As the year draws to a close and we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, there's a unique energy that surrounds us—an energy that calls us to reflect on the past and envision the future. For me, these contemplative moments happen not only at the start of the year in January but also during the celebration of my birthday. I tend to see my birthday as my personal new year! These occasions serve as powerful checkpoints for me, urging me to consciously shape the next 3, 6, or 12 months of my life.
January is the month of fresh starts and renewal. It holds a special significance in this journey of introspection. It’s a time when we consciously set intentions for the year ahead—a time to release the old and make room for the new. Interestingly, the very name "January" finds its roots in the ancient deity Janus.
Janus is depicted with two faces. This symbolises the duality of this transitional period. One face gazes into the past, offering perspective, while the other looks forward with hope and anticipation. It's a perfect metaphor for the juncture between the end of one year and the beginning of the next—a time when we simultaneously reflect on what has been and aspire towards what could be.
Let’s dive deeper into the symbolism. Janus presides over duality. We can interpret duality in various ways: as opposites like beginnings and endings, good and bad, dark and light, or you could view it as a harmonious transition where one complements the other. Where endings pave the way for new beginnings, we cannot see the stars shine without the darkness, and our growth is often illuminated by overcoming adversity.
Janus is also known to be a guardian of openings and gateways, which opens up opportunities for us.
In mythology and legend, Janus is often associated with the Akashic records, which suggests an all-encompassing awareness of our past and an insight into the multitude of futures that lie ahead.
Many of us tend to clean the slate and create new year's resolutions in January. This makes sense, and working with the energies of January aligns us with the ability to discern and take daily actions to activate our highest potential.
As we stand on the threshold between what was and what will be, I invite you to embrace the Janus energy. Reflect on the lessons of the past, envision the possibilities of the future, and step into the new year with intention, hope, and a commitment to taking action to create a life where you are living to your highest potential. After all, Janus has unlocked the doors to a transformation; you only have to walk through them and become the version of yourself that you want to become.
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