iTongo Tarot CardFIVE of MAVHELE (Coins/Pentacles/Earth)

People of the North

Key word – REJECTION

Rebuffed and snubbed | Physical adjustments | Change not yet manifested | Anxiety | Conflict | Dissention | Neglecting the body | Economic setbacks | Insecure | Feeling excluded | Medical matters

The Five of Mavhele is another of the misunderstood tarot cards.  Traditionally the card is about loss of faith, value and material possessions, I prefer to view its message as one of “self-esteem” and loss of faith and value in oneself. The key word rejection opens a whole can of worms, its about disengaging with ourselves, our Divine and sometimes from life itself.  For so many life seems pass them by – my question is ‘when did you reject life’, turning your back on your potential.  And by life I mean situations, circumstances and the people around us.

Rejection is sometimes a good thing – why should we accept our situation and circumstances.  Why should we accept someone elses version of truth.  We need to reject all that is harmful and that which blocks our growth as people and our path to fulfillment and happiness.

Here is South Africa one of the popular phrases is ‘the disenfranchised’ – youth, elderly, poor, but what exactly does that mean?  All are able to vote, all have the power to be all that they can be, all have equal rights.  Do we exercise those rights.  Do we take life by the horns and push through to achieve our goals.  Most dont and are prepared to sit back and let life run their lives.  In our beautiful country we have extreme poverty and the value of life seems to have become meaningless.  People are murdered, raped and beaten for possessions, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.

I think about the perpetrators and wonder what is in their hearts.  What is the cause for mostly ‘good’ people to do ‘bad’ things, and the only conclusion I can come up with is the absence of self-esteem and feelings of insecurity.  Feeling rebuffed and snubbed by society creates an anxiety and rage that manifests in violent actions.  If we cant feel love and respect for ourselves, then we cant see the value of life in others.  When we don’t respect ourselves then we cant respect others.  If we have no value for our own lives then we cant value another’s.  When we live without faith and hope, we do despicable things. Does this make them feel better? I doubt it.  What it does do is give them a measure of power.  A sense of being omniscient, of being in control.  This is all ego based and their actions are a reflection of their inner world – debased and empty.

The poor seem to get poorer and the middle class, which is what keeps a country afloat are descending at a rapid rate into poverty and destitution – with all of this comes the loss of spirit and faith in ‘a new tomorrow’.  Suicide, general poverty, unemployment, illness and solitude is at its highest.  What can we do to change?  The change starts within. This brings me to the more spiritual side of the Five of Mavhele.  This card represents ‘the dark night of the soul’ and we can no longer see the light shining within.

What we don’t see is that salvation is never far away.  Its a prayer, its about being open to comfort and most importantly its about ‘seeing’ the unseen – faith. We are all capable of extraordinary things – how often do we push through the barriers, fight for our right to be happy, healthy and at peace.

We need to remind ourselves that nothing lasts forever.  Don’t disconnect from your emotions and spirit.  Live in the present, reach for that connection with self and the Divine.  Purify your thoughts that in turn will purify your emotions and your actions.  It’s when we begin to think and feel positively that our lives follow suit.  We need to remain mindful of the present, the moment because that is the only time we have power to change, to make a choice in the now that will affect change in the future.

We need to take control of our body, mind and spirit and rather be motivated by hope than fear.

We need to find within us that little glimmer of hope, that light that never goes out.  We can’t do this alone, so this week, help someone find their light. Help someone see that all things can and will change.  Have faith that things will get better, and they will.  Bless someone with your knowledge, experience and insight, they in turn will bless you.  For those in pain and suffering – take the hand that is guiding you to step out of your darkness and celebrate the light.

iTongo Legend

Mzilikazi (c.1795-1868) “The Path of blood or the Great Road” King of the Matebele. Mzilikazi was a Zulu chief who founded the Matebele kingdom (Mthwakazi), Matabeleland, in what became Rhodesia and is now Zimbabwe. His father was Mashobane, chief of the Khumalo clan, and his mother, Nompethu, the daughter of the powerful Zwide of the Ndwande clan. The territory of the Northern Khumalo was located near the Black Umfolozi River, in KwaZulu- Natal. Mzilikazi spent his boyhood in the household of his grandfather Zwide.

Mzilikazi grew up in an era of unprecedented change. Clans were joining together to present a united front. Great kingdoms rose and fell within single generations; entire societies moved hundreds, even thousands of miles; and many wars were fought to bring about this change.

After the death of his father (murdered by Zwide) Mzilikazi was installed as chief, but instead of siding with his grandfather Zwide, Mzilikazi swore allegiance to Shaka. Proving himself a fearless warrior, he soon became an inDuna (advisor) to Shaka. However, Mzilikazi did not take well to a position of subservience and had his own ideas for rulership. In June 1822, Shaka sent Mzilikazi’s regiments to attack the Sotho chief Ranisi (Somnisi). After the battle, Mzilikazi refused to give the spoils to Shaka and fled with his followers.

He was forced out of his homeland by the Zulu but with remarkable resilience and tenacity managed to rebuild his authority in a series of alien environments. Moving north and northwest, he recruited strong men and women, increasing his possessions, power, and prestige. Mzilikazi was an able and ruthless general who carved out his own nation by conquering and incorporating those around him. He also built several fortresses.

The Ndebele nation in its final form was the wealthiest and most powerful of these migratory clans, incorporating a wide variety of people from different cultural backgrounds and infusing them with a sense of common identity.

Mzilikazi outlived most of his contemporaries and his kingdom survived his death in 1868 as well as the succession crisis that followed it. It was only broken thirty years’ later in two brutal wars against Europeans.


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