January Birthdays: Astrological Myths 1

Learning about special events in astrological history, corresponding myths, and zodiac folklore can shed light on some of the personality traits and tendencies associated with people born during a particular month. In this article, we will take a look at the myths and events concerning January birthday boys and girls, who are born under the sign of Capricorn and Aquarius.

January 1st Birthdays

New Year’s Day is not the only celebration that takes place on January 1st, also known as the Kalends (or first day). There is also the festival of the two-faced roman Janus, the god of gates, journeys, doorways, and of course, new beginnings. To the Greek gods, this day was sacred , especially to Zeus and Hera (Greek) and Jupiter and Juno (Roman). On this day, offerings were also made to the Roman goddess Fortuna, who was linked to good fortune and fertility. The day also held special meaning for the Irish goddess of war (with red hair) named The Morrigan.  It is said that an individual born on the 1st of January has the potential to reach career positions of high-ranking executives.

January 2nd Birthdays

Egyptians were known to perform a religious ceremony called the Advent of Isis from Phoenicia. The Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth, the goddess Inanna, was also worshipped on this day with a celebration that centered on her nativity. Every year, this date served as the Perihelion of the Earth, which took into account the moment when the Earth reached the point in its orbit that was closest to the Sun. Individuals born on this day are said to be ambitious and determined.

January 5th Birthdays

The end of Christmas is marked in England with the celebration of Twelfth Night and Wassail Eve. Travel to some parts of Italy and you will find some that believe the goddess Berana brings sweets to children who have minded their manners and distributes coal to the naughty youngsters. During her festival, music, horns, songs, and noisemakers play an important role. It is believed that the loud noises have the power to drive away evil spirits, as well as indicate the passing of the winter season. Free-spirited adventurers tend to be born on January 5th.

January 6th Birthdays

Paying tribute to the visit of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem, Three Kings Day is observed on this day in a handful of places around the world. Feasting and exchanging gifts are some of the activities known to take place on this day. In Old European time, this date also served as Twelfth Night, where the ashes of the Yule log and any other remains from the Yule feast were taken away. Ancient Greeks also celebrated the Epiphany of Kore/Persophone on Janaury 6th. Typical traits of one born on this day include a lover of peace, ambitious, and responsive.

For additional celebrations and myths associated with January birthdays, check out the second installment, which focuses on the birth dates of January 7th, 11th, 13th, 14th, and 15th.