Are you ready for a fun Astrology history lesson on this Ides of March?
Here we go: Sometime in early March of 44 B.C., an ancient Roman astrologer named Spurinna predicted the death of Julius Caesar. She told him to “Beware the Ides of March” and that he would be in great danger on this day -- March 15, as “ides” is derived from the Latin meaning “to divide” and falls exactly mid-month.
As the ancient Greek story by Plutarch goes, Caesar ignored Spurinna’s advice because a friend convinced him the astrologer’s warnings were superstitious foolishness. He even ran into Spurrina on the way to the Theatre of Pompey on March 15 and told her (sarcastically, no doubt) “The Ideas of March are come.” She replied, “Yes, they are come, but they are not past."
Shortly afterward, Caesar was stabbed to death in the Theatre of Pompey by the Liberatores of the Roman Senate and elite. (Most history books would agree he kind of had it coming, by the way. ) Later, the line “Beware the Ides of March” was made infamous in Shakespeare’s Julias Casesar play, and we often hear it bandied about on March 15.
To us here at DH, we like to think of the Ides of March as a great opportunity to reflect on what can happen if you don’t take your astrologer seriously. Ha ha. Ok, we’re just kidding -- kind of.
But really, the history of the day is fascinating and fun to look at from an astrological perspective. When people today say “Beware the Ides of March,” it’s a warning to watch your back whether it’s intended seriously or not.
Of course, the Astrology of March 15 will change each year as the planets form different aspects, but we do want to assure you that the horoscope for the Ides of March in 2013 is more about chilling out than it is about betrayal or backstabbing.
So you see? There’s no reason to fear March 15 or “Beware the Ides of March.”
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