Ivory Tower of Illusion


Thulamela16 The Tower  THULAMELA

Thulamela invites you to deconstruct illusions and delusions, restructure and restore.

Difficult and challenging times /Breaking down existing forms /Finding true value /Internal restructuring /Flash of enlightenment /Military precision required /Feelings of panic or fear /Involuntary change /The way things are /Radical shift

Thulamela (25:02S,32:04E) is a South African National Heritage Site, meaning “place of birth” in TshiVenda.

The Tower card is among those that usually cause a sharp intake of breath from the client. The visual invokes a sense of doom and destruction.  This card need not be as ominous as the visual, but like the Death card it represents change. And change is certain – if we resist changing ourselves, our ways, thoughts and actions then life will bring the changes to us, without control the changes can be traumatic, with control they may still be dramatic but manageable.

We are a ‘victim’ generation.  We blame our parents, our ‘situations’, our past for everything we believe to be unpleasant in our lives.  We hold onto the hurt like a badge of office.  We foster those delusions without any attempt to heal, fix or let go. Our mantra is “its not my fault, because I was abused; neglected; unloved; sacrificed and so on.  We measure our success based on our ‘damage’, we justify our failure based on our past.  No wonder we are in such a mess – the earth has been raped and pillaged of its resources.  We can’t seem to have healthy life affirming relationships that last.  We live life like a tango – two steps forward and three steps back. We keep making the same mistakes, expecting different results.

The only way we are going to manage the change is to have a radical shift in our thinking.  We need to let go of the past, we don’t have any power to change it, what we do have is the power of the moment – we need to change the way we view the past and the degree of consequence it has on our present.  We have to deconstruct the past to restructure the present.  Only when we have done that can we begin to move forward.

What will your rebirth be?  How much is your future worth? What are the sacrifices you need to make? What is your P.R.I.C.E.?

Planning – we have to have a plan, a vision, a strategy and then we have to execute that plan with almost military precision.  We shouldn’t be distracted by the easy way out, remember great rewards come from great effort.

Revolution – sometimes we have to take a stand for who we are and what we believe in. We have to fight for our right to be “ME”, warts and all.  We have to honour our truth and follow our path. Be who you are without panic or fear of failure.

Insight – listen to your inner voice.  Connect with your Divine. Learn from your mistakes. Trust. Let go and let God – the universe, your guides, angels whatever your power point is will guide you to make the right choices.

Execute – Restructure your patterns, restore your faith in yourself.  Build your own life the way you want it to be. Rewrite your history, you don’t have to live as others expect.

There is an old saying ‘you can’t build a temple on shifting sands’.  Make sure your foundation is solid and secure before you begin to rebuild. We need to get out of our comfort zones and face the challenges – you will be surprised at the level of awakening, inspiration and freedom that comes, sometimes like a bolt of lightening to motivate and propel you into growth. This can be a difficult and often painful process but the end result will be worth it.  Step out of your ivory tower of illusion, destruct and rebuild.

iTongo Legend

Thulamela (25:02S,32:04E) is a South African National Heritage Site, meaning “place of birth” in TshiVenda. This stone walled site is situated far north of the Kruger Park and radiocarbon dating proves that a viable community lived there long before the Dutch East India Company settled in the Cape in 1652. This late Iron Age site forms part of what is called the Great Zimbabwe culture.

When Great Zimbabwe was abandoned, possibly due to political breakdown, several groups moved south across the Limpopo river into the north-eastern areas of South Africa (and northern Kruger Park) and established new, smaller chiefdoms, such as Thulamela.

Only the ruined stone walls remain of the original city. According to oral histories, the Nyai division of the Shona–speaking Lembethu occupied Thulamela and they believed in a mystical relationship between their leader and the land. During these times, trade on the Indian Ocean was dominated by Muslim traders moving goods from the Middle East, India, South East Asia, and China. Ivory and gold were often traded along the east coast for glass beads, cloth, and glazed ceramics.

It is not known why Thulamela was vacated. Many theories suggest the death of a ruler, an environmental disaster, or war over the control of land and resources. During excavations, two graves were found containing gold jewellery, Iron-age implements, ceramics, glass beads, spinning whorls, sewing needles. One female skeleton found buried in the wives area, was dated around 1600. She was aged between 45-60 years, and approximately 1.73m tall. She was dubbed ‘Queen Losha’, which refers to the foetal position she was found in. On her left forearm was a plaited, golden bracelet of exceptional beauty.

The second skeleton, a male, was dated c.1450, but it seems as though he never lived at Thulamela. The skeleton was broken and packed in a square shape, it was deduced that he did not die at the site. However, he was bedecked in gold jewellery and might have been royalty. They named him ‘King Ingwe’, which means “leopard”.

This archaeological dig was unique because of the involvement of the local communities, comprising the descendants of Thulamela. The opening of the site took the form of a traditional grave side ceremony at which offerings were made by Venda and Shangaan groups to the ancestral spirits. In May 1997, the royals were reburied, with solemn and moving ritual, in their original graves.

More secrets probably lie beneath the sands of the walled city, but in keeping with archaeological ethics worldwide, Thulamela will be left untouched for one hundred years. The ruins of Thulamela fall on the great Nilotic meridian (310 East longitude), which enters again on land in Africa at Cairo, Egypt, continues south through Harare, Zimbabwe, Timbavati and Limpopo region in South Africa and exits in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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