“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
My brother and I at the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, London…in 1986…
My first tattoo is quite terrible, and in a terribly predictable spot on my body. My “Tramp Stamp” is of one of the faeries from the book “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” by J.M. Barrie. This specific faerie was drawn by Arthur Rackham, my favorite children’s book illustrator, and is a depiction of one of the faeries who carry lonely, orphaned and abandoned Peter to safety. The tattoo was made many years ago, when I was all of nineteen, at a tattoo shop on 6th Street in Austin, before I knew anything about getting tattoos. It fades with each passing year, and needs to be retouched very much. But, the sentiment of it remains.
Today, I am reminded, from the advice of my wonderful friend Julie, to be grateful everyday for all the things that are happening. To keep the faith, so to speak. I wrote the following in my journal the other night. I typically don’t combine my journals with the blog, but will today…
“Always remember each lesson, each truth as it is revealed, and be grateful for each, even if in hindsight.
Always remember the power of being true to myself, and that boundaries don’t have to be walls.
Always remember the raw beauty of love, of being in love, even if I fall in love with not the right people…be able to love, and to really understand love as accepting the differences between myself and other people and being able to see the beauty of others through seeing the world through their eyes: to accept others, to really forgive.
To let people teach me, even if their way is confusing or difficult or different from the way I would like.
Remember to be grateful just to have this time to make these realizations. To understand unconditional love and do my best to let go of fear. To be peaceful and loving and happy. To accept people’s faults and my own. To believe people’s compliments.“
For more on the Snow Moon, you can read Angel’s more detailed interpretation of the impact of February on the psyche here…..