6–24-08 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, CA poster by David Singer

6/24/08 Moonalice poster by David SingerJune 24 ‚2008 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, California
Moon­al­ice poster by David Singer

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the fes­ti­val of Mid­sum­mer on June 24 resulted from a mis­take. More than a thou­sand years ago, the tribe flirted with sun wor­ship, henges, and the like. They spent gen­er­a­tions wear­ing funny hats and fig­ur­ing out basic astron­omy, before expe­ri­enc­ing an epi­demic of blind­ness. Whether the blind­ness was due to star­ing at the sun or solo forms of enter­tain­ment is not clear, but the tribal elders real­ized that they had to find an alter­na­tive to sun wor­ship. They declared that the sun was too round to be wor­thy of wor­ship, and sug­gested fire as a more suit­able alter­na­tive. Fire’s unique role in tribal hemp cer­e­monies made it a log­i­cal tar­get of wor­ship, and for the most part it was easy on the eyes. The chal­lenge was to per­suade the tribe to switch. The great Chief Jel­li­donut Moon­al­ice came up with a solu­tion, they would con­vert all the sun wor­ship fes­ti­vals to fire fes­ti­vals, start­ing with the Sum­mer Sol­stice. He declared that it would become the fes­ti­val of Mid­sum­mer. Unfor­tu­nately, Chief Jel­li­donut had been blinded by years of solo wor­ship and could find nei­ther the sun in the sky nor the Sol­stice on a cal­en­dar. He waved his arms towards the sky and then pointed at a date he thought might be the Sol­stice. He missed by only three days. The tribe could eas­ily have cor­rected him, but chose not to. There is noth­ing that Moon­al­ice likes bet­ter than a party, and two is always bet­ter than one.

 

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