31 December 2012

Welcoming in 2013

January will shortly be here and the month is named after the Roman God Janus.  Janus is an ancient Roman, composite, obscure god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. He is usually a two-faced god that looks to the future and the past.  The explanation for this belief being that one must emerge through a door or gate in order to enter into a new place. Therefore, the Romans considered Janus as the obvious choice for the first month of their year.

The ancient Romans called this month Ianuarius, which is not so far removed from the modern-day "January," taken from the Etruscan word jauna which means "door". Originally, however, Janus was honored on the first day of every month, in addition to being worshipped at the beginning of planting season and again at the harvest.

Father Janus, to You I pray with good prayers, offering You this pile
of cakes, so that You might willing be favorable to me and my
children, to my home and household.
Father Janus, for the same reasons given in the good prayers I prayed
while offering You piled cakes, may You accept and be honor by this
portion of wine I pour.
(Cato De Agricultura 134)
New Year’s is often noted as a time when we hope that life will be a bit better. Many people will make resolutions in the hope you may become be a bit more disciplined, or that get rid of some bad habits. Other resolutions can include being more compassionate, tolerant or charitable towards others, especially those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
I personally do not make new year's resolutions - I prefer to work wih the waxing and waning phases of the moon as well as the year when it comes to removing obstacles or bringing fortune into my life.  However, many people do and in particular focus on changing aspects of themselves which they believe are negative (usually through the eyes of a third person).  When these resolutions fail before first month is out, and people revert back to the same "negative" habits that they had before, there is also an added trait - that of failure.  In the words of Aisha Elderwyn, "This year, I challenge you to a new resolution.  I challenge you to just be yourself." And in doing so, accept the wonderful being that you are. 

The year 2013 looks promising (as does every new year).  The numbers add up to "6", that being the number of  union, integration, balance, nurturing, and also being of service to others.  The number "6" also relates to selfishness, being submissive (pleasing everyone) and even weak-willed (not voicing an opinion because you don't want to "upset" anyone).  On the Qabalistic Tree of Life the sixth sephiroth is that of Tiphareth, the centre, the "golden sun".  Located at the heart of the tree (as well as the heart of our selves), Tiphareth is connected with spirituality and consciousness, integration, beauty, balance and compassion.  The energies are therefore there for anyone wanting to embrace and balance them within their own lives.

After an extremely busy, not to mention rather exciting year, both with the Temple of the Dark Moon as well as personally (especially with my writing), this new year is looking equally as busy and exciting for me.  As such, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and members of the Temple as well as readers and subscribers to my blog, all the best for the new year.

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