Janus And January

The ancients named the month of January after the god Janus. This god is depicted with 2 faces looking in opposite directions…one face looks back at the year departed and the other looks to the uncertain future year ahead.

They believed that the god Saturn gave him the ability to look in the past and the future. His name comes from the Latin word “ianua” which means “door”, he was considered the god of doors, gates, doorways, bridges, and passageways…all symbolize new beginnings and endings. The New Year was put January 1 because of the deep reflection from the previous year’s failures and successes to the new start of a brand new year. The 2 faced image of Janus is also a representation of the time of our youth to adulthood.

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