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The Cycle of Life
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The Cycle of Life
The story of a Leaf that didn't want to fall from a Tree.
by Kerstin Chavent

Winter: a time when something old comes to an end and something new is waiting to awaken.
This is the story of a Leaf that does not want to detach itself from the old Life and learns what happens when it surrenders to the pulsation of Life.
It is a true story.
It is the title of the text collection 'La feuille qui ne voulait pas tomber de l'arbre'

Autumn was here.
The cool morning fog rose later and later to make way for a pale Sun.
The smell of smoke lay in the air and filled it with a hunch of long evenings at the fire and lonely seclusion.
Slowly the foliage of the Trees took on the colours of the embers: flaming red, bright yellow, warm orange.

The majestic Lime Tree with the heart-shaped crown next to the church let go of the leaves they had inhabited during the warm season and sent them on journeys.
One by one they sailed down into the unknown.

All, but not one.
Every time the wind blew, it clung to its Branch with growing desperation.
It trembled, it shuddered, and it never tired of repeating itself:
Hopefully it will hold!
Hopefully I won't fall!

It couldn't think of anything else!
It could not see how the birds gathered for the great journey to the south.
It did not feel the gentle breeze of the last warming Days and the comforting caress of the Sun's rays.
It did not hear the humming of the late insects dancing around the Sun.

During the rainy Days, when the Leaves became heavy and shiny, it trembled anxiously at its thread of Life, which it felt became thinner and thinner.
It feared the Days of the wind that dried it and made it even more vulnerable.
At the slightest breeze it felt panic-stricken and watched its last neighbours gradually disappear, revealing a skeleton-like branchwork.

The Lime Tree stood more and more bare.
Nothing more could be seen of the heart-shaped crown than a few stiff branches that rose like curved fingers into the emptiness of the sky.

What a misfortune!
What a tragedy!
A whole generation fell into emptiness.
The Leaf, which did not want to fall from the Tree, remained alone and thrown back on itself, pale, dried up and snatched from all that it had once filled with Life.

It remembered the almost endless and carefree Days and the sweet and starry Nights.
Life was adventure, dance, discovery!
Each Day brought something new:
Encounters, scents, songs.
Around it Life hummed and seemed boundless.
With pain it thought of its fresh and exuberant youth.
Water and Life flowed in his veins and gave him full and seductive forms.
Happily it fluttered beside its neighbours in the dizzying height of its Tree, breathing the sensual scent of Summer and singing with them the exuberant song of freedom and joy.
In the beginning it didn't even notice that the Days became shorter and the Nights longer.
Carefree it let itself be caressed further by the Sunbeams and swayed by the wind.
But the gentle breezes turned into storms and it felt something in it begin to give way.
When it saw its neighbours begin to separate from the branches, it could not believe that things were about to change.
Life had been so great!
But his regret, sorrow and all his memories did not stop him from feeling that the end was coming.

The end?
In reality it did not know what to expect.
It knew nothing but its Branch and its neighbours, the flight of the insects and the singing of the birds, the breeze of the wind and the radiance of the stars and planets.
Was there anything else?
Was there a Life outside the treetop, beyond the emptiness around it?

It felt increasingly weak, lonely, abandoned, without hope.
Finally it gave way.
One morning the wind broke the delicate ribbon it was still holding at its branch.
It began its gliding into the depths, strangely surprised by the lightness it felt.
No more fighting, no more stapling, no more pain, no more fear.
Nothing remained.

It could no longer move.
In his empty veins no more Life juice flowed.
But something remained.
It felt like being enveloped by a well-meaning breath.
It gently carried it to the ground and deposited it there.
Here the Leaf became aware that it was not alone.
Around it it recognized her neighbours and many more.
All together they were united and formed a dense and soft Leaf layer.

It wasn't a living Leaf anymore, but it was still there.
Together with all the others it covered the Plants of the soil and protected them from the cold of Winter.
It was them all.
It had left its Tree to become part of a new whole.
Slowly, very slowly, it turned into compost, humus, soil.
It became earth.
It was nutritious soil, the cradle for millions of different creatures.
It was Leaf and not Leaf, earth and not earth at the same time.
It could be penetrated, divided and reassembled.

Beyond the physical forms, it felt a gentle quake, a soft tremor, a consequence of small explosions.
Something pulled it upwards.
It penetrated the ground, attracted by an unknown light that seemed strangely familiar to it. And the moment it stepped out of its peaceful and dark security, it realized: the Sun!

She cheered, stretched, spread, grew towards it.
Her tribe grew stronger and stronger.
Her branches strived for the sky and she felt millions of small, fresh green Leaves unfold on her.

