Wednesday, January 06, 2010

an advanced, civilized society

This was in the e-newsletter from The Old Farmer's Almanac today. (You'd think I'm working for The OFA, for the way I'm talking about it, but, NO. I'm the perennial volunteer. ) Something in this ancient pagan custom spoke to me when I read it. Something along the lines of "those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes" or "why don't we open "Temples of Peace" where progressive thinking could be safely contemplated?" What does it say about "civilation", the ancient world, and our own times?

"From the Ruler of new beginnings, and gates and doors, the Roman god Janus gave January its name. He was pictured as two-faced so that one face looked forward into the future while the other took a retrospective view. Janus presided over the temple of peace, where the doors were opened only during wartime. It was a place of safety, where new beginnings and new resolutions could be forged."

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Very cool.

Carol said...

How interesting... I had forgotten about Janus... Ah yes... Temple of Peace... progressive thinking... You have my vote Betsy... so to speak. Great post! Carol