Apple Candleholders

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Decorate Your Altar with Symbols of the Season

Apple Candleholder
Apple candleholders are a quick and simple way of decorating your altar for a fall Sabbat. Image by Patti Wigington 2007

Naturally, you’ll want to put candles on your altar to celebrate this Sabbat. Why not use vegetables and fruits symbolic of the season to make a candleholder? These easy candleholders are perfect for holding a taper-style candle.

First, you’ll want to select some firm fruits. Red apples, early acorn squash, even eggplants work well -- apples seem to last the longest. Rinse and dry the fruit or vegetable thoroughly. Polish the outside with a soft cloth until the apple is shiny. Stand the apple up on its bottom, and use a knife or a corer to make a hole in the top where the stem is located. Go about halfway down into the apple so that the candle will have a sturdy base. Widen the hole until it’s the same diameter as your candle.

Pour some lemon juice into the hole and allow it to sit for ten minutes. This will prevent the apple from browning and softening too quickly. Pour out the lemon juice, dry out the hole, and insert a sprig of rosemary, basil, or other fresh herb of your choice. Finally, add the taper candle. Use a little bit of dripped wax to secure the taper in place.

Be sure to read more about magical uses for apples!

The Magical Energy of Apples: Apples are often associated with the harvest at Mabon, and have their own unique energy that lends itself well to making magic this time of year.

Apple Blossoms: The apple is a symbol of immortality and of the gods themselves. Find out how you can use apple blossoms in magical workings.

Hold a Mabon Apple Harvest Rite: This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through.

Make an Apple Garland: An apple garland is really easy to make. You can make it any length you wish, and it makes your house smell good in the process.

Pomona, Goddess of Apples: Pomona was an obscure Roman goddess, but she still has significance when it comes to the blooming of orchards and fruit trees.