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Walpurgis Night

Witches with broomsticks and bonfires…oh my.

What do you think when you hear the word witch? Are you frightened or intrigued? Does the mind shift to a vision of ugliness, a person casting evil spells on others, a ghost or goblin to stay far away from, or do you see something else? I never really thought of it myself, but I know that there are different kinds of witches, good and bad. It was a comment that made me pause initially, when my dear friend Amanda seemed to believe that my black power hat might have a pointy tip. In the highest compliment she called me a witch with magic powers, based on my personal beliefs and mantras such as stopping time by living in the now. By turning my challenges into opportunities and make beauty out of everything that I see. And then Walpurgis Night happened shortly thereafter.

The beginning of May enters through many regions of Germany with some old and wonderful traditions. Somehow I felt drawn to Walpurgis Night which is April 30th into May 1st. It is a holiday that is named after Saint Walpurga and is a day that dates back to ancient pagan fertility rites. People would hang foliage sprigs around their homes and leave offerings of food for the dead that was believed to walk the earth. Walpurgis Night is said to be the night when witches flew on their broomsticks and gathered on the Brocken, the highest of North Central Germany’s Harz mountains, to celebrate and revel with the devil and otherwise enjoy themselves. Flying over the regions on their brooms, dancing around giant bonfires, while waiting for dawn to break, and waiving goodbye to winter. Others say it was a celebration and fest to ward off evil spirits. Maps of Germany with “Witches areas” were still drawn for unwary travelers, as late as the 18th century, which leads to believe that they didn’t only appear once a year. I heard that Walpurgis Night used to be celebrated in my hometown on top of the hill with the cross.

A few synchronicities found their way into my life again. One was the comment from Amanda, the timing of Walpurgis Night, the sleepless night of it, as well as this video. It’s from a group I never heard before, but the song immediately drew me in. Further research reveals that the group has contributed music to the TV show Vikings I regularly follow and love. Surprise…

Within the same timeframe I came across Pagan poetry, learned about a soul contract, and was flashed a picture of Brigid, the triple goddess of ruling healing, poetry and smith craft. I had no prior knowledge to either, but my eyes are wide open and I am taking innthe resources and healing along this journey. Tomorrow will be another big day for me, and hopefully I have not scared you away.

Author:

Who am I, and why I write. I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I am the one, holding on to the silver lining when the skies are gray. I’m a believer that nothing is coincidence, but that everything has purpose. I’ve made my mistakes, don’t we all, but I see them as growing pains and they are a part of who I am today. I have lost myself in order to find myself, and I still do from time to time, but in a good way. I’m a big child who laughs until my belly hurts when life wants to be serious. Career wise: I’ve been there, done that, and I took “The jump” off the hamster wheel in an effort to change my future. I didn’t land all that soft, but I can say that I’m still proud to have found the courage to do it. Coming full circle, I had it all, and yet I was lonely and had nothing. Today I choose to be a collector of moments and I chase memories, instead of the material stuff. Less is more, and the motto is quality over quantity. You’d be amazed at how freeing it can be. I see myself as a free spirit that believes in an unconventional lifestyle. Somehow I go against the grain most of the times, not to rebel, but because it feels right to stay true to my unique and authentic self. It takes courage, and you often stand alone, but if you dare, you soon realize that it is the only way if you don’t want to lose who you are. Just like most, my past wasn’t easy and I come from a life that didn’t always give me the opportunity to be heard. Few related and even fewer cared to take the time. But that’s the past and it’s history, the future hasn’t happened and the “NOW” is truly all we ever have. In the end we all have a story to tell, and we all seek to be understood. We all yearn to be heard and accepted and still life is hard and our path is full of stumbling blocks. If we can see the lessons in adversity we may realize that the toughest moments are often our greatest teachers. There is a reason for the saying that the stars can’t shine without darkness, and it might be darkness that will show you the light.
It took a series of (un)fortunate events, to learn to glow through the pain, to learn how to dance in the rain. I believe in Magic and wonder, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As an empath this old soul often feels a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today, I am here to tell my story because I believe that it can help others. It is my hope to bring inspiration and strengths to you, while showing you that it can be done. I know you are out there, and I know you are suffering in silence. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and your voice is being heard loud and clear. Hang on and be strong, transformation is yours. 
In light and love....Rhapsody Bohème 💙🦋

9 thoughts on “Walpurgis Night

  1. The idea of witchcraft has always held a fascination for me. The idea of trying to influence the future was intriguing until I realized that a witch’s spell is the focus of energy much the way prayer is. Both seek a certain outcome. One from inner strength and the other through the strength of a deity of one sort or another. In some cultures, witches are revered because of their knowledge, often for their ability to heal through the use of herbs or other natural means.

    Witches have also been the source of sadness for me. When I think of the persecution many of them went through to the point of being executed in the most hideous ways. It was only recently that I found out that my 9th great grandmother was executed during the Salem Witch Trials. A very sad time, indeed.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I relate to so much of what you are saying and I think people are afraid of what they don’t know. I am fascinated and feel drawn to the subject of witchcraft. Not to cast spells in people or practice any dark magic, but the ability to heal on various aspects. I am so sorry to learn about your experience and incident with your grandmother. There is indeed so much sadness during that time, and so many innocent life’s were lost due to what people didn’t care to understand. Much love and hugs my friend and thank you for sharing this with me.

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  2. Witchcraft is vastly misunderstood. It is confused with devil worship (a much darker force with bad intentions and greed for wealth and power).

    Witches are mostly legendary… And feared in ancient times because they were extraordinary healers and see’ers of the future. Gifted with powers of animal communication and psychic abilities, they were hounded by the Catholic church who sought to gain control and power over all peoples.

    Witches are not to be feared, for they are gentle spirits, misunderstood an maligned.

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    1. If you feel you might be a Witch, Rhapsody, it is only because your inner abilities and healing powers are making themselves known to you. Use your gifts gently with good intentions and watch your world manifest into that which is beautiful. Do not tell regular folk about your gifts too much (family, German friends) as they will be fearful. Just let them observe your work with amazement and let them think that serendipity was at work. It will be just as joyful for you.

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      1. Great advice once more and you are right again. You are very wise indeed and I know as well that few would understand. However it is the story of my life to be misunderstood, I just choose my battles these days to what extend I want to be misunderstood and some things are better left alone. 😉

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    2. Your comment says it all and I couldn’t agree more. People are afraid of what they don’t know and sometimes they fail to get to know. However we are all entitled to our own opinion, no matter how small or shallow or full of ourselves they might be. And your last sentence resonates strongly once more. Thank you for sharing your always great insight.

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