Why do we kiss under a sprig of mistletoe? According to Pliney the Elder, the Druids practiced a rite for good health that began with a priest climbing a sacred oak tree. They would cut mistletoe from the oak using a golden sickle, catching the falling bundle in a white cloak. Two young bulls would then be sacrificed and the mistletoe made into an elixir that would be consumed for fertility and good health. I wouldn’t suggest eating mistletoe, but you can commemorate the rite of the golden sickle with these ornaments I made. Printed and cut by hand.
Strung with red thread.
Archival ink screenprinted on sanded wood.