On Janus & Jana

October 9, 2009

I wanted a WordPress username and corresponding gmail address that weren’t taken and that represented a sun/moon dichotomy. One of the pieces of the bipolar puzzle is the key role light and sleep seems to play in bipolar as well as depression. As such, lightness and darkness seem to be a better metaphor than just the obvious.  So this led me to this Roman deity duo that I wasn’t quite aware of….

    Janus, as liminal two-faced god, looking into two rooms at once, both the future and the past.

Janus, as liminal two-faced god, looking into two rooms at once, both the future and the past.

Jana is the same as Diana, the well-known Roman goddess of the moon and hunt (and of chastity — so she certainly wouldn’t represent mania very well). Janus, however, was new to me: he is the Roman god of doorways, the sun (counterpart to Jana’s moon), and of beginnings and endings. Oh, and to confuse matters, Janus is also the name of one of the moons of Saturn.

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