This card has shown up today to ask us to take whatever knowledge we have been working to acquire and begin applying it to our lives. When we seek to change or reach new levels in our lives, there are stages we go through. First is the impetus that pushes us to seek change, perhaps a sense of unhappiness or boredom with where we are. This is followed by the seeking of a teacher to help us reach what we desire. Teachers show up in many forms and are not necessarily people who mentor us one on one. Books, podcasts, TV interviews and online classes can all serve as teachers.
After we have studied with whatever medium we chose, there comes a time when we must take that knowledge and put it into practical use. It's the moment when we get to begin feeling that calling that originally motivated us to seek new insights and pathways of thought. It can be a scary time, as we are crossing into a new threshold. We are moving from a place of familiar territory and out into uncharted lands. It challenges our ego and self-confidence as we can no longer hide in the safety of the metaphorical classroom. We will stumble and fall as we are challenged to master all of we've been studying. But any setbacks to our self-confidence will only be temporary because we will feel our courage arise, and it can only do so when we face the unknown. Courage doesn't show up when we feel safe. It roars to the surface when we let go and ride into the free fall. And we needn't try to do it all alone. A team of guides and angels will show up because like attracts like, and when we show up for ourselves the Universe reflects that back to us ten fold. We will feel that our shaky steps are a reminder that we can always grow, and that we are infinite.
The only way to master something is through experience. There are not enough books or podcasts in the world to substitute for taking inspired action. To read about surfing is one thing. But to get on a board and feel your arms burn as you paddle out through the waves, as you feel the sun radiating onto your arms and legs, and to feel the rush as a wave comes and you paddle and you paddle and you STAND UP on your own two feet... and then you feel the cool salty water as you fall off your board. You have fallen. But you had the guts to get out there and stand up in the first place, and your lungs heave as you paddle back out, exhilarated not because you have mastered the ocean, but because you are out there, living, feeling, breathing, moving, rising, falling, and going for it.
This is what you are being called to do. To take what you've learned and take a step with it. To stand up on your own board and feel your heart open as wide as the cosmos as you take a chance on yourself. There will always be more to learn, but for now, have faith that you have learned valuable things, and you are ready to put them to use. Remember that nobody gets it right the first time. All who have achieved great things have also experienced spectacular failures.
It is not the failure that's the problem. It is the lack of action. If you aren't sure what step to take, or if you are feeling unsure of yourself in general, meditate on the Goddess Danu today. She is here for us, calling us to lift our heads from our books and phones, to look up to the sky, and to ask, "What is the most inspired thing I can do today? What would my Highest Self want me to do, the part of me that knows I am capable of limitless potential?"
p.s. if you would like assistance connecting deeper to your Higher Self I have several guided meditations that can help with this!