Reward for Effort

SIX of MAVHELE – People of the North (Venda, Pedi & Ndebele)

RewardKey word – REWARD Material returns for effort | Physical comfort | Security after challenge | Generosity received | Healing | Acknowledgement of service | Knowledge | Power | Resource | Advantage

Six of Mavhele/Coins/Pentacles is about reward for effort, but also about finding the balance between what you want or wish for and what you need.  This week we need to take stock of what do we really want.  We wish for all sorts of things and happenings in the moment, without really considering if this is truly what we want or need.

The right question is ‘what is going on?’ and why do we want life to be different. Are we seeking security after a challenging time?  Are we feeling that there is a lack of acknowledgement for our services or efforts?  Tired of pushing the rock all alone … then this is also a great week to accept the hand of generosity that is being offered.

Whether it’s an offering of money, goods or resource, take advantage.  We all have ‘helpers’ along the way and this is the week to take advantage of that.  The key is being able to recognise when help is being offered. It may come as a mentor or on a more subtle level in your dreams, which is the unconscious trying to get a message through.  We always ‘know’ what to do; more often than not we choose not to follow our intuition.

This is the week for equilibrium, stability and the balance and harmony between body, mind and spirit.  Moving forward with all your capabilities and instincts. There is no reason why you can’t have success with a good heart. Be kind, generous and thoughtful.

We don’t have to deny what we wish for, but we do need to understand that we need to put in some effort for the reward.  Take advantage of the resources available, tap into your own inner power centre and push through, achieve that goal.  You will receive assistance when its most needed and from the most surprising resource at exactly the right time.

Look at your life from all angles before you take action.  Examine your own expertise and assets, how they help you and then how they help others.  Where you have done this in the past, look out for the rewards (Karmic payback) this week.  Accept and enjoy all that comes to you.

We in turn can be that shining light for someone else.  If you see someone struggling with his or her circumstances take time to share your knowledge, don’t always do the talking – the greatest gift you can give is to simply be there and listen. With great success comes great responsibility – we need to pay it forward.  Share your knowledge, help out a friend, give to charity – it is time to meet all needs on all levels.  This card is about giving and receiving but more importantly its about the constant flow of energy for the upliftment of self and others. That is what ‘wealth’ is all about.

Those that meditate, pray or commune with their Divine, will notice that spiritually they are feeling uplifted and more connected to their spiritual power.  There will be clarity in the message directing their journey.  The feeling of unconditional love and harmony within a tradition. Stabilise and balance.

The six of Mavhele brings a week of wellbeing and security, with renewed faith in life and others giving your self-esteem a welcome boost.

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky with an apparent visual magnitude of -1.46, almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star.

iTongo Tarot Myth, Legend and History.  

The VhaVenda continuously observe Sirius.  When it appears as an evening star, they call it Khumbela Tshilalelo (asking for supper). When it is the morning star, rising early during the winter months, they call it Nanga (horn). The VhaVenda are aware that it is the same star.

The first appearance of Nanga each year used to be the signal for the beginning of harvesting and the coming of winter. The young men would climb a hill and watch for the dawn rising of Nanga. The first man to spot it in the morning sky would blow the sable antelope horn (phala-phala) to spread the glad news to the village.

The boys would then drive the chief’s cattle to a designated place and leave them unattended. The whole village would watch and wait for the first beast to return home. Its arrival was greeted with ululations and rejoicing. As a reward this first animal was presented by the chief to the ‘first’ man who heralded the coming of winter.

The BaSotho watch for Canopus which is known as Naka. The Zulu know Canopus as isAndulela, a messenger appearing at the end of autumn, the harvest time, and also as inKhwenkwezi, “The Brilliant Star”. The San believed that Canopus could influence the availability of ants’ eggs, a rich source of nourishment, and they called it “The Ant Egg Star”.

The Tropic of Capricorn is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It lies 23026’22”south of the equator and marks the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. This event occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun to its maximum extent.

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Queen of Assegai (Swords)

Queen of Assegai/SwordsPeople of the East (Zulu)

Key word – INTUITION

Intellectual maturity | Knowledge by perception | Expressing a Philosophy| Witty; Laughter | Insight | Prophetic | Honest direct communication | Getting to the heart of the matter | Realistic expectations

The Queen of Assegai is all about direct communication and she invites you to think as she does.  This is not a week for romantic ideals, but rather slicing through to the heart of the matter.  Face the truth, even if it is unpleasant and be upfront with everyone.

