Symbols

Mistletoe

[ uchelwydd ]

Kissing under the mistletoe is a popular Christmas customs in Europe. The origin can be traced to ancient Celtic peoples. The Uchelwydd, as they called the mistletoe, was sacred to them and regarded as a symbol of peace. If two enemies met in the forest under a mistletoe, they exchanged a kiss of peace, and agreed to one day ceasefire. Later not only opposing parties kissed each other under the mistletoe but also young couples in love – and those who want to become one. And before one knew it, the mistletoe migrated from the tree into the home, where the chance to get kissed by someone increased significantly ...

Hardly any other plant has such a deep mythological background as the mistletoe. It embodies the vital essence of spiritual and divine life and like many other evergreen plants: immortality, life, hope and health. For a long time the plant was venerated for its magic powers. It was thought that mistletoes are protecting from fire, diseases, witches and evil spirits. Many popular names refer to this believes (Thunder broom, Druid foot, witches’ broom, witchweed, wintergreen or bird herbal). 

In ancient Greece, the mistletoe was regarded as a panacea, especially against poison. Even today a soothing, styptic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antispasmodic effect is attributed to it. Among others, modern mistletoe preparations are mainly used to reduce blood pressure and as accompanying therapy in cancer treatments.

 

> Usage of the symbol

Basically, there are two “applications” for the mistletoe symbol. If you want to cultivate the Christmast custom of kissing, you should get a real mistletoe and attach it on or over the entrance door. If you prefer to benefit from its healing and mystical power year round, you better use a graphic representation of the symbol. This especially unfolds its energy in the East of your home or in the bagua zone n° 3 (health and family).

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