|A.E. Marty: Les Deux Nigauds from La Gazette du Bon Ton janvier 1914 |
We may be far removed from the Druids who, on the sixth day of the moon after the winter solstice, celebrated the rite of the Night Mother dressed in robes of white as they prepared a sacrifice before a venerated oak. Mistletoe was rare on an oak tree and was considered so precious that it was cut off carefully with a gold sickle. The parasitic plant was caught as it fell in a cloth of white wool. Its magic powers might be lost if it touched the ground and it was highly valued as a universal panacea. The plant was brewed with very pure water to cure maladies and protect from bewitchment. For centuries, celebrations of Guianeu from au gui de l'an neuf (new year's mistletoe) were carried out to bring luck by children in the countryside. Today it decorates my home, and any magic it spreads starts with a kiss.
Happy New Year to All -
my very best wishes to friends and companions in the blog world for health, happiness, and beauty in 2011