The Druids considered mistletoe a scared plant, having powers to cure illness and ensure fertility. It was considered to have aphrodisiac qualities. They would often collect mistletoe in special ceremonies and use the plant to make medicines to counter sterility and combat poisons.
The Celtic translation for mistletoe is 'All-heal' as Celts believed that the plant had properties that could heal the sick, bring good luck and bring fertility.
Baldurs mother was the Norse goddess of love and marriage Friga, and when he was born she made every pant, animal and inanimate object promise not to hurt him.
However, she overlooked mistletoe and Loki, mischievous god of the Norse, took advantage of this oversight and fashioned a dart from the plant. He deceptively passed this dart to Baldurs brother Hodor as he taught him to fire darts, and Baldhur was struck directly through the heart.
It was said that Frigas tears of mourning were so severe that the winter was formed and the mistletoe produced milky white berries from her tears. Eventually, other Norse gods took pity on Friga and restored Baldurs life. Overjoyed, Friga pronounced that mistletoe should be used to bring love into the world, not joy. Two people passing under the mistletoe celebrated Baldhurs resurrection by kissing under it.
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