For a change…instead of my usual Nobody musing on history, I could not pass up these wonderful historical pictures sent to me by my friend Mona…while I can’t post them all, I picked out the ones that I thought really struck me as being pertinent to my nobody mind, and hopefully yours! See the rest of the pictures ….
Thanks to Mona, and enjoy!
When you pour sugar on your morning breakfast cereal, do you feel like a racist?
Somebody forgot to tell Al Sharpton.
From A History of the American People:
The Portuguese entered the slave trade in the mid 15th century, took it over and, in the process, transformed it into something more impersonal, and horrible, than it had been either in antiquity or medieval Africa. The new Portuguese colony of Madeira became the center of a sugar industry, which soon made itself the largest supplier of western Europe. The first sugar mill, worked by slaves, was erected in Madera in 1452. This cash industry, was so successful that the Portuguese soon began laying out fields for sugar cane on the Biafran Islands, off the African coast. As the sugar industry expanded, salves began to be numbered in thousands
The Portuguese were soon selling African slaves to the Spanish, who, following the example in Madeira, occupied the Canaries and began to grow cane and mill sugar there too.
Next time I see a black person eating a snickers bar, I’m going to shout at them:” In honor of you ancestors… DON’T EAT THAT!”
So, slaves became a big business all because of the demand for sugar. And now, sugar makes slaves of us all. Nothing can bring me to my knees quicker than a freshly baked glaze doughnut.
Nobody talks about Portugal anymore. In fact, it’s been downhill for that country since the 15th century. Tell me, what is Portugal good for besides being hard to locate on a map?
If blacks want to try to get reparations for what happened to them so long ago, then they should take it up with the Portuguese…they started it.
Yes, it was the Portuguesa merchants that made slavery the vast institution that it became. (To be fair, the Muslims had more slaves, but you didn’t hear it from me.)
Remember that next time you hear anyone claim that America is the most racist nation on the planet.
America got RID of her slaves…but…for better or worse, we are still slobbering slaves to that little crystal sweet heaven in a spoon…called sugar. Let’s hope the Chinese workers making all those Apple phones get their fair share.
Suffice it to say, the world seems to be falling apart before our eyes, and America is at her weakest. I’m having a hard time watching the news lately with so few uplifting stories, how about you?
The Confederate states had a population of 5,440,467 whites and 3,521,111 slaves. A million of the white men served and 300,000 were killed.
The Union had a population of 18,936,579 and another 2,589,533 on the border states: 429,401 then slaves of whom over 100,000 served in the Union army. During the war, nearly a million immigrants added an additional 400,000 fighters to the Union.
Clearly the South was outnumbered.
The Union economy was much stronger: The Union had more factory production, of iron, coal, firearms production, wheat, corn, textiles, merchant ship wealth, farm acreage and livestock. The North ALSO had a Navy.
The South had…cotton.
Most wars are won and lost by one side running out of money. And the South had no gold or silver supplies, and was entirely dependent on its own paper money.
Some truths never change.
Today, we find out that the Clinton’s have given the new expanding Russia, the future control of the world’s uranium, which will go to Iran. Obama is flooding our country with illegal which weakens us even further. The politicians stopped taking about the debt because they don’t want us to know what’s coming.
The plutocracy that sits in Congress, does nothing as Obama takes dictatorial power.
And America…is broke: We can’t fight another war …Bush’s war was just too expensive.
And our leaders are beyond comprehension:
For example, when the U.S. invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, the country’s government owed Washington approximately $4 billion dollars — partially leftover from America’s “loans” during the Iran-Iraq War.
The debt was forgiven post-“liberation,” part of a concerted push of then-governor of the war Paul Bremer. He argued it would help “boost” the fledgling free market.
Yeah, they have us all thinking about the “election.”
Anyway…once upon a time, we had noble leaders…and I was reading about one of them tonight: General Robert E. Lee:
From A History of the American People:
General Lee, the state’s most distinguished soldier, had been asked by Lincoln to become commander-in-chief of the Union forces. This was a wise choice and would have been a splendid appointment, for Lee was decent, honorable, and sensible as well as skillful. But Lee was a Virginian before anything else and he waited to see what Virginia did. When Virginia seceded, he reluctantly resigned his commission in the US Army, which he had served for thirty-two years. It seems to us quixotic but he felt he had no other options. He wrote to his sister in Baltimore and his brother in Washington DC:
“With all my devotion to the Union, and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home.”..General Lee
How many of us are being asked to forget our traditions, our flag, our patriotism, our religion, our ancestors, our freedoms, and the very color of our own skin, in order to comply with the New World Order political correct FUBAR nation of Babylon chattering slaves that the elites have in mind for us?
