“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
—C. S. Lewis
The Wizard’s Reflection
Testing the Edges
Self-knowledge is never found by resting on one’s laurels. It is all too easy to assume we know who we are and what we are made of. It is all too tempting to posture ourselves on our concepts of who we are rather than uncover the depths of what forms us and instead let such ultimately undefinable energy resonate into and through us to shape our relations. A rare person would set out from the comfort zones of toxic belonging to see what lies beyond the horizons.
Out on the edge of our world, we will find a complete spectrum of experience. This will be both shadow and light. Whether we are challenging ourselves with public performance, new relationships, solitude, skill development, loss, or responsibility, we will find it brings both an invigoration and a challenge to our balance. They say, “what does not kill you will make you stronger.” We can equally say, if it does not purify you, it does not empower you.
Suggested Divination Meanings
Am I letting fear keep me from taking the path of power?
In what do I place my trust and why?
What path promises me empowerment even though I hesitate to take it?
Have I pushed myself too far into intensity and need to take a step back to recover?
What is this challenge pointing my attention to that I don’t want to look at?
What would the person I want to become choose to do in this situation?
Am I afraid to withdraw because it will appear weak to others, even though I know it is for the best?
What path forward will invigorate me most?
What have I learned, from taking things either too far or not far enough, that applies to this situation?
Can I see the symmetry in this challenge and how it meets me right where I need to grow?