I is for ichnogram
(noun) An imprint of the soles of the feet, taken standing; footprint.
I’m fascinated by hands and have quite a collection of hand images. But lately feet have been vying for my attention as well. In fact I’m considering doing a zine about them.
And so it should come as no surprise that I’ve been paying attention to Fool’s feet. Depending on the particular tarot deck, Fool is either stepping off with the right foot or the left. And that got me thinking about the expression “putting your best foot forward,” Research indicates the term was first used in the 16th century, but doesn’t offer any clear evidence as to the original reasoning. It is of course suggested that “best” foot meant the strongest, and further suggested that the right foot was considered most rational (and by some cultures lucky), leaving the left foot to be the emotional, irrational, and unlucky appendage.
One thing I do know is that place Fool invites us to with one foot on the ground and the other reaching outward into the unknown is an exciting place to be. Not necessarily comfortable, but exciting nonetheless. Who knows where we’ll land?
Turns out I’m not just fascinated with Fool’s feet, but also with images of Buddha’s feet as well. Here is one of my favorites:
I love writing messages on the soles of my feet, knowing I’m leaving secret messages wherever I step. I have no doubt Fool would approve.
What about you? Are you putting your best foot forward into the exciting unknown? Treat your feet lovingly and thank them for their daily service? Adorn them in fabulous shoes or keep them bare? Have a footnote to add? Do tell – you know I love to hear.