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.


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