The Laws of Abundance

Ten of Mavhele/EarthTEN of MAVHELE – People of the North

Key word – ABUNDANCE

Family | Home | Stability | Inheritance | Wealth | Affluence | Material success | Convention | Tradition | Permanence | Lasting solutions | The establishment | Conservative

The Ten of Mavhele/Earth is one of my favourite cards, because it tells of the potential of receiving abundance.  This is a card about family, home and through the observation of traditions we find stability.  By following convention set by the establishment we are able to put into action lasting solutions.  We can be creative and ‘do it my way’, but why change what works, follow the patterns that are well established.

This card is about the ‘promise’ of material success, its about wealth and affluence.

We are coming into that time of the year when we become more aware of family and traditions.  People are planning their festive season get togethers (some with trepidation) we all know that sometimes even though we share DNA we don’t always have the same viewpoints about life, family and tradition.  But this is also a card that reminds us to be thankful for what we do have.  Health, wealth and happiness.

This past year has been one of the most difficult – people have found their circumstances to be more challenging than ever before.  Most have lost a way of life they have enjoyed in the past.  2012 was a year of struggle, and the Ten of Earth shows us that our material desires will be met.  Of course the tricky part is bringing our dreams into reality.  We all want to be happy, healthy and wealthy … its what it means to our life purpose that makes the difference whether we get it or not.  This card is also about ‘what you sow, so shall you reap’.  Abundance is about the law of cause and effect.  For every action there is a reaction.

A couple of years ago there was great interest in “The Secret” and everyone was doing vision boards, how many still follow this practice? The universe exists as infinite potential with infinite abundance.  It’s about how and when we focus our thoughts, the quality of that focus that manifests our dreams into reality.

We have the power to be, do and have whatever we desire.

Quantum Physics teaches that nothing is fixed, that there are no limitations, that everything around us and within us is vibrating energy.  Einstein explained in his theory E=Mc2 that the relationship between energy and matter are interchangeable.  Newton’s theory supports this in that the universe is composed of building blocks, even though solid they are interchangeable. By understanding that everything is energy with a state of potential, by applying the Law of Attraction with focus and intent, we bring about the desired results.  With our thoughts we transform energy into reality.  We are the creators of our reality.

The visual of the iTongo Card is the Ark of the Covenant.  This ancient symbol is regarded as one of the purest and richest.  It signifies the ‘word of God’, the commandments that we live by, keeping the body, mind and spirit pure.  Its about charity with wisdom and that our needs are met when we ask.

Living in our modern world it all seems to come down to finances.  Our material quality of life depends on it.  Look out for extra income opportunities, even an inheritance.  If you have been battling to find employment or business opportunities this is a good week to see results.  Don’t give up, this is a time to start something new.  Money should be flowing.

For the lovers out there … perhaps this is the week a proposal is made.  People with partners will find a joy and peace within their relationship.  Enjoy it! and make sure your loved one knows how you feel.

We get what we work for … The Ten of Earth is that promise, its a positive card.  and in working with this energy things can change and take an upturn for the better.  This could be a time of prosperity and peace, how will you share it?  This is a time to experience the abundance and wonder of your life and the spirit within.

iTongo Legend 

Ngoma Lungundu (The Drum of the Dead)

Oral history has it that during the late 17th century, a powerful Karanga-Rodzvi clan called Singo migrated south from central Zimbabwe, crossed the Vhembe River (Limpopo) and settled in the land of Vhangona. According to some written accounts, the Singo were Karangas who broke away from the Changamire Rodzvi.

In VhaVenda oral tradition, the Singo Kings had a sacred drum so great in size that it required six men to carry it. This drum was known as Ngoma Lungundu, the “drum of the dead” or Mwari (Mwari was the Great God of the Singo).

Since it was believed that the Lemba were beyond reproach, they were tasked by Mwari to carry the drum south. They were also given strict instruction that that the drum was never to touch the ground. At night the drum had to be suspended from a tree. Sometimes when it appeared the drum was beating by itself, it was said that the ancestor-god Mwari is playing it.

Ngoma Lungundu was believed to be the spear and shield of the Singo that would protect them on their journeys. The king worked miracles with this drum because it had magical powers. When beaten by the king in times of threat, the drum would protect the people against attack and allow them to defeat their enemies. The drum struck such fear into enemies’ hearts that they fainted, fled in terror, or died. Through conquest the Vhangona came to revere and fear this sacred instrument. When beaten in times of drought, the drum would bring rain.

During the reign of Thohoyandou, unequalled prosperity befell Dzata, the main centre. This was due to the control he had over the holy drum and other ancestral artifacts.

