When my wife and I selected our wedding rings, we were excited by the prospect of having an acorn arrive with them. We secured a place to plant the young tree (our own property being small and already well populated by trees) and went about the process of bringing the acorn through dormancy into germination. The acorn was not viable, however, so when we had our rings refinished they sent us a new one, which felt alive.
When we bought our home, which is very nearly on a corner lot, we learned that the sellers had subdivided off the bulk of the property so that they could sell for a lower price. We were able to buy this home because of the reduced price, but we still would like to rejoin that land with ours.
For the new moon today, I collected leaves in the cold October rain from the four corners of our property as we would like it. I left them outside in a bucket to get wetter as I prepared a fire in the hearth.
The fire itself I started as I always do, with tinder and newspaper, but atop this I placed a prosperity spell I had worked some months ago. It was based loosely on some Hoodoo practices I heard learned about, but in the end I was left with a fair amount of green wax hardened onto brown paper with a number of coins embedded within. Burning this talisman would release the intentions of the spell.
As the fire began, I put some apple cider on to simmer. I added cloves to draw good luck to the home, allspice for prosperity and success, and stirred in a cinnamon stick for love, luck, and money. The ingredients have other uses that I agree with in general but don’t focus on as I’m mulling.
When the cider was ready, we could tell because the smell of it permeated the house, taking with it the intentions of good luck, prosperity, and love. We brought in the bucket of leaves, transferring some of them into a large bowl. We poured water in to submerge the leaves, and then removed them one by one to wrap the acorn. We packed it into a ziploc bag, surrounded with wet leaves, and placed it in the refrigerator to signal the beginning of its dormancy period. In six months we’ll start the germination process.
The cider we then poured into two mugs, and used to toast Pomona before the fire. We’ll save the cinnamon stick for other cider magic as the days grow shorter, and then lengthen into the cold months beyond.