Eight of Assegai (Air) Danger

We are born with an inherent nature, its acquired knowledge that moulds and shapes us. Over our lifetime as we mature we add to our life experience and knowledge base.  Sometimes we get stuck in a pattern, this is the enemy within.

We need to constantly be adjusting our beliefs and attitudes.  There is no need to feel confused, helpless and powerless.  The objective is to remove the obstacles – whether its fear, lack of focus or perceived limitations.  Unless we take that leap of faith, that the soul knows what it wants and needs, we will continue to repeat the same mistakes, make the same choices that don’t serve us in the long run and feel powerless.

Take time to evaluate which of the scripts still work in your adult world.  Which lessons have borne fruit?  What is it that makes you feel strong and powerful?  Which circumstances (material, emotional or intellectual) are holding you back from being all that you could be.

One common thread that I have identified with my clients is the desire to change but are held back by the fear of the unknown.  Finding the strength to go against everything familiar and to make significant changes.  It doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” situation.  Gradually ease out the toxic in your life and fill those spaces with what nurtures your inherent nature, what motivates your growth and brings about that inner peace.

The road to self-knowing and fulfilment is a long one, but certainly worth travelling.  As they say “history has a way of repeating itself” – why not let your repeats be joyful and victorious.

Swords, Air

 

EIGHT of ASSEGAI – People of the East

Key word – DANGER

The enemy within | Beliefs and attitudes | Purpose | Self inflicted pain | Remove obstacles | Restricted creative expression | Loss | Confusion| Powerless | Persecution | Confinement

 

 

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IMINYANYA – the ancestors are seen as those who have died and joined the spiritual world.  In most African cultures, death is viewed not as an end but rather as the immortality of spirit.

We are often asked what we would like our legacy to be … how many of us truly understand what that means.  It’s not about being famous, or being wealthy, ultimately, we are remembered by the impact of our spirit.   Some may forget our name, spend our wealth but they will never forget how we made them feel, how we uplifted them as individuals, how we changed their course.

Just like the snake we need to discard that which is no longer working or useful in our lives, we need to transform and renew.  Every seven years our bodies renew, it is accepted that part of us dies and rebirths, the cycle of life.  So too should we rebirth our spirit and our attitudes.

We are constantly asked to adjust to a fast developing and ever changing technological world around us, yet our spirit remains constant.  It’s the attitude we choose to live with that makes the difference.  We need to learn to live with harmony between our souls purpose and society. The creator and creation balancing the natural laws with mans environment.

Throughout our lives we experience different cycles, from birth to our coming of age, to our own procreation of the next generation to death.  Practice good judgement, evaluate your life and the stage you are in. Undergo transformation or metamorphosis and embrace each new reality with wholeness and integration.

Judgement20 The Earth – IMINYANYA  The Ancestors

CONCEPT Good judgement; Rebirth; Introspection; Transformation; Evaluation; Metamorphosis

Iminyanya invites you to follow your destiny.

Reaping reward from past actions /Analysis and evaluation /Absolution /Responsibility /New view of reality /Making wise judgements /Integration /Wholeness /Ancestral and family matters /Avoidable influences

The Ancestors: Iminyanya/amadlozi/badimo/vadzimo/abezimu – all these terms refer to those who have died and joined the spiritual world. In most African cultures, death is viewed not as the destruction of life but the immortality of the spirit. It is believed that when man dies he often turns into a snake – the snake is named iTongo (amaTongo).

Ouroboros (tail-devourer), a snake depicted with its tail in its mouth forming a continuous circle, is considered a symbol of eternity. It is present in many African artworks – cloth patterns, wall paintings, and metal works. According to legend, the snake carried the creator in his mouth while the earth was being created. The creator feared that the earth would sink into the sea beneath the weight of the mountains. The snake coiled itself around the earth, holding firm with its tail in its mouth; this hold must never be loosened, otherwise all of creation will disintegrate.

In order for African people to live in harmony with the creator and creation, all natural laws and observances were divinely revealed to the first African generation as a community at the beginning of time. The death of that generation meant the beginning of intercession between the living and the creator, or ancestor worship, as the first generation had now joined the spiritual world thereby marking the beginning of the ancestors. Many African peoples regard the earth as a female deity, a mother-goddess who rules all people and is the mother of all creatures. The earth lives and gives birth to ever-new generations of beings and the ancestors live in the earth. The earth’s elements: fire, air, and water are recognised as gifts from the great mother, yet the earth is seldom worshipped. Nevertheless, the earth has a very powerful spirit that rules over life and death.

The Stages of Life (Rites of Passage)

Birth is the first rhythm of a new generation and the birth rites incorporate the newborn child into its new society.

Initiation rites continue that process and make the child a mature, responsible, and active member of society.

Marriage makes the young adult a creative and reproductive being, linked to both the departed and future generations.

