The Symbolism Behind the New Year

Once again, a new year is rising. It’s a period of celebration, reflection, and to establish new goals. I want to talk about the symbolism of the new year. What does it really mean? It is essential to know the symbolism of things, isn’t it? 

Our society has some rituals, and we pass through them without knowing what they mean. Most of us don’t know the meaning of celebrations like Christmas and the New Year. We usually celebrate them because our parents celebrated; they, in turn, celebrate because their grandparents celebrated. 

New year meaning

I will talk mainly about the Western New Year, based on 12 months calendar from January to December. For the Chinese, Indians, and many other cultures, the New Year is in another moment and has different symbolism.

But our celebration is based on the Greco-Roman fundamentals; it happens on the passage from December 31st to January 1st. It’s a ritual in honor of the god Janus.

Janus, in Roman mythology, is the god of beginnings, restarts, and endings. The god of transitions, of decisions, of the moment of passage.

The month of January is called January because of Janus.

The Symbolism Behind the New Year

Roman mythology: Janus

Janus is represented as a two-sided figure. One that always looks back and another that looks forward. Or, one side looking to the past, and the other side looking to the future. 

In the transition between past and future is the present, the now.

Janus celebrates the past that he has lived without attachments and dives into the future without worries. He teaches us that we must look to the past, without guilt, without anguish, regrets, and pride. We simply have to be grateful for all our experiences that led us to be who we are!

Every event of life is symbolic; every event transfers some teaching. Be grateful for the instructions life provides, and let’s open the door for the new year!

Our life begins now, not on the first day of the year or next Monday. We all say: next year I will start, on the following Monday I’ll begin. And we never start.

Janus reveals that the present is our personal power, our field of action. What we can do can only be done now. 

Here and now

Now I invite everyone to light on shadows and forgive all that we fear, all that we refused to live, everything we hate, all that we do not accept.

When I throw light into my shadows, I reveal my true essence.

Only in the present moment, the new year starts. It doesn’t matter if you are reading this in January, June, or December. What matters is that every day can be a new year. 

Today we can change and make the transition to a new year, to a year of health, joy, love, wisdom. A year where we will be 100% focused on the present moment.

This is the symbolism that I bring to you today. Reveal your authentic essence, and let every day be a happy new year!


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