Newsletter for Feb 2012
~Time for Gratitudes~
Strengthening Community Through Unity
Our Winter Solstice/Yule celebration will be held this year on Wheeler AFB at 7pm
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Ruller: Apollo, Druids, Venus
Magickal Form: Berries, Leaves, Wood
Use for: Fertility, protection, love, healing, luck, and invisibility
Mistletoe is another important plant that is used in many holiday traditions surrounding the winter solstice. Druids believed that anything found growing on an oak tree had been sent from heaven and mistletoe found on oaks was especially sacred.
Said to lose its power once it touches the ground, mistletoe is a holy herb and sacred to many deities. Mistletoe was perceived as being in a category all its own. Although it lives on trees, it's not a tree. Although it's like a plant, it doesn't grow in either Earth or Water.
In the Celtic language, mistletoe means “All heal” and it was thought to possess miraculous healing powers and hold the soul of the host tree. Mistletoe would be hung over the entry into peoples’ homes and atop doorways within their homes as a token of good will and peace to all comers.
It is said that when warring Viking armies met under a tree in which mistletoe occurred that they would cease battle for the remainder of that day. Today, many people still hang mistletoe in their homes and couples kiss when they meet under the mistletoe.
In some traditions each time a couple kiss under the mistletoe a single white berry is removed and the kissing ceases when the final berry is removed. Kissing a lover under the mistletoe will make this relationship last. There is a myth associated with this practice that stated if any unmarried women of the household went unkissed during the hanging of the mistletoe, they would not marry in the coming year.
As a matter of fact, you can tie mistletoe with a red ribbon and hang it in your home any time of the year for luck, protection and extra kissing.
- Adding mistletoe to other love potions increases their power.
- Place the leaves or berries high on a mantel in the home to protect its occupants.
- Leave a sprig of mistletoe in the home of someone you want to be remembered by.
- Twist marjoram and thyme around mistletoe and hang it in the corners of each room to attract luck and good fortune.
- Carve a ring from mistletoe wood and wear it for protection and to ward off illness.
Mistletoe berries resemble tiny golden moons enhancing the lunar and fertility symbolism. According to Pliny, a piece of mistletoe carried as an amulet helps a woman conceive. Fertility charms are carved from mistletoe wood, and then carried or attached to a pin and worn as a brooch. The most powerful mistletoe jewelry is embellished with pearls.
Mistletoe allegedly enhances the reproductive capacity of animals. Not only does it promote conception, it's believed to also prevent miscarriage, particularly for sheep and goats.
Hang mistletoe in the barn, or place it on around the animal in question. Be aware that the amuletic part of mistletoe is usually the "wood" - and again, be cautious as mistletoe can be toxic, especially the berries.
In Sweden mistletoe is known as "thunderbroom." Place it over thresholds, and hang it from the wall to protect a home from lightning. You can wear mistletoe around your neck to promote invisibility and hang it on a baby's cradle to prevent fairies from stealing the youngster.
CAUTION: The leaves and berries of mistletoe are poisonous. Use caution when handling and keep away from small children and pets.
Sources: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
and The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients
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Fridays @ 7pm on Wheeler for Chalice Circle
Saturdays @ 7pm on Hickam Chapel for Goddess Harmony
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Astrology: Sun Signs for January/ Feb/March
- Capricorn: Cardinal Earth, feminine, "I use"
- Aquarius: Air, masculine, "I Know"
- Pisces: Mutable Water, feminine "I believe"
more information found at: The 12 Astrology Signs
- B - Beth - Birch Month (December 24th - January 20th)
- L - Luis - Rowan Month (January 21st - February 17th)
- N - Nion - Ash Month (February 18th - March 17th)
- F - Fearn - Alder Month (March 18th - April 14th)
- S - Saille - Willow Month (April 15th - May 12th)
- H - Huath - Hawthorn Month (May 13th - June 9th)
- D - Duir - Oak Month (Jun 10th - July 7th)
- T - Tinne - Holly Month (July 8th - August 4th)
- C - Coll - Hazel Month (August 5th - September 1st)
- M - Muin - Vine Month (September 2nd - September 29th)
- G - Gort - Ivy Month (September 30th - October 27th
- Ng - Ngetal - Reed Month or Elm Month (October 28th - November 24th)
- R - Ruis - Elder Month (November 25th - December 23rd)