The occurrence of a Mistletoe vine growing on an Oak tree was one of the most sacred events to the Druids. On Midsummer’s day, after a heady ceremony and procession, the vine was cut with a single stroke of a golden sickle, and never thereafter was allowed to touch the ground.
Mistletoe has always been considered a magical, good luck plant. Lovers who kiss beneath it will have lasting happiness and carrying a sprig on your person will ensure good luck, protection, and fertility. Hanging it in the home was supposed to protect it from disease, lightning, werewolves and having your children switched with faerie changelings.
In England and Wales, farmers gave a bunch of mistletoe to the first cow that calved to ensure the health and production of the whole herd for the year.
In Scandinavia, mistletoe was a symbol of peace under which warring parties swore truce.
According to lore, Druids held mistletoe in high esteem and collected it only when they received a vision ordering them to do so, and then with great ceremony.
Since the seeds are spread through bird droppings, our observant forebearers named Mistletoe “dung-on-twig”, (the word literally
translated is a conjugation of “birdlime” or “bird dung” and twig) believing that the plant actually sprang from the dung itself. Other beliefs held the Mistletoe grew where a tree was struck by lightning.
Mistletoe protects from all ills, from lightning to curses to illness, whether placed about the home or carried on the person. It is also a good addition to mojo bags for love, when there is a need to protect against love jinxes. It is said that if a couple kisses under the Mistletoe, they will stay in love. This sacred herb is an essential part of all cunning cupboards.