Beware the Ides of March

not exactly.

not exactly.

Beware of the Ides of March is a phrase that originated in ancient Rome and still permeates our pop culture today. But what exactly is the Ides of March? The Ides of March is actually March 15th and is historically recognized as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. You know (or should know) that whole story. Et tu Brute?

The phrase “Beware of the Ides of March” comes from none other than good ole William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, in which an oracle warned Caesar about the impending doom of that day. Luckily most of us will never have to worry about that kind of Regina George behavior from our BFF, but the saying is a historical nod to watch out for any shade throwing that might be coming our way. “Watch out for a major betrayal perpetrated by someone close to you,” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

To prepare for the Ides of March in 2014 it may be a good idea to prep like you would for Mercury in Retrograde. Don’t pretend like I’m the only one that does that. Make sure that all of your personal information is backed up and property (both physical and intellectual) is protected. It’s a good time to hold your tongue just to be sure that nothing you say can or will be used against you. Lay low and keep all of your ducks in a row. And remember it’s just one day. If you make it to March 16th consider yourself safe.

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