What goes around, Comes around

iTongo Tarot Card8 Justice – KHATHULO

Khathulo invites you to honour truth and the law of cause and effect.

Balance /Justice/ Realignment /Equilibrium /Logic and reason /Balance by opposites /Reality and responsibility of choice /Natural law /Clarity of mind (Quality) /Impartial judgement /Balanced intellect /Judge by experience /Honour truth /Punishment and reward /Action and reaction

Justice is about truth in action.  It’s about the natural law of cause and effect. Whatever we do has an impact on something and someone.  What we put out there as a thought, desire or intent manifests in some way – often we are surprised at a result.  If we don’t like the result we tend to blame others, if we are happy with what is coming into or crossing our path we put it down to ‘good luck’.  Luck has nothing to do with it, it all begins with us, the results are dependent on us.  We are responsible for our actions and reactions.  Therefore we need to accept the punishment or reward.

Justice is also about balance, realignment and finding that perfect harmony.  For most of us its quite a task juggling ‘life’.  We seem to have so many demands and commitments and somewhere in-between there is us and our needs.  We need to find the time, tools and will to be able to manage our busy lives without compromising who we essentially are.

The first step is TRUTH.  Without absolute honesty we cant move forward.  Take time this week to examine if you are living your truth.  How often do you compromise what you know for what you feel? We can’t be, and often shouldn’t be all things to all people.  We need to carefully consider the outcome and repercussions of our actions.  Sometimes we just have to say no. Taking on more than we can cope with is counterproductive and over time erodes our energy and will leaving very little to work with.  The more unfocused we become the less effective we are.

The number 8 is about control, domination and achievement.  It’s also a number of abundance – attracting financial security.  This is a good week to take control of your finances, sort out the ‘legal’ matters, whether its renewing a passport, or committing to life insurance – take note of what you need to succeed. Be self confident in your abilities and go for your goals. Push for that promotion, ask your loved one to marry you – take a chance on YOU, you know you are worth it.

An 8 is made up of two perfect circles – balance and harmony, each in equal measure.  The lemniscate or the horizontal number 8 also known as the infinity symbol represents the concept of perpetual motion, which is the supreme signature of the Universe and all cycles – as you sow, so shall you reap.

Laws of cause and effect, Karma and the return of all your energy in infinite cycles. Take a close look at your situation and work in practical ways to bring balance and harmony.  This is a good week to stabilise, use your time efficiently and be dependable.  Don’t make promises or arrangements you know you cant keep.  Work hard, but don’t be a workaholic.  Sometimes a break and some time out allows new energy to flow, making you more effective.

The main message is one of accountability for our actions.  This card reminds us that we all have a conscience – we should listen to it more often.  Pay attention to the whispering in your ear, but we should do the right thing.  We need to learn from our mistakes.  Take some time to examine the past.  What choices and actions would you have done differently?  What can you do today to bring change? What are you setting up now for the future? What do you expect the results to be.

Identify areas in your life that need change, find the solution and the way to success.  Start a diary, make a vision board, contemplate, meditate – In the circle of life we are all connected, we are all one.

iTongo Legend

Venda law and custom constituted a system designed to protect firstly family rights, then the chiefdom and finally the individual. This placed the onus on the individual and the realisation that his actions affected the greater community, especially his/her descent group.

Venda culture has a strong emphasis on male authority (patrilineal). Moral behaviour is essentially the right and good actions of the man who does not upset the balance and harmony between the clan, society, and nature. Nature and man work together in harmony as the actions of one has consequences on the other.

The good man was not only one who respected seniors and was loyal to his family, he was also a good neighbour1. He was to live with generosity of heart and possessions and be free of the suspicion of witchcraft. He needed to be meticulous in observance of custom and loyal to the chief.

The formal handling of disputes began with the local headman and ended with the chief at the capital. A panel of elders assisted the chief and would advise on points of law and provide continuity of experience.

The process of bringing a case to court was simple and logical. If one felt that his rights had been violated, he would report the matter to his immediate headman. A date was set for the hearing and all parties concerned instructed to attend with any relevant witnesses. The case was heard in the men’s meeting place, which was a prominent feature of the homestead of chief or headman. Women were not permitted to attend these proceedings, unless they were directly involved in the case. Witnesses were allowed to hear all the testimonies and were often allowed to modify their own.

In a case of civil wrong, the judgement would be restitution and compensation – the intention to ‘right a wrong’, i.e. stolen goods to be returned, the trespasser removed, or unfulfilled contracts honoured. In the case of damage or actions, which could not be undone, compensation was awarded and was usually paid for in livestock. Failing the ownership or possession of livestock, the complainant was entitled to exact satisfaction and take what he could.

Criminal offences were homicide, grievous assault, rape, incest, crimes against the chiefdom’s authorities and witchcraft/sorcery.

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