Mistletoe (Viscum album) - I surmount all obstacles, a kiss
The mistletoe is absolutely one of the most fascinating plants, both to see and to read about. This half-parasitical plant finds its way to the tops of trees by cleverly getting defecating birds to lodge its seeds among the branches. In the old times, people held the firm belief that the mistletoe was immaculately conceived, that its seeds were barren until passed through the plant’s biggest fan, the aptly named mistle-thrush. This magic made it a symbol of great good and fertility, and it was used to decorate homes, barns and women’s skirts to encourage the fruits of love’s labour to grow easily. According to Pliny the elder, Druids of Celtic and Teutonic tribes would gather the mistletoe from oak trees with great care in a sacred fertility ritual. In Dutch, it is called maretak - think “nightmare”, not horses.
In Norse mythology, Frigg (the wife of Odin) took great care to protect her son Baldr from harm. She made everything on Earth promise to her that they would never harm him- but she forgot to even ask the sweet, tender, weak and innocent mistletoe. A grave oversight, because Loki fashioned an arrow out of mistletoe wood, and got Baldr’s twin brother Hodr to shoot it, killing him without his knowledge. Baldr, having died dishonorably instead of in battle, is denied access to Valhalla and instead has to go to the more plebeian afterlife. The mistletoe, of course, feels absolutely terrible about all this and makes up for it by forever becoming a symbol of peace and love among mankind, dedicated to Frigg. To show this peace, people kiss beneath the mistletoe in that famous custom.
Kissing under the mistletoe was popularised and perpetuated mostly by the English serving class, a tradition where anyone could be kissed without punishment. With every kiss, a berry would be picked from the branch hanging above. When all the berries were gone, there was to be no more kissing.
The tradition of mistletoe is much older and much more magical than the Christian church. Come Christmas, you’ll see more and more of it in houses, but it is typically banned from churches because of its pagan connotations.
A candle (green preferably, but any will do)/ Something to represent Fire
A vial of Moon Water/Something to represent Water
Incense/Something to represent Air
Coffee/Something to represent Earth
Something to represent your Deity/the Universe/Spirit
A Drawing of a Pentacle/A pentacle cloth/A pentacle
A sigil for prosperity on a piece of paper/bay leaf
Something to contain your spell, I chose a small pebble from a water fountain, it must be something you’re willing to lose/bury.
A small bowl/cloth/shell (willing to bury)
Get into a meditative state.
Place the coffee/Salt in the Earth branch of the pentacle
Place the water in the Water branch of the pentacle
Light the candle and place it in the Fire branch of the pentacle
Light the incense and place it in the Air branch of the pentacle
Place what you chose for spirit in the Spirit branch of the pentacle
Place what you chose to receive the spell in the middle.
Optionally, you can also form a crystal grid, with a crystal empowering each branch of the pentacle in addition to the associations (I did).
“Mother Earth, Raise your riches up to me. (Touch your earth association)
Father Sky, Carry to me opportunity. (Touch your air association)
Brother Fire, Burn away any obstacles. (Touch your fire association, don’t get burnt)
Sister Stream, Lead me to what I seek. (Touch you water association)
Lord Loki (Goddess, Lady and Lord, The Universe, Your Deity, Your spirit, anything) this spell oversees. (Touch your Spirit Association)
This will be mine, so mote it be.” (Touch the spell recipient.)
Burn the sigil, keep the ashes.
Meditate while holding the spell recipient, until it throbs.
Mix a drop of water, the ashes of the sigil, the coffee and the ashes of the incense together (if you didn’t use incense, just use the hard end of a feather to mix everything up) and keep them in the money corner of your house/room/office.
Keep the spell recipient on you, or touch it daily until desired effect takes place.
Bury the ashes and the spell recipient.
Ⓧ This spell has been tested . (It worked the next day)
Do you have a list or something of recommended viking culture or norse pagan blogs to follow that aren't, you know, white supremacists and what not?
The Valkyrie Squad is a list of safe blogs that have been vetted by the mods, not all of them are Heathen, and I can’t guarantee they are all completely free of grossness (as people are people) but they’re a good place to start.
Having seen various incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate lists of Norse gods circulating Tumblr, I have decided to write my own and also include common terminology alongside. I will also include other beings who exist within the old lore and modern traditions.
I have opted to include the names in Norwegian, with translations in parenthesise after, along with a brief summary of some of the associations given to some of those gods. Be aware that, as an overview, brevity is necessary here and the individuals should not be oversimplified to basic aspects in your practice!
Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)
Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
Heimdall(Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
Hod(Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ✨
Fun Viking facts!
1. Viking women could inherit property 😉
2. Vikings were some of the most hygienic people of their time. 👍
3. William the Conqueror was a descendent of Vikings. 🇬🇧
(Photographer: @taylordlanier Hair and makeup: @tiffanynicoleperea 💕🙌🌿)
My Viking photo shoot featuring runes by lykosleather ( lykosleather.com and on etsy)