January means ‘Janus’s month’ and became the first month of the year in circa 700BC when Numa Pompilius, a Roman King, added it and February to the calendar. Numa also moved the start of the year from March to January.
Janus is the Roman god of beginnings and endings, he is also the god of gateways, gates, doors and doorways. The word ‘janitor’ is derived from Janus.
The Saxons called the month ‘Wulf-monath’ meaning wolf month.
Events in January
- Coptic Christmas
Born in January?
Flower: Snowdrop (or a carnation)
Tropical Zodiac: Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Sidereal Zodiac: Sagittarius (December 16 to January 14) and Capricorn (January 15 to February 12)
In Pure Spirit
What does the month of January mean to you?