Bent Wings and Pigeon-Toes: A Clumsy Tale of True Beauty 

Dear Fairy Friends,

Growing up Fey, I was surrounded by beauty. I however did not see any of that beauty in myself when I looked at my reflection in the Stargazer’s Pond. You can only look into it on a night full of starlight, which will show you truth in the waters. It is used to look into your world, to see ourselves as we are and to envision ourselves as we will be in the future. The waters of this pond are perfectly still, even the frogs dare not splash in it. When I looked into the pond, I never saw beauty.  In fact, I saw nothing at all, not even the stars reflected. Just the dark, glassy, breathless waters. There was something about the pond that I didn’t know, but I will come to that a little later in this tale. 

There was something about me that made me stand apart when all I wished for was to blend in. I was born rather pigeon-toed, which was already unusual for one of my kind. To add insult to injury, my wings had an odd arc to them, they were bent forward at the tips. 

Pigeon-toe woes

Therefore, I was clumsy on my feet, as well as in the air. No one invited me to chase shooting stars with them, nor did they ask for my help painting rainbows because my flying made me paint crazed, crooked stripes through the sky. Only the naive dared to partner with me during the celebratory dances in the Fairy Rings. It only took one turn around for them to realize that I would trip them, sending us careening into the mushrooms that formed the circle more often than not. Let me tell you, flinging others into mushrooms is not the best way to make friends!

I walked carefully, doing my best to keep my feet straight. It was agonizing. I tried to keep my wing tips pointed up only to feel them ache as well. If I managed one, I neglected the other because the effort and pain were too great. The looks that I got from the other Fey stung me deeply and made my heart ache, just as my body ached trying to look less…like myself. 

Velocity seemed to aggravate my clumsiness so I went gently, slowly and tried to help my wayward feet. As I walked, I began to notice things I never had before and I was drawn to the incredible plants that surrounded me. I was fascinated and stopped often to ask creatures, great and small, what they knew about the plants they drank from, took shelter in or ate for nourishment. 

I learned from the bees and hummingbirds which flowers were the sweetest. The bears explained which berries they would eat and which were poison for them. The caterpillars demonstrated how they would blend into foliage to camouflage themselves. Being so still, I demonstrated enough patience that elves and dwarves approached me and I was able to learn from them as well. It isn’t easy and their lessons are lengthy. Elves, being immortal, really have no regard for time. Dwarves, having been born from the oldest stones on the earth, share knowledge about as speedily as the mountains shift.  I even came upon a dragon with gems wedged between her scales that had begun to cut into her skin. I healed her and altered her lair so that the sharpest treasures would not dig into her hide again. To thank me, she showed me how the different phases of the moon could enchant and enhance the healing or harming properties of plants. This is highly guarded knowledge because of its duality – it can lengthen lives or end them – and is not to be taken lightly. 

I had been so absorbed in plant lore that I had walked with my crooked feet in front of all of these beings: the most enlightened, the eldest, the most magical. Not the birds, nor the elves, dwarves, or the dragon seemed repelled by my inherent clumsiness of foot or wing. It was when I forgot to care and worry about my feet and wings that I found great purpose in healing and protecting. It was then that I was gifted with my true name, Angelica, after the plant I had the greatest affinity with. 

My feet hardly straightened by the time I reached maturity at 100 years old. Now well past my early adulthood, my feet are as crooked as ever, the bend in my wings still prominent. 

The same feet that once made me painfully aware that I was different were quite clever in the end, slowing me down enough to find my calling. The wings that keep me grounded could easily shield plants and animals and were ideal for collecting herbs. Being made differently, from a slightly askew magic perhaps, had given me great gifts. 

With age and perspective, I have come to appreciate that there is no such thing as perfection within my kind, my world nor yours. Instead of striving to fit in, for this elusive notion of how we ought to be, let us just be, as we were intended to be from the moment when we were created. 

Every child has a place in the fantastic

I see children made from all kinds of wonderful, who feel they are never represented in the realm of the fantastic. I am so grateful that I found artist Carolyn Gerk of Velvet Hand Designs who has helped me bring to life some of the different types of Fey, just as they are. All children should have access to the realms of wonder and magic, I hope to add more diversity in the future to the collection. It is important to me because only by believing that I had a place, that I was special, was I able to finally see beauty in myself when I looked into the pond. That is the great secret: you must believe in yourself first to see who you are and decide who you want to become. 

Love every quirk!

May we celebrate crooked feet, bent wings and everything in between. I already believe in you. Believe and look at yourself as you truly are for the first time. You are breathtaking. 

Love,

Your Lady Star

The Fading Woman, Ruby and Miss K

There was once a magical Guardian with a dilemma; she was losing her magic and had no idea what was causing this unusual ailment. She became sad and looked back on her choices, the difficult ones, such as leaving her fairy life behind to live a mortal one here, with her children.

She began to miss the wonder in the incredible things that surrounded her. She lost so much of this joy, that one day, she was no longer able to see the fairies and other magical beings that needed her help crossing where the Veil is thin, back to their world. She could, however, hear them.

She was bombarded by roars, grumbles, chanting and some not-so-nice language in various tongues. She did her very best and asked them all to line up and hold a crab apple from the tree that grew there so that she might  have an idea where each being was. A line of floating crab apples formed and one by one, the apples disappeared as she managed to cross the crowd over.

Shaken, she went into the cottage and into the washroom. She filled the water basin and splashed some cold water on her face. When she went to dry her skin, she looked into the mirror. More shocking than the invisible hoard needing to cross was her reflection. It was so faded, it had become translucent.

As the days passed, she became more see-through, almost misty. Her children had difficulty hearing her and this became very upsetting. She had no idea what to do.

She carried a mirror out into the moonlight and sat by a tree. As she sat there, she caught a gleam in the mirror. There was a little fairy flying with her harvest of gemstones and a gem had caught the moonlight, causing the shimmer in the mirror. The fairy and woman stopped in the starlight to speak to one another. The woman had no idea if the gemstones had made it possible to see the fairy or the kindness of the Moon. She was so happy to see this fairy that she cried and explained her plight.

The little fairy listened without interrupting once. She knew what ailed the woman and why she was disappearing. It was evident to her because she had loved a little girl once who slowly stopped being able to perceive her or hear her as she grew and stopped believing. This woman was losing her belief in magic and herself. That would never do, because the woman was once a fairy but had turned mortal, the loss of belief would make the woman disappear completely soon.

This fairy’s name was Ruby. Ruby was very close to a little girl named Miss K. It was by observing Miss K wonder daily about fairies and her kind demeanor and vivid imagination that made Ruby fall in love with humans all over again. Miss K was irresistible. Ruby had yet to let Miss K know that she had a fairy friend, but she figured that if ever there was a time to be brave, it was now.

While Miss K slept, Ruby whispered in her ear how to get in touch with the fading woman. Miss K had her mother write to the wisp of a woman.

The questions that Miss K asked called upon the woman to look deep into her heart and remember her fairy past. With each question from Miss K, the woman grew more solid. Her children could see and hear her and soon, she no longer needed beings to carry crab apples!

Her confidence grew as she knew in her heart that her belief had been true. As magic came back to her, her reflection returned. She saw herself as a capable Guardian once more.

The fading woman was once a very sad version of myself, of Lady Star. I had let too many worries and obstacles keep me from happiness and it took one fairy and one special girl to bring me back.

Ruby and Miss K have grown close and their friendship is a reminder of all that is beautiful in this world and others!

Miss K, thank you for your true heart and for brining a little magic to me when I needed it most. I am forever grateful to you and to Ruby!

With love,

Your Lady Star