Happy January!!

Posted January 2nd, 2012 by HelenScott

      January is the first month of the year in Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It consists of 31 days, the first of which is celebrated (in the West) as New Years Day. (Which I’m sure, most of those reading this are aware of…continuing on….)

January comes from the Latin word ianua, meaning door, for January is the door of the year. Some say that January is named from the Roman God of Doors (and beginnings and endings, because that what doorways represent), Janus. He is depicted with two faces: one looking forward, into the future, and one looking behind, into the past.

Later, Janus was made into a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church, and was known as St. Januarius.

“January Birthstones

By her in January born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

Modern: Garnet/Zodiac (Capricorn): Ruby”

Oh, January. For the majority of people living in the Northern Hemisphere, January is a time of bitter cold and deep winter.
This is the time of year you’ll usually find me inside. It’s not that I don’t go out and play, (and I have to leave to go to work) it’s just few and far between. So, I spend the majority of my time practicing my craft inside and that means research!

I currently am living in an apartment, and am not blessed with a fire place, which means the majority of my work done at this time of the year is in the kitchen or kitchen table. (I’ve gained the nickname kitchen witch, instead of hearth or hedge witch…since I’ve neither, lol)

I spend a lot of time baking (usually breads, and desserts) and making homemade crafts (besoms, candles, alter clothes and my recent project, soap).

This month I’ll be sharing what I’m doing in my own craft. Please feel free to ask questions and give constructive comments!

References:
www.lifeinitaly.com

www.wikipedia.org

Llewellyn’s 2012 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living. Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. Woodbury, MN.(2011)

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