Busy this morning but I wanted to get this up … May Day is a big one, as far as I’m concerned. As Occupy Chicago’s #M1GS* takes place in the Chicago Loop, today’s (very late) First Cup of Coffee is one part history and another part creepy.
In it’s pre-modern form, May Day finds its origins in the Druidic paleo-Irish Bealtine holy day. On this solemn day – the Day of Baal’s Fire, as it was known – the anxieties of the shepherds ran high. It was a supernatural date nestled within the superstitious pagan calendar – a day defined by witchcraft, harms befalling cattle and kin, and bad luck of all flavors. After waking to the augural sound of a helicopter hovering over my Chicago apartment at 7AM, I’d guess the ominous feeling I have this morning is historically apt. Anecdotally replace witches and hobgoblins with complex financial derivatives and Rahm’s armor-clad Chicago PD and let the somber Bealtine observations begin.
*I missed the event due to a job interview.