The ancient Druids believed that mistletoe could was a sign of the great sacredness. The one which was growing on the oak was cut of with the golden sickle by specially initiated priests during a special ceremony. people in Celtic and Teutonic traditions believed that the mistletoe could perform miracles, heal and protect.
Very interesting that the myth about mistletoe exist in Scandinavian tradition despite the fact that the plant does not grow on the most of the area. The story goes that Loki tricked the blind god Hodur into murdering his own twin brother Balder with an arrow made of mistletoe. The mistletoe was the only plant to which Balder was vulnerable. The Prose Edda tells us that “The second son of Odin is Baldur, and good things are to be said of him. He is best, and all praise him; he is so fair of feature, and so bright, that light shines from him. A certain herb is so white that it is likened to Baldr’s brow; of all grasses it is whitest, and by it thou mayest judge his fairness, both in hair and in body” (Brodeur’s translation)
Many pagan cultures regarded the white berries to be a symbols of a male fertility, because mistletoe seeds resembled a semen. For example in Celtic tradition it was a sperm of Taranis, a personification of thunder.
For Romans mistletoe was a symbol of peace and love, they believed that it can protect the home if hung over doorways. It is where the tradition of hanging the mistletoe comes from.
🌿Омела. В друидской традиции её считали знаком особого священного значения. Если омела росла на дубе, то только особо посвященные жрецы могли срезать её золотым серпом в специальной церемонии.
🌿 Āmulis. Kopš antīkiem laikiem bijis miera un mīlestības simbols ķeltu un teitoņu tautam. Tas sastopams Latgalē no kurienes es esmu 😉