Some gods really are two-faced. His Roman noses pointing in opposite directions, JANUS symbolizes the process of change — gazing backwards at the recent past while staring intently into the new improved future.
He tends to lurk in doorways, hovering on the threshold but unable to step forward or back. His role is merely to point the way. Just the thing if you are on the cusp of a life-changing decision.
His biggest job is getting us from one year to the next, which is why JANUS has the whole month of January named after him. He is responsible for the wistful feelings of nostalgia everyone gets as the year ends — and may even inspire some of your more optimistic new year resolutions.
Whether you are contemplating a new job or planning a new world order of evil tyranny, JANUS is the god to point the way. It is always good to have something backwards to look forward to.