Walpurgis Night on April 30 is an old pagan festival, which borrowed its name from Saint Walburga whose feast occurs on May Day. On this night witches are believed to ride on broomsticks to places of old pagan sacrifices in the Harz Mountains, especially to the Brocken. The Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, is considered the focal point of Walpurgisnacht. Also known as the Blocksberg, the 1142-meter peak is often shrouded in mist and clouds, lending it a mysterious atmosphere that has contributed to its legendary status as the home of witches (Hexen) and devils (Teufel). There, they dance around a huge fire and worship their lord the devil, who bestows them with new magic power.
The writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) in Faust writes that the witches come on Walpurgis night and sing:
“Now to the Brocken the witches ride; the stubble is gold and the corn is green; There is the carnival crew to be seen, And Squire Urianus will come to preside. So over the valleys our company floats, with witches a-farting on stinking old goats.”
via Walpurgis Harz.
Pressing Refresh Notes:
I just read in one of Gran’s books that they believe one of the seven retreats of the White Lodge are in the Brocken Mountains. This is where some adepts can be found working in.
From everything I read in the books, they follow a belief in God and Jesus. Yet some people insist they worship the Devil. Are there two sets of groups? I have read that there are adepts that are in charge of keeping the “baddies” trapped inside where they were sent by the good guys.
I don’t like not knowing, even if it ends up being a tall tale. I like things to be confirmed in some way.