Carpe Diem -The Ides of October


Autumn is my non-wordy season.  I’m not sure why but maybe my soul is battening down the hatches before the real cold sets in.  I learned a long time ago that to have an orderly life, one must focus less on time management, and more on managing your energy.   If you know yourself well, you know how long you have before you won’t be able to keep doing what you’re doing.  We sometimes surprise ourselves though – both ways.  I’ve had to go on long after I would have ever thought possible, conversely I have also  run out of all things before I was truly done.  But none of us can handle life totally alone anyway so we help each other.

But I was thinking about the upcoming time change as we remove ourselves from daylight saving time again, and it occurred to me that today is one of those notable days we don’t even know about – October 15 = The Ides of October.  The middle of each month was significant in roman calendar figuring and sacrifice days (ew).  The ides were on the 13th of other months, but in March, May, July, and October it was the 15th. Ides = the middle. Doesn’t seem like it for the 13th does it? But let’s take a very brief tour through the history of calendars:  The ancient Romans tried hard to make a calendar to work, but they kept getting behind and needing to add days or weeks, so in 46 B.C., Julius Ceasar hired a mathematician to help him with one that would try to take into account all the ancient roman holiday days (nones and ides mainly) and yet still be 365 ¼ days long for each year.  Not an easy task.  In fact the calendar seemed to be an object of continual discussion/argument over the years.  Then in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII  got help to reform the Julian calendar officially.  Not surprising then that it is called the Gregorian Calendar.  So while there were a few adjustments made even after that, plus it took a long time to reform the whole world to the Gregorian Calendar, the modified Gregorian calendar is what we use today.  It is evidently, difficult to keep it in line with how the solar systems moves (in fairly regular formation), in addition to keeping Easter tied to the vernal equinox.

Julius Ceasar was murdered on the Ides of March in 44 B.C. but it probably had nothing to do with the calendar thing.  But that did give rise to what was called the “Roman Empire”.   What the senate feared from Julius Ceasar, was tyranny.  What they got after assassinating him, was just that.  They could not salvage the Roman Republic, which was based on the Greek form of governance (and on which the United States government system is based).   So began the Roman “Empire” (insert imperial march a.k.a. darth vaders theme here).   So on that note, I wish you a Happy Ides of October!

Carpe capulus,

Mostly sincerely, ~Pam.

Mostly sincerely, ~Pam.