Are you ready for a fun Astrology history lesson on this Ides of March?
Here we go: Sometime in early March of 44 B.C., an ancient Roman astrologer named Spurinna predicted the death of Julius Caesar. She told him to "Beware the Ides of March" and that he would be in great danger on this day -- March 15, as "ides" is derived from the Latin meaning "to divide" and falls exactly mid-month.
As the ancient Greek story by Plutarch goes, Caesar ignored Spurinna's advice because a friend convinced him the astrologer's warnings were superstitious foolishness. He even ran into Spurrina on the way to the Theatre of Pompey on March 15 and told her (sarcastically, no doubt) "The Ideas of March are come." She replied, "Yes, they are come, but they are not past."
Shortly afterward, Caesar was stabbed to death in the Theatre of Pompey by the Liberatores of the Roman Senate and elite. (Most historyRead More »from Should You Beware the Ides of March? No!