Dec 8, 2015
In Roman mythology, Janus represents not only the god of doors and doorways but also the god of beginnings and endings. Janus is a two-faced god. One face looks to the past, the other, to the future. Thus, the month of January.
Doors open, close, and revolve. There are holy doors. An open door points to a new beginning, a way out, or a welcome to enter. It may also show a path to what lies ahead. A closed door may symbolize a dead end or imprisonment, or it may signal 'do not disturb.' In Dante's "Inferno," Part One of his "Divine Comedy," the frightening verse hangs over the gates of hell: "Abandon hope, all you who enter here." (Lasciate ogni speranza, voí ch'entrate, Canto iii). Revolving doors signify mindless circular motion, no exit.
Doors and Psychoanalysis
In the Hitchcock's movie "Spellbound" starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, a man's self-inflicted guilt from childhood must be interpreted. This is done through psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane. Analysts seek only to induce their patients to talk about hidden problems. Certain questions are posed to them: 'Why are you repeating something that is self-destructive behavior? When did it start, and why?' Once patients can answer these questions, their locked doors can be opened, and they can begin the road to recovery.