Stand Tall

iTongo Tarot CardSEVEN of ISIBANE (Wands/Fire) People of the South

Key word – INTEGRITY

Quest for identity and self worth | Defend position | Take a stand | Hold your own council | Standing tall | Have conviction | Strength of character | Choose battles carefully | Moral high ground | Renewed determination and courage | Ability | Passion | Power

We need to ask ourselves “who am I” and “what do I stand for”?

The number 7 is about being a seeker, searching for truth to understand the difference between reality and illusion.  It is the number of fullness and perfection.  Its a spiritual number and reflects strongly in the Christian bible.  From the seven days of Genesis to the seven seals of Revelation.  The number seven is seen as the symbol of completion – “on the seventh day He rested (after creation) and also to mark the end of times or the end of the mystery of God.”

We talk about the 7 year itch – every seven years we become restless and want to make changes.  It takes 7 years for our bodies to renew.

In Astrology the Seventh house is the house of partnerships.  Within co-operation and unity we fulfill our sense of purpose.  We contribute to the world around us. We see ourselves in ‘context.

In our quest for self worth and identity we are often tasked to defend our position, we take a stand and hold our own council.  How do we measure strength of character, ability and power?

At the core there needs to be a consistency of values and principles.  An honesty and truth without conflicting beliefs, principles and values. Our behaviour and words reflect our value system.  A value system can be measured not by our own personal needs and whims but by the loyalty and consistency of our actions to rational principles.

We live in a world with conflicting values, mostly due to ethnic, faith and socio economic differences.  That doesn’t mean others values are less than ours, it boils down to accountability and moral responsibility – to ourselves and to our community.

Another way of looking at ‘integrity’ is the marketing phenomenon of linking a brand to a specific individual.  They do this through the belief that integrity is linked with performance, quality of life and high moral standards.  The chosen icon reflects a state of being ‘whole’, ‘complete’ and in ‘perfect condition’.  This is something to aspire to, something to become.  When these icons fail or bring disgrace on their own names the brand is withdrawn.  This equals “consequence of actions”.

We need to be mindful that we are human, that we do make mistakes but we also need to be aware of our core principles.  When we are in the moment and feeling threatened or being challenged, we have to trust that our base nature will reign supreme and that our subjective thoughts (ego) do not get the better of us.

Being competitive is not a bad thing, its what makes us push harder and go further.  But to believe we are invincible is foolish – at times we should retreat and re-evaluate, be independent and work it through for yourself.

By facing our fears we are able to turn them to our advantage.  Each challenge we overcome becomes an asset for future situations.  A positive attitude will take you all the way to realising your dreams. You cant win them all, but you can learn.  This aids in the struggle to stay on-top.  Hold your position and don’t ever compromise your value system to suit others.  Choose your battles carefully.  Accept your limitations (be they physical, emotional and spiritual) and go forward with courage and determination.  You have the ability, the passion and the power.

iTongo Legend

King Sandile (1820 – 1878)

He was a rare man of his time, and perhaps the most loved and revered of the paramount chiefs of the amaRharhabe, because of his democratic rule. Complex and reserved, Sandile never took a decision without consultation with all his councilors and, as far as possible, representatives of his people. This democratic approach also led him into supporting the Great Cattle Killing movement of 1856/572 in which hundreds of thousands of Xhosa cattle were killed by the Xhosa themselves in the belief that this would strengthen them against the British, who were dispossessing them of their ancestral lands.

Sandile took part in the War of the Axe in 1846 and was captured in 1847. He was forced to sign an oath of allegiance to Britain and was dispossessed of his land. He and his followers were settled on land in the so-called Crown Reserve.

Sandile was also involved in the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Frontier Wars of Dispossession. According to historical accounts, he excelled as leader during the Ninth War. He was shot by British forces in June 1878.

In some respects a tragic figure, Sandile nonetheless displayed remarkable skill, courage, and sophistication in overcoming physical adversity, and taking on the responsibilities of a true leader.

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