On that cold and windy morning in late November, Hekske (the little witch) woke up when Falke (the 9 year old witch apprentice) snuggled once again under her moss blanket to keep warm and dry. The weather was absolutely miserable with ice-cold melting snow lashing down mercilessly on the forest.
After getting up, the girls drank a warm mug of herbal tea and the mood of the little witch brightened up considerably when she realized it was the full moon day, which meant she’ll participate in the monthly witch coven (which always takes place in a different location and in the ever-changing company of two other witches). This also meant that Falke would stay behind in the forest, as she was still too young to participate in covens (generally witches start participating at age 13).
After breakfast, Hekske sensed it was time to fly away so she kissed goodbye to a tearful Falke, who didn’t like the prospect of staying back alone in the forest for one cold and long night. After taking off, the little witch followed her inner compass in eastern/southeastern direction. As always, she had no clue where she was heading to. She got very curious, as it was the very first time she was flying into this direction. After 10 minutes of flying, Hekske heard a child’s voice yelling from behind and when she looked back, she was surprised to see that Falke was flying behind her. After rejoining the little witch, Falke explained that she had felt an irresistible urge to take off, which meant that mother earth had decided that she was now old and mature enough to participate in her very first coven.
After a seemingly endless flight over hills and valleys, they arrived in the Mátra mountains in northern Hungary. The girls sensed that they had reached their destination, and gently touched down near the edge of a vast forest near the top of a hill. From this vantage point, they had a breathtaking view over the rolling hills and great plains of Hungary.
A few minutes later, 7 elves came out of the woods and gave a warm welcome to their visitors. They explained that the Nagyboldogasszony was waiting for them. The 2 witches had never heard from this creature, so the elves explained that she is a goddess who lives for over 4000 years in this area, and she is the mother goddess and protectress of all beings who live in her realm.
The witches realized that they were not going to participate in a witch coven, but in something much bigger. The deeper they moved into the forest, the more they became aware of the strong divine energy of this place, and they felt this wholesome energy permeate inside their body and soul. On the way to the Nagyboldogasszony, they passed through 7 gates, and after crossing each gate, the energy got more intense, while their pace got slower and slower. Finally, after passing through the seventh gate, both girls finally saw the goddess, bathing in light and radiating pure goodness. Easily the most impressive creature they had ever seen. It took a few minutes to get used to all these strong energies, after which the witches felt ready to participate in the most intense and soul-shaking ceremony of their whole life …
(to be continued)
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Cover artwork : Elena
- The power of the Nagyboldogasszony