Celebrate Life

Four of iSibaneFOUR of ISIBANE – People of the South  –  Key word – FREEDOM

Freedom to manifest new identity | Open to new possibilities | Rites of passage | Rituals and ceremonies | Participation | Celebration | New period of growth | Breaking free from bonds | The burden of responsibility | Dance with joy and celebrate life

The four of wands is about completion and celebration – how apropos with the Olympics and our Gold medal last night. Dance with joy and celebrate life.

This week be open to new possibilities, honour and observe rituals and ceremonies.  When going for your goal we must participate in the process, from this effort we will see rewards for our labours.

This week will see a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. We can put down that burden of responsibility, and take a break to rest on our laurels.  It’s a time of being in harmony with those around us, and be graceful in all our interactions.  Enter a new period of growth with joy, we have the freedom to manifest anything we desire, break free from the bonds that hold us back. Cut loose from circumstances that limit our potential and be determined to be ALL that we can be.

The most important thing to remember this week is what the Buddhists call “right mind, and right thinking”.  What we think becomes our reality, so we need to make sure that we are focused and rational.  Be clear about the perceived outcome, be specific on what you want to achieve – stay in the zone and you will reap the rewards.  Follow the example of Olympic athletes.  They have worked hard for many years to achieve their success.  As we support them in their moment to show the fruits of their labours, we celebrate their success. You will see the co-operation of others and bask in the congratulations and good wishes.

Cameron Van Der Burgh – Gold Medal Winner 100m Breaststroke

Feel the thrilling delight of achievement, rise above and know that it’s a job well done.  Be generous with your good fortune and inspire others.  Accept that this sense of achievement brings a new beginning into the light.  Your faith will guide you, count your blessings and integrate all things wonderful into your daily activity and your psyche.  Your position of balance is one of pure spirit in abundance. Yet, we never stop learning and growing. Create that balanced lifestyle.

The nature of the Four of Wands is to keep growing, the downside is we are so impressed with ourselves we could very easily slip into inertia and laziness.

It was with great pride watching our flag being raised, well done Cameron!

 The National Anthem of South Africa

The national anthem of South Africa is a combined version of two evocative but quite different songs, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa) and “The Call of South Africa” (Die Stem van Suid Afrika).

“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a missionary Methodist schoolteacher. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. A popular church hymn, it was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings.  CJ Langenhoven wrote “The Call of South Africa” in May 1918. The Reverend ML de Villiers composed the music in 1921.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_anthem_of_South_Africa

Language Lyrics English translation
Xhosa Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, God bless AfricaRaise high its glory
Zulu Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo. Hear our prayersGod bless us, your children
Sesotho Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,

Setjhaba sa, South Afrika — South Afrika.

God, we ask You to protect our nationIntervene and end all conflictsProtect us, protect our nation,

Nation of South Africa — South Africa.

Afrikaans Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,

Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Ringing out from our blue heavens,From our deep seas breaking round,Over everlasting mountains,

Where the echoing crags resound,

English Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom

In South Africa our land.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa)

Be all that you can be

Page of iSibane - ConfdencePAGE of ISIBANE – People of the South – Key word – CONFIDENCE

This week is all about the beginning of opportunities that bring the changes you want in your life.  It’s a time to ‘follow your heart”. A time to feel free spirited and not be bogged down with baggage and issues.  Like a child see the world with passion and wonder.  Be on the lookout for the agent of transformation, it could be  a younger person, an event or perhaps its time to remember when you felt powerful and anything was possible – remember that energy and apply it to all that you think and do.

This is a great time for creation and conception of ideas, it a time for Aha moments when all seems to just fit and work. A bright idea that sparks a whole new journey of the soul, filled with passion and changes.  Be the creative visionary that you are.  Your ambitions are attainable, dream the dream in a perfect world then work out how you are going to achieve it.  Keep your ethics in check as you go forward with unlimited energy and enthusiasm.

Deal with your fears, know that the light within (umlilo) can show you the way.  Fear is a projection of something that has not happened and often we are simply turning away from ourselves.  Living your authentic life  can be scary, we know we have ability sometimes we just don’t know how to manifest it.  This is the week we will receive some clarity. Integrate your fears, work through them and emerge victorious. Be all that you can be.

This week is about fulfilling the dreams and desires you were born with, a time of new beginnings that will bring you into your personal power. Role play like you did as a child – experiment and imagine, rediscover the joy of life, savour the success.

