January is named after the Roman God Janus. The month originally only had 29 days but Julius changed it to the 31 days that we use to this day.
Janus is the God of gates, doors and doorways often depicted with 2 heads facing in opposite directions. One head is said to look into the past whereas the other looks forward into the future. Janus is seen as the deity of new beginnings and is worshiped at the beginnings of harvest, birth and marriage.
Associated Birthstone: Garnet
Associated Flower: Carnation
Star signs: Capricorn (December 22 – January 21) and Aquarius (21 January – 19 February)