She felt their ecstasy, their dance, their cheerful whispering, and she enjoyed it.
Opposite her, next to the church, she saw a majestic Lime Tree with a heart-shaped crown.
She greeted her, captured by the miracle.

Kerstin Chavent: La feuille qui ne voulait pas tomber de l'arbre. BoD 2018

related in BOLE - The Linden Tree

Deutsche Version (Der Kreislauf des Lebens) hier: https://yadi.sk/i/w759nr066scumQ

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Category: Nature
Tags: Plants Wheel of the Year December Herbs Trees Celts Witches Druids Mistletoe Holly Parsifal

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Herbs in December are Mistletoe and Holly

Celtic Wheel Of The Year is a mixed media by Kristen Fox


In the Wheel Of The Year we are now in the time of the greatest darkness, which is celebrated with Holy Fires.

At Midwinter the rebirth of the Sun God Mabon is celebrated.

During the Winter Solstice, the Holly King hands over his crown to the Oak King, who from now on will lead the world into light and warmth.


'The return to Nature, the conscious experience of not being separated, but a part of it, has given me a deep inner Peace that I no longer want to miss.

So the Rituals that I celebrate for the eight celebrations in The Wheel Of The Year are an integral part of my calendar.

The Solstices and Equinoxes as well as the four Fire Fetivals Samhain, Imbolc, Baltane and Lughnasad help me to consciously perceive the changing and recurring Seasons, but also open my mind to the Inner worlds, the truths that lie behind the obvious, and connect me with the 'Other World', the Realm of the Gods and Goddesses, the home of Nature Spirits and Elemental Spirits of the Ancestors.

Here I find advice, knowledge and enlightenment, which I can use to lead a responsible life in the Here and Now'.

 - parsifalrain, December 1

Nature has given us her strength since time immemorial.

Let us accept this gift gratefully !

Energetically, Mistletoe, Holly and other evergreen Plants are expressions of immortality and eternal Life.


Mistletoe, Viscum album;

Sandalwood (Santalales); Dicotyledons; Angiosperms; family of Seed Plants (Spermatophyta), Mistel

Mistletoe is a wondrous Plant that only becomes visible in the Winter Months, when the Trees are bare.

It is dioecious, which means that each Plant has either male or female Flowers.

The mysterious Mistletoe has fascinated mankind for a very long time.

It was considered the most important magic Plant of the Celtic Druids.

Many Stories and Myths entwine around the mysterious Mistletoe - popular names reveal its high power.

The light germinator Mistletoe was also called Witch's nest, Witch's bush, Devil's seed, Devil's broom, Truden's nest or Alp-Twine (Alp= Elfish being).


Since time immemorial, Mistletoe has been used to cook ointments and brews that promote fertility, expel ulcers (Mistletoe is used in modern cancer therapy), or help against the epilepsy (typical 'Shamanic dis-ease').

The special thing about Mistletoe is that it grows against time.

It grows green and fructiferous in Winter.

The fact that it lives high up in the Trees as a semi-parasite has always impressed people.

Even today the Mistletoe branches are hung up as protection.

Mistletoe often grows on Trees in 'difficult' locations.

In places with increased earth radiation or at water vein crossings.

Plants that grow in such locations are also able to solve exactly these problems.

The smudging of Mistletoe can transform negative vibrations into positive vibrancies.

Mistletoe also has an important place in cancer therapy.

It has been shown to inhibit tumor growth.


specific features

The Leaves are evergreen and continue to grow over the Years before they fall off without wilting and do not have a typical upper or lower surface.


Their growth is extremely slow and only begins after two Years with the first Leaves.

The first Flowers are visible after 6 - 7 Years.

It grows in Winter and Spring.

The Mistletoe rests from June to Winter.


The Mistletoe has a round shape and has no orientating relation to Earth or the horizon.

Between May and July the Mistletoe carries out daily small twisting movements of the Leaves and branches to align itself (to find its own centre), which results in its spherical growth.


The translucent to creamy-yellowish (depending on the host Plant), fleshy, 6 - 10 mm large Berry Fruits (false Berries) with only one to two seeds/embryos can be seen from September to January.

However, these Fruits alone cannot sprout.

For this they need the help of birds.

Some bird species play an important role.


The Mistletoe embryos are very resistant, they can stick to the Trees during the Winter and then sprout in Spring.

For their development they need about 9 Months.

They develop particularly well on young host Trees or branches.


Mistletoes can live up to 30 Years.

The Latin name Viscum means glue and refers to the sticky flesh of the Fruit (also called bird glue).


Fairy Tales and Myths

At the time of the Winter Solstice and as a Christmas decoration, it is also often hung on the front doors to protect the house from damage, especially in the Twelve Days After Christmas.