Success comes from being diligent, work hard for what you want and stick with it.  Trust your own instincts and be self reliant.  You know you can do this.  Step out there with confidence, your attitude will inspire others.  Have courage and be mindful of the fears, find solutions to overcome.

Feel you need some help … start a daily ritual of meditation, prayer or simply set aside five minutes a day to contemplate your inner world. Write down your personal motto or vision – something to live by.  Trust your instincts, that little voice inside has no agenda but to keep you safe and on the path of your destiny.

As Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it, you can do it” and this is exactly what the Page of iSibane brings – confidence to achieve.

iTongo myth, legend, history

Gcaleka (c.1730 –1792) Prince Royal and successor to Phalo. The name Gcaleka is widely known for two reasons: one was the splitting of the tribe into two divisions1 and the other was that he became a Traditional Healer.

This action created suspicion amongst his people who could not accept that a leader could have ‘twin’ allegiances, and felt that there would no longer be peace in the realm.

Gcaleka graduated as a fully qualified traditional healer at Ngxingxolo, on the Kwelera River near East London. Oral tradition tells that one day, out on a hunt, the chief’s companion Mtukutu saw Gcaleka disappearing into a large pool of water. The approaching party were ordered back to the Great Place by Mtukutu with instructions to prepare for the chief’s reception.

A few days later the people went to the pool driving a herd of cattle and witnessed a series of events that have been described as miraculous. Upon arrival at the pool, a black and white spotted cow separated from the herd and entered the water. When the cow emerged she lay down at the spot Gcaleka had disappeared.

The cow was seized and slaughtered as a sacrificial offering to the Ancestral spirits, portions of the meat were roasted and shared, and a portion was left on the bank with the hide. Piece by piece the flesh moved into the water. The water became turbulent and a portion of the flesh was cast back to the bank by the spirits. The people gratefully accepted this meat, and then they placed a basket of tobacco, corn, pumpkins and sweet cane along with the remainder of the meat above the water hole, with it all disappearing into the pool.

After a time, Chief Gcaleka smeared with white ochre emerged from the water at the spot where the hide had disappeared. Returning home he was anointed with an infusion of herbs. In this manner, Gcaleka was initiated into the fraternity of Traditional Healers.

Gcaleka died around 1792 yet his name lives on through the tribe.

Breathe

A simple breath exercise to still body and mind.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or “prana” in Sanskrit is said to be the vehicle of the mind.  Because it is the prana that makes our mind move.  One of the simplest ways to manage stress is through Breath Control.  It is through breath that all those messages are carried through the blood stream to the relevant muscle, which in turn reacts.

Our body parts are neutral, they have no emotion or thought – it is up to us to make sure that the right message is getting to the right centre, so we can enjoy the right response.

So when you calm the mind by working with the breath you are simultaneously and automatically taming and training the mind.  We take a deep breath when life becomes stressful – let out a deep breath when the moment of anxiety has passed – breath regulates our temperature and mood.  It is through breath that we can bring about physiological change within our bodies.  We express ourselves through breath.  Laugher,  groaning, panting etc.

It is because of the intimate relationship between mind and body, and the existence of special physiological centres (chakras) within our body, that physical exercise and the practice of mindfulness can have positive effects on health.

You are the centre of your universe.  If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself.  Then that will help to bring change in your family.  From there it just gets bigger and bigger.

So when we meditate, breathe naturally, just as you always do.  Focus your awareness lightly on the out breath, just flow out with the out breath.  Each time you breathe out let go and release all your inner grasping. Each time you breathe in feel the cleansing of fresh air.

Our aim is to clear the mind, have a focal point and cleanse the body.

Benefits include:  eliminates stress & fatigue, improves health, increases energy and well-being, expands mental potential.

FOCUSED CYCLE

Breathe In  (Nose) 1-2-3-4

Hold 1-2-3-4

Out (Mouth) 1-2-3-4-5-6

Hold 1-2-3-4

On the last breath out, inhale normally and just watch the breath, be aware of the breath at the nostrils, sit with the mind relaxed.

Think that your mind is held and supported by your body.  Your mind has nowhere to go, nothing to do.  You don’t have to struggle to attain anything.  Nothing to achieve, no fear of failure.

If at any point in your meditation you find that your mind has wandered, just return to your focus on your breath.

At the end of your meditation, open eyes and get up and stretch the body.

