"Queers and fairies wear green on Thursday" is among
the many words and phrases Judy Grahn explores in her book Another
Mother Tongue, (Beacon Press, 1984).
that in her high school, words like "queer" and "fairy" began entering
her classmates vocabulary around 9th grade. She goes on to tell
that by 10th and 11th grade, "it suddenly became
a known 'fact' that anyone who wore green on a Thursday was automatically
a queer or a fairy." pg. 77
the etymology of this saying, Grahn discovered through the work
of Margaret Murray that there had been a Fairy people who lived
in the British Isles preceding the conquest of Caesar in 58 CE.
These Fairy people were dark skinned and wore green. The Fairies
typically celebrated in ceremonies that included snake dances winding
through town. She also discovered that on Thursdays, they partook
in ceremonies including same sex activity.
to wipe out any forms of indigenous religion, the Romans
slaughtered the Fairy people much as the Spanish later slaughtered
the indigenous tribes of South America. She puts forth the idea that
people began the habit of not wearing green on Thursday,
you be mistaken for one of them." (pg.
can wear green on any day without fear of retribution. And with
this freedom, we can now choose to wear green on Thursday as a way of reminding ourselves
we are and where we've been by
celebrating our queer heritage.
we choose to wear green on Thursdays, we claim to be one with the
Fairy folk who were slaughtered by the Romans. We choose to be one
with every woman who loved women and every man who loved men who
ever lived and was persecuted for their love.
wear green on Thursday we march with the entirety of our queer
heritage; of healers and those who walked between two worlds, of the
witches (wise women) and male and female shamans who healed their
people and brought them spiritual enlightenment. We bring into our
consciousness, and hence into the world, the collective wisdom and
energy of all queer ancestors and carry them with us today.
green on Thursday, we also walk with the millions of those people
who throughout time and placed have been persecuted or killed for
green on Thursdays is not like wearing an AIDS or Breast Cancer
ribbon, for others need not know what the green stands for or why
we wear it. By intentionally wearing green on Thursdays, we walk
as a silent testimony and bring into the world consciousness, a
coming world without persecution, without hunger and poverty and
disease and crime. A world where we men who love men and women who
love women are respected and sought out for our healing gifts. A
world that will be expressed when our spirituality catches up with
our technology and we soar free on the wind.
Osireion partner Teyboti is a mystic living in South Carolina, where
he is currently pursuing studies on the sacred androgyne.
Contact Teyboti at firstname.lastname@example.org