The # below refers to the 1st
of May (May Day) that is celebrated all over the world. This is a pagan &
evil day. I also want to add another prophecy that might fit in with this one
which will be added after the articles. It also has to do with the Wiccans (I
sent you an e-mail & article about the 1st Wiccan church that opened in
Johannesburg in May 2000
- this is a witch church)
Attached Prophecies, articles & photos regarding this day (some pictures may not open - I hope the one I copied does - to show you the pole with the ribbons tied to it):
470 Vision given to Raymond Aguilera on 17 June 1994 at 10:30 AM
Now, I am seeing a tall vertical pole with some ribbons tied to the top of it. There seems to be people walking around the pole counter clockwise holding the ribbon.
What better symbol for MayDay?
Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.
On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavans above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.
One does not simply put up a Maypole at Beltane, the pole must be draped with ribbons and flowers, and it must be danced around. In the past, it was the young children who did the dancing. Long ribbons are attached to the top of the pole, usually in pastel Spring colours. Half the ribbons would be taken up by the boys, and the other half by the girls. The boys then go clockwise around the pole, and the girls move counter-clockwise. Some raise their arms, and others duck under, to weave the ribbons tightly around the pole.
The children did not just run about, willy-nilly. Quite often they would have a rehersed dance so that the ribbons wound round the pole would have a pattern. The better the pattern, the better the harvest would be that fall.
Some villages had a permanent Maypole, but others would erect a new one every year on Beltane eve. Birch was frequently used for the poles, but not excusively.
If you're looking for the perfect decoration for Beltane this year, try putting up a Maypole in your yard. If you have no place outdoors, you could put up a small pole in your home. Be sure to cover it with flowers, ribbons and leaves either way.
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It's Maypole Week 'Round the World
Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,
You sure can tell a lot about a group simply by looking at their Maypole. Some groups are obviously pretty tightly focused and use their Maypole to work some serious magick. All the ribbons are color-coordinated, the same width, the same length (you can tell because all of the 'tails' at the bottom make a nice evenly hemmed tassel) and woven about the pole in a herringbone pattern that is as tight and neat as any found wrapped about the most prestigious Egyptian pharaoh's mummy. They probably held a practice session or two on the 'ins and outs' of Maypole weaving before the main event. One is tempted to take a peek under the layers-many groups build on the same pole from year to year, it being 'bad luck' to unravel the ribbons-to see the process involved in building such perfection. Are there some only semi-successful layers hidden under there? A year when they didn't have it quite as together as they do now? Perhaps that one quirky May when they let just 'anyone' grab a ribbon and run with it? While most Pagans also have an eye for structural beauty, we can't help but feel a bit uneasy when we see a Maypole-the epitome symbol of freedom and Springtide-the-sap-is-rising exuberance- that is executed with such precision and basically wound up just a little too tightly for our tastes.
The Maypole as we know it today is (historically speaking) a relatively new custom. The first literary references to a maypole come from a mid-14th century Welsh poem and a late 14th century poem called, "Chance of the Dice". This poem refers to the 'grete shafte of Corneylle' in London. For it to be mentioned at all demonstrates some wide-spread knowledge of the existence of maypoles, but how much earlier that the custom evolved before this reference was penned is unknown. However, we have our suspicions that many of the recently discovered rings which in ancient times were marked with log poles or beams may be the 'old memory' that sparked the renewed interest in erecting the things as came to be known as 'maypoles'.
Wherever and whenever they came from, Maypoles have been embraced, reviled and then embraced again. In the early American colonies, the more pious Christians banned the practice and at various times in England, the religious authorities there did the same. The weaving of ribbons seems to be a very recent addition as the earlier poles were decorated mostly with flowers and wild garlands ahead of the dancing about that was scheduled to follow. The 'kissing the lad or lass whom you might meet' however seems to have been as popular then as it is now. (Probably another reason that the more repressed factions looked upon it with such disapproval.)
