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The magic of: Mistletoe & Pine

The magic of: Mistletoe & Pine



(Viscum album, Phoradendron leucarpum, Phoradendron flavescens)

An evergreen plant considered parasitic because it lives on other plants (trees).  Often found in apple, ash, hawthorn and occasionally oak trees.  Long thin green leaves with small flowers in May followed by white berries in December.

As mistletoe doesn’t have roots in the earth but seemingly appears to grow ‘from the air’ in trees it is considered a sacred plant from the ‘in between’ places.

Hang mistletoe in your home for protection and to bring love and peace to your household.

Uses mistletoe in fertility, dream and healing spell work especially for spiritual healing.

Why do we kiss under mistletoe? In Norse mythology the arrow that killed Baldur was made from mistletoe. The Norse gods then ruled that mistletoe belonged to the goddess of love as a balance for its use to kill – possibly an explanation of why we now kiss under it.  Or it could be that mistletoe was used at the Roman festival of Saturnalia in wedding ceremonies … any excuse is good with me.

Wands made of mistletoe are said to ward off werewolves, I have not tried this as we don’t get many where I live…

Caution: Mistletoe is poisonous – do not ingest.

Mistletoe Magical Properties:

Fertility, protection, love, health, dreams

Ruling planet – Sun

Sign - Leo

Element – Air

Gender – Masculine




Evergreen conifer trees with thick scaly bark and dark green needles that we often associate with Yule.

The scent of pine is good for bringing us back to ourselves, for centring and focusing.

An excellent herb to use in all kinds of Dragon magic.

Pine also brings with it a strong magical protection for your home and also a sense of hospitality and welcome.  Keep pine needles in your home to bring in abundance (I would suggest keeping them in a medicine pouch rather than sprinkling them as they are uncomfortable to tread on).

It is also a useful herb to use in truth spells to find out hidden knowledge or secrets.

Use in incense blends to protect and purify your home or sacred space.  I like to add a few drops of pine essential oil to my floor wash.

Use pine cones in fertility magic workings and healing spells.

Pine House Blessing

Light some charcoal in a cauldron or fire proof container and sprinkle some pine needles on top of the glowing embers.  Then pass a pine cone (or cones) through the smoke.  Keep the pine cone on your altar or in the hearth of your home to bring blessings and peace to your household.

Pine Magical Properties:

Centring, focus, Dragon magic, protection, truth, abundance, purification, fertility, healing

Ruling planet – Mars, Saturn

Sign - Capricorn

Element – Air, Fire

Gender – Masculine

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Rachel is a witch...has been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously...the real sort - but she is also a working wife and mother living in Hampshire, England who has also been lucky enough to write and have published a growing stack of books on the Craft. She loves to learn she loves to study and continues to do so each and every day but has learned the most from actually getting outside and doing it. She regularly gives talks and workshops at pagan events. Rachel is also founder and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch online school of witchcraft. She likes to laugh...and eat cake...


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