Ides of March: Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared!

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Even if you aren't Julius Caesar, the Ides of March can be scary. Shakespeare famously told us in his play Julius Caesar that Caesar (and all of us, in fact) ought to "beware the Ides of March." And now, we are here on March 15.

But before you start to freak, let's review: The Ides of March is the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. He was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus (he famous asked, "Et tu Brute?" as his traitorous friend murdered him), Gaius Cassius Longinus, and 60 other co-conspirators.

So, yeah, definitely a bad day for old Caesar, but for the rest of us, maybe not so much. Still, some get nervous every March 15. For those of you suffering from this (you superstitious freaks!), here are some ways to turn your luck around:


Get dizzy: Stand up and turn three times in a counterclockwise motion.

Burn, baby, burn: Burn sage around your house to cleanse your home of bad vibes. Burning sage is used across many cultures, most commonly in the Native American culture to cleanse a person, group of people, or space.

Accessorize: Amber either worn as a necklace or a ring or bracelet can protect against illness or cure colds.

Money: Pick up change you find that is heads up. Leave tails up change on the ground.

Bugs: If all else fails, buy a cricket and let it loose! A cricket in the house brings good luck. Also true of frogs. This choice would be TOTALLY NORMAL, too.

Elephants: Pictures of elephants bring good luck, but they must be facing a door. So hang that Dumbo poster in your foyer. People will think you are totally with it!

Horseshoe: Hang a horseshoe in your doorway to have good luck. But hang it tight! Letting it fall on someone's head might bring a lawsuit. That would be bad luck.

Salt: Pour salt over the left shoulder to rid yourself of bad luck! This is also a handy way to explain spilled salt.

Rabbit's foot: Carry one to avoid bad luck. Or don't because it's actually pretty disgusting and inhumane.

So, if you're worried, try these things. Or just stop worrying so much! There are only a few hours left of bad luck and as long as your ambitions don't include world domination and forced toga parties all around, you ought to be just fine (knock wood).

Do you worry about Ides of March?


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