January & Garnet

“January blues” is a term I keep seeing on social media, the post Christmas anticlimax, the dark evenings and the cold weather. January might be on average the coldest month of the year but I find it cathartic. There’s something about gaining a new year that feels like a new beginning, a fresh start. There is a whole year laid out in front of you ready for you to write and create whatever you want.  The Latin word for January is “Ianuarius” which comes from the Latin word for door; it is the door to the New Year and is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.

Garnet is the birthstone of January; garnets come in many colours but the most common and most popular are reddish hues. Garnets were the most commonly used gemstones in Roman jewellery and they have been used in jewellery as far back as 3000 BC but they don’t seem to be losing any popularity.

Throughout time there have been many traditions and symbolism attached to garnets. In medieval times it was thought to protect against bad dreams and diseases of the liver. The red colour is also linked to romantic relationships and they hold energy for passion and desire, also symbolising permanence, security and durability.

Whatever you do this January, I hope you are warm & healthy. I will be emptying cupboards, making endless lists and sitting by the fire with a cup of tea.