Love … the greatest of all

Ace of Cups/Water

Ace of Cups/Water

ACE of MORITSOANA (Water/Cups)
People of the West Key word – LOVE
The gift of love | Power of love | Open heart – attraction | Deep feelings | Intimacy | Atonement | Forgiveness | Emotional awareness | Responding sympathetically | Emotional status

As we near the end of the year and for some the end of the world as we know it, I am reminded of the phrase “the greatest of all, is love”. I am not talking about romantic love, but the love we feel for ourselves, our family, friends and for the world around us.

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we remembered to come from our hearts, to live with a good heart and to love all that is within us and around us. The gift of love is universal. Some people believe that it is only humans that have the capacity to love, yet when I watch those Discovery or National Geographic movies, I am made aware and reminded of the love between prides and herds. Its not an ego love, its about belonging and protecting. Where do we belong in the greater scheme of things? What will, or what do we protect? Our possessions, our material world way before we consider our loved ones and our protectors. Do we give or show gratitude for our good fortune. How much time do we spend in thankfulness for what we DO have. Most of us spend more time and energy on what we DON’T have. Find balance, we all want to keep moving forward but we can only do that when we address where we are and recognize the lessons of the past.

We need to respond sympathetically to all that is within our lives. We need to have the compassion and understanding that even though it feels like our world is falling apart there is always something we can do, choices we can make .

Yesterday was the Day of Reconciliation – what have you done to forgive, what have you done for atonement? We hear people say ‘I forgive but I will never forget ‘… well that’s not forgiveness. We have to let past hurts, damage and pain go. If we don’t we will always view our world through that hurt and pain. We will judge others and ourselves through that damaged lens. Reconcile your past – it happened and there is nothing we can do to change that, What we can do is change how we react and respond to our past. We hold onto the negative, it seems easier, what we need to do is look past the wrong and start finding what is right.

We need to live with an emotional awareness. We need to make sure that our emotional Quotient (EQ) is at the same level as our Intellectual quotient (IQ). Most of us have an imbalance. We tend live at our intellectual level and when we do respond emotionally we are coming with a stunted or immature emotion. I’ve said it before, we need to have the age appropriate response. Mature the child within.

Love is truth and is not driven by what we can get out of it, love is the selfless act for the greater good of another. Use this holiday time to journey deep within. Start the new year with an open heart, share the wonder that is you. Don’t ask for anything, just ask “how may I serve” and you will see how the universe responds – with pure love.

One of the most loving gifts you can give to another is the gift of presence. Be present, listen and absorb, don’t judge just be … allow the other a safe space to be. Be there for all whom you love. Don’t give false friendship, or false hope

Be present in the moment and give all your attention. Extend the hand of friendship and kindness to others. Even the beggars on the street. You don’t have to give them anything, except yourself – smile, look them in the eyes and acknowledge their life. Acknowledge their suffering and say a prayer of thankfulness.

Live this week with a gentle heart, an open and honest heart. Happy holidays and safe over the festive season.

Walk the Talk

King of Assegai (Swords/Air)

King of Assegai (Swords/Air)

KING of ASSEGAI People of the East Key word – INTELLECT

Intellectual | Analytical | Articulate | Logic | Transformative | Impartial and objective | Philosophical | Uses thought creatively | Encourages high standards

This week we have an interesting date, the last in the series for 89 years, the next being 2101, probably not in our lifetime.  12-12-12 the first of the two significant dates in December. Then we have the much discussed equinox 21-12-2012 but more on that nearer the time.

The King of Assegai is about intellect and analysis – Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor) said “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts … “  so this is the week to be mindful of what we think, we need to be logical and articulate.  This is also a time to use thought creatively and encourage high standards.  As I have always said, the quality of the result is dependent of the practitioner … YOU.

The visual of the card is Shaka, King of the Zulu.  I believe Shaka was a man ahead of his time.  He was innovative, an excellent strategist and fearless warrior.  From difficult beginnings he rose above his circumstances and led the Zulu to become a mighty nation.  So too should we rise above our circumstances and be the best we can be.  The Caveat is that we need to approach all that we think and do with an open heart.  Shaka’s downfall was that he was motivated by revenge and internal pain.  Don’t let your history become your future, work at cleansing your thoughts and see each day as an opportunity to do better, to achieve more, heal the old wounds and find that happiness you seek.