We here at TWV like our Maypoles messy because-well, let's face it-sexuality and life (both elements reflected strongly in the Maypole symbol) can be quite messy as well. Life is full of surprises. Sometimes you find out that your ribbon seems to be shorter than everyone else's ribbons. How one deals with that can be a very interesting lesson. And then there are those times when one or two people want to 'take charge' of a situation. Trouble is, no one ever elected them to take charge of anything. And so there you have one or two people looking in disgust at all this chaos going on around the pole while everyone else seems to be quite happy dancing about with ribbons all going every which (Witch?) way. Messy. Freedom can be so damned messy, can't it? Abandoning oneself to one's bliss implies that one actually is prepared to do that abandonment part.
And that is why our favorite Maypoles are the ones that were woven by all of the adults, teens, old folks and children of the group. Some weavings are high and tight, but just as many are low and bumpy. The wide and wild menagerie of colored ribbons crisscross and overlap one another in mysterious ways. One could stand back and rightly wonder, "Whoa! What happened here?" It is only upon closer inspection that one can actually see what indeed happened there: Everyone wove their own ribbon, everyone did their own part and everyone was welcome to become a part of the whole Maypole package.
The short ends have been tied onto the longer ones. The bumps have been incorporated into the total design. And here and there amongst the lower ribbons, one can see the tiny fingerprint made by a small chocolate-rabbit-covered finger.
So this Beltaine, weave your magick, Pagans! Weave your wonderful, blissful and often messy real life magick. And may your Maypole reflect the power and wonder and diversity of the many and colorful peoples whom we call Pagans.
Photo credit: The forest shot to your upper right was taken this past week at CMA Beltane by Don Waterhawk. See our review just below. The Maypole to your upper left was sent in last year from Susan Lockwood of Rose Hill, Ohio (web: firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks Susan!... NOTE: We are looking for group shots from THIS years Belatane celebrations, if you capture a good one of your group, send it in so that we can share its magick with the community.
May [Labor] Day
NR 04-30-01... May Day is the name popularly associated with the first day of May, which for centuries has been celebrated by European peoples as a day of fresh spring growth, seasonal renewal and fecundity. May Day stands midway between the long, cold nights of winter and the warm days of plenty of summer, with symbolism and ceremony that reflect its pivotal position. Some people believe that May Day celebrations began with the tree worship of the Druids, while others reckon that they stem from the spring festivals of ancient Egypt and India. But in Europe, May Day revelry probably originated from the rites practiced in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of springtime. The festival of Floralia saw Romans go out and collect reappearing spring flowers in Flora's tribute each April.
In medieval times, May Day became the favorite holiday for many English villages. People gathered blooming spring flowers to decorate their homes and joyously danced around a "Maypole" or "Totem", holding the ends of ribbons that streamed from its top. They wove the ribbons around the maypole until it was covered with bright colors. Other European countries had their own May Day customs, some of them associated with courtship. In Germany, for instance, boys secretly planted May pine trees in front of the windows of their sweethearts, while in the Czech Republic boys placed maypoles before their darlings' windows at nighttime. In France, meanwhile, May Day had religious importance. The French considered the month of May sacred to the Virgin Mary and, hence, enshrined young girls as May Queens in their churches. The May Queens also led processions in reverence of the Virgin Mary.
In contemporary America, people celebrate May Day with traditional dancing, singing and flower collecting rituals. Children gather spring flowers, place them in handmade paper baskets and hang those baskets on the doorknobs of the homes of friends and neighbors on May Day morning. Kids also select and crown May Queens, dance around the maypole and sing old May Day songs. Festivals are often held in parks and schools.
May Day is also celebrated in many European countries as a labor holiday comparable to Labor Day in the United States. It is an especially significant date in all the countries pertaining to the former Soviet block. On May Labor Day, government and labor organizations usually sponsor parades, speeches, and other festivities in honor of all working people. Observance of the holiday probably dates back to the celebration of May Day by the first congress (1889) of the Second International, an assembly of socialist and labor parties. In 1889 a congress of world socialist parties held in Paris voted to support the United States labor movement's demands for an eight-hour workday. It chose May 1st, 1890 as a day for demonstrations in favor of the eight-hour workday. Henceforth, May 1st became a holiday called "Labor Day" in many nations of the world.
May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa (THIS IS A HOLIDAY CALLED LABOUR DAY IN SOUTH AFRICA, BUT I DO NOT KNOW ABOUT DANCING AROUND THE MAYPOLES OVER HERE - OWN VIEW). This despite the fact that the holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day.
