Walpurgisnacht is known as witch’s night. It is the time of year when the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinnest – opposite of the year wheel from the Samhain holiday. Traditional celebrations typically involve a bon fire, a may pole, and various other things celebrating fertility and abundance. The Walpurgisnacht celebration is held on April 30th preceding Beltane or May Day. Thusly, the preceding moth that follows is considered to be a time in which more spiritual energy is accessible than other times of the year until November when the door opens again.
There is a lot of disinformation about Walpurgisnacht and Beltane. I have seen people refer to it as a Satanic holiday. To clear things up, the veil is thin between the worlds. That’s just that way it is. It is not evil or demonic any more so than the dawn or twilight. There are indeed evil people who take advantage of the accessibility to the available spiritual energy. The truth is that anyone can. It is the intention of those very evil people to make everyone else believe that these times are evil so that they can own a monopoly on that sort of power. After all, they would not want too much positive energy mixed into the ether to dilute their ambitions.
Taking part in the seasonal cycle is a beautiful ancient practice. It is like understanding how the seasons work with the harvest. By understanding the ebb and flow of unseen energies, we can take the reigns of our lives and direct ourselves to meet our true potential. Don’t we grow food better when we have an understanding of the way that the seasons effect the growth and fruiting patterns in plants. Imagine where we would be without that knowledge. Understanding how spiritual energies work can provide the same sort of growth in our spiritual lives.
While participation is a festival is a fantastic way to celebrate, a simpler and more personal approach can also be employed. Participation can be as simple as taking the time to actually give thanks for the good things in your life. A \”ritual” is simply an action with meaning. Any sort of action will create a result if the meaning is focussed on clearly while it is enacted. Whether the belief in external spiritual beings are real or imagined, by giving offerings the act embeds into our subconscious minds the attitude of gratitude. Being thankful always brings about more positive results in our lives. When we are thankful, we are happy which undeniably brings about better results than when we harbor negativity and unhappiness. This time of year is the perfect time to plant those seeds and begin generating the positivity that can collectively turn our cultural journey towards a bright future.
May all of you enjoy the blessings of the season of growth and abundance! Much love from our family to yours.