Witches and Wiccans around the Northern Hemisphere are gearing up for Beltane, or May Day, this coming Sunday. Falling on Beltane Eve is a holiday called Walpurgis Night, which has long been regarded as the time witches would gather on a rocky mountain in Germany known as the Brocken. While Walpurgis and Beltane have similar timing and some common themes, Walpurgis Night has traditions, lore, and correspondences all its own, and happily, Llewellyn has just published a book devoted to this interesting topic: Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions & Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night. In honor of Walpurgis Night on Saturday, I interviewed the book’s author, Linda Raedisch, to
To finish out our theme of spring, let’s talk about new beginnings. Throughout the year, there are many times and seasons to mark new beginnings: the New Year, Fall (back to school nostalgia), one’s birthday. And spring. All the burgeoning new life popping out of the ground, out of nests, and out of animals of all sorts.
In tarot, the Aces represent new beginnings. Out of all the “new beginnings” times of the year, I think the Aces go best with Spring. The Aces have this feeling of being gifts from the Universe and Spring has that feeling to me. When it finally comes, I am just so very grateful.
The Gaian Tarot by Joanna Colbert Powell, which will be available in the fall,