Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Ides of March: Health Hazard or Opportunity?

Five centuries after Shakespeare's astrologer counseled Julius Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March!", we still shudder at the thought that March 15th might harbor some hidden hazard.

But it's just another day, albeit one that was part of a convoluted calendar. In ancient Rome, each month had an "ides." In March, May, July and October, the ides fell on the 15th. In the other eight months, however, the ides fell on the 13th.

Maybe Julius meant to follow the advice, but got his months mixed up. Or maybe he just didn't place much store in prophecy.

In recent history, the rock group, The Ides of March had a hit with the upbeat tune, "Vehicle." The lead singer went on to superstardom as the founder of Survivor. Yet the Ides continued to play and record. The group's now been together, with all the original band members, for 40 years.

Mythologically speaking, the ides of March can transport you where you most need to go. If you pay attention and pay your dues, you won't pay the Piper--and you may hit pay dirt.

1 comment:

A_Guy_Curious_About_Blogging said...

Well, I dunno about Caesar, but I've been always a bit wary of anybody who had Brutus in his name ever since I read about the Ides of March. And to think that it is upon us again tomorrow! Boy, shiver me timbers!

Of course, it is a different matter altogether that I never have met a Brutus in my life yet nor a Cassius, and hope never to