Walpurgisnacht Greetings XLI
On this blessed night in Year One, the dawn of the Age of Fire came to be; as Hell raged high and mighty and proud. Anton Szandor LaVey shaved his head and assumed his position as Satan's Pope on earth. Zam-Zam's tide swelled with the rising of Leviathan, and Lucifer on leathern wings passed through the trapezoidal gateway; the gleaming of the blade clean upon flesh. The Devil's Church was built in the fertile minds of those adepts from all corners of the black earth. Black candles glowed imperiously into the velvet darkness, and so it has been for many a night since. Baphomet's eyes aglow with lust and pleasure, and life sprang forth from the glistening fountains of Melek Taus' domain.
With the dissemination of true Satanism, The Church of Satan continues to remain unmatched, Magus Gilmore presides as High Priest, and with The Hierarchy, embody exemplary successors to the LaVeyan Legacy.
Those who presumed to be against us have fallen by the wayside, inconsequential. Those who have attempted to replicate us remain in mediocrity, for stratification banishes them into the lower echelons of banal existence, unworthy and forgotten. While those with us have prospered in all walks of life, where their hooves may have stepped, with horns remaining high.
The essence of the Magic sparked that night within the legendary walls of The Black House in San Francisco, has been immortalized in continuous reverberation throughout subsequent history. And soon the daemons come forth from across the planet, like some fearsome Sabbath scene to converge upon Hell's Gate, and The Lord of The Pit shall show His face through the pentagonal configuration to cast His blessing upon His own.
The 'signs' are indeed here, by synchronicity and diabolical machinations, by the almighty Will made manifest. The flesh prevails! Take that which tempts for mutual gratification... I bid you 'sin' well!
May the celebrations begin!
Shemhamforash! Hail Satan!
In Nomine Satanas,
Warlock Draconis Blackthorne
Noctuary, The Infernal Empire
30 April, Walpurgisnacht XLI Anno Satanas
Welcome to The Darkside...
My idea to initiate a store named "The Darkside" came to mind one day as I contemplated an establishment which has faded into obscurity called "The Private Eye", from where I obtained many occult and musical items at the time. When it closed, it was missed, for there was no longer a physical place to enter and chat with the owner, as well as meet others who shared in My interests, and musicians I admired. So I resorted to mostly mail order and catalogue purchases. This online manifestation is created in the dark spirit of that store, which contained the Lighthouse Effect / The Command to Look amidst the mediocre edifices surrounding it, looming as a gaping hellmouth amidst the commoners.
The Darkside deems to provide speciality items for those of Satanic preference. Herein is made available items for Lair decor, ritual implements, accoutrement, memento moris, objects d'art, music, literature, and choice films for your pleasure.
Prior to The Darkside, on many occasions one had to frequently dig through blindlight obfuscation in order to get to the diabolically meaningful items one desires. What I have done is compiled this selection from various sources, to have it all in one place, and thought Walpurgisnacht XLI Anno Satanas, in the Year of 666, would be the perfect time to open The Gates of Hell and unleash this gratifying abomination upon the black earth.
The Darkside is for those who give The Devil His due, dedicated to the true Children of Darkness who appreciate the infernal aesthetic.
Warlock Draconis Blackthorne
Walpurgisnacht XLI, Anno Satanas
Noctuary, The Infernal Empire.
Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö in Estonian, Valpurģu nakts or Valpurģi in Latvian, Walpurgisnacht in German, Valpuržina noc or čarodějnice in Czech, chódotypalenje Lower Sorbian, chodojtypalenje in Upper Sorbian) is a holiday celebrated on April 30 or May 1, in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Germany and the Czech Republic .
The festival is named after Saint Walburga (known in Scandinavia as "Valborg"; alternative forms are "Walpurgis", "Wealdburg", or "Valderburger"), born in Wessex in 710 a niece of Saint Boniface and, according to legend, she was a daughter to the Saxon prince St. Richard. Together with her brothers she travelled to Württemberg, Germany, where she became a nun and lived in the convent of Heidenheim, which was founded by her brother Wunibald. Walburga died on 25 February 779 and that day still carries her name in the Catholic calendar. However she was not made a saint until 1 May in the same year, and that day carries her name in the Swedish calendar.
Historically the Walpurgisnacht is derived from Pagan spring customs, where the arrival of spring was celebrated with bonfires at night. Viking fertility celebrations took place around April 30 and due to Walburga being declared a saint at that time of year, her name became associated with the celebrations. Walburga was honored in the same way that Vikings had celebrated spring and as they spread throughout Europe, the two dates became mixed together and created the Walpurgis Night celebration.
In Germany, Walpurgisnacht, the night from April 30 to May 1, is the night when allegedly the witches hold a large celebration on the Blocksberg and await the arrival of Spring.
"Walpurgis Night (in German folklore) the night of April 30 (May Day's eve), when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with their Gods..."
"Brocken the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken spectre and for witches' revels which reputably took place there on Walpurgis night. The Brocken Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. The phenomenon was first reported on the Brocken."