And while our leaders are busy destroying America—- China, Russian, ISIS, are all building their armies.
And Obama plays basketball.
“Don’t you want to someday want to see a woman President of America?”
Any woman worth their proverbial salt, upon hearing this, can’t help but groan….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!…. Not you! Anybody but you. We can WAIT another 1000 years. Please…not you. Go away. Go FAR away.
Everytime I hear Hillary speak, and wave her newly rehearsed hand gestures, (which I’m sure she has spent endless hours practicing in front of mirrors) my mind gets twisted with images of this:
- How embarrassing it is to think that of all the many world woman leaders in history that were worthy of leadership and admiration: Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Queen Elisabeth the First, OUR first woman President, would be a woman so intellectual inferior, morally corrupt, despicably shallow, and intolerantly insolent….compared to past historically great women, that, in the words of Abigail Adams:
“Better to lead a sick horse to the river and let him drown, then let him infect the whole water system.”
After so many years of the Clinton’s misery…we cringe…and we dream—-for some act of God to save us. He doesn’t have to actually “kill” her…How about a sudden sex change? You know, so she couldn’t run on just being the first American WOMAN president? Is that too much to ask to save the dwindling ‘free’ world?
But, there is good news: It seems some of the powerful that run the world, don’t want her in office either. Her own party wants her out…and it’s coming from the top.
Obama, it has been reported, via Valerie Jarrett, is actually the one behind the email scandal:
The State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation.
Six separate probes into Hillary’s performance have been going on at the State Department. I’m told that thee-mail scandal was timed to come out just as Hillary was on the verge of formally announcing that she was running for president — and that there’s more to come.
Not only that, many of the liberals are falling off the Hillary love fest. Maureen Dowd, the queen of liberal quackery, had THIS to say:
” The subtext of your news conference cut through the flimsy rationales like a dagger: “You can have the first woman president. You can get rid of those epically awful Republicans who have vandalized Congress, marginalized the president and jeopardized our Iran policy. You can get a more progressive American society. But, in return, you must accept our foibles and protect us.”
I’m not sure what “haters” Maureen is talking about, but at least she has delivered a big kick to the smirk on Hillary’s face.
And then there’s the other problem Hillary has: Will Bill be an asset or not?
Who could sabotage Hillary quicker and more swiftly than her own husband? I have always felt, call it a gut feeling from watching the two for years and years, that Bill Clinton, while he stands behind Hillary and the promotion of his daughter, doesn’t really want to be the first husband.
Knowing the narcissistic tendency of all these people, Bill would always put HIS place in history as being more important than hers. And he has had to work YEARS to erase the bitter memories of his impeachment…people are forgetting…he’s more loved than she is.
Why ruin that?
Of course, he has already shown how much he thinks about hurting Hillary’s chances by being his usual sexual predator self. If he respected her at all, if he was so keen on her becoming President…he would stop his philandering.
And the truth: Without Bill Clinton, Hillary would just have been another annoying liberal arts school teacher…probably teaching some crap women’s studies at Yale.
She still needs him. He doesn’t need her. Bill Clinton help put Obama into the Presidency at the Democratic Convention. Bill Clinton can talk and BS better than the both of them. Will Bill’s great skill in convincing people to vote, get her elected in 2016?
Nobody Thinks: Bill’s charm might not be enough this time.
Bill has said very little about his wife through the years, think about it. By his very actions of distance, and silence, and disrespect..he harms here. Here is a man and women who everybody on the planet knows, stopped loving each other years ago. Can the Clinton brand be held up by Hillary alone?
So, there is hope: Wall Street has put the money on both houses: Bush and Hillary.
Unless of course, Hillary says more of this:
“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” You know that old theory, trickle-down economics? That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. We’re not buying that old trickle-down economics that didn’t work before and will never work again because it defies arithmetic and reality.”
It’s said that the reason Obama doesn’t want Hillary in the White House is because she’s not far left enough…
From that statement, I’d say…Hillary might just have gone left of the planet Uranus.
Once upon a time, one of America’s greatest hero’s Charles Lindbergh, spoke out against America getting involved in Europe. The reason? He didn’t think we were ready. Here is a speech he gave in New York on April 23, 1941, as a representative of America First Committee, a group that was trying to keep us out of the war.
