pumpkin Harvest Hoot
To the Festival of Keene, Ontario. Canada -http://thekeenepumpkinfestival.com/
Gets you hands dirty with pumpkin carving.
A Little Pumpkin History Facts.
Thank you for Friday. Have a good night :)
Light the lantern again. The light of the lantern (candle) ensures the triumph of love, overwhelms the senses, and removes rivals and hesitations.