Walk the Talk

Six of iSibane TriumphSIX of ISIBANE (Wands/Fire)

People of the South

Key word – TRIUMPH

Success through effort | Victory | Sense of self worth | Self confidence | Personal creative power | Deserved acclaim and honour |Acknowledgement from others | Pride goes before a fall | Realisation of hopes and desires

The six of Wands is all about the joy of self confidence and the realisation of hopes, dreams and desires.  The energy of victory and achievement.  This week the consciousness is feeling and behaving like a winner.  Winners are noticed and it is the effort and achievement that is respected.  When we receive accolades from others we feel that our endeavours have been recognized, sometimes there are rewards that go with that acknowledgement – but the greatest reward is our sense of achievement knowing we have put our ideas, hopes and dreams to the best use and thereby the best results.  So we should hold our heads high, accept the pats on the back and strut our stuff.

In our daily lives we constantly have to face difficult choices and make the right decisions – having a good sense of self eliminates ‘hidden agendas’.  We are confident to proceed in the best interests of everyone.  We make choices for the best possible outcome.  If we are insecure we tend to make choices that are only good for us, and usually this has a poor or negative result.

When faced with options and opportunities we need to dig down and harness that natural creative energy and seek higher mental guidance.  Last week I spoke about the voice of intuition, this week you will see the results.  It’s also about accepting the compliments and acclaim.  We work hard to achieve, so why when we do, are we inclined to negate the victory.  Pride is one of the seven deadly sins … there is a difference between being content in being acknowledged and being arrogant and self centered about your achievements.  Self worth and confidence are admirable qualities to have, self-importance is ego based and excludes others and the greater good, it is solely about the individual and is often an opinion not shared by others.

Be proud of what you have achieved, accept that there is reward for effort, there is dignity in success.  Step out into the light, have your day and be vindicated and feel worthy.  Walk the talk with your head held high.

iTongo Legend

King Phalo (1702-1775)

Phalo, ruled from c.1723 to 1775. He was the last king of an independent and united Xhosa nation. When Phalo came to the throne, white people were virtually unknown and Phalo probably only ever saw one white man in his entire life, the elephant hunter, Hubner, who visited him in 1736. Three years after his death, the First Frontier War broke out and the Hundred Years War between the Xhosa and colonists began.

One of the most widely spread and best-known traditions in the Xhosa culture is attributed to Phalo. Due to a mix-up of betrothal plans by his advisors, Phalo was embarrassed by the simultaneous arrival at his great palace of two bridal parties – one from the Mpondo king and one from the Thembu king. By choosing one king’s daughter as his great wife, (head wife) he would offend the father of the other. A wise old man named Majeke solved the problem for him by saying “What is greater than the head of the chief – and what is stronger than his right hand? Let the one girl be your head and the other your right hand.” Thus the tradition of two houses, the great (head) house and the right-hand house, was created.  And so the Xhosa came to be divided between Gcaleka on the eastern side of the Kei River (Transkei) and the Rharhabe on the western side (Ciskei).

Numerology - The number 6

While the 6 is considered the most harmonious of all single-digit numbers, it is not without its flaws and upsets. The most important influence of the 6 is its loving and caring nature. Properly nicknamed the motherhood number, it is all about sacrificing, caring, healing, protecting and teaching others. No family or community can function without the power of the 6 to keep them together and safe. She is the glue that keeps a family or community together.

There are, however, times when the 6 becomes too involved in the lives of those dear to her, to the point that she becomes intrusive and meddling. Other times, she takes her sacrificing nature too far and becomes a doormat to be abused and trampled on. Nonetheless, she is genuinely appreciated and adored in return. For this reason, the 6 is considered the only number harmonious with all other numbers. Creating an environment of peace and harmony is always her strongest impulse. In addition, she loves to teach and guide others, especially the young, old and less fortunate.

The 6 is full of sympathy, and her sense of justice is well developed — when she perceives injustice, she will sacrifice all her time and effort to set things straight. She almost always favors the underdog, and would never purposely hurt anyone, especially those she considers less fortunate. She has a strong sense of responsibility and can be counted on to do her fair share of the work. She can be demanding, but she is also able and willing to stay in the background when needed, working and caring without any expectation of reward.

Courage in the Face of Adversity

“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy”  Socrates

More often than we would like to admit to, when we are faced with a problem (especially emotional ones) we tend to just let go and give in.  We believe that we don’t have the energy or the resource to continue the good fight.  We forget that we have a never-ending depth of stamina to persevere.  We need to hold fast to our beliefs, do a risk assessment and proceed with caution.  That way we are able to bring about the result we desire, rather than become a ‘victim’ of circumstance.

Trusting in our own abilities is probably one of the most difficult lessons we need to learn in our lifetime.  We are conditioned from birth to believe that others know more than us, are better than us, that we need to defer to their judgement.  This may be true for the first ten years or so of our lives, when we are dependent on others to take care, mould and guide us.  But slowly we begin to make our own judgements; we stop reflecting the personas of our parents, siblings or teachers and begin to make our own choices that ultimately impact on our persona.

The success of these early choices becomes the foundation for our adult choices.  We have learnt to protect ourselves from attack, emotional, physical and spiritual. If we have grown up believing that we are not ‘strong’ we set ourselves up to become victims – in fact some continue to seek out situations that qualify that belief.  They don’t stop and realise that they can write their own script, they can re-write or edit as they go along. Our humanity is not carved in stone, and even if it was we could still make changes and alterations as needed.

Change is always difficult – we fear the unknown and we are not sure of our resources and reserves.  Its easier to just go with the flow, even when the flow is not supporting our hopes, dreams and ideals.   We need to remember that as long as we have the courage of our convictions, we will overcome.  We need to stand steadfast and firm in what we believe in. Life is about our stamina to persevere – all too often we throw our hands up and say “I cant anymore” and it’s just then that we have a breakthrough.  We have the knowledge tools and skills to hold fast – we just have to persist.

However, we should not be rigid and dogmatic about our position.  This will generally keep us stuck in the same rut as before.  We need to be fluid and accommodating to changes and challenges.  This is how we learn.  There is always more than one route or option to a resolution.  Be cautiously optimistic, assess the situation and dig deep – then make the choice.

NINE of ISIBANE – People of the South (Fire) –  Key word – FORTITUDE

Display courage in adversity | Proceed carefully | Protect self | Take extra precautions | Hidden reserves | Stamina to persevere | Hold fast | Risk assessment and caution | Resourcefulness and conviction | Endurance

FortitudeiTongo Tarot :  The visual shows someone in control.  Assessing the situation and prepared to hold fast and endure. Standing with one foot on a Cape Cobra4 he has his knobkierrie2 at the ready to take action should he need to.  His physical body is covered by animal skins he has hunted and tanned himself.  He feels safe and protected from the ‘enemy’ as well as the situation. He trusts in his own ability and resources.

The River in the background is the Great Kei River 3.  This is where he made his home and built his mighty nation.

Chief Rharhabe1 (1722-1787) was the Right hand son of King Phalo.  He was known as a great warrior and strategist.

Further Reading about the elements in the card visual

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rharhabe
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knobkierrie
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Kei_River
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_cobra