Anyone who kisses under Mistletoes should become a happy couple.


Pliny, the Roman historian who lived in the first Century after Christ, describes in detail how the Druids worshipped Mistletoe.



'To be a Druid means to preserve, develop and pass on authentic life knowledge'.

- parsifalrain


'Not to be forgotten is the high Mistletoe worship among the Gauls.

The Druids had nothing, so they called their Priests what would have been holier to them than the Mistletoe and the Tree on which it grows, especially if it was a Winter Oak. They regarded everything that grows on this Tree as a gift from Heaven and as a sign that this Tree was chosen by the Gods themselves. ...If necessary, it was then cut off with great solemnity on the sixth day before the new moon, according the Gallic calendar. The Priests, dressed in white, climbed the Tree and cut off the Mistletoe with a Golden Sickle, which was then caught in a white cloak. So great was the pious faith in unimportant things'.


But the History of Mistletoe goes back much further.

Since the megalithic period of the indigenous European Cultures it has been revered as a Cultic Plant and Panacea.

properties and effects



reduces the vascular tension of the blood vessels


Heart strengthening, since the Heart is relieved

metabolically stimulating



Caution: too high doses lead to disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract.


healing purposes

successfully used in cancer therapy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.




high blood pressure

If blood pressure is low, Mistletoe can even increase blood pressure, which at first glance sounds like a contradiction.

But since blood pressure is regulated by normalising circulation and strengthening the Heart, it is clear that Mistletoe can help both high and low blood pressure.


cardiac insufficiency

menopausal symptoms



The Mistletoe grows mostly on Fruit Frees, deciduous Trees (likely Linden Trees), more rarely on Firs or Pines.

Mistletoes that grow on Oak Trees are particularly rare - they are considered sacred.

We find Mistletoes in Europe, West Asia up to the Himalayas and North-West Africa.

In North America it is only rarely to be found.

In addition to the demands placed on certain Trees, Mistletoe also depends on a high level of humidity. It therefore occurs in river valleys, floodplains, etc..

The Mistletoe is a semi-parasite; with its anchor root it drills into the wood of the host Plant and takes water and nutrients from it.



collecting tips

The young Branches with the Leaves are collected for medicinal purposes.

The Berries are not added, as they are poisonous.

The best time to collect Misteltoe is Spring or late Autumn.

A magic date for the Mistletoe collection is the Winter Solstice, on December 21.

Attention: The Mistel is protected in some countries and therefore must not be collected!





bitter substances





Mistletoe as a smudging agent

used parts

For Incense we use all parts of Mistletoe


Best on a full Moon or new Moon Night in Autumn or Spring.


effect on smudging

changes slow negative oscillations into brighter higher vibes


has a very strong protective effect

opens the world of dreams to us and lets us better understand dreams

opens our inner worlds by bringing light into the unconscious.

Mistletoe can make us invisible.


Mistletoe as a remedy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of Anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.


Mistletoe Tea

Mistletoe Tea must always be prepared cold, as the slightly toxic substances do not dissolve in cold Water and the Tea can therefore be drunk safely, warm Water would also reduce the healing effect.

It is advisable to prepare 1 teaspoon of Mistletoe (without Berries) in about half a litre of cold Water and then let it stand for 5-10 hours before drinking it in sips.

This Mistletoe Tea helps with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and a 'restless heart'.

However, it can also be drunk to increase metabolism and digestion.

This Mistletoe Tea also helps with headaches and dizziness, it also strengthens the nerves and reduces menopausal symptoms.

Mistletoe seems to be a real Panacea.


externally as Tea

The Mistletoe cold Extract can be used externally as a compress or for baths.

It helps against varicose veins and lower leg ulcers.

Eczema can also be treated with Mistletoe treatments.

Mistletoe compresses can also be used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pain.

External Mistletoe treatments also help against arthrosis.

Mistletoe Tea can be snort to treat hay fever.


determining the age of a Mistletoe

The age of a Mistletoe can be determined very easily.

You simply count the number of Branches from the Trunk to the longest Branch.

Ideally, all Branches are the same 'length' or have the same number of forks.

This also results in the spherical appearance of the Mistletoe.

The reason is the growth behavior of the Mistletoe, it grows every Year by exactly one Branch, each with two new small Branches from a single Branch, or Bud eye.

In my experience this theory is not always correct, sometimes up to four new Branches fork off from a double knot.

Holly - Ilex aquifolium, Holly family, Stechpalme

The wonderfully shiny green, thorny Leaves of Holly are a well-known Christmas motif and we encounter them more often on decorative Christmas articles than growing wild in Nature.

The Holly is a delicate Plant.