Remember as you read this, after we did get involved, he worked hard for the American cause and was named a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve by President Eisenhower in 1954.
Some of that speech:
There are many viewpoints from which the issues of this war can be argued. Some are primarily idealistic. Some are primarily practical. One should, I believe, strive for a balance of both. But, since the subjects that can be covered in a single address are limited, tonight I shall discuss the war from a viewpoint which is primarily practical. Is it not that I believe ideals are unimportant, even among the realities of war: but if a nation is to survive in a hostile world, its ideals must be backed by the hard logic of military practicability. If the outcome of war depended upon ideals alone, this would be a different world than it is today.
I know I will be severely criticized by the interventionist in America when I say we should not enter a war unless we have reasonable chance of winning.
I do not blame England for his hope or for asking for our assistance. But we now know that she declared a war under circumstances which led to the defeat of every nation that sided with her, from Poland to Greece. We know the in the desperation of war England promised to all those nations armed assistance that she could not send. We know that she misinformed them, as she has misinformed us, concerning her state of preparation, her military strength and the progress of the war.
(Is this not happening now in the Ukraine? Were they NOT promised help from Europe and America?)
He goes on in his speech to say that militarily we could not win this war:
Suppose we had an air force that we could send to Europe. Where could it operate? Some of our squadrons might be based in the British Isles, but it is physically impossible to base enough aircraft in the British Isles alone to equal in strength the aircraft that can be based on the continent of Europe.
(Boy, was HE wrong.)
“There is a policy open to this nation that will lead to success….a policy that leaves us free to follow our own way of life and to develop our own civilization.
It is based upon the belief that the security of a nation lies in the strength and character of its own people. It recommends the maintenance of armed forces sufficient to defend this hemisphere from attack by any combination of foreign powers. It demands faith in an independent American destiny. This is the policy of the America First Committee today. It is a policy not of isolation but of independence: not of defeat but of courage.
(Great stuff…keep going.)
We have weakened ourselves for many months, and, still worse, we have divided our own people by this dabbling in Europe’s wars. While we should have been concentrating on American defense we have been forced to argue over foreign quarrels. We must turn our eyes and our faith back to our own country before it is too late.
We have been led toward war by a minority of our people. This minority has power. It has influence. It has a loud voice. But it does not represent the American people.
(Gee, not much has changed, has it?)
During the last several years I have traveled over this country from one end to the other. I have talked to many hundreds of men and women, and I have letters from tens of thousands more who feel the same way and you and I. Most of these people have no influence or power. Most of them have no means of expressing their convictions except by their vote, which has always been against this war. They are the citizen who have had to work too hard at their daily jobs to organize political meetings. Hitherto, they have relied upon their vote to express their feelings: but now they find that it is hardly remembered except in the oratory of a political campaign.
And so, the good news? According to our last election, the America that Charles Lindbergh talked about is still out there.
The bad news? We STILL have no influence or power. If we had any say in any of the wars, Vietnam and Iraq would have been done shorter, with more force, and with finality.
If Charles were alive today, I’m sure he would say: We are not prepared to fight another war:
But…something tells me…we will.
Forgive me for going off the deep end today, I am STILL reading The Lost Book of Enki, translation of the Sumerian Tablets by some guy who says that the oldest known human literature has all the stories of the Bible in it: Cain an Able, Adam and Eve, the Flood…and I’m taking it very slow because—-it’s just too damn funny.
Just to refresh your minds on the story of the Anunnaki, according to the Sumerians, the Earth was populated by a race of aliens from the planet Nibiru. The big King there sent his sons to mine gold on Earth and ship it back, and they basically mated with some primates on Earth to make the first HYBRID to do their work for them.
At first the female alien scientists, tried mixing up the sperm of the male aliens and the ‘human’ DNA —but one of the male Annunaki just mated with a human one day and that worked out pretty good.
Let a male Anunnaki a two legged female impregnate, let a combination offspring be born!
Taller the Earth child grew in the image of the Anunnaki he was not: His hands for tools were not suited, his speech only grunt sounds was.
We must try once more! Ninmah was saying The admixture needs adjusting:
The point being they had a lot of trials and errors trying to come up with the perfect human, but once they got that going, the male aliens started having sex with them, and soon, they had a lot of new slaves to do their work. Which was growing food, mining for gold, and tending sheep..sheep brought to earth from Nibiru for everybody to eat.
