Saturday, April 30, 2016

The sexy origins of May Day

Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly based on
A fire festival would be fun, reading the Fire Sutra and carrying torches (Occupy Beltane).
Retro May Day: Beltane celebrations at Edinburgh Fire Festival (A Druid Way)

May Day: Russian Pagan rituals and Christian customs (
Mini Pagabu shrine (sycalaelen)
May Day is not a big holiday in the United States. But it has a long and notable history as one of the world's principal festivals.

The origin of May Day as a time for celebration dates back to when...

It was before Christ, and like so many of our popular celebrations, it has a Pagan connection.

The Druids of the British Isles saw May 1st was the second most important holiday of the year.

It was when the Festival of Beltane was held, when the day divides the year in half.

The other half would culminate in Samhain, November 1st. May Day custom was to set a new fire, an ancient New Year rite performed throughout the world.

The fire itself was thought to lend life to the burgeoning springtime sun.

Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men and their sweethearts passed through the smoke for good luck.
The Powderkegs morris men brave cold to dance at May Day dawn (
Pagan May Day festival (
The beginning of May was a very popular feast time for the Romans, who invaded and occupied the British Isles.

It was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the Goddess of Flowers. The festival ran from April 28 to May 2.

The Romans brought in Floralia rituals, and they were gradually added to those of Beltane. Many of today's May Day customs are similar to those combined traditions.

Pagan calendar (
May Day was discouraged during the time of the Puritans.

But it was revived when the Puritans lost power in England, though it was less robust than before.

Gradually, it came to be regarded as a day of joy and merriment for children rather than ancient fertility rites.
May Day protest or Maypole dance? Keep it down. We don't the riot squad in!
The new May Day via edited by Wisdom Quarterly
Beltane Fire Society celebrate summer, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland (
Sit-ins, demonstrations, May Day strikes, activism, resistance (

May 1st is now International Workers' Day.

It commemorates the struggle of working people throughout the world and is recognized in every country except the U.S., Canada, and South Africa.

But the holiday began in the U.S. in the 1880s with the fight for an 8-hour work day.
In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution that 8 hours would constitute a legal day's work beginning May 1st, 1886.

The resolution called for a general strike to achieve. The legislative route had already failed. Workers were being forced to work 10, 12, and 14 hours a day.

So support for the 8-hour movement grew quickly. But there was indifference and hostility from many union leaders. By April 1886 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement centered in Chicago.
The heart of the movement was organized primarily by the anarchist Int'l Working People's Association. This terrified businesses and the state. As they prepared to put down the movement, it took on an increasingly revolutionary character. 

Police and militia were increased and received weapons financed by local business leaders. Chicago's Commercial Club purchased a very expensive machine gun for the Illinois National Guard to be used against strikers. More 

Workers of the world, awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might
Take the wealth that you are making,
It belongs to you by right.
No one will for bread be crying
We'll have freedom, love, and health
When the grand red flag is flying
In the Workers' Commonwealth. - Joe Hill
More Maypoles
May Day around the Maypole, strong phallic rod, symbol, center of our dance, as streamers gush from up top and girls in their spring best take hold (gemmasjourneyoflove).

May Day became the United States' International Workers' Day (happygourmand)
Will the lowly worker-soldiers rise up? US troops perform Pagan rituals at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Zhari Province, Afghanistan (Ben Gilbert/GlobalPost/
By the Middle Ages every English village had its own Maypole. 

Bringing the Maypole from the woods was a great occasion accompanied by much rejoicing and merrymaking.

Maypoles came in all sizes. And villages would vie with one another to show which could produce the tallest.

Maypoles were usually set up for the day in small towns, but in larger towns and in London they were erected permanently.
Maypole: Beltaine, now May Day, in Europe in the US is Int'l Workers' Day (happygourmand)
The Maypole tradition suffered a setback for decades when the Puritan Long Parliament stopped it in 1644.

However, with the return of the Stuarts, the Maypole reappeared and the festivities of May Day were again enjoyed.

One of the changes brought about by the Reformation was an attempt to do away with practices that were obviously of Pagan origin.
Although they succeeded, the Maypole or May Tree with most of the other associated traditions still survived. In France it merely changed names. Elsewhere, the May Tree became the "Tree of Liberty" and was regarded as the symbol of the French Revolution.

Despite the new name, the celebrants treated the tree like a traditional Maypole. They danced around it the same way as their forefathers and mothers.
Trees are linked to celebrations back as far as ancient New Year rites.

The association of trees came riding on the back of the Spring Festival in ancient Europe.

Trees have always been a symbol of the great vitality and fertility of nature and were used in spring festivals of antiquity.