The King of Swords is all about reason and logic.  This is not for Sissies … emotions can have no part unless they are in accord with the same logic and reason as the mind.  This is not a time to be passionate and emotional, it will only muddy the waters and cloud your judgement.  When your gut tells you something, you need to reason it out before action.  The elemental nature of this King is Air of Air – so its being keen of mind, and by understanding human nature you can use this knowledge to your advantage.

As humans our primary tool is language, this is also a card about communication of thoughts, with your skill of words you will be able to convince others to your way of thinking.  The one thing that the King is, is honest and holds himself and others to the highest standards.  At times he shows no mercy and can be unbending, that is because he knows what is righteous and true.

Back to December 2012.  This is a time of awakening, the Universal consciousness is offering an opening – its up to you to choose to walk through.  Some may have noticed throughout the year they have had several “aha” moments.  Somehow the universe has begun to make sense – there is a new sense of knowing.  12 December is the preparation for 21 December.

Think about all the ways the number 12 is represented in our daily lives.  A day is divided into 12 hours with the pinnacles being noon and midnight, 12 months in a year, 12 Zodiac signs, 12 apostles, 12 in a dozen and so on.  Within the number 12 we have 1+2=3 (Magician + High Priestess=Empress) in short we are tasked to be our own Magician and honour “as above so below”, with our intuition, self resources we are able to dissolve and release barriers and move towards love with wisdom, abundance and growth. The number 12 in Tarot is represented by The Hanged Man – sacrifice with wisdom and is before 13 Death which is transformation.

Breaking down the numbers once again we have 3-3-3 and this adds to 9 The Hermit.  Incidentally its also the number for today 10-12-2012.  The Hermit represents completion.  He invites us to look within through silent meditation and solitude.  This wise teacher guides us with Divine inspiration.

Ask yourself what seeds are you planting for tomorrow.  As you stand at the threshold of your future and walk into a new way of being and consciousness, what do you bring with?  What do you leave behind?  Its time to ‘Walk the Talk”

iTongo Legend

Shaka (sometimes spelled Tshaka, Tchaka, or Chaka); (c. 1785/87 –1828)

The exact date of Shaka’s birth is unknown. His father, Senzangakhona, was heir to the Zulu throne, and his mother, Nandi, was daughter of Bhebhe, Chief of the Langeni clan. Shaka’s name is said to stem from an intestinal condition caused by the iShaka beetle. (isiZulu for beetle)

Shaka was a great Zulu king and conqueror and is widely credited with uniting many of the Northern Nguni people, specifically the Mthethwa and the Ndwandwe, into the Zulu kingdom. He has been called a military genius for his reforms and innovations, but also condemned for the brutality of his reign.

Shaka’s early years were difficult. Ostracized and taunted, he and his mother constantly had to seek refuge with neighbouring chieftains. At the time of the Great Famine, known as the Madlantule (c.1802), Shaka was taken to the Mthethwa people, where shelter was found in the home of Nandi’s aunt under the aegis of Dingiswayo, who welcomed the refugees.

At about the age of twenty-three, Shaka was drafted into the iziCwe (isiZwe) regiment and, rising rapidly through the ranks, became one of the foremost commanders. He developed the ‘horn’ battle formation and introduced the iKlwa, the short stabbing assegai. He was known as Nodumehlezi (the one who when seated causes the earth to rumble).

When Senzangakhona died, Dingiswayo aided Shaka to defeat his half brother, Sigujana, and claim the Zulu throne (c.1816). By the time the first white traders arrived at Port Natal in 1824, Shaka was in control of a centralised monarchy. Shaka ceded land to the British, and permitted them to build a settlement at Port Natal. Henry F Fynn wrote in his diary that he found Shaka to be intelligent and on occasion to be capable of real generosity. During his reign, there was no conflict between the Europeans and the Zulu.

