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Hexennacht and Walpurgisnacht April 30th (Evening)
The night of April 30th is named in many ancient European cultures as Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis night. Saint Walpurga was a Christian missionary-turned-Saint, however older (forbidden) traditions existed despite Christianity’s most destructive efforts against the Cunning Folk, Black Witches, Luciferians and Devil’s Brood. Walpurgisnacht, known also as Hexennacht, is celebrated on the evening of April 30th and transitioning into May Day with the Celtic festival of Beltane (May Day), a cyclic and seasonal mark to celebrate the beginnings of summer. Beltane is also a Luciferian Witches holiday, as the Celtic deity Lugh has many similarities to the traits of Lucifer, Dionysos, Brigde, Shemiyaza and similar fertility and life-exalting Spirits. Fire in Luciferianism represents the gift of the Black Flame, the Torch between the Horns of the Sabbatic Goat, Baphomet and the linage passed from Azazel to Witches from time immemorial. Fire has the power to cleanse, purify and increase fertility within nature including a serpentine shedding of skin for renewal.
In the Medieval and Renaissance tradition, during Walpurgis Night, Warlock, Witches and the Devil’s Children so celebrated a sabbath and evil (averse) powers were at their strongest. In German folklore, Walpurgis Night was believed to be the night of a witches' gathering on the Brocken, a peak in the Harz Mountains within the vast forest hills of Germany. Medieval and Renaissance lore of Germanic Bavaria, Hexennacht ("Witches' Night") was when celebrants would dress as witches and demons, dance, howl and play loud music which was a type of banishing of negative energies and spirits. The Devil looks after his own!
In Germany, Hexennacht ("Witches' Night"), the night from 30 April to 1 May, is the night when witches celebrate by a physical convocation or by astral (Spirit, Dreaming Flight) travel on the Brocken, awaiting the arrival of the First Day of Summer, May 1st; this evening is also the Christian celebration of Saint Walpurgis. It is amusing and laughably blasphemous to use the name of Walpurgis with a diabolic and indulging celebration of Power, Forbidden Knowledge and the fertility of the land. The profane see our craft as destructive and an upholding of Maleifica, while Black Witches, Pagans and other Cunning Folk understand behind the negative, terrifying veil of the Devil is the fountain of Wisdom, Power, Balance and Strength in accordance with our own heritage born of the Black Flame and Witch Blood.
-Michael W Ford