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.
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.