Mistletoe, Birdlime, All Heal, Golden Bough, and Loranthaceae Phoradendron flavescens.
The Day After the Winter Solstice:
Approximately December 23rd
Ogham: * It is said that Mistletoe is too sacred to have a
Bird: The Eagle
Sun and Jupiter
Colors: Green, Gold and White
Stones: Black Quartz, Amber, Pearl and Green Obsidian
**CAUTION: Mistletoe berries are extremely poisonous and have been known
to cause miscarriage.**
Mistletoe is one of the Druid's most sacred trees - as Ovid said, "Ad
viscum Druidae cantare solebant. (The Druids are wont to sing to the Mistletoe.)."
In Druidic lore Mistletoe is an herb of the Winter Solstice and is the special
plant for the day after Yule. The Druids gathered their Mistletoe at Midsummer
or at the 6th day of the moon. The Druid priests or priestesses would wear white
robes while gathering the plant and would use a golden knife, taking extreme
care not to let the plant touch the ground. Two oxen were often sacrificed for
the harvest. The Druids considered that the Mistletoe that grew on Oak trees
was the most potent and sacred.
Mistletoe has the immortal creature the Gryphon-Eagle associated with it. There are many deities associated with Mistletoe: Loki, Blader, Hercules, Shu, Osirus, and Aeneas are a few of those deities.
Romans, Celtics, and Germans believed that mistletoe is the key to the supernatural. Mistletoe will aid and strengthen all magickal works but is best called upon for healing, protection, and beautiful dreams - dreams which will unlock the secrets of immortality. Boughs of Mistletoe can be hung for all purpose protection around the house. Sprigs of Mistletoe can be carried as an herb of protection - plus amulets and jewelry can be made out of Mistletoe wood as protective talismans. Hung over the cradle, Mistletoe will protect the child from being stolen by the fey and Mistletoe that is carried will protect the bearer from werewolves. Mistletoe stood for sex and fertility - hence our tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. It is traditionally hung in the home at Yule, and those who walk under it exchange a kiss of peace.