A New Hope


My wish for everyone is a peaceful New Year. My hope for us all is that we can find new ways to eliminate suffering and oppression.

If we worshiped Roman Gods, we would be celebrating and making tribute to Janus – He is the god that we get the ‘January’ from. He is double-headed and looks both forward and backward, so it’s not surprising to see that he was worshiped for beginnings and endings, boundaries, and social markers.

Statue of Janus at the Vatican

“Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings, and hence represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. He was worshipped at the beginning of the harvest time, planting, marriage, birth, and other types of beginnings, especially the beginnings of important events in a person’s life. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing-up of young people.” “Janus.” Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online. <http://www.pantheon.org/articles/j/janus.html[Accessed December 30, 2012].

I’m not saying we should worship Janus (I would never be so bold as to tell you to worship anything), but we can look at the use this figure must have had on their society. They had a god dedicated to beginning new things! Can we not celebrate a new beginning also? Of course!

We can get caught up in a horrible ennui (tedium – boredom – weariness – bore – dullness) if we don’t recognize significant beginnings.

“From the end spring new beginnings.” – Pliny the Elder

I know that the cynic in us says that ‘New Year’s’ is just a day on the calendar, but it is significant in that just about everyone in our world see this moment as a great end and a spectacular beginning – the beginning is almost always inflated terrifically with hope! And hope is always an amazing thing (sometimes it is all we have)

So I wish hope for us all too.

Happy New Year!


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