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Thoughts: Chess, a game. Movement of pieces. Black and white, good and bad. Two Knights.
The white picket fence is an old American dream from the 50s: to own, to have, home sweet home with a white picket fence.

 

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Mistletoe...
American Christmas tradition: hang mistletoe over the doorway (during the holiday season) and if a man and woman are under it together, they must kiss. As Bill Murray put it, in Scrooged (Paramount, 1988), "...there's a tradition that says I have to kiss this girl on the lips. Well, she's just upholding the law. It's a federal law, not a state thing...."
Posted: December 25, 2003.

 

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols, p. 296
A symbol of the Druids and of consciousness. According to English custom, everybody is allowed to kiss a person who is standing below a sprig of mistletoe. The mistletoe stands for the healing power of love.
Posted: January 17, 2004.

Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 223-224
(Viscum Album) A plant favored in modern times as a Christmas symbol; in ancient times it was considered sacred in many cultures. This semiparasitic plant, which draws water and minerals from its host, was considered neither TREE nor bush; according to legend, it sprang up where LIGHTENING had struck a tree (especially an OAK). Mistletoe growing on oak trees was especially prized, e.g., by ancient Romans or the Celtic Druids. According to Pliny the Elder, the Druids cut it with GOLDEN SICKLES, gathered it in a WHITE cloth, and then offered it in sacrifice to the gods, along with a BULL. Mistletoe was considered a panacea, and, because it always remained GREEN, a symbol of immortality. Robert Graves writes that the mistletoe was thought to be the sexual organ of the oak tree, and when "the Druids cut it, using a golden sickle for reasons of ritual, they were performing a symbolic castration. The viscous juice of the berries was thought of as the sperm of the oak and a fluid (chylus) with great powers of rejuvenation." In modern times the medicinal effects of the plant have been studied: it yields a weak diuretic which also lowers the blood pressure somewhat; anthroposophic medicine stresses the plant's effectiveness against cancer, which is still subject to clinical verification. The English and American custom of hanging up sprigs of mistletoe at Christmas time--and of feeling free to kiss anyone standing under them--seems to go back to Celtic enthusiasm for the plant. In German myth, a plot hatched by the wicked Loki turned mistletoe in the hand of the BLIND god Hod into a lethal spear, which killed Balder, the god of light and vegetation; only after the END OF THE WORLD (Ragnarok) can Hod and Balder begin a new life in PARADISE (Gimle). Here the mistletoe symbolizes the innocent tool that becomes an instrument of doom through evil magic...(MORE about this symbol, and many others, can be found in Mr. Biedermann's book! Pick up a copy today!)
Posted: December 25, 2003.

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