The Lemba

This group is believed to have descended from Semitic (Arab) traders who entered Africa around 696AD. The Lemba believe themselves to be Black Jews, descendants of the lost tribe of Israel.  Professor Tudor Parfitt  analysed the DNA of the Lemba, and showed that many Lemba males have a Y chromosome that is also found among the male descendants of the Jewish priesthood (part of the Levite tribe) in Israel. He also concluded in his book (The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark ) that the Ark of the Covenant was among other things a drum which had been led out of Jerusalem by Israelites in about 586 BC before the Babylonian invasion.


Follow Your Destiny

UlwalukoThe Fool – ULWALUKO

ulwaluko (n.) iilwaluko (plural) also: ukwaluswa: amaXhosa initiation rites; Circumcision

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

Ulwaluko invites you to be initiated into your destiny.

New phase of life begins /Transformation through a rite of passage /A spiritual journey /Reproduction and regeneration of spirit /The collective unconscious /Future oriented /Involution /Independent /Pioneering /Timing

The fool invites us to be initiated into our destiny, but what does that actually mean.  How many of us know what we are supposed to be doing, what is our purpose in life, what feeds the soul?  This reminds me of a passage from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love.  This quote is often attributed as Nelson Mandela’s.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ……. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

The Fool is about new beginnings – the start of a new life, a new world, a new way of being.  Its also about a spiritual journey to be taken with the regeneration of spirit, at its most mundane its about taking that leap of faith.

This is a week to be open minded, to follow your heart and to step into your future, expand your world, move that horizon closer.  Your dreams are a single action away.  For a new phase to begin, we have to take that first step.  We need to know where we are going, and we need to be prepared for the journey.  This is a good time to start some kind of daily practice – meditate, pray, contemplate.  If you can this is also a week for quiet retreat and seclusion. Honour that which is within, honour and connect to the collective unconscious and the universe.  Ask for guidance, be assured you are being heard and be aware of the options and opportunities that present.  Its time to make a fresh start.

This is a week of beginnings and endings.  The Fool is represented by the number Zero (the beginning) and 22 (the end), this card is akin to the Joker in a playing card deck, which means it has to power to be anything.

As we begin our journey, we have unlimited potential.  What holds us back is fear of the unknown.  We need to have faith that we are protected, even when life gives us an unwelcome push.  We have to leave something behind – this may be people, places or circumstances.  If we hold onto what we know, how will we ever discover what could be.

I was once told by a wise man, that if we fail to grow we will shrink to fit the circumstances.  This is an opportunity to spread our wings, take that leap of faith and step into a new beginning.  Life is trying to tell us something, we should listen.  This is a week to reach our potential, to actually live our purpose.  Life is an adventure and each day should be approached with creativity to accomplish our goals.  Opportunities are out there and just waiting for us to grab them.  New experiences bring growth, and new opportunities – all we have to do is have a little faith, choose a path no matter how crazy it may seem and take action towards ourselves.

Another concept of the fool is “one who walks without fear”.  Anything in life requires some risk taking.  What we need is the courage to actually ‘go there’.  Face the fear, follow the impulse, do what needs to be done.

Take a chance on yourself. Taste what true freedom of self is like, be inspired as you navigate the journey of life.  The power of beginning with nothing reaches into infinity.

 iTongo Legend

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.

Legend: The local tribes named the formation ‘EsiKhaleni’, or the Place of the Sound. Legend tells of a beautiful maiden who lived in a coastal village near a great landlocked lagoon. Her beauty captivated one of the water people and he fell in love with her. He persuaded her to run away and live with him in the sea. Her father refused to give his consent and forbade her to ever leave the village or see her lover again.

One night, at high tide, the water people came to the sheer cliff which towered above the shores of the lagoon, separating it from the sea. Accompanying them was a gigantic fish. It rammed a gaping hole in the wall with its head, and through this breach poured the water people, singing and shouting. All the villagers hid in fear, except for the lovesick girl, who ran down to the shore into the arms of her lover. She was never seen again. Legend has it, that on certain nights the voices of the water people can still be heard as they stream through the hole on their quest of the young girl.

Let Your Light Shine


People of the South: Key word – RADIANCE

Mother of light | Radiate self- confidence | Warm and outgoing | Spontaneous and gracious | Self-assurance | Vigorous and strong | Personal integrity and maturity | Feminine power in action | Manifest passion in a practical way

This is the week to let your light shine, radiate with self confidence, be warm and outgoing.  The energy of this card is vigorous and strong and truly the feminine power in action.  We need to manifest our passions in a practical way – be spontaneous and gracious whilst maintaining personal integrity and show a maturity in our self assurance.

The main energy of the Queen of Wands is water and fire (our emotions and the formative power of creating) and fire brings the ability to bring about the changes and using creative tools.  Art, music will help bring into being something of value.  Be that relationships, work situations or personal growth. Because this is also about manifesting spiritual potential.  We need to understand that to do this we need strength, open our hearts to be in touch with our feelings, and learn to balance between our own aspects of light and shade.

