Optimistic | Loyal and ready to fight | Transition into the unknown | Stimulated by new experience | Novelty and change | Excitement and risk | Delight | Perceptive | Adventure | Being aroused
The card of the week is a fire card, and particularly relevant for people born under fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The essence of this card is transformation and change. Following your passion with the desire for growth and a renewed sense of self awareness.
The Knights or Warriors are often referred to as the messengers or agents of change. They are also indicators of a journey to be taken, be it physical or spiritual. Sometimes with a fair amount of conflict attached. The struggle to decide may take some time, but once the decision is reached the changes are swift and we act quickly and decisively. Fire in tarot is treated as in the practice of alchemy – the application of fire is a prime method of conversion and everything that touches fire is changed – often beyond recognition.
The Warrior of iSibane is Air of Fire so this week be open to new ideas, a new way of thinking, bringing your ideas into reality. There is a lesson to learn which is finding the ability to manage the overabundance of your fiery passionate energy and to hold steady. Remember challenges often bring opportunity, what we need is the will-power to hold steady, protect our physical bodies, watch diet and be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies, exercise to keep all the systems functioning. If you need help this is a good week to go for Reiki, massage, energy balance. Fire can make people unpredictable so we need to be aware that we have to have the courage to hold steady – establish the situation, make the choice and then spring into action. Planning and timing is what brings successful change.
The Knight as an indicator of travel – if you need to travel this is the week to do it. Success for those business trips. If you are planning a trip, make your arrangements this week, you may be surprised to find ‘specials’ on offer and might achieve that dream holiday or begin and adventure of a lifetime.
This card indicates a ‘spiritual journey’ to be taken. Try adding something new or different to your daily process. Harmonics, sweat lodge or yoga. It’s important to develop new ways of doing things to keep things fresh and with renewed focus we continue to move forward.
On to more permanent physical things … the warrior talks to relocation, purchasing a new home, new relationships or perhaps even new business ventures. Trust your gut in these matters, your own prophetic visions or ‘knowing’ will steer you in the right direction. Have faith in yourself and your abilities.
Be inspired, your head will be filled with new ideas – you may even feel a restlessness and want to make changes – do it! Work will be easier and your efforts recognised, take the gap and assert yourself. Romance is full of passion and energy – pop the question! Spirit is connected – pray, meditate, vision quest.
As the slogan goes … “Just do It!”
Maqoma (1798-1873) The eldest son of Ngqika of the Right Hand house (c. 1775-1829) and his wife, Notonta of the amaNgqosini. Maqoma was the greatest Xhosa warrior, guerrilla general and one of the notable leaders in the 19th century Frontier Wars. His name and feats live on through oral tradition; and colonial and missionary documents reveal a man of considerable intellect and eloquence. Maqoma is remembered for his extraordinary tenacity, flexibility, and political and martial skills. He eventually fell victim to an advancing colonial juggernaut.
Maqoma distinguished himself at the battle of amaLinde. As the head of his fellow abakhwetha (circumcision initiates), Maqoma stormed the enemy lines and was severely wounded. Moving west from Ngqika’s kraals, he founded a new chiefdom on the banks of the Kat River. Maqoma desired to live in peace but despite making every effort, he was continually raided by colonial forces and eventually expelled from his territory in 1829. Following his fathers death, Maqoma became regent during the minority of his younger half-brother, Sandile.
The loss of his land became a burning issue and motivated the outbreak of the ‘War of Hintsa’ in 1835, in which Maqoma played a leading role. He also took part in the ‘War of the Axe’ but he eventually surrendered to the British. In 1848, Maqoma was allowed to return to part of his former territory, the Kat River Settlement, but unfortunately, peace did not last long. Again, war threatened, and during the ‘War of Mlangeni’1 (1850-1853), the British took eighteen months to dislodge Maqoma from his mountain stronghold. As the principal war leader, he again negotiated peace in March 1853.
Inevitably, Maqoma became embroiled in colonial politics. Having been convicted as “a party to a murder”, he was exiled to Robben Island in 1857, where he remained for twenty-one years. He was paroled in 1869. After being convicted for ’incitement to violence’, he was sent back to Robben Island in November 1871, where he died two years later. His remains were disinterred in 1978 and reburied on Ntaba ka Ndoda Mountain in the Eastern Cape.