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Under the Mistletoe: A Plant with Superpowers

More than just a spin-the-bottle Christmas decoration, mistletoe is a plant with a wild past.

Christmas mistletoe on a tree

What seems to give rise to its mythic reputation is the fact that it grows high in trees and stays green even when its host tree loses its leaves. With no visible means of support, it was believed to be created by lightning strikes and to carry the force of lightning. That’s power! Also, it dies with style, turning gold as it withers. The color and its alleged abilities led to the title of Sir James Frazer’s famous book on religions, The Golden Bough.

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from its ancient history before any encounters under the mistletoe: it’s poisonous and yet has been thought to heal all manner of ailments. It has been claimed as a birth control pill, a trigger of abortion, an aphrodisiac, and a potent enhancer of fertility. It has been used in treatment of HIV and diabetes. Pliny the Elder said it would make any creature fertile. And yet its supposed birth control function is what links it with unbridled sexual activity.

It has been viewed as a male sex symbol.

The word itself translate to dung twig. (The seeds are spread by birds who’ve eaten the mistletoe.)

A branch of “the golden bough” was believed to have allowed Aneneas to travel safely through the underworld. Druids are said to have cut it with a gold knife, not letting it touch the ground, some considering it the sperm of the sun god, promising in winter the return of summer days. green and gold christmas mistletoe background One old Christian tradition claimed a sturdy early version of mistletoe as the wood of the cross. Many ancient cultures saw this ball of vine as an entry point to the supernatural.

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A powdery trace of mistletoe under a pillow supposedly leads to prophetic dreams, especially for a single woman, who may see the man she will marry.

Some think that mistletoe’s association with orgies led to the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Yet a Norse myth tells of a god who was both killed and revived by mistletoe; his goddess mother was so glad to get him back that mistletoe then became a symbol of love and renewal, a Christmas “kiss of peace.”

In Facebook terms, the relationship of humans with this plant: it’s complicated.

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Merry Christmas to You! Or Happy Yule!

Sources: The Golden Bough,,,,, and Animism, Magic, and the Divine King.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 1:33 am Reply

    Interesting and informative post – I never thought of it as golden, and didn’t know it’s relevance to the title of that famous compilation and interpretation of ancient mythology. Nor would I have recognized it’s ball form. It’s sure has gathered great press over the age!

    • Peggy Payne
      December 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm Reply

      And such contradictory press! And with no publicist!

  • December 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I enjoyed reading this post. Learned something new and loved the pictures.

    • Peggy Payne
      December 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm Reply

      Thanks, Susan. I’m looking forward to your Linny’s Sweet Dream List coming out on the 5th.

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