Nandi (the sweet one) – Shaka’s mother was a woman who was marginalised and tormented most of her life – tradition did not allow for women to speak up and speak their minds.  She was a great mother, not only to Shaka but also to the nation.  We need to understand that where we have come from and the trials we have face have shaped us in the present.  We do not have to allow the trauma of the past to dictate our future, we need to cut those cords that bind.

Size up the situation, be direct in your communication and let go of what is not working for you.  Understand the hidden motives of others, don’t be fooled by the façades of others.  Look deep into their actions and in turn your reactions.

Having said that, this is also a week to lighten up a little – life is serious, but is also meant to be lived and enjoyed.  Laugh out loud and dance like no one is there. Express your joy.

Delight in your sense of humour and make some one smile – it’s a week to bring a little laughter and light into our sometimes dreary lives.  Give a thought to the families here at Red Cross, extend a helping hand to those that are in pain or suffering, be it from physical burdens or grief, just lighten their load. Spread a little sunshine.

Diffuse awkward situations and have realistic expectations.  Be quick thinking and perceptive and tell it like it is – you need to be present in your life this week because it may be a week filled with dialogue and you may be asked your opinions – know where you stand, and what you stand for. Be happy to share your experience and expertise, but be open to learning new things.  Engage with your world around you with wisdom.  This is the week about ideas and communication.  Exercise good judgement based on your life experience and intellect.  This is not a week for being impulsive.

This is a week about hope – what you set up and achieve this week will have an effect on your future endeavours.  Make the right and mature choice.

 LEGEND: Nandi (the sweet one) kaBhebhe eLangeni (c.1760 – 1827) Daughter of Bhebhe, a chief of the Langeni tribe, and the mother of Shaka, King of the Zulu and the third wife of Senzangakhona, ruler of the Zulu chiefdom.

As a traditional marriage ceremony had not been conducted, Nandi was not recognised as queen nor was her son, Shaka, acknowledged as an heir. Even in her own home she was ridiculed and shunned. The relationship of Senzangakhona and Nandi seems to have been difficult and ended in the chieftain driving Nandi from his court. Fearing for their lives, she left the esiKlebeni homestead of Shaka’s father and sought sanctuary in the Mhlathuze Valley of the Langeni people. Nandi spent many years being shunted back and forth between the Zulu and her own tribe. After the death of her father, she and her son once again had to leave their home seeking refuge.

At the time of the Great Famine, known as the Madlantule (c.1802) Shaka and Nandi went to the Mthethwa people to the home of Nandi’s aunt under the aegis of Dingiswayo, who welcomed them. Growing up Shaka was taunted by those who resented his claims to chiefly descent. On the death of Senzangakhona (Shaka’s father), Dingiswayo lent his young protégé the military support necessary to oust and assassinate his senior half-brother, Sigujana, and make himself chieftain of the Zulu.

Once he was in a position of power, Shaka exacted revenge on all who had belittled or betrayed them. As his kingdom grew, he built KwaBulawayo, a royal household of about 1,400 huts in the Mhlathuze valley (some 27km from the present town of Eshowe) and here Shaka declared Nandi, “Queen of Queens”.

Nandi died of dysentery on 10 October 1827. Shaka put on his war regalia and proceeded to wail in anguish. The entire tribe erupted into attendant mourning. Tradition held that upon the death of someone of Nandi’s stature, several servants and attendants should be wounded or killed. On Shaka’s orders, several people were executed on the spot, and a general massacre broke out. In this case, the event became a cover for many people to settle old scores, and it is reported, up to seven thousand people died in the massacre.  Nandi’s grave is outside Eshowe, and is marked Nindi.

Live in the Light

The iTongo Tarot card for this week is 19 The Sun – uBuntu

19 The Sun - uBuntuCONCEPT Collaboration; Teamwork; Partnership; Personal potential; Illumination; Rebirth, Universal consciousness; Adjustment; Success; Gratitude

Ubuntu is the African concept of ‘humanity towards others’. It is the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. It is about having compassion towards other human beings, helping them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Sharing Grace and showing gratitude for what you DO have is the spirit of uBuntu. To achieve harmony,  respect in all aspects is fundamental.  Respect human life, no matter the circumstance or situation.  What you do, affects others, so be mindful this week of generosity, kindness and compassion.

Aspire to a higher awareness

The other important aspect of this card is the archetype of the child. The Child is the Guardian of Innocence.   Spend some time healing your inner child, mature to your intellectual age.  We set our dreams, hopes, ambitions around the age of puberty.  We accept that our intellect (IQ) needs to be developed and we go to school, we learn something new everyday, yet we seem to ignore our emotional selves (EQ).  We EXPECT that the emotions will just follow our intellect, that’s why we have problems adjusting and certainly in relationships.  When one has an intellect of 35 year old with an emotional maturity of an 11 year old … no wonder there are problems.

