These days we associate mistletoe with The Christmas holidays, youth, and romantic love. But there’s more to this mysterious plant than most of us know. Mistletoe is extremely popular due to its supposed virtue of bringing good fortune. This is why we hang mistletoe above the door on New Year’s Eve. But there’s more to this magical plant that most of us know. Let’s start with the first question.
Is Mistletoe a Magic Plant?
The short answer is YES. Mistletoe is a magic plant. How so? Anthroposophy believers considered mistletoe to be an archaic plant, not native to Earth. They believed it originated from the Old Moon. This explains why mistletoe does not resemble any terrestrial plants.
The elementals on the Old Moon are far different from the terrestrial ones. Thus mistletoe cannot root in the soil. Instead, it grows on trees where it finds a nurturing “living soil“. It’s mistletoe’s revolt against the “temporal prison” of the soil. Mistletoe is a hemispherical bush up the air, with no apparent gravitational pull! This explains the mistletoe-moon connection.
Mistletoe Was Used in Magic Rituals
Chinese doctors believed that mistletoe had air-water vibrational characteristics. They considered it to be a medium between the celestial fire and the Earth, a plant that could merge together the light and shadows of life.
Celts believed mistletoe was not just a mysterious medicinal plant, but also a symbol of immortality and peace. Mistletoe was for them, a plant that induced inner peace to every cell of the body.
Vikings believed mistletoe was a bringer of peace and protection against evil spirits.
- Greeks strongly believed that the golden branch that opened the way for Eneas to the other world was a mistletoe branch.
- Romans placed a mistletoe made wreath on the head of the goddess Diana, the goddess of fertility.
The mistletoe’s alchemy starts with its sap transforming into energy as a resumption of the life cycle, in the spring.
The mistletoe is the symbol of rebirth.
This is why we adorn our door frames with mistletoe on the New Year’s, for a fresh new start and protection of our family and home.
5 Mysterious Facts about Mistletoe
1. The Sacred Plant of The Celts
For the Celts, plants were not what they are for today’s scientists, soulless biomass fragments. Their priests, the Druids knew that plants had a strong vital energy vibration. Thus, they used them for their therapeutic effect or wore them as an amulet for energy protection. Even more, Celts believed plants had a divine living spirit in them that gave the plant it’s healing properties.
Around 2000 years ago, mistletoe was considered a magical plant by the Celts.
Thus, the plant would play an important role in the Celtic rituals. Druid would cut and harvest it only after the winter solstice, with a golden sickle. This was a very important ritual, that we know of from the writings of Pliny the Great. He said:
“Mistletoe was gathered with great respect, especially on the sixth day of the Moon, the day when the Moon is strong enough, although it is not yet half full. In their language, they call mistletoe “healer”, and according to their tradition, they would prepare the animal sacrifice and feast under the tree on which it grows. “
Pliny also described how the sacrifice was done:
“They bring there two big bulls, with their horns wrapped. The priest, dressed in a white robe, climbs into the tree, cuts the mistletoe using a gold knife, and wraps it in a white cloth. After the animal sacrifice, they ask the gods to bring happiness and health to the one the sacrifice was for. They believe that mistletoe brings fertility to barren animals and man, and is a remedy against all poisons.”
We also known from Pliny that “Druids know of nothing more holy than mistletoe and the tree on which it grows.” They believed that mistletoe was created by a lightning bolt that penetrated the oak tree, giving it magical properties.
The mistletoe was worshiped as a symbol of feminine energy, that was seeking nourishment and protection for the “male” oak. Because it had no roots, for them mistletoe was of divine essence, a son of the heavens. Thus, they celebrated the everlasting green plant as a symbol of eternal life.
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2. Alien Plant from Another Planet
To this day, scientists cannot explain how mistletoe comes to life and replicates. Mistletoe isn’t like any other plant on Earth. The yellow-green globe, hanging like a sphere in trees, with sticky and white pearl-like berries, could just as well pass as a mythical alien plant.
In spite of the cold and the dark of winter, mistletoe keeps its green and glossy leaves. Mistletoe is by definition an “emancipated” plant that has detached itself from the annual rhythm of the sun and behaves as if the seasons would not matter at all. Mistletoe has something unearthly about it and this reflects in its many magical uses.
3. Kissing Under Mistletoe Is a Fertility Ritual
Old texts reveal that mistletoe was used with a predilection for fertility. Celts believed the white and sticky mistletoe berries are droplets of sperm from the cosmic bull, which fertilizes the almighty Great Goddess.
For fertility rituals, there was nothing more appropriate than the fairy plant, hung between heaven and earth, independent of the annual rhythm. Like dew, that neither drips from the sky nor springs from the earth, mistletoe is something “in-between”. It belongs to magic, just like that moment between sleep and waking up, from day to night.
The crossing area under the mistletoe is the place where the impossible becomes possible. When a man and a woman meet by chance, under a mistletoe branch, they are allowed to kiss and fondle. But be careful! The charm can last for 7 years. Even today, mistletoe continues to be considered natural conceiving “stimulant”. Popular medicine recommends:
“Boil three cubes of mistletoe for three minutes in 1/2 l of sweet white wine. Give the woman to drink it eight days before menstruation and she becomes pregnant.”
4. Mistletoe Is a Natural Cure for Cancer
Rudolf Steiner discovered the most important healing virtues of mistletoe. He brought, intuitively, in the modern era, much of the wisdom of the ancient Celts recommending mistletoe to treat cancer. According to the old theory of symbol similarity, this parasitic plant is a”replica” of cancerous tumors. Oftentimes mistletoe thrives on bulky, “cancerous” trees, that grow at the geomantic intersection of the telluric currents.
Mistletoe helps the sick trees, by alleviating “harmful radiation” and neutralizing the “diseased saps.” A protein that inhibits tumor growth was recently discovered in mistletoe. Scientists have confirmed the immunostimulatory effects of this alien protein against cancer.
Statistically, life expectancy for post-op cancer patients treated with mistletoe extract is 40% higher than for those undergoing chemo. For other medicinal uses of mistletoe, we invite you to read this article: What Is Mistletoe Good For? Mistletoe Uses, Benefits & Remedies.
5. Mistletoe is Poisonous for Cats
We love a warm cup of tea and a kitty on our lap on the cold Christmas mornings. But did you know that mistletoe can be poisonous for cats? If eager for greens, your cat has a taste of mistletoe, it can get intoxicated. The first signs of mistletoe poisoning are loss of consciousness, diarrhea, lack of vitality, and appetite loss.
If you do not want to give up on mistletoe, powder some ginger root powder near the branches. This will keep your kitty away.
The mistletoe is a mysterious plant, nonetheless. We know little of the healing and magical properties of mistletoe. Most of what we know is wrapped in myth and a few left rituals. Such as kissing under the mistletoe. Next time you will kiss your partner under the mistletoe, you’ll know what it stands for. If you enjoyed reading this article, share the word. Thank you!