roman god janus

The Janus Ritual

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past, from the position of the present.


Dedicate an evening to nourishing yourself – to looking back. If you have left a career or relationship you might be looking back at that. If it is a birthday or New Year’s eve it will probably be the year that has just passed. Use your diary or calendar to help you remember, use your photo collection too if it helps. If difficult times lie behind you, be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to let the memories arise as they wish to arise.

If pleasant memories arise, allow yourself to enjoy them, to re-live the joy these experiences brought to you – the feelings they invoked, in their colors, sounds, tastes and warmth. As well as revisiting the period chronologically, you may choose to follow tracks of memory:

How was my physical health over this period?

My love life?

My intellectual and cultural life?

My social life?

My career?

The lives of those I love?

The life of the world around me?



I asked to see myself in the mirror made by the events in my life.

Understanding the powerful force of the Law of Attraction experientially, beyond “The Secret,” reminded me that what I am is what I attract and create. This isn’t to say that I need to blame myself for inviting certain transgressions into my life or for the current state of the world. This is an oversimplified, distorted interpretation of this law. I believe that our experience is largely created by how aware or unaware we are of the power of choice, but because we don’t live in a vacuum, many things occur because of our connection to the world at-large, certain events are fated to test our faith.

Yet in still, you cannot absolve responsibility for your life. So, I did an honest and thorough appraisal.

I found myself combing through my life, my relationships, opportunities, desires, seeming failures, and successes. I stepped outside myself, my emotions, and objectively observed how I’ve responded to life’s challenges, great and small. I released all judgment, and accepted things exactly as they are.

The woman that stared back at me in the mirror asked that I honor every part of my story as essential to my highest unfolding.

No matter what has transpired, I am exactly where I need to be on my path.  I perceive and take responsibility for my part in all of my challenges and reactions. And still, I love what I see in the mirror.