Just for grins, they even take one of these new hybrids BACK to their planet, but when he is there he is told by his alien father NOT to drink the food there. These aliens think IF he drinks their food on their planet he will be able to live thousands of years…just like them! They don’t want the humans to live too long.
After a lot of success in getting tons of gold sent back to their planet, ..global warming happens. The crops start dying. They blame it on the sun, not their big space machines polluting the planet which shows how much THEY know. The ice is melting, and they know the planet will soon flood. This is okay with them because they really don’t care about Earth anymore, due to the fact that it just dawned on them that by hanging out on Earth, they are aging! OMG winkles on Anunnaki! They age faster on Earth than on their own planet of Nibiru! So, they all decided to leave.
Cindy Crawford was not born yet. If ONLY they had stuck around.
And that’s where I’m at in the book. And so, in light of having too much fun, I thought this movie review was right in line with how most liberal movie reviewers AND liberal book readers interpreting ancient Sumerian tablets look at life.
The outrage today from conservatives, was what John Kerry said about history in his speech on the terror in France today:
“France gave birth to democracy itself.” (1.33)
What? Yes, France (who fought their bloody revolution AFTER America, Mr. Kerry) had a fine way towards democracy…beheadings. Except they improved upon it. Instead of the Muslim knife, they designed the guillotine, and beheaded thousands. That’s democracy! That’s mob rule! Which of course UNLIKE America, lead to a dictator, Napoleon. Maybe that’s why John Kerry prefers the French Revolution over ours.
Just the fact that he said something so ridiculous is what got the conservatives angry.
But..look how the young liberals are switching this around. They think the conservatives are MAD because the elite and rich (it’s okay that JOHN’s rich…that’s okay) John Kerry, speaks FRENCH!
What a GREAT MAN! He speaks another language! Imagine their awe. They can’t even imagine such wonders.
You could laugh, if you didn’t realize that these young men, are incredibly naïve. Maybe they should move to France.
(By the way…somebody tell the Greeks.)
Having said that, in a way, John Kerry could be speaking the truth, facts be known: the democracy that CAME from the French revolution was mob rule, NOT a representative republic which is what our founders established. The founders did not want mob rule in America, where the minority is always ignored. If we had democracy here, California and New York would rule us all.
The liberals, knowing the ignorance of the young, will say the word “democracy” as if it is the battalion word for freedom, because they know it’s a feel good word, and the young have no CLUE what they are really talking about.
It’s not freedom. It always ends up in disaster and dictators, historically speaking.
John Kerry: Can order a fine French wine in the French Alps in his favorite elite mountain Chalet, and feel superior.
Do we care?
Are you like many westerners and you don’t REALLY understand the Ukraine? Not high on your priority list of “I need to learn more geography.” New Year’s resolutions?
That’s why I posted this guy—and I wish he was my brother. I would never miss Thanksgiving dinner with the family ever again.
Enjoy! And learn.
I got this video on Thanksgiving, but it’s not what you can imagine…you know, the usual story of Thanksgiving. In this video, Dick makes you think about how the English Civil War lead to our Civil War by the difference in the people who settled in Jamestown, and the people who settled in Massachusetts.
I have never heard this theory or quite thought of it that way, and so, I wanted to share this view of history, which makes perfect sense.
And if amfortas can give us HIS opinion on the matter, that would add more insight. (Being as he has a strong British historical connection.)
I’m currently in the weird and strange section at my local library, and I came across the most fascinating story yesterday —so of course, I just had to reprint some of it here.
The book is Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial God. THE LOST BOOK OF ENKI by Zechariah Sitchin.
Let me set this up: The Sumerian Tablets are the history of a race of ‘gods’ from another planet called Nibiru, who came to earth to mine our gold, and to take it back to their planet. Did these aliens have a sophisticated political system? You would have thought so, but no. They ruled by hereditary Lords and Kings. And so, when the ruler, Alalu, came to Earth, and found the gold, he figured his fate for all time as the planet’s most celebrated hero was set.
Ha! Let this be a lesson to all gods.
After he set up base camp on earth, along came some of his sons and Alalu (the guy who found the gold) was really happy to see them, UNTILL it came time to decide who should rule what. The one son, who was after Dad’s job, Anu, said…Let’s draw lots!
Alalu, lost. His sons got to rule the Earth, and their home planet. He was pretty pissed off.
