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Happy St. Maewyn’s Day, everybody!










DID YOU KNOW that according to Irish legend, St. Patrick’s birth name was really Maewyn Succat? Catchy, huh? Saint Patrick changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. If he were alive today, how many handles would he have on Twitter?

DID YOU KNOW that we should really wear BLUE on St. Patrick’s Day? His color of choice was a light shade of blue. Green didn’t become linked to the holiday until the Irish Independence day movement in the late 18th century.

DID YOU KNOW that St Patrick was British? His claim to fame came from introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, but he wasn’t Irish. He was the son of Roman parents from Scotland or Wales.

Happy St. Maewyn’s Day, everybody!

DID YOU KNOW that according to Irish legend, St. Patrick’s birth name was really Maewyn Succat? Catchy, huh? Saint Patrick changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. If he were alive today, how many handles would he have on Twitter?

WHO CELEBRATES ST PATRICK”S DAY MORE SERIOUSLY? This is harder to quantify. Of course the Irish celebrate in a huge way by making it a national holiday. New Yorkers have a HUGE parade, one of the largest parades ever since the mid 1700s, but this parade to this day does not allow floats, cars, or other modern conveyances. But Chicago won’t be denied. They dump vivid green dye into the Chicago River, since 1962, and it takes 40 tons of dye.

DID YOU KNOW St. Patty’s was strictly a religious holiday in Ireland for most of the 20th century and the nation’s pubs were closed to celebrate? The one exception for alcohol was the national dog show held on the same day. In 1970, the day was made a national holiday and the beer flowed. Yes, that day, the holiday went to the dogs.

WHAT”S UP WITH THE SHAMROCKS? According to legend, the saint used the 3-leafed clover to describe the Holy Trinity. There’s nothing like a visual.

DID YOU KNOW St. Patrick was the Pied Piper of Snakes? The Irish might be full of blarney on this one. St. Patrick gets credit for driving all snakes out of Ireland, but scientists and fossil records claim Ireland has never been a refuge for snakes. It’s too damned cold and the surrounding seas make a natural barrier. Unless snakes come in on a plane, those slithering varmints are banished.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE NO FEMALE LEPRECHAUNS? Whaddup with that? In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no lady wee people, or snappy dressed little guys for that matter.

DID YOU KNOW that the phrase “Erin go Bragh” is NOT the correct pronunciation? It should be “Éirinn go Brách” which means “Ireland Forever.” So get it right, people.

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Your Horror-scope for St. Patrick’s Day Week

The week begins with the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Of course, they will include barrels of green beer, parades, green food, green clothing, and green faces laced with hangovers.

They say everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. A little Irish? I guess that means we all can be lephracons. Hey, where’s my Pot o’ Gold?

The planets in the Celestial sphere are aligned just right to make St. Pat’s Day, and the rest of the week a memorable one.

Relax and enjoy this week’s predictions.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Aries… Mars is busy cleaning up for a St. Patrick’s Day picnic for all the other planets. Be cautious at meal time this week. You may find a lephracon swimming in your soup.

Taurus…The moon is trying hard to get out of the Earth’s shadow at the moment. You too can become legendary in Ireland. Just round up some snakes (non-poisonous) and drive them to the sea. First, make sure you put the snakes in the trunk, and don’t forget your driver’s license.

Gemini… Mercury rules your sign this week. He’s a benevolent ruler, and a little mercurial at times. This week, be wary of that pain in your back. You may be passing a Blarney Stone.

Cancer…Venus is making a new outfit for the party Mars is having. Your costume idea for the St. Patrick’s Day party is unique. Who would imagine anyone dressed as corned beef and cabbage.

Leo…Neptune is rehearsing the song, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, for the party. You should know when Irish eyes are smiling they are probably up to something.

Virgo… Saturn hasn’t found a baby sitter and is worried about attending the party. Don’t open any emails from Ireland this week. They could be sent by a Lephra-Con-Artist.

Libra…Pluto is green with jealousy because, not being an official planet, it can’t attend the party Mars is hosting. Keeping that in mind, don’t bother looking for a lephracon and his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s been confiscated by the U.S. Government to cover its debt.

Scorpio…The Earth is shadowing most of the moon now. You will be the hit of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when you appear as a large float based on The Dennis Miller Show.

Sagittarius… Jupiter is busy teaching its moons Irish dancing. Your idea for a theme park based on green beer will only be appreciated on March 17th.

Capricorn…Mars is anxiously awaiting the arrival of party guests. (See Aries). You will be green with envy when your best friend elopes with a lephracon.

Aquarius…Venus rules your sign this week. She is planning to launch a new tax. You may be wrong in your thinking. Your green grocer isn’t necessarily Irish.

Pisces…Neptune is on the cusp now. Your interests this week should center on bold blogging, lephracons logging, and Irish Clogging.

And remember what Weird Al says about astrology in his song, “Your Horoscope For Today”:

“Now you may find it inconceivable or at the very least a bit unlikely that the relative position of the planets and the stars could have a special deep significance or meaning that exclusively applies to only you, but let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions are all based on solid, scientific, documented evidence, so you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize that every single one of them is absolutely true.”

Copyright 2013, Ronald J. Yarosh. All rights reserved.

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