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I think it *should* be "the beginning of Janus sanctifies the turn/solstice of Capricorn" - but I'm unsure how this fits with the astrological period of Capricorn beginning on (roughly) 21 Dec and continuing till 3 weeks into January. 

Unless present astrologers'  astrological month of day 21-day 20 shifted when the calendar did in 1752?

Jane

On 27 June 2019 18:42:52 BST, Richard Legault <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and
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>I am trying to understand whether the Latin phrase below and its source
>text ought to be understood as solid evidence that the 11th Century
>author/compiler and subsequent users of the source text, as a matter of
>then accepted custom, placed January as the first month of the year. To
>clarify, if you were to ask a typical cleric of this time and this
>place to
>recite the names of the months from memory, would it be their mental
>reflex
>to begin with January or some other month? Or if a bishop were to
>invite me
>to visit him in the 'first month', in which month would he expect me to
>show up?
>
>The phrase:  *Principium Jani sanctit tropicus Capricornus*
>
>The source: *Un manuscrit chartrain du XIe siècle *(A Chartrian
>Manuscript
>of the 11th Century) by Merlet and Clerval 1893.
>
>See page 10 in the PDF version here:
>https://ia800503.us.archive.org/6/items/unmanuscritchart00merl/unmanuscritchart00merl.pdf
>
>The exact context is that the phrase appears immediately below a
>miniaturize showing Janus warming his hands before a fire above the
>zodiacal sign of Capricornus. The broader context is that it is part of
>a
>series of "*citations astronomiques qui se lisent dans notre
>**manuscrit
>au-dessous de chaque miniature*."  (astronomical citations that read in
>our
>manuscript below each miniature). The complete "citation" for January,
>on
>page 24 of the PDF,  reads:
>
>*Luna egyptiaca jan. I. IIII. V. VIII. XV.*
>
>*Mensis jan. habet dies XXXI.*
>
>*Luna trigesima.*
>
>* Epactas ɵ : Concurrentes Г.*
>
>*Principium Jani sanctit tropicus Capricornus.*
>
>* Jani prima dies et VII fine timetur.*
>
>* Nox horas quindecim.*
>
>* Dies habet decem.*
>
>*Prima luna embolisimi.*
>
>Please understand that I have no Latin.
>
>Cheers,
>
>Richard J Legault
>
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