April 29, 2016
 
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Walpurgisnacht - part 1

A little known martyr and saint, Walpurga, the daughter of the Saxon Prince Richard, lived her life as a nun in the convent of Heidenheim, Germany. She died in 779 AD. Her feast day falls on the same day as pagan rituals in place hundreds of years prior to her death. Ironically, the two celebrations blended together and the ensuing ceremony took on an altogether different meaning. The clearest description of the pagan holiday comes to us from Norse tradition. Walpurgisnacht (the evening before May Day), represents a time when Odin (a God of wisdom, war, battle and death, also magic, poetry, prophecy, victory and the hunt) met his demise. This night symbolized a time of weakness between the living and the dead. The pagans built bonfires to keep away dead, destructive spirits that they believed walked among the living. While Odin’s chronicle had nothing to do with St. Walpurga, the evening of dispelling the remnants of the dead became known as the night of Walpurga, or Walpurgisnacht.




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Atlantis

Let's learn from the analogy of Atlantis in our own lives. In times of self-reflection, examine in what ways you brought down a part of yourself, never again to rise to the surface. Many times, we reach a level of optimum performance and without the emotional and spiritual tools required to sustain that level of excellence, we falter and destroy that very powerful part of ourselves. Like Atlantis, the higher self still exists, - it takes searching through layers of muddied thought and murky intentions to discover again.



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