In my home I like my things to serve many purposes.So when I set my hand to crafting something for an Alter or a table I stay true to my nature.I love the Autumn season .With its chillier nights ,colors and smells ,you can feel the witchy energy flowing.I created this centerpiece to grace a home and honor Mabon,Samhain and the Autumn season.
It measures 15" across and is 12" in height so it needs space . Lol you cant really see this but its made in a shallow leaf shaped basket that has legs so the arrangment sits about 2 inchs off the table.Dried flowers are fragile so theyre safer cradled in the basket a few inches above it all.
I started by gluing a 6 inch wreath form into the bottom of the basket so my arrangment was secure.This gave me a frame to work with and something to hold my candle vase securely in place once it was finished . Im honoring second harvest , third harvest ,along with Autumn and Thanksgiving , what a task! It needs to invoke all the magics of those special days and blend with the changing themes that come with them. Only the best blossoms from my garden will do for this! So out come my boxes ,bundles and bags ,the search is on. After a frenzy of pulling in boxs my choices were finally made ........
Oak leaves were first on as the bottom layer . (because the leaves are large & sturdy)
Then came big drifts of Hydrangea .
The next "layer "was Lavender , Golden Rod ,Moss and Yarrow,these filled in the spaces and looked great while lending their powers to my mix.
I topped it off with fragrant heads of Basil .(to appease the fairies) Roses of all colors, Echinacea cones and the star like seed pods of Columbine.Yumm it smells divine!
To light this candle is to invoke happiness,comfort,love,protection and abundance.Not to mention how happy you make the fairies .And face it your headed into Samhain with fairies in the house you want them happy! So at last the basket is finished and my livingroom is a wreck!But my centerpiece ....Tis perfect for a Mabon /Samhain alter and makes a lovely centerpiece for the holiday table ;)
Basil – exorcism, love, protection, prosperity, wealth
Columbine – courage, love
Goldenrod – prosperity, money, divination
Hydrangea – invokes magic ,breaks hexes
Moss – luck, money
Oak – protection, health, money, healing, potency, fertility, luck
Yarrow – healing, divination, exorcism, protection, courage, love, psychic powers
Rose – beauty, protection, purification, love, psychic powers, healing,
Lavender – protection, call in good spirits,
love, sleep, longevity, purification, happiness, peace, healing