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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