There are both male and female varieties, yet it is a male Plant that radiates a strong, active energy.

He does not tolerate too much cold and does not like dryness.

This is why Holly is most commonly found in gardens where he is planted.

As Hedge Plants in the garden they are popular, because they form effective wind, sight and sun protection Hedges.

Growing wild, he is so rare that it is strictly protected.

The effect of Holly is somewhat controversial.

In many books he is mentioned as poisonous.

The red Berries are in any case to be classified as inedible, with the Leaves, opinions differ on this question.

Siegrid Hirsch even says that a Holly Leaf Tea can be called Europe's Mate Tea.


popular names

Christ-Thorn, Forest Thistle (Bush), sometimes called Palm Tree


Stories and Myths

During the Saturnalia, a Festival celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of December, Branches and bouquets of Holly Leaves were presented to express friendship and goodwill.

Of course, there is also a Story that connects Holly with the crucifixion of Jesus.

It is said that the Palm Branches that were scattered when Christ entered Jerusalem were transformed into Holly Branches when people called for the crucifixion of Jesus.

The thorny Branches symbolize the crown of Thorns of Jesus like hardly any other Plant and the blood-red Berries also stand for the blood of Jesus, which he shed for humanity.

To this day, the domestic shrines and the crucifix are decorated with Holly Branches.

Holly Branches attract good Nature Spirits, so a small Shrub should not be missing in the garden.

Like many other prickly Plants, Holly is of course a vibrant protective Plant.

In the past, Holly Branches were nailed to doors and gates because it was thought that all good spirits sought shelter among these Branches and thus protected the house and courtyard, where they found these branches as ken.

The Branches of the Plant were brought into the house - bound as a wreath or bouquet and decorated with red ribbons - because the good spirits of the Forest hide in them over the Winter and in return for the warm place in the good parlour protect the house and courtyard from misfortune.


It could protect against all evil spirits (which got caught in the Thorns) but also against lightning strikes and other negative events.

Therefore the Branches are burned during the Annual Renewal, offered to the fire as a sacrifice.

One promises to the Fire already with the hanging up that it receives the Branches and Foliage later anyway, thus does not have to take these itself by lightning strike or building fire.

The chimneys were also swept with Branches of the Holly, from which it was previously assumed that the Ancestors went in and out through them.

The Holly Branches kept this ancestral entrance pure.

The Holly stands for the God of the dark half of the Year, who was also called Holly King.

But the Holly was also in contact with the Underworld Goddess Hel. (Helheim)


The Holly King and his brother

A Story, which in Heathen circles belongs firmly to the Winter Solstice (Yule), is about the Holly King and the Oak King, two brothers who each reign for half a Year.

The Holly King is the king of the decreasing Year, the dark time.

He reigns after the Summer Solstice until the Winter Solstice.

On the Day of the Winter Solstice he is bid farewell with the burning of Holly Leaves, whereby he takes the darkness with him and the Days can now become longer bright again.

The Holly as a decorative Yule green is just as widespread as the Mistletoe, which is said to have similar properties.


characteristics and mode of action







healing purposes




febrile colds - also with cough and bronchitis

As Bach Flower Extract, Holly, stands for Love.



Wild Holly is extremely rare.

If we find it in the wild, it is in the undergrowth of damp Forests, which are not exposed to too much cold.


collecting tips

As the Holly is strictly protected, only parts of culturally cultivated Plants may be collected.

Only the very young Leaves that have not yet formed spines are used here.

You have to stand clear from the Berries as they are poisonous.

In the past, the Bark of Holly was also used as an antipyretic.



bitter Ilicin, dye Ilixanthin, tannins, gums, glycosides, caffeine, vanillin, minerals, pectins


recipes for healing application

Holly Leaf Tea

Young Leaves are collected and dried quickly.

Pour 250ml of boiling Water over one teaspoon of the dried cabbage.

This Tea helps with fever, but also with constipation, fatigue and general weakness.


Holly Bark Tea

The Tea from the Bark has an even stronger antipyretic effect and was frequently used in the past.


a warning

The poisonous Berries of Holly were considered in the Middle Ages as an ingredient of the 'Witches' Ointments.

In general, Berries and decoctions of Leaves are often found in recipes for 'Witches' Potions, where they are said to have been used 'to cleanse the body and soul'.

Internal use can lead to severe vomiting, miscarriage, and death if improperly dosed.


Therefore, all parts of Holly in the magic of inexperienced handlers should only be used energetically, symbolically or decoratively - not internally or on the body - and never kept within the reach of children or pets !


Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December ... by parain on Scribd



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This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.

Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !


The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.

However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.


I do not give any medical advice.

If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.


Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.

Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !

Remember – you can only harvest which belongs to you !


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