May Day: first snake's head fritillary's bloom, North Meadow, Cricklade, Wiltshire (dailymail)
Anthropologist E. O. James finds a strong relationship between ancient tree-related traditions of the British and Romans. According to James' description, as a part of May Day celebrations youths in Europe cut down a tree, lopped off most of the branches leaving a few at the top.

They then wrapped it with violets like the figure of the ancient Roman god Attis. At sunrise, they used to take it back to their villages blowing horns and flutes.

Similarly, the sacred pine representing Attis was carried in procession to the temple of Cybele on Rome's Palatine Hill during the Spring Festival of March 22nd.
Roots in America
Christian Puritans in U.S. (
The Puritans in the U.S. frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm as in Great Britain.

But the tradition of celebrating by dancing and singing around the Maypole, decorated with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. 

Children celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole, choosing a May Queen, and hanging May baskets on doorknobs are all leftovers of old European traditions.

May Day US
Our democracy has been hijacked by a handful of uber-wealthy corporations and families. The framers of our constitution envisioned a democracy that was representative of us all.
It now costs millions to get and stay elected. That means representatives are indebted to large donors to fund their elections.
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May Day today at the Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland (

What is World Laughter Day? (video)

Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberdon, Wisdom Quarterly;;

World Laughter Day is a FREE event celebrated in Los Angeles on the first Sunday of May since 2005 at the initiative of Sebastien Gendry, creator of the Laughter Wellness method.

Thich Nhat Hanh (
It started in India in 1998 and now takes place in all the world's major capitals and many other cities.

The aim is to promote intentional laughter with its many healing benefits to raise awareness about the thousands of community laughter clubs around the world.
  • Several listed below are in the Los Angeles area.
Everybody knows laughing and hugging feel good. Few realize how valuable these simple tools can be in improving everyday well-being.

In a gloomy economic climate, we need to lighten up. We need it more than ever. Laughter is an expression of a positive and powerful emotion. It has all the ingredients required for individuals to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful way. More

VegFest Los Angeles, April 30th FREE (video)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The man who wrote Shakespeare (video)

Then who was the author?

The face on the portraits is a mask.
This question attracts everyone from the casually curious to the passionately academic.

Many others who fall along the compelling continuum pose the question about the greatest literary challenge of all time: understanding the author behind Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Courtier poet Edward De Vere -- the 17th Earl of Oxford -- was identified as a candidate in 1918 by J. Thomas Looney.

(It is pronounced low-nee, and jokes serve only to detract from the seriousness of the investigation). Looney was a writer and an English teacher who assembled a profile of the author based on the contents of the body of work.

Further investigation has only augmented and illuminated the case for Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, to the point where he has become the leading candidate for the man behind the pseudonym or pen name.

Adherents to the theory, who are called Oxfordians, are a large and ever-growing group. They find the body of evidence persuasive.

The De Vere Society, founded in 1986, supports and encourages this investigation and conversation in order to reach a better, deeper understanding of the works and the world that supported their creation. More

Trump is better than Clinton. Vote Sanders!

Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly OPINION
Donald Trump is not a Republican. The real danger would be if Speaker Paul Ryan were nominated because all he would do is obey the party in our one-party system, the Capitalist Money Party (RepubloCrats).
GOP will back Clinton and derail Trump.
Trump is not part of the political Establishment. The most important thing is not to nominate or vote for an Establishment candidate. Hillary Clinton is a Democrat, a complete sell-out, liar, criminal, lesbian hypocrite, defender of a serial sexual harasser/drug deal facilitator (Bill) all too happy to attack women and threaten them into silence (just ask insider Roger Stone). 

Clinton is the Establishment who promises more of the same -- more wars, more killing, more drones, more bank fraud, more Wall Street protection, more loss of jobs, more insufficient Romneycare (Pres. Obama, as if he led the third George W. Bush administration, just adopted the Republican/insurance industry plan instead of the single payer plan we all wanted and asked him for), more lies, more hypocrisy, more military-industrial complex bidding... 

Vote Bernie Sanders, Independent
This is why we have to vote for Bernie Sanders ( Sanders is not a Democrat; he is an Independent. Sanders is not part of the Establishment. The Establishment must not win.

And this is why Trump is better than Clinton and why it is so important to nominate and vote for Sanders. Or vote for Jill Stein or Andrew Basiago or anybody other than the one party system Capitalist Money Party.

Wait, what about voting for Ted Cruz? He chose hated candidate and failed businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Ted Cruz has no chance. Former Republican Speaker John Boehner said of Cruz today, "He's Lucifer" and "I've never worked with a more miserable son-of-a-b*tch in my life."

Cruz and John Kasich are tools being used by the GOP to derail Trump so that they don't have to step in and blatantly contravene the will of the people, which they will do. Why? Because Trump is not a Republican and not part of the Establishment.

