Wednesday, 10 December 2014

On the first day of Yule...Mistletoe

(Viscum album, Phoradendron leucarpum, Phoradendron flavescens)

As mistletoe doesn’t have roots in the earth but seemingly appears to grow ‘from the air’ in trees it is considered a sacred plant from the ‘in between’ places.

Hang mistletoe in your home for protection and to bring love and peace to your household.

Uses mistletoe in fertility, dream and healing spell work especially for spiritual healing.

Why do we kiss under mistletoe? In Norse mythology the arrow that killed Baldur was made from mistletoe. The Norse gods then ruled that mistletoe belonged to the goddess of love as a balance for its use to kill – possibly an explanation of why we now kiss under it. Or it could be that mistletoe was used at the Roman festival of Saturnalia in wedding ceremonies … any excuse is good with me.

Wands made of mistletoe are said to ward off werewolves, I have not tried this as we don’t get many where I live…

Caution: Mistletoe is poisonous – do not ingest.

Mistletoe Magical Properties:
Fertility, protection, love, health, dreams
Ruling planet – Sun
Sign - Leo
Element – Air
Gender – Masculine

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