The indie comedy/drama movie entitled ‘Cyrus’ features comedian Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly. It’s a battle of wills between Hill’s character Cyrus and likeably burnt-out everyman John, played by Reilly. The prize in this battle is the affections, attention and love of Cyrus’ mother, Molly, played by Marisa Tomei. Cyrus is a scarily intense, spoilt man-child who is doted on by his mother and with whom he shares a somewhat unconventional and perhaps overly-intimate relationship. They are best friends, and Cyrus doesn’t appreciate Molly’s new lover John coming between them – and he’ll do anything to scare John away. The hilarious consequences ensue.
Ok, so bare with me. Here’s quote from Wikipedia on the origins of the name ‘Cyrus’:
The name's meaning is far-sighted; throne; sun. Kurus (Old Persian), Kurush (Old Persian), and Kyros (Old Greek) are older forms of Cyrus. The name was borne by Cyrus the Great (-529 BC) who founded the Persian Empire; his mention in the Old Testament of the Bible as the king who freed the Jews has popularized the name among the Puritans.
The name is also suggested elsewhere to have originated from Old Greek, meaning ‘of the lord’. It can be interpreted as being derived from the element 'kyrios' which means lord. Kyros (Old Greek) is supposedly an old form of Cyrus. The name was associated with the Greek 'kyrios' by early Christians.
Ok, so then we have Cyrus’ mother, Molly. It turns out that Molly is a diminutive of Mary.
From Wikipedia, about the name Mary:
The usual meaning given by various sources for the name is the Hebrew מרר m-r-r meaning "bitterness". Other meanings suggested include "rebelliousness" (מרי m-r-y), or "wished for child" or "Our Lady" (ש"ע מריה Sha Mrih) or "beloved lady", referring to the Christian reverence for the Virgin Mary. The website Behind the Name notes that the name could also be a name of Egyptian origin, perhaps from the word elements mry, meaning "beloved" or mr, meaning "love". The name was also considered in the Middle Ages to be connected to the sea and the word mare, as in the term Stella Maris, or "star of the sea," an epithet for the Virgin Mary
In the movie Reilly’s John is an editor; he deals with language, shaping and manipulating the reality of texts. In this sense we could argue he is a gatekeeper figure – or an Archon of the fictional narratives he maintains - resonant with the Book of Revelations supposedly written by John the Apostle. And with regards to another famous John, of the Baptist variety, the Gospels depict him as proclaiming Christ's arrival. In the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke), Jesus is baptized by John.
Koresh? Shades of Waco and another culturally-symbolic figure unwilling to surrender. Is there meaning to be teased or intuited here? What are we sensing beneath the surface?
So...this might be a good time to mention Sirius, a bright star and the subject of numerous posts over on Chris Knowles’ Secret Sun blog. Here’s a quote that mentions O Cyrus and Sirius and their connection:
The most commonly used proper name of this star comes from the Latin Sīrius, from the Ancient Greek Σείριος (Seirios, "glowing" or "scorcher"),although the Greek word itself may have been imported from elsewhere before the Archaic period, one authority suggesting a link with the Egyptian god Osiris.
Now, that’s interesting considering that earlier we saw that the name Cyrus means ‘Lord’, or ‘far-sighted, throne, sun’. Strange connections we’re seeing here.
Backing this resonance up, in Arabic Sirius is known as: الشِّعْرَى (transliteration: aš-ši‘rā or ash-shira; the leader), from which the alternate name Aschere derives. In Sanskrit it's called Mrgavyadha "deer hunter", or Lubdhaka "hunter". Many cultures have attached significance to Sirius, particularly in its connection to dogs. It’s often called the "Dog Star" as the brightest star of Canis Major, the "Great Dog" constellation. Visit Chris Knowles' blog for stunning explorations of the Sirius question.
Update: Making Waves commented on the synchronicity between Molly being a diminutive of Mary, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris), and the actress who plays her being called Marisa - meaning 'of the sea'.
I'm certain that the character names and the actors real names are often factored in to the huge magical working that is movie-making. Also pointed out by Making Waves; the resonance between the most famous J.C. - Jesus Christ, and the actor J.C. Reilly. Interesting in light of the fact that there are those who believe that Jesus took Mary Magdalene as a lover/wife.
Also in light of the fact that that the ancient dying/reborn sun gods often had a consort/queen who was both their mother (or sister) and their lover simultaneously. With regards to Osiris, he is often depticted as being both the son and brother/husband of Isis. An interesting circularity in light of the Mother Mary/Lover Mary resonance we find with Christ.