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January is often considered the month for deep reflection. We look back at the year behind us, bemoaning our regrets and celebrating our successes. And then, we look forward to the future year. We make well-meaning resolutions and hope for the best.
So, in the way, we’re all a little bit like Janus, the Roman god for which January is named. Janus is usually depicted with having two heads, that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the new and uncertain year ahead.
The god Saturn bestowed upon Janus this ability to see into the future and past. His name comes from the Latin word ianus which means ” door”. Janus is the god of doors, gates, doorways, bridges, and passageways, all of which symbolize begining and ends.