Shaka was assassinated by his half-brothers, Dingane and Mhlangana, and an inDuna called Mbopa. History commonly cites September 1828 as the date of his death. At the time of his death, Shaka’s subjects numbered 250,000 and he could easily muster 50,000 warriors. Despite difficult beginnings, Shaka rose to become one of the most influential leaders of the Zulu empire.

Balance in Opposites

Two of Assegai Swords)

Two of Assegai Swords)

TWO of ASSEGAI – People of the East – Key word – DUALITY

As above, so below | Nurture new ideas | Bring into reality | Mental balance and peace | Still the mind | Accept truth | Listening and hearing | Finding balance | Open to wholeness

The Two of swords is about finding mental peace and balance within opposites.  Think of a coin, it has two sides, one side has a value stamped on it, the other side is hidden yet its value is not less.  What we need to do is accept the truth, both sides are equal and when we still our minds we are able to find that balance, harmony and partnership.

As above, so below is a well known saying – what does it really mean?  Is it the reflection of opposites?  Is it that what is in ‘heaven’ we have on earth? The element of Air is represented in Swords, and the suit is about intellect, how and what we think.  This is all acquired knowledge and we have to use the links between our inner world and the greater consciousness to find balance and to be open to the wholeness of what we may find in our lives.  Its about creating a partnership with all that is within and available to us.

We need to hear and truly listen when the Ancestors, Spirits, Guides are speaking to us.  More often than not we  hear our inner voice guiding us, but how many of us actually action what we believe.  Keep the channels of communication open and you will be surprised at what you learn.  Trust in your system, even if others don’t understand or follow.  Its about being true to your authentic self.

Life is often difficult and we experience painful consequences because of the choices we have made.  This is a time to grab life with both hands and face your fears or what is hidden head on.  Don’t be mislead by the lack of information, just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean its not there.  Flip the coin (so to speak) and discover the alternatives that are available to you.  Life can be random, but its usually the same issues that keep us from moving forward.  Take the road less travelled.  Doing nothing is worse than trying and not succeeding – at least there is a lesson and try again.  There are always risks, but if we approach a situation with our eyes open, and we have prepared ourselves to all the eventualities we will more often than not achieve success.

The most famous sword in Western mythology is Excalibur from the Arthurian legends – the sword of truth and power.  This week raise that sword up and find power within your truth.  King Shaka of the Zulu, great innovation was the design and introduction the iKlwa, a short stabbing assegai.  He designed this weapon for close hand to hand combat.  Legend tells that the blade was fortified by a human liver, because the Zulu believe that it’s the liver and not the heart to be the seat of valour.   Never be afraid to speak your truth.  Truth is absolute, it never changes.  This does not mean that we cannot change, or approach life from different angles.  This adaption is necessary – the reason and motivation of WHY we are doing it is what remains in truth, the HOW is flexible to meet the circumstances.  Sometimes we need to just let things be … we sometimes have to compromise the ‘how’ but never should we compromise the ’why’.

Consciousness for this week is to allow your true feeling to come out, don’t block your emotions, go with your gut and turn a deaf ear without being defensive about your position.

Don’t avoid the truth – it is, what it is, so maintain your cool and remember that there is always something unseen, its up to you to discover it.

If you feel stuck and cant see the way forward, take a moment, close your eyes and still your mind.  Balance your inner world and you will find balance and harmony in your external world.

Finally, with your sword of truth or dagger of courage cut through the BS.  Onward and upward!

iTongo Legend

Senzangakhona kaJama (c. 1762–1816) was a chief of the Zulu clan, succeeding his father Jama kaNdaba. His name derived from the Zulu word meaning “he who acts with good reason”. During his chieftaincy, the Zulu were a small clan in the Mthethwa confederation that Dingiswayo ruled.

Prince Senzangakhona kaJama, heir to the chieftainship of the Zulu, was out hunting with his companions. At the riverside, they came upon the girls from the neighbouring Langeni clan and oral tradition tells that the handsome young price saw Nandi, a daughter of Bhebhe, the chief of the Langeni and fell in love with her. They entered into an intimate relationship, permitted in Nguni custom, providing pregnancy did not ensue.

Senzangakhona married at least sixteen wives with whom he fathered fourteen known sons (daughters were not counted). Senzangakhona was the father of three Zulu kings, including the great Shaka.