Isolation, Introspection and Independence

IsolationSEVEN of ASSEGAI (Swords)

People of the East  Key word – ISOLATION

Developmental strategy | Dreaming | Independence | Solitude | Cut off from society | Betrayal of secrets | Introspection | Avoiding obligations and commitments | Procrastination |

This week is about sorting fact from fiction. Isolating the truth and getting to the heart of the matter.  Don’t take anything at face value, we need to dig down to the pure essence of the situation, learning to understand the underlying truth, without deception and illusion.

You may be feeling somewhat introverted and perhaps even shy in social settings.  This is the opportunity to use your intellect, be the explorer and use your perspective, even if it seems somewhat ‘out there’ to others. This is a great time to shed light on matters that have been needing attention.  Be a seeker and thinker. This is a time to be spiritual and not necessarily religious – you want to ask about the meaning of life, who am I, what is my purpose. Explore in a methodical analysis of fact, research and be logical about your conclusions.

Air your views – look at the lighter side of life and express your sense of humour.  Often truth is found in jokes or comedy.  When we laugh we draw in great big gulps of air – this helps our bodies to energise and revitalise.  Laughter is the best medicine.  Balance analysis and strategy.

Watch out for being too cynical, arrogant and verbal – it may appear abusive and cold hearted to others. Even inconsiderate and anti-social.

The imagination is probably our strongest tool, it is vast and powerful. The imagination can take us to great heights or plunge us into the darkest despair – this week isolate your triggers, what makes you happy, what makes you fearful, what makes you sad.  Its ok to spend hours transcending into your own world to sort matters, but don’t underestimate the benefit of activity and the knowledge of others.  Life can only be experienced not rationalised.  Travel beyond your perceived limitations of your mind – reach for the stars.

The imagination can also lead us on a path that has nothing to do with a given situation.  We project into the future of what could be rather than deal with what is.  We fall into the trap of worrying about things that have not happened and are unlikely to happen – this is a waste of time and resources, with us ending up feeling despondent and failures.

This can also be a bit of a sneaky card.  The  seven of swords hints that there may be hidden meaning or messages, perhaps someone is trying to sabotage you at work or in a relationship – its fine to tip toe around the issue while gathering information but at some point you have to draw the line in the sand and take a stand.  Look inward and ask if you have contributed in any way to your situation. Sometimes we self-sabotage.  Are you doing nothing because of fear? Feeling stressed and helpless can be debilitating, the purpose is to keep moving forward, keep responding with a clear mind or the ‘poor me’ attitude will limit your chances of success.  Make a choice and stick with it. As life improves adjust you thinking accordingly, don’t get stuck or allow fear to limit you.  If you believe you have done wrong, make the choice to fix it, doing nothing is your worst enemy, inertia leads to disaster and the issue becomes traumatic rather than dramatic.

Remember, what you put effort into  or feed will grow and flourish (positive and negative) be mindful of the situation, find the truth and live your authentic life.  Be centred and complete your tasks with humour and grace.  Life is a journey, only when you know where you are going will you know how to get there.

Take a Leap of Faith

Ulwaluko0 The Fool  ULWALUKO

CONCEPT Courage; Transition; Transformation through a rite of passage; A spiritual journey; Retreat and seclusion

Ulwaluko invites you to be initiated into your destiny.

Take a leap of faith, or the road less travelled.

Unless we try something we will never know the outcome.  Unless we give our all we cant hope to achieve success.

0 The Fool is an interesting card, because it is all about the balance of opposites – it is the beginning of a journey but can also signify the end.  Zero is all and nothing at the same time.  This could be about coming full circle.  The void or oblivion … consciously making the choice to step in to your life.  The Fool is not about being stupid or silly but rather about having the power of the Joker in a card pack.  It can transform any sequence by filling the void.

This week feel the spirit in search of experience, explore the deeper knowledge of your spirituality.  This is the week that you need to do what is best for you.  Remember the pure joy experienced as a child when discovering something new, we need to recreate that wonderment every day.  We need to be seeking truth and wisdom.

We are so easily distracted by ‘things’  we believe our possessions are important and they show our success, we believe the amount of friends we have show our humanity – but ultimately non of this matters if we are not committed to honouring our destiny.  We need to take time to see the beauty around us and to see what is within us.

As the spirit searches for experience, this is a good time to learn meditations, visualisation, breath work, harmonics – try new systems and see which works best for you.  Enhance your own experience, next time you are practicing your faith – really give it your all.  Don’t be distracted by other people and noises, be truly present, in the moment and listen.

