Right Now: Let’s begin a series of writing prompts with Janus

Head of Janus, Vatican Museum, Rome


In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. (Interestingly, there is no Greek equivalent for Janus.)

The god of looking back and looking ahead presides over doors, arches, gates, passages, and endings – and is in charge of transitional periods such as moving from war to peace.

He is usually depicted as having two faces looking in opposite directions – forward and backward.

The beginning of the day, week, month, and year are sacred to him. Appropriately, the first month of the year, January, was named for him.

Your Assignment:

At a cocktail party one night, you bump into a guy wearing a hoodie who says he’s the Roman god Janus. You laugh so hard you accidentally spill your drink on him.

As he’s leaning over to clean up his outfit, the hoodie falls back, and you see that he has another face on the back of his head.

When he finishes, he looks up at you and tells you intimate details of your immediate past and a glimpse into your immediate future.

What do you do?

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