In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders. By April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement.
The heart of the movement was in Chicago, organized primarily by the anarchist International Working People's Association. Businesses and the state were terrified by the increasingly revolutionary character of the movement and prepared accordingly. The police and militia were increased in size and received new and powerful weapons financed by local business leaders. Chicago's Commercial Club purchased a $2000 machine gun for the Illinois National Guard to be used against strikers. Nevertheless, by May 1st, the movement had already won gains for many Chicago clothing cutters, shoemakers, and packing-house workers. But on May 3, 1886, police fired into a crowd of strikers at the McCormick Reaper Works Factory, killing four and wounding many. Anarchists called for a mass meeting the next day in Haymarket Square to protest the brutality.
The meeting proceeded without incident, and by the time the last speaker was on the platform, the rainy gathering was already breaking up, with only a few hundred people remaining. It was then that 180 cops marched into the square and ordered the meeting to disperse. As the speakers climbed down from the platform, a bomb was thrown at the police, killing one and injuring seventy. Police responded by firing into the crowd, killing one worker and injuring many others.
Although it was never determined who threw the bomb, the incident was used as an excuse to attack the entire Left and labor movement. Police ransacked the homes and offices of suspected radicals, and hundreds were arrested without charge. Anarchists in particular were harassed, and eight of Chicago's most active were charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with the Haymarket bombing. A kangaroo court found all eight guilty, despite a lack of evidence connecting any of them to the bomb-thrower (only one was even present at the meeting, and he was on the speakers' platform), and they were sentenced to die. Albert Parsons, August Spies, Adolf Fischer, and George Engel were hanged on November 11, 1887. Louis Lingg committed suicide in prison, The remaining three were finally pardoned in 1893.
It is not surprising that the state, business leaders, mainstream union officials, and the media would want to hide the true history of May Day, portraying it as a holiday celebrated only in Moscow's Red Square. In its attempt to erase the history and significance of May Day, the United States government declared May 1st to be "Law Day", and gave us instead Labor Day - a holiday devoid of any historical significance other than its importance as a day to swill beer and sit in traffic jams.
Nevertheless, rather than suppressing labor and radical movements, the events of 1886 and the execution of the Chicago anarchists actually mobilized many generations of radicals. Emma Goldman, a young immigrant at the time, later pointed to the Haymarket affair as her political birth. Lucy Parsons, widow of Albert Parsons, called upon the poor to direct their anger toward those responsible - the rich. Instead of disappearing, the anarchist movement only grew in the wake of Haymarket, spawning other radical movements and organizations, including the Industrial Workers of the World.
By covering up the history of May Day, the state, business, mainstream unions and the media have covered up an entire legacy of dissent in this country. They are terrified of what a similarly militant and organized movement could accomplish today, and they suppress the seeds of such organization whenever and wherever they can. As workers, we must recognize and commemorate May Day not only for it's historical significance, but also as a time to organize around issues of vital importance to working-class people today.
As IWW songwriter Joe Hill wrote in one of his most powerful songs:
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549. Prophecy given to Raymond Aguilera on 6 September 1994 at 5:15 PM. in Spanish.
May, the month of May is going to be the day of the Fiesta. The Fiesta of October is going to happen in May. You think, what I am saying is funny? Put it on your calendar. The October Fiesta is going to be in May. All the things of the calendar are gong to change in the manner of the devil. For the calendar that you have now isn't going to be. Yes! The devil is going to change it, with the man that thinks he knows it all. He is going to choose names that he likes. He is going to choose: he is going to change; he is going to fool all the world, with the force of the devil. Don't say that I didn't tell you. This is your Father, the One who knows all, the One who made all, with the Son, with the Holy Spirit, with the things of Heaven.
Yes! It has arrived the day of the calendar, with the date, with the finger of the devil. Here come the dark days, the days of the dead bodies. Yes! It has arrived in May. Yes! May, the month that's going to change its' name. Don't say that I didn't tell you, the things of the days that are coming, with My Prophet Reymundo. This is your Father, the One who made all, with the Son, with the Holy Spirit. Remember here come the dark days in the calendar that you do not know, with the devil that you know very well.