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Ogham Studies - Drualus (Mistletoe)

Postby Fitheach » 04 Sep 2006, 21:26

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(Calavaras County, California, March, 2007)

Drualus
Mistletoe
By Susa Morgan Black

On the Sixth day after the full moon
A procession of village folk.
Gathered to seek a special boon
Underneath the ancient oak.

They spied a clump of mistletoe
High in the oaken canopy
The berries gave a milky glow
Against bare limbs of the winter tree.

A white robed Druid climbed the boughs
With his golden sickle blade
A green circlet of ivy ‘round his brow
His long dark hair caught up in a braid.

Extending his body along a stout limb
He could just reach the holy plant
Anxiously below they waited for him
And began their sacred chant.

Uil-ioc! Draoidh-lus!
Sùgh an Daraich!

Stretched beneath the gnarled wood
A sheet of white linen was spread
For the herb to touch the ground would
Be an ominous omen of dread.

Deftly the Druid cut the stem
And the herb fell upon the sheet
A cheer rose from within the glen
And the deed was declared complete.

A white bull was sacrificed that night
And a midwinter feast was held for all
The herb was preserved for a holy rite
A gift from the venerable Druids of Gaul.

Gaelic words for Mistletoe:
Uil-ioc  - All heal or make whole
Draoidh-lus – Druid’s herb
Sùgh an Daraich - Juice, sap or dearest of the Oak


My article on Mistletoe:

http://www.susa-morgan-black.net/smb/Ar ... 0Magic.pdf
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Postby Dryadia2 » 05 Sep 2006, 21:31

Fantastic! Wonderful article Fitheach! :clap:
Thank you for sharing it!

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Postby Fitheach » 05 Sep 2006, 23:00

Thank you for your comments, Dryadia2! :)

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Postby Seeker » 05 Sep 2006, 23:33

Fitheach...this is wonderful! I am the Cill Host for Cill Drualus of Ord Brighideach and wondered whether I could have your permission to to put this link in our files section for others to read?
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Postby Fitheach » 05 Sep 2006, 23:40

Please do, Seeker.  I'd be proud to be posted there!

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Postby Seeker » 05 Sep 2006, 23:46

Many thanks...by the way, I love your work!
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Postby Fitheach » 09 Sep 2006, 16:38

Thank you!!!   :D

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Re: Ogham Studies - Drualus (Mistletoe)

Postby Serpentia » 09 Dec 2010, 14:42

Yes, we have Mistletoe (Misteln) all over Germany, too. We used not to know what to do with them *lol*, until the American habit of using them for Christmas decoration and kissing arrived over here. And for medicinal purposes, of course.

Usually we consider them a bad sign in the trees, because they tend to grow mainly where there is lots of pollution, both visible and electric and such. Actually, one fell off a tree yesterday and hit my son on the head, but he managed to catch it and bring it home!

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Re: Ogham Studies - Drualus (Mistletoe)

Postby Huathe » 09 Dec 2010, 17:15

Fitheach,

I hope to find some mistletoe this Yule to use in my ritual, but it grows so high up in trees around here that it is really hard to get to. As kids, we used to shoot it out with shotguns!

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Re: Ogham Studies - Drualus (Mistletoe)

Postby MiriamSPia » 12 Dec 2010, 20:10

[raises hand] I have a question. I have heard of the rite to cut mistletoe near Winter Solstice and that the Moon needs to be in the right phase, but I do not understand the value of the berries.

Can any of you explain this?

Thanks you, and which phase of the moon does it need to be?

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Re: Ogham Studies - Drualus (Mistletoe)

Postby acornspirit » 14 Jan 2011, 02:39

I happened to read yesterday, in Robert Ellison's book The Solitary Druid, that the mistletoe-cutting ritual was carried out on the 6th day after the new moon. On the other hand, this information comes from a report one of the classical Roman authors, and I believe some of this has been called into question. For example, (in my understanding, at least) Ross Nichols claims that the mistletoe-cutting ritual is to be understood symbolically, not literally, on the grounds that the "golden sickle" could not possibly be literally true because gold cannot be sharpened to a usable cutting edge.

Somewhere I read that mistletoe berries may have been used medicinally in ancient times--but I believe the same source warned that the plant is quite poisonous, especially the berries.


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