The origins of Walpurgis Night can be traced all the way back to pagan festivities that celebrated the coming of Spring. You might have noticed that Walpurgisnacht, which falls on the eve of May 1, takes place exactly six months before Halloween. This is not a coincidence. Halloween and Walpurgisnacht both have their origins in pagan celebrations (known as Samhain and Beltane, respectively) that marked the changing of the seasons. These days were especially important because they were believed to be when the veil between the spirit worlds and ours was at its thinnest.
Over time, as Europe was gradually Christianised, these pagan celebrations of seasonality and fertility became inexplicably intertwined with the legend of an English nun called Walpurga. Walpurga came to Germany in the late eighth century with the mission of Christianising the Saxons. She later became abbess at the Heidenheim monastery. Locals would come together on April 30 to protect themselves from the witches. To keep away “evil spirits”, they would make loud noises, light huge bonfires and burn straw men and old belongings for good luck. What had originally been a celebration of spring morphed into a desperate attempt to protect oneself from evil.
In the Czech Republic April 30 is Pálení čarodějnic (‘Burning of the witches’) or čarodějnice (‘The witches’). Huge bonfires up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall with a witch figure are built and burnt in the evening, preferably on top of hills. Young people gather around. Sudden black and dense smoke formations are cheered as “a witch flying away”. An effigy of a witch is held up and thrown into a bonfire to burn. In some places, it is customary to burn a puppet representing a witch on the border. It is still a widespread feast in the here and has been practiced since the pagan times. As evening advances to midnight and fire is on the wane, it is time to go search for a cherry tree in blossom. This is another feast, connected with the 1st of May. Young women should be kissed past midnight (and during the following day) under a blossoming cherry (or if unavailable, another blossoming) tree. They “will not dry up” for an entire year. The First of May is celebrated then as “the day of those in love”.
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Can be used as a dressing oil on yourself or anoint candles, petition papers, spell papers, charms, fetishes or anything else you wish.
To attract things to you use anoint or dress upwards (bottom to top / toe to head). To expel or get rid of something in your life rub in a downwards motion (top to bottom / head to toe)