This mother of light can be impatient and will not suffer fools – when we are confronted with people who either annoy us or block our progress, we will need a firm hand with compassion. The Queen of Wands is warm hearted – she feels the pain of others.  Our role is to teach and understand their perspective, we should guide and help where we can.  We need to be empathic to their pain and suffering, and where able show them the way – raise up the torch and be a leader.  Shed light on the issue at hand.  We do not have to take responsibility for the choices of others.  Our responsibility to teach, guide and gently push.

This week we will also find that we are appealing and popular.  We will create great first impressions, so if you are interviewing or meeting people for the first time, shine that light, show your glamour.  Approach all tasks with enthusiasm and dedication.  Give your all and you will be rewarded.

You may find that you have boundless energy, feeling healthy and vital, cash in on these urges and start a new health and fitness regime.  Your mood is optimistic and upbeat so make the most of it and shake off those blues.

Be gracious in defeat, sometimes what we want now is not the right time.  Sometimes others achieve what we want – just know that you have your own passion, and when we keep pushing forward we will see results.

The Magic of Possibility

1 The Magician - SangomaThe Magician – SANGOMA (Traditional healer and/or Shaman)

The Magic of Possibility; Communication; Timing; The Healer; Nature; Alchemy

The Sangoma invites you to use your inherent gifts and talents.

This card is all about the magic of possibility and the power of one. We are invited to use our inherent gifts and talents.  Now I hear some thinking … I’m not creative, I cant paint, play an instrument, but this is about our ability to take in information, process it and then find a way through logic and intellect.

This is also a card about new beginnings and the Magician acts as the bridge or conduit between the seen and the unseen. Which is our physical world and our inner world, the home of spirit.

One often hears the phrase “as above, so below” and it’s the Magician that draws in the universal power, through us and brings it to a reality.  This card shows us that all things are infinite and eternal and we can find power and energy by honouring and working with the four elements – Earth, Fire, Water and Air.  Think about how you use each of these elements.  Traditionally in tarot Earth symbolises our physical and material world, Fire is our energy and passion and manifests as change and transformation, Water represents our emotional selves, how we feel about our world and Air is our intellect and how we think.

The Magician helps us reach higher and be better – all we have to do is try. Use our personal power and respect our soul’s destiny.  We all have a part to play and with willpower and determination we will realise our potential.  Most of us start new projects with enthusiasm and passion, as time goes on we lose interest because we cant see the results.  Today, we are an instant gratification generation.  We see it and we want it NOW.  Everything has its time, life is a process and we have to allow that process to work.  We also need to be versatile and flexible – as things change, so do we have to change, adapt and adjust.  We cant expect things to be different if we are not different.  Think about how we bake a cake – we have to take certain elements, mix them together in exact proportions, allow the baking time, remove the cake and again we have to allow the cooling time, only then can we ice it, and then can we slice it.  So should any spirit work be done – its what you do with the elements and the time it takes that manifests a result.

We know we have the power to make a difference in our own lives and in others – we just have to put our minds to it and ‘just do it’!  As we work with our elements body, mind and soul we will notice subtle changes in our psyche.  The more aware we are of what we want, the more we will see it manifest.

This week the consciousness is about bringing all that you desire into a workable solution, listen to your heart, hear what your intuition is telling you, have faith in your ability and talents and be the alchemist – make a difference. Step into the light. Do the right thing, at the right moment, for the right reasons.

iTongo Legend

The word “Sangoma” refers to a person skilled in herbal medicine, divination and counselling, and is known as a seer or prophet or shaman. A Sangoma is the traditional healer in the Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, and Ndebele cultures in South Africa.

Sangomas perform many different roles in their communities; they are diviners, healers, spiritual counsellors, and protectors against evil spirits. They direct rituals and narrate the history, cosmology, and myths of their people. The Sangoma is highly revered and respected.

The tools they use are traditional medicines (muti); dream interpretations; bone throwing (which consists of a collection of animal bones, shells, and feathers); channelling and possession. They have a comprehensive knowledge of herbal and natural medicines and use a variety of roots, bark, herbs, flowers, and a wide range of animal products when making muti.

Sangomas are steeped in ritual. They work in a sacred healing hut (or Ndumba), where the spirits of their ancestors reside. Each ritual has a specific dress code and a very necessary part of their attire is the “switch” made from the hair of an animal’s tail.

A trainee Sangoma (or twaza) studies under the guidance of the clan elder or a respected Sangoma. The education process can span a period of ten to twenty-five years depending on the abilities and gifts of the trainee. This intensive education includes community interaction, natural therapy, herbal healing, divining procedures, channelling, spiritual expansion and psychiatry.

The Ancestors never advocate killing, as killing would unbalance harmony, which is the primary concern of the spiritual world. Whilst there are charlatans who use their gifts solely for personal gain, trained Sangomas have a strict code of conduct and their truism is to heal and do no harm.