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Most people do not realize that by honoring January 1st as the “New Year” they are inadvertently giving honor to a fallen angel named Janus. To learn more, see my other blog, entitled Times, Seasons & the Thief in the Night: When is the Real New Year?
The pagan deity, Janus is called by the pagans “The god of beginnings, and endings,” and this is why the first month of the pagan Roman calendar has been named after him. It is said that the Roman god Janus has two faces. The first face, looking to what lies ahead; and the second face looking to what is passing.
Janus is, and was celebrated by the pagans, as the representation of all that is passing, and is getting old, and all that is new and yet to come. Having the month of January named after him by Julius Caesar, he was, and is to the pagans, the representative of the year that has passed, and the year ahead, as the first month of the Julian & Gregorian calendar.
Janus, the god of two faces is celebrated on the pagan solar calendar in New Year’s Eve celebrations, and he is honored by the heathen in the passing year on December 21st (the rebirth of the sun at the winter solstice). Their rituals of getting drunk, and partaking in orgies, are activities that would ordinarily take place on December 31st, and this is (in part), the way that the heathens all pay tribute to Janus.
Many people look at the pagan New Year as a time for reflection, which is why Janus’ face is looking to the past, for he is said to be older, weathered and wise, at the end of the year. The Catholic Church canonized Januarius as a so-called “Christian saint,” in an attempt to redeem this pagan deity, making him appear benign. In reality, when people pray to Januarius, as a so-called saint.
But they are really calling these demons “holy” since the term “saint” in Latin is “santa,” which means “holy.” The ghost of St. Januarius to this day is said to appear to faithful Catholics and his dried blood is said to liquefy three times per year when Catholics make a pilgrimage to his see and touch his relics. One of these pilgrimages takes place on December 16th just in time for the month of January when the pagan god Janus is also honored.
Janus is said to be the god honored daily in the celebration of birthdays with the making of wishes and blowing out candles. The greatest tribute to this pagan god, was Julius Caesar naming the month of January in tribute to Janus. Pope Gregory followed his lead by making January 1st the official date of the Catholic New Year in the year 1582 A.D.
At this website, we read how the Julian calendar went off course by ten days over time, and it became necessary for Pope Gregory to attempt to make corrections to the calendar.