Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Janus - The Roman god of gates & beginnings
By: Stephanie Burkhart
The influence of this Roman god echoes with us today in our modern calendar – the month of January is named after him.
So who was this god and why did the Romans pay him so much respect?
In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of gates, doors, beginning, endings, and time. He's depicted as having two heads – one looking forward, one looking back. The one head looks back at the last year, the other looks forward to the new year.
For Romans, Janus symbolized change and transitions. They worshiped him at major events such as at the beginning of harvest and planting, marriages, deaths, and other important changes.
Also, when you enter into a new place, you start by going through the door. For the Romans, he was the perfect choice to start their calendar.
Many temples were dedicated to him in ancient Rome. His image could be found on many of their gates and coins.
Interestingly, he has no counterpart in Greek mythology.
While we no longer worship how the Romans did, January is still a month were we look back to the previous year, assess our actions, and set new goals for the upcoming year.
May your January set you on a great start for the new year.
Stephanie Burkhart's upcoming release, "The Count's Lair" is a paranormal romance set in Budapest, Hungary in 1901. It will be released 1 FEB 2011 with Desert Breeze Publishing. Her previous novel in the Budapest Moon series is "The Hungarian."
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A member of Generation X, Stephanie was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent 11 years in the military, 7 stationed in Germany. While in the military she earned her B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 1995. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. She now works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. The New England Patriots are still her favorite football team. Stephanie has been married for over 19 years. She has two boys, Andrew, 8, and Joseph, 4.