Oh, my pleasure, as "wisdom would die if not used."
I thought I'd add some local myths and customs. Many of them deal with divination, especially - and because of the date - the kind that has to do with who is going to be the spouse. At the same time, many deal with the death of someone, often within the same story, as in the one following:
"In Carinthia a maid asked the farmer's wife if she knew how to divine her (the maids) future husband. The farmer's wife instructed the maid to wipe the kitchen floor naked at midnight, and look over her shoulder to the door (in other versions through her legs, or from the door to the kitchen table,) where she will see her future husband. The maid did as told, and saw the farmer
in the door. Upset and thinking the farmer's wife had told her husband about the maid's quest, confronted the farmer's wife the next morning. Knowing her fate now, the woman only sighed and asked the maid that she'll not only feed her own future children, but also the ones the farmer has already with her, the farmer's wife."
In the lower part of the Salzburg province, people stick two boards in an St. Andrew's cross (X) on the stable doors to keep the Percht from the animals. Now, "Percht" is actually a dialect term of the the (Three) "Beths", the manifestations of the Goddess Trinity, Wilbeth, Ambeth and Borbeth. They are the christianised saints Katherine, Margareth and Barbara. (Yes, we're back there again.) So, this Christian practice is either meant to block the Goddess from entering the stables, as in to "keep the old faith out" or has to do with that it's often Borbeth, the "old crone accompanying the souls into the Otherworld," the Alpine leader of the Wild Hunt, who is referred to as Percht. She would visit the stables and mark the cattle that is bound to die this summer, and the St. Andrews cross would then be meant to stop her from doing so.
It is also custom to burry a mirror with its reflecting side downwards on a crossroads (in the meaning of a crossing of water veins) on Walpurgisnacht. The next night, between 11 pm and 12 pm, it is to be removed. Then, one can see the future in the mirror, particularly a future spouse or who is going to die the next year.
- Rain in the Walpurgisnacht means good weather throughout the year.
Those who make butter while naked around midnight will have good butter the rest of the year.
A dowsing rod made of a one year old hazelnut broken at midnight indicates metal in the ground.
To make horses stronger, get wolfsbane from the forest in the Walpurgisnacht and mix it into their food. (Aconitum napellus is poisonous, so I don't know...)