Diligence – the mother of good fortune


8 MavheleEIGHT of MAVHELE (Coins/Pentacles/Earth)

People of the North – Key word – DILIGENCE

Working hard | Attention to detail | Careful and persistent effort | Prioritising physical resources | Craft | Apprentice | Steady and consistent | Expand expertise | Methodical | Focus

It has been said that ‘starvation is the mother of invention’ well diligence is the mother of good fortune.  We make our own luck by working towards our goals with focus and perseverance.  Or to quote another phrase “slowly, slowly, kills the monkey”.

We know that the harder we work the better and more satisfying the results.  We can’t expect to get fit by having a gym membership; we have to show up each day.  Showing up is not enough – we have to DO the exercises.  With diligence and patience our efforts are rewarded, whether is weight loss, general fitness or winning that race.  It’s all about focus and perseverance, having a clear goal, hope, wish, dream and putting in the effort to achieve it.

This week we need to put our shoulders to the wheel and push through the difficulties or what we perceive to be blockages, and work it all through to the end. How many times have we begun a project, all fired up and eager and at the first hurdle lost interest.  We let something go because it’s “too hard”.

Keeping our eye on the end result, we need to prioritise the methods.  Slow, steady and consistent is the way to achieve.

This is a great week to begin learning something new. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Calling in other resources is fine, use the knowledge and experience that is available – this not only expands your own expertise but is a real bonus when learning new ways of doing things.  Ever considered going on a course, workshop or offering your time for an internship – do it now.  Learn from the masters.

Some of us feel we have so much to handle at any one time that we often become overwhelmed with the choices and end up doing very little.  Pick one!  Decide on a project/problem/issue.  Plan how you are going to achieve it.  Gather all the resources necessary and with careful persistent effort work it through.  Step by step.  Be methodical, don’t try and jump around and only do the easy parts.  Everything is a process – the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Sure you can take some short-cuts, but you cant jump a step.  In the near future all may seem good, but in the long term the short cuts will let you down and sometimes all that you have worked for comes crumbling down.  The important thing here is to find balance between learning, effort and results.

The 8th house in Astrology is the house of death and rebirth.  It’s also about how we interact with our external resources and worth to others.  It’s also the house of sex as a power.

The number 8 is the last even number of the single digits and is often misunderstood.  Yes 8 is about money and power and does affect career, business and finances but it is also a number of balance and harmony – eight is the great equaliser and as easily as it adds growth it can take it away.  8’s balance the material world with spirit, it is practical and realistic.  It is focused on results – usually in power and money, yet it is not greedy it just sees finance and power as a tool to accomplish goals.

The important message here is to stay healthy within the changes.  Remain flexible and adaptable.  Not everything goes exactly as we planned and sometimes a little blip or divergence along the way is a good thing, it teaches us to view options and alternatives.  To be open to change. The golden rule is to make sure you are not distracted.  Only follow and incorporate ‘the shiny things’ if they serve your goal.

Life is not a destination, it’s a process.  Put in the time, do the work – You are worth it!

iTongo Legend

Ndebele Art: The Ndebele people are well known for their outstanding craftsmanship, their vibrantly decorative homes and their unique style of dress and ornamentation, which has both cultural significance and aesthetic appeal. Their traditional design concepts, primarily linear and geometric-shaped, are ‘borrowed from the ancestors”.

Mural painting is passed on from generation to generation by the females – from mother to daughter. Patterns are designed and painted free hand. Natural colours are extracted from available material – black and greys from fire ash and charcoal, white from ground stone and natural coloured clays, brown/yellows from cow dung, reds and ochre’s from clay. The bright colours only came later, with the introduction of western and Indian paint pigments.

Personal Adornment

An Ndebele woman traditionally wears a variety of ornaments to symbolise her status in society. The copper and brass rings (idzila), worn around her arms, legs and neck represent her bond and faithfulness to her husband and can only be removed after his death. The rings are believed to have special powers and are also an indication of the husband’s wealth (the more rings, the richer the husband). Today, it is no longer common practice to wear these rings permanently.

The neck hoops made of grass (isigolwani) are twisted into a coil, soaked in sugar water and cured in the sun then covered in beads, and are worn particularly for ceremonial occasions. Isigolwani are sometimes worn as neckpieces by newlywed women whose husbands have not yet provided them with a home, or by girls of marriageable age after the completion of their initiation ceremony.

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