Mistletoes and Kissing Boughs

The Lady Moor is indisposed today, so I will be journaling in her stead. If you need my name, then I will oblige, I am Branwen, Goddess of Love and Beauty. Such a beautiful time of the year approaches. While the leaves wither and the sky deadens to grey, it is the love we hold within ourselves that lights the world.

Now I shall get to my purpose– the Mistletoe. On the sixth day of the new moon, a druid priest would climb a tree hung heavy with mistletoe and cut down the parasitic plant with a golden sickle. The druids believed mistletoe was a universal healer.

As time passed and its pagan association had faded, mistletoe was hung in homes and became known as the kissing bough. In the Middle Ages, mistletoe was decorated on a hoop made of ash, willow or hazel. A figure of the Christ Child was placed in the middle and as each visitor entered the house, they were greeted with a “kiss of peace”. This kiss forgave any wrongdoings of that year.

My story is one of many you will find. What’s important is this: if you find yourself standing under a mistletoe or kissing bough, use it as an opportunity to banish all ill will and trespasses and embrace the love held deep within.

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1 Comment »

  1. runicriter Said:

    I love mistletoe, and in fact have some perched precariously in two separate locations. Did you know that you should only tie it with Red Cotton Thread and/or ribbon?


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