10 The Wheel of Fortune – ITHUBA

This week I have chosen a card that is personal and iconic to iTongo Tarot.  The Wheel of Fortune – Ithuba is the signature card of iTongo Tarot and one of the personal cards of my friend, saviour and supporter Mark Marais.  His tarot cards are 19, 10, 1 a unique combination to suit such a unique person.

iTongo Tarot owes its existence to him, without his faith in the project I don’t think it would ever have come to market.  He believed in the project but more importantly he believed in me.

We are said to create our own destiny, but without the help of others we can find the road to success a bumpy ride.  Mark paved the road ahead, he has steadfastly guided me with his insight, knowledge and unconditional help.  As The Sun UBUNTUhe shines his light when the darkness threatens.  He continues to collaborate to bring about the personal SANGOMApotential of all he encounters.   As The Magician he weaves his special kind of magic to keep all in balance and harmony.  He respects determination and the soul’s destiny.

The spirit of uBuntu lives within him.  I am, we are, because of who he is.  Happy Birthday Marki.


10 The Wheel of Fortune – ITHUBAITHUBA

Round and round she goes, where she lands, no one knows … Chance, opportunity or Karma. It is believed that we create our own destiny,  that our past actions bring us to exactly where we need to be in the present.

But what about our fortune and abundance – when abundance is in the negative – how do we deal with this and how do we change the current situation.  Simply understanding the principle of cause and effect, for every action there is a reaction, the cycles of time and life, everything has its moment and its season.

As the wheel turns we experience all that is attached to that wheel.  Times when we are on top of it all, sometimes feeling we are spinning out of control, other times our world is lying fallow and no matter what we try to do, we just cant seem to get out of the doldrums.  Then something unexpected happens and we are being pulled in a direction (we sometimes don’t understand) but we go with the flow, recognizing the opportunities that come our way and making new choices more inline with each new situation or opportunity.

Another way to make sure that the results of your desire/wishes are closer to the plan or path you choose is to create a vision board.  A visual representation of what, how, when and where is the simplest of tools to keep you focused and in the moment.  Be optimistic about outcomes.  Be realistic about outcomes. What we think impacts directly on what we do. Take control and manifest your internal abundance into your physical world.

Wealth is not just about money.  Wealth in health, friends and family (both biological and chosen) is as important as having the means to live the life you choose.  Support from those around you often aids in the breakthrough needed to set you on the right course of actions. Its like the mighty oak tree, the tree stands through out the seasons, its appearance changes as the leaves wither and fall, to be renewed in the spring.  The outer changes are visible but the essence of the tree stays the same.  So too should your life be – rooted and grounded but prepared to show different aspects at different times.

Choose your path wisely, take time to consider exactly what you want  – round and round she goes … knowing where its going to land is liberating.

iTongo Tarot interpretation and mythology

10 The Wheel of Fortune – ITHUBA  (ithuba/amathuba n. (-thuba) : Chance; Opportunity0

CONCEPT Breakthrough; Prosperity; Karma; Abundance; Opportunity; Cycles

Ithuba invites you to manifest internal abundance externally.

Increase of wealth /Optimism, order and generosity /Sudden events /New beginnings /Creative and inspired /Change /The cycles of life /Occasion and timeliness /Principle of cause and effect /Association with law, religion and education

The Rain Bull

In African culture, for the earth to become plentiful, the rain bull must be quietly stalked and lassoed by the horns with a leather thong which has been blessed by a Sangoma. This huge powerful creature grazes in the reeds at the sources of springs, and once caught, will be led across the lands that men wish to make fertile. Then, say the legends, the rain will fall and lightning flash.

Other legends tell that when it starts raining the bull has to be killed and cut up into pieces, which are thrown where the rain must fall. In these places, food will grow in abundance.

To the indigenous people, even rain clouds can appear as monstrous rain beasts, gigantic monsters filled with rain. They believe that if the rain falls softly and gently it is the rain cow wetting the earth, and if the rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning, then the rain bull is in attendance. (The bull must be kept calm and appeased at all times otherwise his anger will release violent storms with thunder and lightning).


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