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By those who in this month were born,
No gems save garnets should be worn;
They will insure them constancy,
True friendship and felicity

January 2018

January Jewels
January is named for the Roman God Janus (from the pre-Roman Goddess Juno), who has two faces and looks into the past and the future at the same time. This is appropriate for January as it marks the beginning of the new year, yet contains elements of the year that has gone before. The essence of this month is of new possibilities constrained by that which took place in the year that is passing.
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." ~ H. Borland

In Celtic tradition, the sacred colors of this month are white and red, the tree is the Birch and the Universal Event is the Inception of the New Year. With the Full Moon Aspect known as the "Cold Moon," January activities are directed toward new goals for the year: prosperity, health and finding focus. As there are two Full Moons in January 2018, the first is called the "Wolf Moon", while the second (Cold Moon) is also a Blue Moon.

The flowers of January are the red carnation and the snowdrops, with the garnet as the gemstone. The word "garnet" comes the the Latin "granatus," meaning "grain" because of its close resemblance to the red jewel-like pomegranate seed. From ancient time, the stone has had some significance and is not one stone with a single colour, but it is many stones with different colors ranging from deep red, to raspberry, grape and even a beautiful mint green called tsavorite garnet.

"The Snowdrop, Winter's timid child
Awakes to life, bedew'd with tears."
~Mary Robinson

January Holidays & Messages
January 1st, New Year's Day was sacred to the Greek pair Zeus and Hera and the Roman Jupiter and Juno; also a day of offering to the Roman Fors Fortuna in order that the new year be beneficial to all. January 2nd is the Nativity of Our Lady Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess who is Princess of the Earth and Queen of Heaven. January 3rd, known as the Kalends of January is marked with the rhyhme:
"If January Kalends be summerly gay,
'Twill be wintry, weather till the
Kalends of May."

January 5th, is Kore's Day (Greek), hailing the Divine Maiden, Lady of the fresh fields of wheat and barley. Throughout the Mediterranean and the Near East women adorned her statue with jewels and flowers, carrying it around their homes seven times for protection from evil. January 6th is the Feast of Kore and also the Twelfth Night of legends and fairy tales. Also on this date, the Celts celebrated the Triple Goddess of Fate, the Weavers of Tales and Destinies: The Morrigan.

  "Diana in the leavës green, Luna that so bright doth sheen, Persephone in Hell."
oJohn Skelton c.1460-1529 described the Triple Goddess in her three realms of earth, sky and underworld

In Italy January 6th is Befana Day, when the good fairy flies around the countryside bringing blessings to all. January 8th, is the Roman Justicia's Day, where for those who wore her purple mantle and lied under oath, the Goddess would strike them down.

January 8th and 9th, were also known in Europe as Carnival, or Fasching, a merry time prior to Lent. In Venice masked celebrants carrying lighted candles flirt and throw flowers at those whose eye they wish to catch. January 11th-15th was known as Carmentalia, the Roman holiday to honor she who brings in new generations. A type of Roman extended "Mother's Day", this was a time to focus and honor mothers and their families.

The Roman festival of Compitalia was held on January 12th, and celebrated house hold gods. The day is sacred to the Chief Goddess of Olde England, Frigg, whose followers were called "Freefolk." January 13th, or the Ides of January falls twenty days after Yule and is still observed in Britain with wassailing, paying homage to the apple tree. January 16th, was a day reserved for Concordia, the Roman Goddess of Harmony and Goodwill.

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~ Joseph Campbell

January 20, is traditionally known as St. Agnes Day, a time for dividination by fire. On January 21st, the Sun enters Aquarius, the sign of the Transformer, the Revolutionary who brings love for the future. This is the day to question authority and rail against lies. January 22, marks the Christianized St. Vincent's Day, swapped out for the Sun God Apollo, laying down the weather marker:

Remember on St. Vincent's Day
If that the sun his beams display
Be sure to mark his transient beam,
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For 'tis a token bright and clear,
Of properouw weather all the year.

January 23 marks the beginning of the Goddess month of Bridhe, shown with a symbol of her protection:

January 24, commenorated St. Paul's Eve, Cornish Tinners' and Seafarers Day, also known as old "Labor Day" celebrating the new season of sailing and mining in Cornwall. An important day in the old Runic Calendar is January 25, Old Disting is the feast of Disir, Norse Guardian Goddess, still celebrated in Uppsala, Sweden; Burns' Night celebrates Scots poet, Robert Burns and is also a weather marker, noting that If it should thunder on this day, great winds are predicted:
"If St. Paul's Day be fair and clear,
It do betide a happy year.
But if it chance to snow or rain,
Then will be dear all kinds of grain."

Occurring on January 28, the Runic half-month of Elhaz commences and is known as a period of optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."
~Joseph Campbell

January 30th, was the Roman Festival of Pax, Goddess of Peace, more needed today than ever. Even in warlike Rome at least three times a year its citizens celebrated in her honor. January 31st is February Eve, the start of the Festival of Imbolc or Brigantia; also a day sacred to the Valkyries.

January is all about beginning anew after clearing away the old. Use this month to clean your space, throwing out the old or unused, organizing your thoughts and visualizing what you want for the upcoming year. Create your own spiritual space, a safe place in your mind that is tranquil and beautiful.

Build your own temple in your mind, open the door and wait there in comfort. Remember this magical place is with you always, a place where your memories live, a place you can go to when you need a break from the world. Rest here and then return to your life refreshed, ready to embrace the upcoming year with renewed energy and vision.


Author Biography

L.J. Ross is a 35 year veteran of the medical profession, with over 25 years as an active participant in tarot reading and interpretation. The Tarot for Today Workbook is the end result in a 10 year process of reading, teaching and giving workshops using this text.


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