I was asked several times in the past few weeks what my tattoo means. Though I've considered it, I've yet to get into the habit of carrying a copy of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis to whip out at a moment's notice.
So here it is. I started highlighting important sections, but then I realized I had bolded almost the entire thing.
It comes from a section in chapter twelve. The sailors on the Dawn Treader realize that they are stuck in the darkness surrounding an island where nightmares come true.
"Never get out!" he yelled. "That's it. Of course. We shall never get
out. What a fool I was to have thought they would let me go as easily as
that. No, no, we shall never get out."
Lucy leant her head on the edge of the fighting top and whispered,
"Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now." The
darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little - a very,
very little - better. "After all, nothing has really happened to us
yet," she thought.
"Look!" cried Rynelf's voice hoarsely from the bows. There was a tiny
speck of light ahead, and while they watched a broad beam of light fell
from it upon the ship. It did not alter the surrounding darkness, but
the whole ship was lit up as if by searchlight. Caspian blinked, stared
round, saw the faces of his companions all with wild, fixed expressions.
Everyone was staring in the same direction: behind everyone lay his
black, sharply-edged shadow.
Lucy looked along the beam and presently saw something in it. At first
it looked like a cross, then it looked like an aeroplane, then it looked
like a kite, and at last with a whirring of wings it was right overhead
and was an albatross. It circled three times round the mast and then
perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow. It
called out in a strong sweet voice what seemed to be words though no
one understood them. After that it spread its wings, rose, and began to
fly slowly ahead, bearing a little to starboard. Drinian steered after
it not doubting that it offered good guidance. But no one except Lucy
knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear
heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a
delicious smell breathed in her face.
In a few moments the darkness turned into a greyness ahead, and then,
almost before they dared to begin hoping, they had shot out into the
sunlight and were in the warm, blue world again. And all at once
everybody realized that there was nothing to be afraid of and never had
been. They blinked their eyes and looked about them. The brightness of
the ship herself astonished them: they had half expected to find that
the darkness would cling to the white and the green and the gold in the
form of some grime or scum. And then first one, and then another, began