Walpurgisnacht is a night of Witches and flames,
where 'pon bald hummocked hills they hold their games,
Be not 'bout by the sabbath's midnight toll,
for t'would mean that ye could lose thy soul...
As six months has it been since Samhain's passing-
once again, will the witches be amassing,
For their wails shall be heard from brambled peaks,
as on the wind shall their black curses speak.
Heed ye this warning, and light ye yon' bale,
and pray thee til' morning to see the sun's hail.
Walpurgisnacht or Walpurgis Night -
On the 30th of April, many Germanic countries in Europe celebrate the fire festival of Walpurgisnacht- or as it can be more infamously commemorated, "the night of witches". At a time long ago, it was an accepted belief that giant burning balefires would keep the maledictions of spiteful witches at bay.
Bram Stoker once wrote that, "Walpurgis Night, when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad- when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel". Ponder than when this year we have a full moon on that night.
Walpurgisnacht link on Wikipedia : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgi…
The Beltane -
Following the Eve of May comes the Celtic fire festival of the Beltane celebrated on the first of May, exactly six months after the Celtic fire festival of Samhain of October 31st. While Samhain was supposed to signify the beginning of the new year, where the dwindling light and power of the sun was preserved within a sacred flame, the Beltane was meant as a magic rekindling or revival of the sun's potency in order to bless the people with longer days of light and warmth.
Famously included in the Beltane ceremonies, was the Wickerman, or a giant wicker-worked effigy of a man, that is presumed to have been an integral part of many prior and ancient celebrations- particularly (or more accurately, peculiarly) on the European continent. Its use was historically attested to by Caesar as he witnessed one in ancient Gaul, filled with condemned criminals for a blood
(or more likely, burnt) sacrifice to the sun. It was believed this ritual was meant to represent a bygone practice that sacrificed old and decrepit kings to make way for a new one filled with youth and vigor, as the ruler's health was assumed to be mystically linked to that of his land.
The Beltane: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane
The Wickerman: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicker_m…
Light a candle or burn an effigy- and by all means share your pictures...