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| Night of the Witches
by Linda Raedisch
A Treasury of Magic and Witchlore
for Celebrating Walpurgisnacht
has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the
breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the
rushing of crows’ wings. A spatter of beeswax, still warm, glows among
the roots of the beech, while high up in the tree’s barren crown, a
scrap of cloth flutters against the stars. Can it be a coven of witches
has flown over these woods?
any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing
as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a
broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no
ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight
is Walpurgis Night.
The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep
into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much
abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and
the thirteen herbs that correspond with the Night of the Witches.
Discover how this “lost” holiday has changed from a lusty fertility
festival to a children’s night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms
and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from
Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book
features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and
traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.