‘In like a lion, out like a lamb!’ is the sweet little proverb often associated with March.
We began the month with biting cold winds, hazardous black ice and blankets of snow; the fierce roar of winter raged on… and Spring was kept deep below the soil.
The origin of the proverb is to do with astrology.
Leo the lion is the rising sign, the sign in ascendency but by 21st March (to 20th April) Aries, the ram, arrives (lamb sounds better than ram).
March is, can be and may have been a difficult month for some. The month has several associations with erraticism:
‘Mad as a March hare’
and Misfortune ‘beware the Ides of March’ from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar.’
This was spoken by a soothsayer warning Caesar of his portentous downfall.
When Caesar’s frosty reign ended on the 15th, it was nearly Spring.
The 25th March marks the change of clocks, with an extra hour of evening light…longer, lighter days are here to enjoy, providing the weather is kind.
Easter sneaks in at the end of the month too and then on Easter Sunday we awaken to April.
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