The nomination process is rigged, elections are rigged (with Bush/Cheney's rigged and unaccountable Diebold machines and Help America Vote Act), and we do not live in a Democracy. We talk about it, we say we do, we pretend, we assume that's what this is, but anyone outside -- and some inside -- can see that this is a capitalist oligarchy. Ask Greg Palast. But we have...

"The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
Investigative Reporter Greg Palast's feature documentary exposing the theft of the 2016 election and the billionaires bankrolling the ballot banditry. Coming Summer 2016.

The surprising history of "Caucasian" (video)

Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; MTV News; FOM
(MTV News, Decoded April 27, 2016) The Surprisingly Racist History of the Term Caucasian

Wisdom Quarterly (OPINION)
MTV NewsFacts presented in a fresh way -- concise, to the point, building up to support the thesis, exquisite! And who knew, right? Actually, readers may know this from a recent post about where the people Europeans enslaved in America came from. 

No, it's not Africa like we're all taught. Slaves came from America! Wow, they enslaved and raped mated with the natives, some of whom were black, all of which were called the "copper colored" races. America was the land of "reds" and "blacks."

Latin-American singer Christina Aguilera
See Dr. Joy DeGruy, who goes much deeper into the social construction of the idea of "white" as one race, which originally kept out the Irish, some of the lightest skinned people on the planet. It's amazing; there was no thinking, "We're all 'white'."

Now everyone in the U.S. and Europe takes it for granted, unless you're Latino/a. Then you can be as "white" as Christina Aguilera or Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, but have a drop of Spanish blood (which is all European and not at all native) or a Spanish surname and you're "brown." 
Latin-American Wonder Woman
Of course, our country suffers from more than just prejudice, racism, and implicit bias. We have colorism or shadism: the darker your skin, the worse treatment you get. 

Who knew MTV (pronounced eMpTyV) was still around or ever doing anything good? We hear they want to bring music videos back, but that's just a rumor. It didn't pay enough the first time. Happy College Signing Day.
A Natural Man in Court
Why was the judge so fearful? Because she understood the archaic language he was speaking as it pertains to laws still on the books the court system has done everything it can to circumvent by tacit agreement as it forces and dupes us into signing away our natural rights. We cannot emphasize the importance and significance of what this man accomplished on camera which the modern legal system wishes no one would ever know about.
Surprising Mainstream Media Items

A guilty pleasure: CATS! "Keanu" (video)

CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly; KinoCheck International
WARNING: Red band version. See clean version here. Official "Keanu" movie trailer with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. In theaters today! Keanu courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Germany a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH

Grumpy Cat, step back. Bye-bye, Hello Kitty. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star as "Clarence and Rell," two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise.

When Rell’s beloved kitten, "Keanu" [with a very special cameo by "Matrix" actor Keanu Reeves], is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline.

But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Alaskan Sphinx and pyramid discovered (video)

Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Linda Moulton Howe (, Coast to Coast 
Earthfiles is reported and edited by Linda Moulton Howe, reported monthly on Coast.
The Alaska Range contains Castner Glacier, Black Rapids, and so on (Frank K./wiki).
Early photo of the Great Sphinx, actually a modified Anubis monument, at Giza, Egypt.
Another Sphinx like this famous one? C'mon!
A "Sphinx" -- like the chimera in Giza, Egypt (which is not lion with a human head but the dog god Anubis with its head replaced by a pharaoh) -- has been found.

It is on Castner Glacier near Black Rapids, Alaska, according to investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe at Could it be connected to the deep underground, power-generating “Dark Pyramid” near Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America, that was previously reported?

The Great Pyramid in Alaska
(Unknown Country via WOMP) Whitley Streiber interviews Linda Moulton Howe about the Dark Pyramid west of Mt. McKinley (Denali, Alaska) twice the size of Egypt's Great Pyramid at Giza.
Click to enlarge this detailed sky photograph of Alaska Range Glacier (Jack French/wiki).
Linda Moulton Howe
As usual readers will assume our government, whether through the military or clandestine agencies, does not know. But some militarized unit knows.

The monument was surrounded by armed, uniformed men with guns who were not regular Army. They had set up a perimeter and were protecting the area, according to an eyewitness she interviewed on Coast to Coast, April 28, 2016. Where is it?
Denali (Mt. McKinley) from the north, Wonder Lake in foreground (Albert Herring/wiki)

“The Sphinx is supposed to be up Castner Glacier four days [from Black Rapids],” she quotes Jared Beeler, a former U.S. Army infantryman from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Alleged large underground “Dark Pyramid” 60 miles west of Denali (Mt. McKinley) is 120 miles southwest of alleged Sphinx seen on Castner Glacier near Black Rapids, Alaska. See archived 2012 Earthfiles “Dark Pyramid” reports beginning here. More + AUDIO at Earthfiles (C2C summary and audio)