Friday, June 13, 2008

ides of june

not only is it friday the 13th, an auspicious day on any witch's calendar, but it's also the ides of june. i know this because long ago, when i was 13, i memorized a handy little bit of doggerel i found in a gothic romance novel by victoria holt. it goes:

march, july, october, may
the ides fall on the fifteenth day;
the nones, the seventh; all other months besides
have two days less for nones and ides.

the ides of the month - which signified nothing more portentous to the romans than a way to manage time - as far as i can tell, got a bad rap when julius caesar had the misfortune to get assassinated on the ides of march. the moon is nearly full. and experience has shown me it is better never to be complacent when such potent eneriges blend.

and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.

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