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January The Door Editorial by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

THE DOOR THUMBNAILJanuary, is “The Door To The Year.”


Thank you Roman King Numa Pompilius !


The story goes that the semi-mythical successor to Romulus of Rome added the months of January and February to the Roman front of,March and by doing so created a calendar that equaled a standard lunar year of 354 days.


The ancient Romans and Greeks were some smart humans. They didn’t always understand the physical world going on around them, but, they always tried.


When the scientific and physical laws of their lives were above the understanding of their gray matter, they simply wrote the science off as a quirk of their Gods and Goddesses.


Couch Potato Gods


The ancient Roman and Greek Gods and Goddesses weren’t “couch potato” Gods like the Muslim Allah, Jewish Yehovah and the Christian God and the Protestant God sitting on a sofa watching humanity’s lives as “soap operas” on the wide screen TV of the Universe.


The Pagan Gods and Goddesses were on the ground, in country and usually, in your face, messing with and trying to change or add to your life. They were “hands on” Gods and Goddesses.


The Ancient Roman Soap Opera Of Gods And Goddesses raises the curtain on Janus, who scholars argue and debate over His importance.



Doorman Of Heaven


Janus is “The God Of Doorways.”


Basically, Janus is The Ultimate United States Marine Corps Embassy Guard Of The Gods.

Janus stood at the doorway of Heaven and you didn’t get through the door without going through Janus first.


Now, some scholars want to consider him a “King Of The Gods” entity, while others simply recognize him as “The Doorman.”


The importance is the concept of “Beginnings and Transitions.” Janus provided a starting point and reminded people that daily tasks transition and change along the way to reach a point of completion.


The significance of Janus is obviously the Romans believed that you had to get through Janus to reach the rest of the Gods.


In The Real World of the 21st Century, Janus would be either “the proverbial middle man” or the “personal assistant”, who keeps “The Boss’” schedule.


Janus would make sure the man or woman in charge doesn’t waste their day on trivial tasks and appointments.


Janus is a “Two Face God.”


He had one face that looked into the past and one that looked into the future. The glitch, of course, is his body was in the present and he had no face to see into the present.


Nonetheless, the Romans had an entity and a concept that allowed them to deal with “beginnings” and “transitions.”



Businessman Reservist


They even decided that Janus could be a businessman and a reservist. The key symbol signified commerce and trade, while the long stick or staff was a symbol of military readiness.


Since the Romans equated Janus to naval matters, they basically made him a Navy veteran, who looked out for ships and sailors.


As “The God Of Doorways, Gates, Bridges and Roadways,” Janus was a Corps Of Engineers’ God, a Red Horse God, and a Navy Seabees God, whose duties extended into the Real World of the daily Romans.  They believed Janus looked after the commerce coming into and out of Rome.


Janus kept an eye out for Rome’s neighbors who had a more militant idea of commerce, in terms of conquest. Thus, Janus made time to do his Department Of Homeland Security duties to prevent threats to Rome.


After Hours


Being a male god, of course, Janus had his relationships with mortal women, nymphs and goddesses.

Naturally, Janus fathered, sired and procreated his own mythological generations of descendants.


Ever notice how none of the pagan gods and goddesses never did the silly celibate and abstention routine ?


Pagan Gods and Goddesses did their Nine To Five routine, but, they made time to get out of the office and party down.


The Pagan Gods And Goddesses were not the types, who would “blow off vacation time” to finish a project. They would figure out a way to complete the project and still enjoy their lives.




At one point in Rome, Janus was considered “The Initiator Of Human Life,” which meant that basically Janus had to “sign off” on procreation before it could occur.


In essence, Janus was considered “The Holy Ghost” or “The Holy Spirit”.


Through The Doorway


Time, movement and the year are all concepts associated with Janus, as well as, the indications that people identified at different times Janus with the sun and the moon,


The Romans would name January, in honor of, Janus. Thus, stepping through “The Doorway Into The Year,” obviously, was a process that the ancient Romans knew would set the tone for the rest of the year.


The fact that the Romans took the time to decide on the rites and procedures to be observed in requesting the blessings of Janus, meant they understood it was important not to overlook the slightest detail in beginning a new project.


While 21st Century citizens might not worship Janus, the dedication and effort that the ancient Romans put into getting everything in order to begin a new year or a new project is a reminder to modern day citizens to do your homework before you sit out on a new project.


When you turn the doorknob, to open the door, make sure you are ready to step through the door before you take the step over the threshold.


Best Wishes For A Strategic January






January Wikipedia


Janus Wikipedia


List Of Roman Deities Wikipedia

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