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!
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.