Okay, I’ve set up the scene:
With disdain Alalu took off his clothing, likewise did Anu unrobe.
In nakedness did the two royals begin to grapple, a mighty struggle it was
Alalu bent his knee, to the ground Alalu fell:
Anu on the chest of Alalu with his foot pressed down, victory in the wrestling thereby declaring.
By wrestling the decision was made: I am the King, to Nibiru. Alalu shall not return!
So was Anu saying as he removed his foot from the fallen Alalu.
Up as a lighting Alalu from the ground arose. By the legs Anu he pulled down.
His mouth was wide open, swiftly he the malehood of Anu bit off.
The malehood of Anu did Alalu swallow.
In pained agony did Anu a cry to the heavens shout:
As you can guess, Alalu was taken to a nearby planet (Mars?) and left to die.
And IF we are truly decedents from these wacko’s, then I’d say, it explains a lot of history, including how we got Al Sharpton.
Here Dick Morris gives his insights on the historical record that the American people do not elect third terms, therefore, since Obama is so unpopular, Hillary will not stand a chance.
Nobody Wonders, since the demographics of the country have changed so radically, and with the influx of new immigrants before 2016, if this theory holds up.
We can only hope.
Okay. So you may already have suspected this: Western Civilization is killing itself..it seems on purpose. At least the leaders of the 1% seem to have a plan. And by Western Civilization, I mean the Brits and the Americans…and Europe. (Japan can be included)
Pat Buchanan has been writing about this for years: The white people are just not having enough kids, MOSTLY due to the fact that their leaders have found it in themselves to make the mostly white successful middle classes of America-England, Australia, Canada— PAY for the blacks, the Muslims, the Hispanics…to reproduce themselves as fast as possible.
Today, I heard on the radio how the U.N. was outraged that the majority blacks in Detroit, (The whites are now minority) had their water turned off if they didn’t pay their water bills.
The white people MOVED, therefore, they can’t stick them with the bill.
I laughed at this title when I first saw it: White genocide.
I’m not laughing anymore.
I am still reading Joseph J. Ellis’s First Family, and today I found a particular interesting passage that I thought FIT the current political scene today: How conservatives and liberals, “Now called progressives” look at life so differently, and it started way back at our founding, with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Conservatives are pragmatists. Progressives are dreamers. John Adams, was a pragmatist. Thomas Jefferson, was a dreamer. And this Nobody Wonders, if the New World Order progressive got their ideas from Thomas Jefferson.
Here are some excerpts from the book, that makes it exceedingly clear: ..nothing has much changed.
When Jefferson and Adams were in Paris, representing the United States, Jefferson lived in Adams house, and so the future of the new country, and the direction it was going to take, was discussed at length. Of course, at that time, they were both highly intelligent gentleman, and bonded by the recent revolution….but that didn’t last. As you can see, they were world’s apart when it came to how they looked at the world..
Jefferson On TRADE: With regard to international trade, he described his beau ideal as the permanent elimination of all tariffs and embargoes, in effect the creation of a global marketplace committed to free trade, unencumbered by national restrictions of any sort. He proposed that all commercial negotiations with European powers, most especially Great Britain, proceed from these utopian assumptions, which he was convinced were destined to shape the international economy of the future. It was Jefferson’s anticipation of globalization.
(A view still held by Rockefeller, the Bushes, Obama, the Clintons, and every progressive that has ever had the vision of a one world government. Obama takes all his actions FIRST as a citizen of the world. Ebola is a WORLD problem. That trumps America.)
John believed that nations viewed the international marketplace through the prism of their own sovereign. Great Britain already enjoyed the lion’s share of American exports, so it had no incentive to drop import duties or make concessions to American merchants or shippers.
“We must not, my Friend, be the Bubbles of our own Liberal Sentiments.” said John.
Jefferson’s romantic prescriptions were surely beautiful, but their implementation must await arrival of the Second Coming, when all men became angels at last.
On Muslims: The Muslims were plundering European and American vessels in the western Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, seizing the cargoes as prizes, sending the passengers and crew into slavery, then demand exorbitant ransom for their release.
(This still funds them today…kidnapping has put billions in their pockets.)
Both Adams and Jefferson met with the ambassador of Tripoli to try to solve the problem:
“The Ambassador apprised us that it was founded (the beheadings etc.) on the Laws of the Prophet that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.”
(This has NOT changed, not matter how many times Obama says it’s not so.)
