Beware the Ides of March


A word of warning to those who believe in lucky numbers, auspicious colors and star-crossed dates: Beware. The Ides of March are upon us.

Only those familiar with history or William Shakespeare’s play "Julius Caesar” may recognize the reference to March 15, the day of Caesar’s assassination in 44 B.C.  He was unlucky enough to  get stabbed 23 times by Brutus and his cohorts. 

But the 15th of March wasn’t always so dark and ominous. The Roman calendar simply designated monthly Ides, or midpoint days, that fell either on the 13th or 15th day, depending on the month.

After Caesar’s untimely exit, superstitious Romans well may have avoided launching a business, marriage or other important venture on a date so cloaked in doom it eventually entered the lexicon as a metaphor for impending catastrophe.

That seems like a good reason to stay in bed today, with a good book, and put off until tomorrow what you don’t want to deal with to today.

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