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You Don’t Have To Beware the Ides of March

There’s an old saying which goes “Beware the ides of March.” The phrase refers to the date March 15th and hints at a stroke of bad luck or a bad omen, but the full meaning is something that is slowly being lost to history. What is “Ides” and what does it mean? Why should we feel fear?

The “Ides” is a day which comes around each month in the Roman calendar. The Romans didn’t count numbered days. They grouped days and there were named days at specific intervals. The month began with the Kalends, then seven days later there was the Nones. Day 15 of a 31 day month was the Ides. In shorter months, the Ides would move forward slightly.

Why Beware the Ides?

The saying “Beware the Ides of March” comes from Shakespeare. A fortune teller warned Ceaser with those very words in the Shakespearean play “Julius Ceasar.” The Ides of March was the day that Ceasar was assassinated, and the play, like so many other works of Shakespeare, has become such an important work that certain parts of it are repeated in popular culture even now, hundreds of years later.

person holding a clover Do You Believe in Luck?

Luck and omens are strange things. Many cultures have rituals and superstitions. Some based on religion, some based on literature, habit, or old wives’ tales. Many bad things have happened on March 15th, but many bad things have happened on every day of the year. Human history spans thousands of years and we could make superstitions about almost anything.

If you’re feeling stressed at this time of year (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) then maybe it’s time to find take a break, relax, and unwind. Whether you’re struggling with exams and essays, work, or relationships, sometimes simply taking a moment to slow down and look after yourself can be invaluable.

Caesar was a Roman leader who was a champion of the masses. He worked tirelessly for reform and was blind to the plans of the conspirators. The fortune teller’s warning foreshadowed what may happen to him. We can learn from that, and find ways to step back and think, relax, and find our zen.

Take Care of Yourself with Zen

To help ward off any bad luck or superstitious thoughts, consider taking some time for yourself. Whether that’s going to a yoga class, taking a moment to soak in a bubble bath, or enjoying aromatherapy, there are many things you can do to help yourself feel better.

Frankincense can help to boost your immune response and reduce inflammation, while ylang-ylang has been found to have a powerful calming effect, helping to reduce breathing rate and blood pressure, lowering stress and anxiety, and even potentially helping with depression. 1 , 2

Aromatherapy has the potential to help with many issues and has many benefits. 3 It may not ward off bad luck, but it can help you perform your best so you can make your own good luck. At any time of the year.

Photo credits: AnnetteShaff/, TatevosianYana/

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