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. 

Beware the Ides of March


Historically, the IDEs of March, or the middle dates as they did not number the days of the month in Ancient Rome, are here.

Historically known as a day of bad fortune (think the murder of Julius Caesar at the Senate), ides of March was originally a deadline to settle debts in ancient times.


It has earned a bad rap, but it’s also a time to get finances in order, finish your taxes, pay off credit cards. 

Use this time during the Ides of March Retrograde to reset, reflect, reestablish your financial picture and plan.