Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Mistletoe Good & Bad
(Mistletoe is a nice little herb to decorate with during the holidays, but there is a mischievious side to the herb. Not just for kissing - did you know Mistletoe are like parasites to trees?)
Mistletoe Herb of Solstice
A most sacred "herb" of the Druids and ruled the Winter Solstice. Considered to be an all-purpose
protective herb. It is Masculine in nature, ruled by the sun and the element Fire.
1) Wear around neck (sewn into or put into a white pouch) as a protective amulet.
2) Wear around neck in small spell bottle w/ red cording as Lucky Winter Charm.
3) Sew into white pouch and hang anywhere (house, car) for protective purposes.
4) Sew into red pouch and kiss your love beneath it to keep your love forever.
5) Use in floor wash to attract patrons to a business.
Other magical uses: Healing,immortality, love, luck, protection, Renewal, Success, Used by Druids to see beyond the cycle of rebirth.
Please NOTE: Mistletoe is Poisonous if the berries are ingested by human or animal.
By Barbara Morris
Magical Mistletoe Spell
Druids used the magic of mistletoe for festivals throughout the year, including Midsummer and Yule. Evergreens
were considered magical because they didn't wither away each year like other plants, making them seem immune
from death. Mistletoe also seemed to defy nature by growing in the upper branches of trees rather than on the ground.
The Druids called it "all-heal" because of its potent healing properties and its use as a fertility aid. Mistletoe that grew
atop oak trees in sacred groves was considered particularly powerful. Call on the magic of this wonderful plant by
threading a string of small white Christmas lights through the upper branches of a tree at Yule or at any time of year.
Thief of the Tree
The thing that all mistletoes have in common is this: all grow as parasites on the branches of trees and shrubs. In fact, the American mistletoe’s scientific name, Phoradendron, means "thief of the tree" in Greek. The plant is aptly named: it begins its life as a handily sticky seed that often hitchhikes to a new host tree on a bird beak or feather or on mammal fur. In addition to hitchhiking, the dwarf mistletoe also has another dandy way of traveling to a new host tree: the seeds of this mistletoe will, like tiny holiday poppers, explode from ripe berries, shooting a distance as far as 50 feet. One researcher said that if you put ripe berries in a paper bag and shake it, it sounds just like popping popcorn. For the most part, the mistletoe is pretty darn cavalier about what host tree it finds — dwarf mistletoes like most kinds of conifers; American mistletoes are found on an incredible variety of trees. Once on a host tree, the mistletoe sends out roots that penetrate the tree and eventually starts pirating some of the host tree’s nutrients and minerals. In actuality, though, mistletoes are not true parasites; instead they are what scientists call "hemi-parasites" because most of them have the green leaves necessary for photosynthesis. Still, it seems like a pretty lazy life for most mistletoes: a little photosynthesis here and there and a lot of food and water stolen from their unsuspecting benefactor trees. Eventually, mistletoes grow into thick masses of branching, misshapen stems, giving rise to a popular name of witches’ brooms, or the apt Navajo name of "basket on high."
Read more on mistletoe here