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Walpurgis Tarot Spread

Last Updated: April 30, 2024

We’ve always got a reason to celebrate our witchery, and Walpurgisnacht is one of them! A night for embodying our magick and freedom, in the run up to Beltane, and being fiery authenticity whilst also enjoying a few lighthearted moments? It’s genuinely a great time to be “that” witch.

 

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What is Walpurgis?

On April 30th we celebrate Walpurgis, or May Eve, as a great time in terms of crossroads, divination, protection, agriculture and witchcraft. It’s globally known by many names, such as Victory Blot, Segerblot, Vappu and Valborgsmässoafton. The main name is taken from Saint Walpurga, a Christian saint, but celebrated through mischief, protection and fire-themed events has us enjoy a little Trick or Treat vibe. Making noise, causing outrage in some circumstances, and being bold in having a good time are all encouraged. From Berlin to Malmo to England and Wales, it’s encouraged to blow off steam and speak up. To speak out against which what scares you, and frighten away “the devils and demons”. This is why we often see folks dressing up across the globe to celebrate Walpurgisnacht. 

_walpurgis is not a time to be silent against injustices

Pre-Christian celebrations would be revering the Spring to Summer transition, and scaring away anything that would impact crop development or good fortune to come. This was naturally amended to fit a Christian patriarchal agenda. During the witchcraft trials frenzy, it was a time to burn effigies and create large bonfires to protect against witches during the hysteria (specifically the closer you got to Mount Brocken, the alleged meeting place of devils and witches for orgy-based rituals – and where Odin & Freyja cemented their partnership between Aesir & Vanir tribes through a sort of marriage). In a more modern setting however, witches now use this time as a support for warding in our homes. For speaking up and making noise against injustices happening in the world. The Satanic Temple celebrates this holiday as a time to honor those who were victimized by superstition or injustice, so it’s not just the Christian Catholic communities who religiously look at this holiday.

We know with the thin veil between realms, protecting our spiritual energy whilst enjoying divination, protecting our physical bodies whilst engaging in equitable (and enjoyable) sex, and protecting our lineage by learning about different cultures and different perspectives. This is how we can grow as witches, and a yearly reminder that it doesn’t always have to be such rigid, quiet research.

There’s nothing scarier in history than a woman making noise, less we forget.

Who is Walpurga?

Saint Walpurga was an educated woman from Devon, UK and who travelled with her brothers on pilgrim to evangelise pagan Germans, whose journey was across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Italy. As an Abbess she was praised for battling against rabies and “protecting against witches”. If you’ve read my article on witch bottles, you’ll see that the acts of protection spiritually align deeply with witchcraft themselves. On her canonization feast day May 1st, she was celebrated with bonfires, with medicine and with sheaves of grain. All of this is feeder towards pre-Walpurga Gaelic festivals for May 1st.

When she’d died, her bones were placed amongst rocks in a shrine at Eichstatt, and an oil excreting from them were said to effectively cure certain diseases according to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica. Benedictine nuns still manage this flow of access to the oil now, and there was an uptick in “miracle cure all” oils around this time. If you’re open to herbalism in your practice, creating your own Flying Ointment for Walpurgisnacht is a great option.

dressing up for mischief at walpurgis

Walpurgisnacht, Hexxennacht or Witches Night?

Hexxennacht is different to Walpurgis night only in that it’s the night after, May 1st. The word Hexxen is a Germanic reference to “witches” and Nacht means “night”. Between Walpurgisnacht (May Eve) and Beltane (May Day), our rituals are all about clearing away negative energy from the previous year and setting intentions for growth, abundance and pleasure in the days to come. If Samhain is welcoming the dark aspects of the year, then Hexxennacht is a welcoming of the light, in true witchcraft style. You know the scene in Practical Magic where they jump off the roof on their brooms? Well, Witches Night is the halfway point to Samhain, and it’s been recorded that this is where the witches would ride off to join the Wild Hunt. Generally speaking, it’s a night to connect instinctively with your intuition and your emotions. It’s looking at things through the lens of “What is happening right now? And how do I feel about it? What does it bring up for me?”

Ways to celebrate this date can include divination where you’d contact the Norns, or by creating blessings for the plants you are cultivating in your garden/land. You could create dishes and drinks from elder, juniper, anise, flax, fennel, dill, garden sage and chamomile. Create your own mystical mead that will feed not only your soul and your spirit, but your plants and ground around you too, and it’d make an excellent offering to a deity like Holle who is revered at this time.

Card layout and questions to ask

To begin, shuffle your deck and draw a card for each position as shown in the layout below

Finally, take some time to reflect on the questions that each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you.

If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.

Walpurgis Tarot Spread 

This spread is meant to tap into the energy and essence of Walpurgis, helping you connect with your inner strength, courage to be free within yourself and wildness that may not necessarily be palatable to societal norms. Remember that being a witch already has you on the fringe, and this is to be celebrated, protected and cherished.

Walpurgis Tarot Spread

Card 1: Root of Your Being

This card represents the core of who you are. It may reveal deep-seated beliefs, fears or desires that influence your actions and decisions. It may be like the Empress, which speaks deeply of a natural tendency towards creative ideas, and projects growing with your nurturing.

Card 2: The Fire Within

This card represents your inner fire, passion and drive. It may reveal what motivates you and gives you strength. This can be like the Three of Wands, which suggests that your inner fire is fueled by exploration and adventure.

Card 3: The Cage

This card represents any limitations or restrictions that are holding you back from fully embracing your true self. It may show up like the Hermit, where solitude and working in the background to know all the details may actually be at your detriment, and a call to seek support or find your team.

Card 4: Breaking Free

This card represents the energy of breaking free from those limitations and stepping into your power and authenticity. Like the Chariot, it can mean the moment where you are taking control and moving forward with determination.

Card 5: Embracing the Wild

This card represents embracing your unique identity and unleashing your full potential. This card represents loving your wildness and connecting with your primal instincts. It may reveal a hidden side of yourself that needs to be acknowledged and nurtured. It can show up like the 8 of Cups, suggesting that you may need to let go of certain emotions or attachments in order to truly embrace your wild nature.

Card 6: Magick Manifesting

This card represents the magick that is manifesting in your life as you tap into your inner strength and wildness. This may look like the Star, where you are finding balance and harmony through your connection to the universe.

Card 7: Celebrating Freedoms

This final card represents celebrating your newfound freedom and embracing all that you are. It may reveal opportunities or blessings that come from fully stepping into your power and wildness. This can show up like the 10 of Cups, suggesting abundance, joy and fulfillment in your relationships and life overall. It may just ultimately be a reminder to stay true to yourself, love your unique identity and celebrate your wildness.

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The Star card

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The Lovers card

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Temperance card

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The Empress card

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The Fool card

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The Chariot card

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The Justice card

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