Celebrating Mistletoe on the 6th Day of Solstice
The origins of Mistletoe as a Christmas decoration go far back into our Pagan origins. Druids considered the Mistletoe – a parasitic plant that grows on willow and apple, and other species – to be a sacred plant and a very powerful healing and magick plant, good for the heart. Roman author Pliny wrote in the first century CE that the
“Druids hold nothing more sacred than mistletoe and a tree on which it is growing.”
When we think of Mistletoe today, many recognize it from the “kissing bough”, a tradition that came to us from the Middle Ages. A berry would be picked from the Mistletoe and exchanged for a kiss. When all the berries were gone…. well, you would need more Mistletoe if you wanted another kiss!
And even that fairly recent tradition was rooted in earlier traditions: in the Middle Ages in England, “holy boughs” were created with a figure of the Christ Child and kept in the home. Visitors would be given a “kiss of peace” at the Holy Bough for forgiveness for any transgressions or ill will during the year.
Eventually, the Christian church banned Mistletoe from church decorations due to its pagan associations… but it has clearly made its way back into our modern festivities.
I love the idea of Mistletoe as a “kiss of peace” and would definitely like to revive that tradition!
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