What makes the world go round?


Iminyanya 20 The Earth – Iminyanya.  This is one of the cards for the year see my post 2013.

CONCEPT Good judgement; Rebirth; Introspection; Transformation; Evaluation; Metamorphosis     Iminyanya invites you to follow your destiny.

Reaping reward from past actions /Analysis and evaluation /Absolution /Responsibility /New view of reality /Making wise judgements /Integration /Wholeness /Ancestral and family matters /Avoidable influences

This week is an evaluation week.  It’s about wise judgement and the integration of who we are with what we are doing.  In order for us to move forward without the baggage of the past we do have to sit in Judgement of ourselves, our life and decide what is working and what we need to discard and let go of.  We can’t afford to jump to conclusions or have clouded judgement.  We need to be focused and think things through with a clear mind.  This could also be the week for a spiritual awakening.

Everyone needs some kinds of help, guidance and support from time to time.  As much as we believe “I can do this on my own”, we all need input, sometimes a cautionary hand.  Take time to honour the ancestors, seek council with your Divine or ask the Angels … any form of communication with energy or power greater than yourself is available in abundance this week.

Explore new ways to connect, they will benefit you in ways you have not imagined – and nothing ventured, nothing gained.

This is a time of reward for past efforts, specifically where you have tried to make amends to others, where you have asked for forgiveness and actually shown through your actions that you are worthy.  You will find that forgiveness and within that your will find peace.  If you have been procrastinating about asking for forgiveness, then now is the time to do something about it.  It’s an important time to let go of the past and put down the burdens.

This is not a good time to be sitting on the fence.  You need to be proactive in finding your reason for being.  You need to find the clarity in all the situations in your life.  Its time to take a stand for who you are, what you believe in and what you want out of your relationships and life in general.  It’s time to experience the happiness that you seek.

Ever wondered about second chances?  Well this is the time when you will be rewarded for your efforts.  IF you have done the work, IF you are honest and true in your motivation, IF you are repentant for your actions and words, then you will find that this is the time, the moment when your transformation or metamorphosis takes place.

Not sure … there are many tools available to help you with reflection and self-evaluation.  Meditation, prayer, breath work, sitting quietly in quiet reflection. Each card in the iTongo Tarot deck is designed for meditation and visualisation. An opportunity to do a vision quest to discover what the Ancestors have to say, an opportunity to meet a guide to take you on a journey towards self knowing and understanding.

Like the snake, it is time to shed all that is no longer useful or supportive in your life.  Let go and open up to new possibilities.  Whatever is lying dormant in your psyche will rise this week.  Be prepared for your epiphany or A-Ha moment.  Be aware of what is being renewed and what is awakening.

iTongo Legend

card back

I have used the symbolism of the snake as Ouroborus (eternity) and the figure 8 (Infinity) to represent iTongo on the card back.

The Ancestors: Iminyanya/amadlozi/badimo/vadzimo/abezimu – all these terms refer to those who have died and joined the spiritual world. In most African cultures, death is viewed not as the destruction of life but the immortality of the spirit.  It is believed that when man dies he often turns into a snake – the snake is named iTongo (amaTongo).

The snake is commonly found in African mythology and is regarded as immortal because it sheds its skin and continues to live. For the Zulu, the snake is a metamorphosed amalgam of the ancestors, who visit either in dreams or in reality. A snake that enters the house is unthreatening and is viewed as ‘family’ and as such is never harmed.

Ouroboros (tail-devourer), a snake depicted with its tail in its mouth forming a continuous circle, is considered a symbol of eternity. It is present in many African artworks – cloth patterns, wall paintings, and metal works.

According to legend, the snake carried the creator in his mouth while the earth was being created. The creator feared that the earth would sink into the sea beneath the weight of the mountains. The snake coiled itself around the earth, holding firm with its tail in its mouth; this hold must never be loosened, otherwise all of creation will disintegrate.

In order for African people to live in harmony with the creator and creation, all natural laws and observances were divinely revealed to the first African generation as a community at the beginning of time. The death of that generation meant the beginning of intercession between the living and the creator, or ancestor worship, as the first generation had now joined the spiritual world thereby marking the beginning of the ancestors.

Many African peoples regard the earth as a female deity, a mother-goddess who rules all people and is the mother of all creatures. The earth lives and gives birth to ever-new generations of beings and the ancestors live in the earth.

The earth’s elements: fire, air, and water are recognised as gifts from the great mother, yet the earth is seldom worshipped. Nevertheless, the earth has a very powerful spirit that rules over life and death.

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