It’s Mistletoe season, before you kiss beneath that Mistletoe, stop and consider this. Is that little plant really just a happy holiday enabler of public displays of affection or is it a dangerous killer of mythic proportions?
Well the debate begun here by Fenrir is over and the verdict is in. Let me just save you some speculation and cut to the chase –>> DANGEROUS KILLER OF MYTHIC PROPORTIONS.
Avoid holiday horror! Learn just three of the myriad ways your Mistletoe might make mayhem for you and what you can do to stop it.
Ways Your Mistletoe Might Make Mayhem:
1. It might fall and touch the ground.
Tradition states that Mistletoe must never touch the ground, not even when it is harvested from the tree. Especially not then. Do you know how your Mistletoe was harvested? Find out before it’s too late. You could have a mad Mistletoe spirit situation.
Why can’t Mistletoe touch the ground? Mistletoe is a powerful parasitic plant that grows high up on the branches of other trees in the forest, tapping into the sap to make powerful berries that protect the forest. These berries are poisonous to beings the tree doesn’t exactly want getting too close to it – including humans.
Traditional Mistletoe harvesters understood this power. They worked silently with ropes and knives to sneak up on the powerful plant and cut it down, careful not to let a single branch or berry fall to the ground. But if it did happen, the traditional harvester, aka a witch or a warlock, would sprinkle a mixture of uncut gems combined with blue corn and tobacco beneath the tree by way of apology and thanks and let’s face it, to distract any angry spirits.
(Angry spirits, much like the rest of us, get distracted by both shiny and smelly things.)
If your Mistletoe has not been harvested properly in this way, you could have an angry forest spirit in your Mistletoe right now. That angry spirit will try to drop those berries down when you least expect it, into the drinks of your guests and the mouth of your little brother.
And don’t be fooled by modern Mistletoe harvesters who say this isn’t a problem anymore because they use a gun. Yes, it has become common to shoot Mistletoe down from the tree, and then they just pick the branches off the forest floor, hoping the gunshot will scare away any evil spirits. But trust me, nothing makes for an angrier Mistletoe spirit than being shot.
So if you’re not sure how your Mistletoe was harvested? Hang a small bag of gemstones, blue corn and tobacco leaf in close proximity to the Mistletoe. If it’s a wreath, I would advise putting it in the very middle.
2. Your enemy might sharpen it into a spear or other pointy object.
Particularly dangerous for demigods and descendants thereof. As the Norse god Baldur well knows, it’s not just of the berries you need to be wary. That’s because Baldur was killed by a mistletoe spear.
Now pointy objects are in and of themselves very powerful, but when you combine the power of pointyness with the magic of Mistletoe? You have a weapon that can be used to take down many supernatural beings, even a demigod.
3. Kissers might forget to take away their berry.
Nobody upholds this tradition anymore but that’s the whole point of kissing under the Mistletoe. You’re supposed to kiss and then the kissers can take away one of the berries, to dispose of it properly without letting it fall on the floor.
That’s because a sincere, loving kiss is alleged to give an angry Mistletoe spirit(s) of the season enough aw-shucks feeling that you will permitted to take one – and only one! – poisonous berry. It may also help you to identify any potential vampires, as a vampire will never kiss directly beneath under a Mistletoe.
*Please note, the above written represents three and only three of the many ways your Mistletoe may be planning mayhem this holiday season. For more information, please keep on keeping on. You can read FENRIR’s post that started it all, right here.