On This Day – March 15th

A man of legend, Julius Ceasar, was stabbed on this day. The warning given to him by a soothsayer, “Beware the Ides of March”, still living on to this day. Ceasar was “Dictator for life” of the Roman empire when his hubris became too much for the senators of Rome. A plot was hatched and his protege, Marcus Brutus, was enlisted. When Ceasar entered the meeting hall that fateful day, he was accosted by some 60 senators wielding daggers. His story is told over and over, famously by Shakespeare in his play bearing the emperor’s name. I encourage everyone to beware the Ides of March today, though hopefully you don’t have 60 angry men with daggers calling for your death.

While it is unfortunate Ceaser died on this day, another event of more significance to me also happened on this day, just some 2000 years later.

In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened in theaters to a resounding success. Coppola had collaborated with the author, Mario Puzo, to create a movie portraying the times and life of Italian Americans, rather than focusing on the criminal and sometimes bloody aspect. Marlon Brando, who had become moody on set and seeing a decline in his Hollywood credit, gave a stellar performance as the patriarch of the Corleone family, Vito. His portrayal earned him a Best Actor award, which he declined to accept. Other greats turned out great performances such as Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. The Godfather remains one of my all time favorite movies. The sequel, especially with its scenes of old Italy and Vito’s young life, was also a huge success in my mind as well as commercially.

I think I am going to have to go watch the movie now. It is 3 hours well spent. So go make life an offer it cannot refuse today my Gentle Readers. Until next time. Live well, write well, be well.


Spell a Day – March 1st 2016

Month Number 3 begins my Gentle Readers. March, the start of the year according to older calendars was a month of change and transition. Poor Julius Caesar had a bad day on the 15th, the infamous “Ides of March”. Some calendars used to also hint that the last three days of the month actually belonged to April. Perhaps Mars, who the month is named for, thought they were his in the spoils of some war.

This is the month of Ostara for earth based faiths. Time to glorify the Lady and welcome in Spring with colored eggs, symbols of rabbits, and much revelry. Personally, I am looking forward to Cadbury creme eggs. My favorite Easter candy.
MMMMM, creme eggs. *drooling*

March 1st is also National Pig Day in the United States. A couple of sisters founded this day in 1972 to celebrate “man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” I don’t know about that, but I do know that
Thanks Jayne Rockmill

I am not saying that we shouldn’t celebrate the Pig. I am just going to do it with bacon on my cheeseburger.

Also, I think this will be the last Official Spell a Day post. I have looked ahead and there is a lot of repetition in themes. There are only so many times I want to comment on cutting ties or prosperity/wealth spells. So while I may still refer to the Spell a Day, I am going to start calling these On this day posts and expand upon other events of the day. Births, deaths, events, traditions. All sorts of fun stuff. Until next time my Gentle Readers.