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witches_sabbat.jpgI couldn’t have explained it better…

“In the name “Walburga,” we are dealing with a folk myth containing several apparent conflicts. Factually speaking, Walburga was an historical christian abbess. According to folklore, “St. Walburga” is a white lady with magical attributes, closely similar to the other germanic “white ladies” whom we know as Heathen goddesses. Walpurgisnacht has been seen for many centuries as a night of witches and occult powers.

I see Ostara and “Walburga” as being closely similar or identical goddesses of spring and all that spring bears with it: the bright and the dark, the festal and the mysterious, youthful beauty and age-old wisdom. I see them accompanied by shining elves and old wise-women, and by the often-described companions and worshippers of Holda and the other germanic goddesses. They rule the whole of springtide, from the first Summer-findings of robin and violet and the spring Even-night, up to the gateway of Summer and the godly powers that there hold sway.

There is clearly a rich lode of material here which, when combined with the many folk-customs, can be mined for ideas about May-Day celebrations and rituals in our time. What is clear from the lore, however, is that this was indeed a major and significant Heathen holy tide, and should be observed as such in one way or another.”