Zero added to anything, changes nothing – see this week as a new phase beginning, a spiritual journey that brings the regeneration of spirit.  Be aware of the collective around you.  You don’t need to reflect them but rather be independent and pioneering in your own involution.

Don’t wait to get to the end and wonder … what happened?  Take the chance now, step off the cliff and you will be surprised to find you can fly.

iTongo Myth, Legend, History

EsiKhaleni – The Place of the Sound

Standing at the mouth of the Mpako River, the cliff of dark blue shale, mudstone, and sandstone was named the Hole-in-the-Wall by a British captain exploring the coastline between the Keiskamma River and Lourenço Marques (now Maputo).

This geological formation dates back some 260 million years. The arch was formed over millions of years by buffeting waves, which eroded the softer rock underneath a dolerite sheet. The same process eventually separated the cliff from the mainland.

Ulwaluko –The Khweta Circumcision Ceremony

This custom marks the transition from boyhood (ubukhwenkwe) to manhood (ubudoda), an important tradition in Xhosa society. The Khweta circumcision ceremony is a male initiation rite that every Xhosa boy (abakhwetha) undergoes. It is not linked to physical development or maturity (ages range from 15 – 25), but rather a socially significant act, resulting in integration and acceptance from elder community members. Traditionally, no male may marry until he has completed his initiation.

A Knight in Shining Armour

At some point we have all wished for a Knight in Shining Armour to swoop along and slay the dragon, rescue us from our lives or gently kiss us awake.  Well this week be prepared, your Knight or Warrior is going to be moving things along at warp speed.

LogicWARRIOR of ASSEGAI/ Knight of Swords

People of the East (Zulu) – Key word – LOGIC

Philosophical focus | Connection to life | Reason | Be frank and direct | Knowledge | Forceful intellect | Debate – argue | Act with certainty | Pioneering warrior | Authoritative

This week is all about exercising logic, be frank and direct when dealing with others.  Based on your own knowledge you can afford to be forceful when putting your point across.  Be authoritative.

Even though the weather is not co-operating this is a week when you will feel at your peak, on all levels – body, mind and spirit.  You will feel grounded and connected to your life.

With this great sense of power this is a good time to be a pioneering warrior.  Look at life from a different perspective, implement plans and actions to move you forward.  If necessary argue your point with reason and focus, no need to get obnoxious about it.

If you are presenting at a meeting or interview for a new position, be assured (not cocky) clearly state your intentions, needs and ambitions.  Show that you are versatile and able to construct from information gathered.  Be innovative and you will get things accomplished. Not planning any changes at work, then be prepared for a really busy week, in fact you will be the whiz kid on the block.  The ‘higher-Ups” will take notice – this is your time to shine.

The Warrior of Assegai also bodes well for relationships – be prepared to be swept off your feet.  The Knight in shining armour is not going to come knocking on your door – be proactive, get dressed up, make fabulous and go out to environments rich with the kind of person you would want to share your life with.   In a committed relationship?  Then enjoy and experience the depth of each other.  This could also apply to your work colleagues, explore the person who sits next to you for eight hours a day.

The warrior also asks that you take time out to be still, to listen to your heart.  Allow space for new thoughts and ideas.  Allow space for peace.  Allow space for your Divine.

Through innovation, focus and commitment, we can achieve everything we set our minds to.

iTongo Tarot Myth, Legend & Hisotry

Shaka was without doubt the greatest commander to have come out of Africa. Shaka’s military innovations such as the iKlwa (short stabbing spear), the age-grade regimental system (ibuthos) and the ”horns” battle formation helped make the Zulu one of the most powerful nations in southern and south-eastern Africa.

The “horn” formation had three elements:

1. The main force, the “chest”, which closed in on the enemy pinning it in position;

2. The “horns”, which flanked the enemy on both sides, encircling it; and then together with the “chest” destroying it; and

3. The “loins”, a large reserve, which was placed, seated, behind the “chest” with its back to the battle. The “loins” would be committed wherever the enemy threatened to break out of the encirclement.

Regimental izinDuna (chiefs) used hand signals and messengers to co-ordinate battle movements. The scheme was elegant in its simplicity, and well understood by the warriors assigned to each echelon.

Shaka built up his forces by enrolling young men from the entire kingdom into the ibuthos. Each ibutho had its own name, was lodged at one of the royal households, and its own herd of royal cattle, which supplied the young men with meat. The cattle hides were used to make shields and each regiment’s shields had its own distinctive skin colouring.  Shaka’s shield was white with one single black mark.