Janus, the two-faced Roman god, represents new beginnings and transitions. His two heads metaphorically represent him peering into the future and past while he is often associated with bridges, doorways and time. Romans honored Janus in the month of January as they transitioned into a new year. I was reminded by a friend during the hype of 12/21/12 and the end of the Mayan calendar as well as the I Ching; that perhaps it wasn't the end of time but rather the end of an era. Prolifically speaking the passing of December 21, 2012 could in fact be a transition in our minds rather than a grand physical destiny or end. Perhaps we are welcoming the era of humanity. We could all use a little more compassion whether it be to our sweethearts, friends, or our interactions with complete strangers.
The first of my 52 forges is a giveaway. It is a 24kt vermeil necklace with a moss agate bezel set pendant. Moss agate is said to strengthen one's bond with nature while promoting understanding and communication. Continuing with the rebirth theme of this post, moss agate is believed to help those who have long-established habits or dependencies to be free of them. So to win my 1/52 forge simply comment on this post telling us what you are up to in 2013 and leave your email. Feel free to share an image of the necklace on instagram or twitter or pinterest with #52forge.