Death stands between the world of humans and the world of spirits, between the visible and invisible. Burial rites make it quite clear that the bereaved feel that the dead are only making their way to their final destiny, i.e. to the new world of the living dead – their ancestors.

Page of Moritsoana (Water) Romantic

Valentines Day comes with a double edged sword, it can be a day of joy or sorrow.  We begin the day with great expectations of being showered with love and gifts – more often than not there is disappointment, not quite the amount of flowers we believe we deserve, not quite the small and shiny gift we were expecting and the list goes on.

Why should it be one single day that a public display of affection is required.  We should always have the spirit of love and emotion, share in our close personal relationships.  We need to live beyond the formalities and rather constantly experience the love that is shared, our private moments of togetherness.  We need to reach out, which may involve a fair measure of emotional risk taking, but nothing ventured nothing gained.

We cant look to others to fulfill us, unless we are whole and complete within ourselves, no matter what the other person does – it’s never going to be enough.  Show you love somebody, share the light in your heart. Bask in the radiance and warmth of their love… everyday!

 

RomanticPAGE of MORITSOANA People of the West

Key word – ROMANTIC

Close personal relationship | Spirit of love and emotion | Light hearted abandon | Emotional risk taking | Go beyond formalities | Private moments of togetherness | Reach out | Refuse to judge or condemn

The courtship process starts with a boy’s father proposing to the chosen girl’s parents.

If the girl’s parents agreed to the proposal, they would present the boy’s father with a calabash of water. The boy himself would then visit the girl in the company of a few of his friends. If she was satisfied with the idea of having him as her future husband, she would give him a scarf (moqhaka) as a present. Custom also dictated that she should offer him food, which he would have to reject to prove that he came out of love and not out of hunger.

The transfer of bohali (bride wealth) from the groom’s family to that of the bride sealed traditional marriages. This signified that the woman had now become part of the man’s clan and that their children would be born with his name. The bohali was usually fixed at 20 cattle, one horse and 10 sheep or goats but payment was rarely made in full and usually amounted to only 10 cattle.

Any payment after this helped strengthen the bonds between the two families. In the past, the wedding ceremony was held shortly after the marriage was arranged. A more recently developed custom is that the wedding only takes place after the couple has eloped or after the man and his friends have abducted the girl of his choice. The girl is then welcomed at the man’s home as if the wedding had taken place.

A feast is held and the girl’s family sends her trousseau to her new home. The groom acknowledges that he has had sexual relations with his wife when he sends the first instalment of six cattle or an equivalent amount of money. This does not however entitle him to acknowledge any of their children under his clan name until he has paid over the balance of the bohali.

Neptune enters Pisces

Neptune comes home to Pisces in the 12th house after 164 years.  The Tarot card associated with Neptune is 12 The Hanged Man.  As this is the year of changes in consciousness, learning and growing through the collective effort. It is almost comforting to know that Neptune is home in Pisces.  We can heal our selves through introspection and self analysis, connecting to the greater consciousness through spirit.

This is also a time to view the world from a different perspective.  Seeking independence from everyone else’s ‘stuff’ and taking responsibility for the choices we make.  Break old patterns and rewrite your script.  We are who we are due to our life experience and influences.  If its not working for you, let go and find new role models.   Let your present life experience and thought patterns define your future.  Be all that you can be.

Don’t limit your self, rather shoot for it all, and adjust as you go along.  Some say that life is a compromise.  Yes we do have to fit in with what’s going on around us, reacting and responding to external influences, but that does not mean we have to sell out who we are and our authentic selves.

We just need to look at life from a different perspective, transcending our ego and not take ourselves too seriously.  Draw energy from humanity and the collective.

Use the energy of Neptune and Pisces to help you find that still point.  To show what the soul wants.  Practice your philosophy daily and extend it to others.

Zwidudwane12  The Hanged Man – ZWIDUDWANE  (Water Spirits)

CONCEPT Sacrifice with wisdom; Surrender; Breaking old patterns; Dissolve barriers; Prophecy

Zwidudwane invites you to sacrifice with wisdom to achieve a new level of understanding.

Radical change of perspective / Time in suspension / Humour as a tool / Self-imposed limitations / Spiritual turning point  / Effective timing / Challenges are teachers / True light and rebirth / Transcend ego.

 

Lake Fundudzi is a sacred lake, venerated by the VhaVenda people. It lies in the heart of the Soutpansberg mountains and is one of the few true inland lake systems in South Africa.

The Lake is fed by three rivers – the Mutale, the Godoni, and the Muiladi, and holds an abundance of fish, vital to the livelihood of the ‘People of the Pool’. The Venda people believe Zwidudwane (water spirits), live at the bottom of waterfalls and in the lake.

Legend has it that the rivers that run into this lake do not mix with the water, but rather skips over the top disappearing into the mountain and comes out the other side, without emptying the lake.