Dec 31, 2014

I Love Your Spark

2014 was...interesting.  There were some stellar moments, and some uncomfortable lessons. There was adventure, and wildness and love, and some rather spectacular crashing.  I feel as though I have walked the Major Arcana from Fool to the Tower to Judgement, and today the World card turned over, and the cycle is both complete, and beginning again at midnight.

Today the sun shone brightly on the snow-covered hills, the cattle in the meadows of the next valley were breathing out dancing mist-creatures into the air as I drove by, and the moon has shown herself handsomely and so very near in the cold sky.  Today was rather stunning.  It was a good way to end this year - with the heart-aching beauty of the Valley I love so much.

It is also a good time to say Thank you.

I didn't speak much about the icky bits this year.  I was on my own alchemical journey, churning things up and out, and refining, refining (hello Temperance).  I suppose I didn't share because I thought it was meant to be a lone journey (and there's the Hermit), but these things never are. Because each time you visited Rue and Hyssop, and commented on a post, or read something here via a social media link, or chatted with me on Facebook or Twitter, or bumped into me somewhere out there in the 'verse, you left a little spark for me.

And the sparks - they added up.  And on my darkest days this year, there were sparks like fireflies that lit up my small world. I showed up here six years ago hoping for a little connection, but what I received was so much more.

Thank you, to those who have been stopping by for years, and to those who I've just met. Thank you to the ones who inspire, and the ones who encourage. Thank you to those who do the work, and remind me that the work is where I find the best parts of myself.  Thank you to the ones that bring the magic, and those that share the love, and all of you who leave your little sparks.  You have made my 2014 brighter.

I'm wishing you fireworks, and every beautiful thing that makes your soul sing. For every momentary thought, every good wish, every spark you've gifted me, may it come back to you one hundred times more.

Aside from you, these are a few things that made my heart sing in 2014:














15 comments:

Debra Nehring said...

Blessings, Jen. And is that Mr. Sypes' pyramid?
It has, indeed, been a challenging year. The support I have received from my sisters has been invaluable. You are one of them. Happy 2015. ­čĺ×

mxtodis123 said...

May this new year bring joy, peace, and happiness to you and yours. Happy New Year.
Mary

Rue said...

Yes Debra - that is Summerhill! I was there for a new moon ceremony in the pyramid. Complete gorgeousness.

Aidan Wachter said...

Endless & Infinite sparkling blessings for you ,Jen!

Jen Lawrence said...

I just started reading and you a delight. I hope you have a wonderful 2015!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

a very happy 2015!!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, the Fool's Journey through the Major Arcana! 2014 must have been a challenging year indeed. May 2015 be a year of joy and fulfillment for you, dear Rue!

Tilda said...

You do live in a beautiful place!

All the best to you in the New Year, and may you never lose your spark :)

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Happy 2015! I look forward to joining you and your fabulous blog for this year!

Linda Wildenstein said...

You know, I read that appreciation is the flower that blooms only when the time is right. It is a joy to be a fortunate one who is privy to read you and enjoy what you share with us. So if you got a spark, please know that you passed out a few of your own to your readers. I am blessed by your endeavors of word and potions. Thanks back to you. Oma Linda

sandra hagan said...

a beautiful sharing for the new year.

lovely pictures.

new years are a mystery. i always love a good mystery.

greekwitch said...

Have a blessed 2015!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Right back at you. I was quite the blabberer this year (by the way, I doubt "blabberer" is a word. Oh well). I went the other route, as you already know: I shared my woes with anyone who cared to read. Most of them. I needed to, or I might have imploded. But I've been there, in the cave looking inside myself. Sometimes, that's exactly what we need. Including the the sounds and bits of sunshine that snicks in when we think we rather not have them.

Happy New Year, dear Jen!

Rue said...

You were right to share, Magaly, and we all appreciated knowing where you were at. Plenty of good wishes/vibes/energy sent your way last year, and plenty more to you this year as you heal.

brandi said...

~beautifully written to wrap up a year...its funny how a simple gesture can brighten ones world...it was a year of silent moments for me as well...may 2015 bring forth on bright beautiful blessed days to come forth...much love~