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The Herbal Magick of Mistletoe : Kiss Me Twice

The Herbal Magick of Mistletoe : Kiss Me Twice December 10, 2020

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Yule means trees, fires, and mistletoe. The darkest night of the year is traditionally a time for magick and mystery. Mistletoe has always carried a high spiritual vibration. In nature, it grows attached to another plant, usually an oak or other hardwood tree. The plant gets all of it’s nutrition from its host, and thusly became a symbol of interdependence. It is important to remember that this plant is poisonous, so use with caution.

Yule Love Mistletoe

The connection between mistletoe and Yule season goes back quite some time. The Mistletoe Pages explain “The plant has had a special place in mid-winter customs for a very long time, and its use pre-dates Christianity. Indeed, despite its use at Christmas it is still considered to be a pagan plant by the Church and is often banned from Church decorations. “

Kiss Me

The practice of kissing under the plant is based in fertility magick. Scholars have traced its origins back to the early Roman festival of Saturnaila. In Victorian times when public kissing was prohibited, it was still okay to partake if you were around this plant.

 

Mistletoe Legends and Lore

  • A kiss shared under mistletoe is said to ensure lasting love
  • It is also hung in the home during the holidays for peace and protection
  • Customs in France say that this should be given as part of a New Year celebration
  • Folklore says that this herb will grow where lightning has struck
  • Some believe that the root word mistle is derived from the Germanic word for dung
  • The plant was particularly sacred to Druids, who were known to only pick it after a psychic vision

For more important information about the Yule season check out my posts on 10 Pagan DIY Gifts for Yule , and Frankincense and Myrrh: Magick of the Holidays. As always if you enjoy what you read here do me a favor and please remember to like, comment, and share.

About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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