March—A Lion or a Lamb?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

We’ve all heard March is “In like a lion; out like a lamb.” Where did the saying come from, and what does it mean? Curiosity got the best of me, and I put on my Google hat for a research expedition that explores the month of March.

The Farmers’ Almanac states if March comes in like a lion—roaring with snow, ice, blustery winds, and cold temps—the month will end on a gentle, spring note.

History shows the origin in astrology with Leo as the lion, but I found that hard to comprehend since April 1 is the sign of Aries symbolized by a ram, which is an adult male sheep. I prefer viewing Jesus as a sacrificial lamb.

In my exploration, I read that Jesus came to earth as a lamb but will return as the Lion of Judah. But that’s backward from the myth.

My childhood days were spent in Ohio, and I remember March weather closing school due to snow. I also remember watching nature unfold with budding plants shooting through the earth.

I’m a quotes gal, and the treasure chest of March quotes kept me enthralled. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Charles Dickens
  • “March bustles in on windy feet and sweeps my doorstep and my street.” Susan Reiner
  • “March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.” L.M. Montgomery

As a mother of boys, this quote below made me smile and reminisce when my sons were much younger.

  • “March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes, and a laugh in her voice.”  Hal Borland
  • “Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “I love March as it gives me hope that new beginnings are always beautiful.”  Anamika Mishra 
  • “By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.” Neil Gaiman

What is your favorite part of March? Share with us!