Hello, Scribelings, Suze here. It’s March 15, and you know what that means (ominous music playing …)
It means it’s the 15th of March! The Ides of March. And I say … big deal. You can’t scare me. You’ve all heard the saying –Beware the Ides of March. Ad nauseum, probably. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar was warned by a fortuneteller about the Ides, and the prophecy came true when Brutus killed him that day. Ever since, people have thought of this day as bad luck.
Well, what you might not know is that every month has an Ides: the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar. Come on. They can’t all be bad, can they? It simply means the halfway point of any month. The Ides of March was actually a day of celebration for the god Mars until Julius Caesar got himself killed that day, and ruined it for everyone.
Is there such a thing as bad luck? Friday the 13th. Black cats crossing your path. Killing a cricket. Walking under a ladder. Opening an umbrella indoors. Personally, I don’t think any of these things, other than maybe killing an innocent cricket, is going to ruin your karma.
But there is one bad luck omen that will wreck your whole day. It’s not well known, so I’m revealing it here as sort of a public service announcement. Never, ever put the plastic lid on your coffee or soda cup so that the opening from which you drink is aligned with the seam of the cup. The opening should be directly opposite the seam. My husband made this one up. We’ve been observing it for so long, though, that it feels real.
Which just goes to show you that the more often something is repeated, the more true it seems to become.
What omens or objects to you consider good (or bad) luck? Do you have a personal talisman?