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”
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.