Ask yourself what your EQ is, make conscious changes and mature the child within.  That doesn’t mean that we have to give up the wonder, joy and excitement in our world, it just means that reactions and responses should be age appropriate.

Its almost mid winter and I see a fair amount of posts on Facebook to help those less fortunate. Take notice of the invisible people – they may be many things, but one thing we do know is they are cold.  Take blankets, jerseys, anything warm to your local church or distribution centre or even drive around. Go through your cupboard and fridge, make some soup and share it.

Ubuntu invites you to practice humanity towards others.  So this week aspire to a higher awareness, play and be joyful, more importantly be kind and compassionate to others.  Live in the light.

15 The Devil – Thikoloshe

CONCEPT The shadow; What bedevils us; Pain and pleasure; Trickster; Oppression; Vanity

Thikoloshe invites you to set your boundaries and limitations.

Combine practicality with productivity /Dynamic and assertive /Accepting what is /Experiencing boundaries and limits /Domination and manipulation /Materialistic /Ego /The inability to move on /Hedonist; Lust /Energies of purification, disillusion and re-balance

This card pretty much covers the seven deadly sins, being wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. It’s also about setting boundaries and limitations, learning and understanding the principle of cause and effect. For every action there is a reaction.

The Thikoloshe myth is very well known in South Africa, and each tribe has its own variation of what a Thikoloshe looks like. The Thikoloshe is a manifestation of mischievousness and evil, and he has immense power.

His physical appearance owes its attributes to various African creatures: large all-seeing eyes and survival cunning from the nagaap (Bushbaby); the ability to see in the dark and wisdom from the owl; the mane of a great lion that empowers him with strength and courage; and a tail like a serpent.

In Zulu mythology, Thikoloshe is also called “Hili”, and believed to be a dwarf-like water sprite. He only has one arm and one leg, and is a mischievous and evil spirit. He can become invisible by swallowing a pebble, and he then leaves his watery home to make unlawful love to women, or to fight men. If he loses the fight, he will teach his opponent magic and healing.

Malevolent people wanting to cause trouble for others sometimes call upon the Thikoloshe, and a Sangoma’s skill must be called upon to banish him.  Most of the time only children can see the Thikoloshe; he shows kindness towards them and they often become firm friends.

Today many South African people still raise their beds off the ground, by placing them on bricks or tin drums, so that the Thikoloshe (Tokoloshe) cannot reach them.  No one answers a knock at the door at night, in case it is the Thikoloshe. They truly fear this creature and most will have an interesting story to tell about their encounters with the Thikoloshe.  So great are the myths surrounding him, that many are afraid to even mention his name.

Consider superstitions … we all have little rituals that we perform for good luck, safety or sometimes simply hedging our bets.  We trust that there is something out there that protects us from harm but equally, we believe that there is evil and mischief lurking.

Mythology, archetypes and old wives tales have survived into modern thinking.  These anecdotes and stories were a way to impart knowledge to the uneducated masses.  to set boundaries and limitations on human behaviour to show that there are consequences to actions.

Superstitions come from the collective consciousness. The inherited experience of the entire human race. It’s a belief that certain actions bring certain results, however this is subjective and what may be perceived as bad luck to one person, may manifest as good luck to another.  The same applies to rites and rituals.

BoticelliWe are born with Inherent knowledge – soul knowledge, Collective body of divine wisdom.  As we mature we Acquire knowledge from Ancient History and mythology or “old wives tales”. Patterns of influence come from – social, economic, religion, culture, ethnicity, geography and life lessons – all this is Genetically encoded onto our psyche and makes us who we are and functioning within a certain belief system.

Our thoughts create our reality – its what we believe that makes the difference.  Get to know your shadow self.  Take a walk on the dark side, explore your hidden persona.  What motivates you to indulge, express and participate in actions that do not serve you or the people around you.

Take sloth for instance, don’t just lie around waiting for the world to change, get up, get active and make the changes you want.  Lust is probably one of the most damaging impulses man can have … the results are devastating, rape, abuse, incest.  Its about control and learning to manage your dark side.

Putting your bed on bricks, not walking under a ladder or knocking on wood is not going to keep the Thikoloshe away … changing how you think and feel is what brings ‘fortunate’ results.  You are the power, you have the power … use it wisely.