Prince William and Kate Middleton would like you to believe that the date of their wedding was chosen for practical purposes, pertaining to the social schedules of the participants, perhaps. According to Time Magazine, they “spent weeks deciding on a wedding date, repeatedly liaising with officials at Buckingham Palace, No. 10 Downing Street and Westminster Abbey.” But they had no idea that the date they had chosen, April 29th, was also the date that Adolf Hitler had married Eva Braun, before they both killed themselves in his bunker the following day.
The article points out other coincidences, other events that have happened on that day in history as well. For instance, this was the day that the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, was buried in 1986. She was the lady of common background who, like Kate Middleton today, married into the royal family during the reign of King Edward III. Because of his choice of wife, Edward had to abdicate the throne, making way for the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
What the article fails to point out is that April 29th is the eve of Walpurgis, the high holiday of pagan Europe, which is itself the eve of another pagan holiday, Beltane, or May Day. Beltane is named after Baal, the fearsome divinity of the ancient world to whom children were sacrificed en masse, in remembrance of Baal’s sacrifice of his own son. May Day was a traditional day for weddings in the British isles during the pre-Christian era, as well as highly sexual free love fertility rituals. The Queen of the May was the goddess Diana, and her king during these rites was the Green Man, or the King of the Wood.
Beltane is like a springtime version of the Saturnalia and Epiphany Feast rituals I described in my essay “Regnum in Potentia Part 1,” as well as in my book Money Grows on the Tree of Knowledge. At Saturnalia, a temporary king is elected called the “Lord of Misrule.” Similarly, in old Britain, at Beltane, festivities included the election of an “Abbot of Misrule.” Also, at the Epiphany Feast, a cake is made, and a token hidden within one of the slices. Whoever receives this token is the temporary king. He will be treated like royalty for a short time, and then symbolically sacrificed. In the more ancient versions of this rite, a literal blood sacrifice was performed.
Similarly, at Beltane, there was the baking of the “Beltane cake,” which was used to select by lot the “Beltane carline”: the sacrificial victim. Whoever received the piece that had been blackened over the coals was the unfortunate one. The burning of the cake was a foreshadowing of what was to happen to him. Sir James Frazer, in his book The Golden Bough, quoted a minister in the parish of Callander as saying:
Upon the first day of May, which is called Beltan, or Baltein day, all the boys in a township or hamlet, meet in the moors … They knead a cake of oatmeal, which is toasted at the embers against a stone … they divide the cake into so many portions, as similar as possible to one another in size and shape, as there are persons in the company. They daub one of these portions all over with charcoal, until it be perfectly black. They put all the bits of the cake into a bonnet. Every one, blindfold, draws out a portion. He who holds the bonnet, is entitled to the last bit. Whoever draws the black bit, is the devoted person who is to be sacrificed to Baal, whose favour they mean to implore, in rendering the year productive of the sustenance of man and beast. There is little doubt of these inhuman sacrifices having been once offered in this country, as well as in the east, although they now pass from the act of sacrificing, and only compel the devoted person to leap three times through the flames; with which the ceremonies of this festival are closed.
This is very interesting, given one of the details of Kate and William’s wedding. In addition to the traditional fruit-based wedding cake that will be served for the rest of the wedding party, Prince William is breaking with tradition and commissioning his own “Groom’s cake” just for himself. It will be made of dark chocolate and tea biscuits, based on a “secret family recipe.”
I’ll bet. The ancient rituals we are dealing with here have their roots in a tradition by which a reigning monarch sacrifices his son to prevent him from threatening his reign. There were also many traditions throughout the ancient world of temporary kings being wed to their “queen” just before the sacrifice, just as Hitler was married before his suicide. This is part of the alchemical process as well. The king and queen must unite into one hermaphroditic being (the “chemical wedding”) before being killed, burned, and then regenerated into something new: the royal heir.
Given what happened to his mother (coincidentally named after the Queen of May, to whom the Beltane sacrificed were offered), let’s hope that William sleeps with one eye open.