December 27th, The Hermit
December 27th, yes, speaking in Tarot, it is the 9th card of the Major Arcana, The Hermit, who is usually depicted walking with a lantern and a stick; he represents meditation, isolation and quietude. The card also signifies crystallized wisdom and ultimate discipline. The Hermit is a taskmaster who motivates by conscience and guides others on their path. The positive side of this card is stick-to-it-ivness, purpose, profundity and concentration; negative qualities include dogmatism, intolerance, mistrust and discouragement.
In 1904 on this day, the play Peter Pan, by English author James M. Barrie, opens at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. In 1927, Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Communist Party when Joseph Stalin's takes over the government and starts killing off the poets and other liberals. And in 1979 on this day, the communist president Halizullah Amin and his family are murdered by a squad of KGB gunmen. The killing was accompanied by the movement of Soviet troops into the country, beginning a costly war that would last for more than a decade and plunge Afghanistan into more than twenty years of warfare and repression.
December 27, 1692 - Tuesday
The court of general sessions fined Ezekiel Collins L3 for barging into the Gloucester home of William Sargent late one night, and "abusing" both Sargent and his wife. (But the records do not indicate if this altercation had to do with past witch accusations or not.)
The magistrates considered the Salem Village Church's complaint that several Village inhabitants had paid none of their assigned share toward the minister's salary and the upkeep of church property. Others paid only "as little as they pleased," so that most of the rates remained uncollected....
December 27, 1942
The German military begins enlisting Soviet prisoners of war in their World War II battle against Russia, eventually creating a 50,000-man army know as the Russian Liberation division. Tens of thousands eventually ended up turning back against the Germans, then finally surrendering to the Americans rather than to the advancing Soviets when the German cause was lost.
December 27, 1943, Monday evening
In 1938 the Jews of Leipzig were pulled out of their beds at 4:15 a.m. and taken to cncentration camps. The English recently attacked the city at 4:15 a.m., and afterward all the electric clocks were stopped at 4:15.
A married sister of the wife lives there. When the warning came, the couple ran down to the cellar, the bombs started exploding, and most of their house collapsed. They were rescued, but without clothes, even underwear, quite stripped and naked.... Also, a huge cold storage plant was hit. A river of thousands upon thousands of smashed eggs flowed out, likewise a river of melted butter and margarine. Russian prisoners, deployed to fight the fires, had stuffed the fat into their mouths with their hands until they were sick. Soldiers had fallen upon stores of wine, knocked the necks off bottles against the nearest wall, and gulped down the contents...Whole streets have been flattened. The number of dead....