The wind is hushed, the stars grow pale,
The pensive moon her light doth veil;
And whirling on, the magic choir
Sputters forth sparks of drizzling fire.
The spread of the archetypal Walpurgis Night sabbat on the Brocken owes much to the creative mind of the German philosopher and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). He drew upon Präetorius’s book for his famous play Faust (1808), in which he depicts the legendary sixteenth-century magician and Mephistopheles travelling to the summit of the Brocken, accompanied by witches and demons. The witches strike up a chorus:
“Witches bound for the Brocken are we,
The stubble is yellow, the new grain is green.
All our number will gather there,
And You-Know-Who will take the chair.
So we race on over hedges and ditches,
The he-goats stink and so do the witches.”
Widely lauded and translated, Goethe’s Faust, provided inspiration for subsequent artists, including the likes of the writers Bram Stoker and Thomas Mann, and composers such as Brahms and Mendelssohn.
Through this work he was also known outside of Germany as Hexenberg.
The following passage is from J.W. von Goethe’s “Faust”, it is taken from the scene where Dr. Faust and Mephisto ask the witch for a spell of youth.
See how it’s done!
Make ten of one,
and let two be,
make even three,
then you’ll be rich.
Cast out the four!
Now heed the witch:
from five and six
make seven and eight,
and now you’re done;
Then nine is one,
And ten is none.-
That is the witches’ one-times-one.
When you take a (magnetic) board with a 3×3 grid and move the numbers according to above rhymes you end up with a magic square.
I delved into Goethe and found so many undertones in his writing with Witches.
The devil has promised that the witch will concoct a potion to remove thirty years from Faust’s age so he can more easily enjoy sensual pleasures.Who doesn’t want the big Magick.We all wish for the miracles.The witch works through potions and spells ….. and in essence…. don’t we all ?