Jefferson proposed an alliance of the United States and all European states victimized by these pirates ante creation of joint naval force in the Mediterranean to destroy their corsair, ravage their ports, and put an end once and for all, to their savagery. He was suggestion an early version of NATO.
John reminded him while noble, the European powers, so jealous of each other, would never agree to such an alliance. Second, the cost of such an enterprise, would be larger than the requested ransom and more than the American government would ever approve, And…America had no Navy.
John than said, “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.”
John Adams was the senior in Paris, so he decided to pay the bribe until America could develop a Navy, and John managed to talk the ambassador down (price) by blowing larger smoke rights from a hug Turkish pipe which prompted the ambassador to exclaim, “Monsieru, vous etes un Turc.”
And it wasn’t just John that disagreed with Jefferson’s continual fantasies of a utopian world. Abigail had a different view of internal rebellions. When hearing of the Shay’s Rebellion Jefferson wrote, “I like a little rebellion now and then, It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” Abigail thought such liberal sentiments were only possible from someone safely ensconced in Paris, far from the trauma.
Abigail wrote that Jefferson seemed to take for granted, “Ignorant, wrestles desperadoes, without conscience or principles, have led a deluded multitude to follow their standard. ” They should be punished rather than pardoned, an outcome that Jefferson would be well advised to embrace.
(I’m sure both John and Abigail would say that very same thing about the Ferguson “protest.” )
Jefferson’s ‘party’ became known as the Jefferson Republicans which were really the beginnings of the Democratic party, which faded and was brought back by Andrew Jackson, who formed the party of today.
So next time you see Bill Clinton on TV, remember, his middle name isn’t “Jefferson” for nothing. The progressive idiots have been around for a very looooooooog time. And they continue to try to put the round world in their square hole.
I don’t meet too many men in kilts do you? But today, but there he was…towing over me…over six feet four, long blond hair to his shoulders, sporting a big, thick gray beard, standing in front of me proudly showing off his blue kilt…..telling me he was the runt of the litter. I didn’t catch his name…but it was Mcsomething or other, and it was his store I was in: a store full of kilts, and hats, and dragons, and crosses, and sheets of arms, and history galore.
It was boring, hot, and humid out–and I had been out in it all day. It was cool in this shop, and wonderfully full of history. We got into a conversations about clans, and Scots—- Wales and Ireland— and the sad demise of red hair.
“Well, have you heard that the Vikings, who own the oil fields, want official recognition of their special status and they may use their vast oil reserves as a bargaining chip to win the right to referendum, if the Scots do not vote for Independence?”
Okay. I had no idea we still had Viking, but evidently in the Shetland Islands, there are about 23,000 of them, and they claim to be…Vikings. And the Scots, NEED that oil. I wouldn’t mess with them.
And then, while we were talking about the Knights of the Templar, somehow he got on the subject of warriors…and Mistletoe. He described some ancient battle that had taken place, long ago in Celtic land…and how it ended under Mistletoe.
What? Yes, there’s more to Mistletoe than kissing.
He took me to a doorway, and pointed up to a 8×11 picture frame, which hung underneath a Mistletoe, and on which, this was inscribed:
In ancient Celtic language Mistletoe means “All Heal”. It was believed that the Mistletoe held miraculous magical qualities. Healing and making poisons harmless, it was used for fertility in animals and humans, it gave protection from witchcraft and evil spirits and brought good luck and blessings.
It was considered so scared in fact that when enemies happened to meet in the forest under Mistletoe they would lay down their arms and call a truce until the next day.
In cultures across pre-Christian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality).
I was so in wonder at the story, that the man took DOWN the frame, and the fake mistletoe about it, and handed it to me.
“No…I can’t take that..let me pay you for it.” I said.
“Hey, I can give this to you if I want to, hell, it’s my store.” he said.
And then he said, “There is another custom about the mistletoe that I don’t tell anyone, and that’s you pluck a berry THAN you can kiss the girl until all the berries all gone. One berry equals one kiss. But when all the berries are gone, that’s it. No more kisses. I don’t want people plucking all the berries off, so I don’t mention that bit.”
I was thinking about giving the mistletoe and the history to a friend, but…how could I part with such a nice gift from a complete stranger?
So think about this: Men in the heat of battle stopping DEAD in their tracks…due to some parasitic weed. Can you imagine Isis doing that?
Someday I’m going back to that store, and this time, I’m taking my camera. I will never look upon Mistletoe the same way.
In fact, it’s going above my doorway and staying there all year round.