—Taken from Oxford Phrase & Fable.
A scene in Goethe's Faust Part One is called "Walpurgisnacht", and one in Faust Part Two is called "Classical Walpurgisnacht".
In rural parts of southern Germany it is part of popular youth culture to go out on Walburgisnacht to play pranks on other people, like messing up one's garden, hidding stuff or spraying messages on other people's property. Sometimes these pranks go to far and may result in serious wilful damage to property or bodily injury.
Walpurgis is one of the main holidays during the year in both Sweden and Finland, alongside of Christmas and Midsummer. The forms of celebration in Sweden vary in different parts of the country and between different cities. One of the main traditions in Sweden is to light large bonfires, a custom which is most firmly established in Svealand, and which began in Uppland during the 18th century. An older tradition from Southern Sweden was for the younger people to collect greens and branches from the woods at twilight, which were used to adorn the houses of the village. The expected reward for this task to be paid in eggs.
The tradition which is most spread throughout the country is probably singing songs of spring. Most of the songs are from the 19th century and were spread by the students' spring festivities. The strongest and most traditional spring festivities are also found in the old university cities, like Uppsala and Lund where both current and graduated students gather at events that take up most of the day from early morning to late night on April 30, or "sista april" ("The last day of April") as many people call it. There are also newer student traditions like the carnival parade, The Cortège, which has been held since 1909 by the students at Chalmers in Gothenburg. In Sweden, Valborg is especially notorious because of the excessive amounts of alcohol people consume on that very day.
Today in Finland, Walpurgis Night (Vapunaatto) is, along with New Year's Eve, the biggest carnival-style festivity taking place in the streets of Finland's towns and cities. The celebration is typically centered on plentiful use of sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages. The student traditions are also one of the main characteristics of "Vappu". From the end of the 19th century, "Fin de Siècle", and onwards, this traditional upper class feast has been co-opted by students attending university, already having received their student cap. Many people who have graduated from lukio wear the cap. One tradition is drinking mead, whose alcohol content varies. Fixtures include the capping of the Havis Amanda, a nude female statue in Helsinki, and the biannually alternating publications of ribald matter called Äpy and Julkku. Both are sophomoric; but while Julkku is a standard magazine, Äpy is always a gimmick. Classic forms have included an Äpy printed on a toilet-roll and a bedsheet. Often the magazine has been stuffed inside standard industrial packages such as sardine-cans and milk cartons. The festivities also include a picnic on May 1st, which is sometimes prepared in a lavish manner.
The Finnish tradition is also a shadowing of the Soviet Era May Day parade. Starting with the parties of the left, the whole of the Finnish political scene has nominated Vappu as the day to go out on stumps and agitate. This does not only include right-wing parties, but also others like the church have followed suit, marching and making speeches. In Sweden it is only the labour and socialist parties which use May 1 for political activities, while others observe the traditional festivities. The labourers who were active in the 1970's still party on the first of May. They arrange carnivals and the radio plays their old songs that workers liked to listen to. The labour spirit lies most in the capital of Finland, Helsinki.
The First of May is also a day for everything fun and crazy: children and families gather to market places to celebrate often the first day of the spring and the coming summer. There are balloons and joy, people drink their first beers outside, there are clowns and masks and a lot of fun. The first of May includes colourful streamers, funny and silly things and sun. The first of May means the beginning of the spring for many people in Finland.
Traditionally May 1st is celebrated by a picnic in a park (Kaivopuisto in case of Helsinki). For most, the picnic is enjoyed with friends on blanket with good food and sparkling wine. Some people, however, arrange extremely lavish picnics with pavillions, white table cloths, silver candelabras, classical music and lavish food. The picnic usually starts early in the morning, and some hard-core party goers continue the celebrations of the previous evening without sleeping in between. Some Student organisations have traditional areas where they camp every year and they usually send someone to reserve the spot early one. As with other Vappu traditions, the picnic includes student caps, mead, streamers and balloons.
References in modern culture
The second act of Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is entitled "Walpurgisnacht."
In the 1931 film Dracula, a Romanian peasant describes the night on which the film begins as Walpurgis night.
Anton Szandor LaVey chose Walpurgis Night in 1966 to found the Church of Satan.
Adolf Hitler, with several members of his staff (including Joseph Goebbels), committed suicide on Walpurgisnacht, April 30/May 1, 1945.
Gustav Meyrink wrote a novel called "Walpurgisnacht" in 1917, about a carnivalesque popular uprising in Prague against the city's longtime Germanic monarchs.
According to an interview with J.K. Rowling, the Death Eaters were originally called the Knights of Walpurgis, a pun on Walpurgis Night.
The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson make repeated references to Walpurgisnacht.
Songs whose titles include or make reference to Walpurgis Night include:
"Repent Walpurgis", by the English progressive rock band Procol Harum.
"War Pigs" by Black Sabbath was originally titled "Walpurgis".
"Wall Purges Night", an obvious pun on Walpurgisnacht, by the expatriate English musical group the Legendary Pink Dots.
"Walpurgisnacht", by Schandmaul.