April 30th is one of the darkest days of the year – traditionally known as the Witches’ Sabbath, the Black Sabbath or May Eve. It is a time of great magic due to the otherworldly and sometimes evil visitors which lurk outside in the night. Practitioners of the occult, paganism, asatru, wicca and other belief systems often hold rituals on Walpurgisnacht in order to tap into this transitional period where realms overlap.
In this video I discuss a few customs associated with May Eve and also May Day – which is an ancient feast day for fertility rites.
Three side notes: 1) I originally mispronounced the Czech witch burning phrase. Instead of saying ‘paleni’, I said ‘palenica’, which means distillery… So, excluding the complicated grammar, it would have meant ‘witches’ distillery’ instead of witch burning. One tracked mind, I guess…
2) No idea what happened with the weird transition. They seem to double themselves. Please excuse this.
3) That’s a red deer stag’s antler I’m holding
Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens