God(ess) of New Beginnings, in anticipation of 2014

January is named for the Roman God Janus: double-headed, god of transitions, new beginnings, doorways. As we teeter precariously, ready to plunge into another year, he may watch over our first steps.

Or he may not: having seen thousands of new years it’s probably all pretty mundane stuff to a Roman God and I don’t imagine he gives a Monkey’s how many new-year’s resolutions we break on January 2nd.

Medusa as Janus - etching print
Medusa as Janus – etching print

No, the title is not a typo, but this etching print – the next one in my series for the 2014 calendar – is appropriately timed for once. A lurgy – early Christmas present from the Nieces and Nephews – prevented me from posting this one when I printed it, in the week before Christmas, so this brings the blog up to date on recent etchings. And of course this is not exactly Janus, because the calendar is a series of portraits of Medusa. So, Medusa, as Janus. And I added the extra arms because the composition was better. So… Medusa, as Janus… with a hint of Shiva. Mixed-up girl, really.

Medusa as Janus - detail
Medusa as Janus – detail


  1. Mixed up Janus is fabulous. Of course 2013 will be all the better for having your calendar of 78 Fairies to gaze down upon me. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Ziggy! and happy new year to you, too! xx

  2. Mgon β™₯

    !!! Happy New Year !!! I like your latest etching. Relaxing and peaceful. The wispy and the glow. πŸ™‚ I wish you and yours all the best in the new year. 2013 is gonna be a fantastic year! **hugs**

    1. Thanks Mgon. Hoping for a slightly less wet year next time!
      All the best to you to for 2013! xxx

  3. Gorgeous etching. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Rosie, and a Happy new year to you, too! πŸ™‚ xx

  4. […] you Lily! ) Beltaine seemed an excellent idea, and another mixing of legends / metaphors like the January picture. The scant research I did suggested the dancing around bonfires, the belief that on this night the […]

  5. Sandhya P Pai

    Great idea! Loved it…! Thanks for this!

    1. Thank you! (Of course my next concern is what to do for January 2015, since the 2014 calendar is all done….)

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