“The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean,
Overcome with moss and baleful Mistletoe
Ogham Letters Meaning Mistletoe
Celtic: The Unspeakable
Latin: Viscum album
Animal: Cow, Pheasant.
Spiritual Meaning Mistletoe
Death, Fertility, Healing, Sacrifice, Exorcism. All Heal, Unknowable. I have chosen to include Mistletoe in this alphabet, although some say it is not officially a part of the Celtic ogham. It was however, sacred to the druids, as it grows on the Oak Tree and to me is a mystical and magical plant. It was thought to have fallen from heaven onto the mighty oak. It has no roots in the earth so was interpreted as being between places – a place between the worlds. It is also mentioned in the Ovate Book of Ogam (OBOD) coupled with Heather and the letter U, to which I refer in collating these posts.
Mistletoe Healing Benefits
Mistletoe has numerous medicinal uses. It is called “all heal” and the “Chieftons tree” Sometimes also referred to as the ‘black’ ogham, which in Runic traditions represents the unknown or unknowable.
Although the berries are poisonous, the plant can be used to treat depression, hypertension, insomnia, stress, cancer and tumors. It has the ability to reduce the pulse and lower the blood pressure. It can also be used to treat epilepsy and digestive conditions and like the Heather a Mistletoe tea can boost the immune system and is a good general tonic..
Ogham Magical Uses Mistletoe
It was used to decorate the house at Christmas time, until the early Christian church banned its use . Hanging it in the house was thought to protect against evil, lightening strikes and fire. Kissing beneath the mistletoe during the festive season brings good luck, fertility and protection. Hung over the bed it was believed to bring good dreams and a peaceful sleep. A plant of dawn and dusk, a magic portal – the opening of a gateway between the living and the dead.
Associated with two Sun Gods, Apollo and Balder. It is shaped like a globe, and when seen on the deciduous Oak, Apple and Poplar in winter, appeared like a ray of sunshine – hope for new life. It was also considered to be masculine because of the white substance which exudes from the berries, thus its association with fertility and new life amongst death and decay. – © Jyoti Eagles