I looked at the dates for this week and got a little sentimental. Each year in the Greek Orthodox faith October 26 is designated as the feast day of St. Demetrius (James in English). For a little history on Greek tradition, the names days are often celebrated even more than birthdays by elder Greeks, since many of them really don’t have birth dates because many of the records were burned during the invasion of Germany into Greece. And it is very interesting to see how the given names often line up with qualities of their namesakes’ histories. St. Demetrius, was like all saints, a martyr, but also a young and well-trained warrior and, interestingly enough, a myrrh-bearer. He is often pictured as stomping on a Scorpion as St. George is depicted as piercing a dragon.
Myrrh is a very sweet and elegant fragrance that was often presented as a valued gift that healed, acted as a balm and also masked the smell of corpses. In other words, it was very commonly used as part of the ritual of release at funerals. It was said that the relics of myrrh bearers often exuded a sweet and fragrant scent. Lest I divert, the sentimentality mentioned at the beginning of this week was associated with the reference to St. Demetrius, or, James, which was my brother’s name. He died, quite suddenly, in March 1998 (right after a Pisces/Virgo eclipse — similar to the cycle we are in right now, which is perhaps why it seems more timely than usual). He was only 47. And he was fierce and big-hearted and a risk taker and also much tormented. He was someone who when he believed in something took it to the mats, whether it was the right approach or not and that intensity as well as fixity that got him through things also often got him into trouble. This is an innate quality of the Greek make-up or culture.
The above thoughts are a prelude to the date of October 28, which falls on a Wednesday this year. It is called “Oxi” day in Greece and derives from the following story (a full article was written about this in the Galactic Trader Journal by me in June 2015). On October 28, 1940, Prime Minister Metaxas of Greece at that time was presented with an ultimatum on that date. Early in the morning hours of October 28, Benito Mussolini handed a document to Metaxas demanding that Greece lay down their arms and surrender to the Fascists and, ultimately, to Hitler’s Germany. Metaxas knew full well that his small country and the limited population would be compromised considerably with surrender and would suffer tremendous losses and death and destruction if he did not give in.
However, he also knew his people and their tenacity, stubbornness, and ferocity and without blinking an eye, his immediate response was one word, “Oxi”, which means “No” in Greek. What followed over the course of the next several years were brutal losses to the Greek people, but they fought so hard that their strength in defending their country delayed Hitler’s eventual march into Russia — forcing a march into Russia in the dead of winter, which ended Hitler’s Third Reich and was the beginning of the end of World War II. This is a time then and now when decisions often are decided upon whether or not someone wishes to be destroyed by another’s hand or take the responsibility for their own fight and possible destruction.
The point of this story is two pronged: We are in the month of Scorpio, the sign of birth and death, of give me liberty or death, the either/or sign of the zodiac. In addition, the Sun and Neptune, both in water signs, are in alignment with each other and then join up with the Moon in Cancer on October 31 and November 1. Hard decisions are spurred by inspirational and insightful moments encouraging risks even though the risk is high. In addition, the 27th of October gives us a Full Moon in Scorpio and Taurus at the 3rd degree. The earlier degrees of signs are purer manifestations of the sign, and this degree suggests the very same ferocity of purpose, which may be one of the big issues this month and next, requiring major sacrifices for the greater good (see earlier stories this week) and for those we love. (Remember: You get one more as we start Daylight Savings Time at 2 am on Saturday October 31!)