The sparrow, meek and yet pugnacious, is a symbol of remaining unfettered. My Jobes Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore and Symbol tells me that a sparrow under a maple is a symbol of Joy, and of Winter. Here in the dark at the end of the year, I wish you joy, and returning light. You will hear me in the birdsong just before dawn.
I received today a card from Japan, with a beautiful illustration of two cranes, dancing. In addition to long life and prosperity and health, the crane in water is considered the symbol of a new dawn, as it is the first to greet a new day as it comes over the water.
It seems serendipitous to greet the New Year, and so I share that greeting also with you. In the place my cranes came from, they will ring the bells 180 times at midnight, to dispel the 180 delusions that mankind is heir to.
I have a few I have grown comfy with, perhaps overly cozy, but my New Year's wish for myself is to make my dreaming tangible as words, so perhaps I don't want to dispel all of mine.
I wish you whatever it is that will make you happy in the new year.
Oh, and though we won't open presents until tomorrow, you know I am hoping for some form for Brothers Mir under the tree. So, here's the inside of my card, an auspicious start for me:
Thank you, Jommy! **hugs like mad*** I love them, and I can't tell you how you made me smile.
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