When you think of mistletoe, chances are fond memories of Christmas spring to mind. This famous plant is best known for being hung atop archways in preparation for lovers to meet underneath and share a passionate moment together. However, from treating certain ailments to attracting good luck, there’s much more to the merry mistletoe than Christmas kisses.
Some mysterious legends surrounding mistletoe date back as far as the Viking Age. According to Norse mythology, the god Baldr was slain by a weapon made of mistletoe. Upon learning of her son’s death, the goddess Frigg’s tears became the mistletoe’s famous snow-like berries. Some versions of this Norse myth claim that the gods were able to resurrect Baldr.
Frigg, delighted, vowed to kiss whoever stepped beneath the plant.
Mistletoe, however, isn’t only famous for attracting kisses at Christmastime.
The Twelve Days of Christmas was known in Germany as Rauhnacht. During this time, malicious spirits were believed to roam free. Used to keep the spirits from entering the home, folk would arrange mistletoe cuttings together in a circle with other sacred plants, including holly and ivy – not unlike the wreaths we decorate our doorways with during the festive period nowadays.
Mistletoe was used by the Druids to increase fertility, attract good luck, and ward off evil spirits. And the Druids weren’t alone in believing in the good-luck-powers of the mistletoe plant. Dim uchellwydd, dim lwc is a Welsh proverb meaning “no mistletoe, no luck”.
So whether you believe in the superstitions surrounding this picturesque plant or you’re just entertained, we invite you to get to know these curiosities and beliefs that have been passed down throughout the ages.
Benu Talisman Fountain Pen in Mistletoe Specifications
- Limited Edition of 300 pens
- Body Material: multicolor resin
- Nib: Stainless steel #6 Size Schmidt nib
- Filling System: Standard International Cartridge or Converter
- Length: 5.43 in. / 138mm
- Weight: 0.74oz / 21g
- Gift boxed