Beware the Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March

As we approach March 15, otherwise known as the Ides of March, we know Spring is in the air. Rabbits and eggs everywhere-fertility, birth, daylight savings. In Ancient Rome, it was the date that debts had to be settled.

The Vernal Equinox approaches approximately March 20. March also represents the god Mars and the element wood. Wood will then be used to stoke the fire of summer.

It’s also the day Julius Caesar was said to have been murdered in the Senate by Brutus and Cassius. Change indeed.

This day is etched into my mind historically, and I quote it (to myself mostly) every year. Beware the Ides of March.

Last year, it meant the last normal day before the lockdowns, the COVID, and many unfortunate events for people across the world. 

This year, I feel the meaning of this date is more subtle and more hopeful. After all, it is the water Ox, yin and less volatile. 

As the flowers begin to bloom, and the baby animals appear, we can collectively hope for a positive turn on the 15th this year…I know I will. 

Learning the Bazi…and 22 Chinese characters

So… my homework; I wrote all of these characters! And I actually know what they mean. Ok, it’s not beautiful, but still!

Learning something completely new is daunting, but for me, this is so fun! I can’t wait for my next class.

What we are looking at here are the 10 stems-the yin and yang characters for 5 elements, and the 12 Zodiac animals.

bazi chart

As we transition into March and Spring, it’s a good time to learn something new or work on a new idea-let your mind grow with the flora.