Children of the Sun God

11strength11 Strength – AMANDLA
Amandla invites you to roar with passion and awareness.
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Power /Commanding and outgoing /Self-control /Responding to a force /Awareness /Conviction /Enthusiasm /Moderation /Extremes /Balance between rationale and intuition

More often than not we are overwhelmed by life – everything is moving so fast and we are constantly bombarded with performance issues.  We are constantly measuring ourselves against others and are afraid of what people would say or feel if we were to speak or do what is in our hearts.

We feel that we are juggling so much and if we should drop one ball, lose focus on one thing, then everything we have worked for, or are working for would disintegrate.  We wait for permission from external sources, or we wait for acknowledgement from others to let us know that we are doing okay. Both of these scenarios render us powerless.  We can’t perform at the will of others.  We can’t achieve while we wait.

Some people build their power base by material things.  They believe they have achieved success by the size of their house, the flashy car and the swag.  Others seek power through the status of their professions, because they fear they would  be a ‘nobody’ without the title.

Personal power based on fear will always feel like its not enough, will always need something more and ultimately leave one unsatisfied and feeling less than. 
Personal power based on self love motivates and liberates.  We relax our need to control and accept that life is uncertain – ultimately we need nothing, what we have and who we are is enough.  This is true empowerment.

We are often reminded by the impermanence of life. Birthdays, deaths, the seasons – with constant change, we are presented with infinite opportunities and choices to move forward either with love or fear.

Five tips to self empowerment

  1. Learn – be curious and be prepared to be surprised.  Expect to discover knowledge in unexpected ways, from unexpected sources.  Valuable and useful information is available to you everywhere, everyday.
  2. Dream – Create a vision of your perfect world.  Dream big. Be completely honest and look deep into your motivation and intention. Create a dream so compelling that it will drive you to fulfill that ambition no matter the time or the effort.
  3. funny-diamons-man-diggingEndurance – Keep going, don’t be disheartened at the first setback.  These are part of the process that allows us to modify and adapt.  Keep on the course. Don’t stop when you think you are ‘there’ – keep going you can make so much more of it – so do it!  You never know what is just ‘around the corner’. http://themetapicture.com/dont-give-up
  4. Gratitude – Give thanks for what you do have, and this will open your eyes, mind and spirit to seeing the value in everything.  This gives you the power to be positive, meaningful and effective in what ever you choose to do.
  5. Responsibility – Take responsibility for the choices you make and the life you have.  Don’t blame situations, people or your past for not achieving.  Remember only you can live your life, only you have the power in the moment to choose.  Sometimes things are beyond our control, but the choice of the reaction or action is entirely ours.

This week live Amandla (Power) and say “I AM ……”  We are all children of the Sun God

iTongo Legend

See previous post on the White Lions of Timbavati.

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All is One

Ten of Mavhele/EarthTEN of MAVHELE (Earth/Coins/Pentacles)
People of the North – Key word – ABUNDANCE

Family | Home | Stability | Inheritance | Wealth | Affluence | Material success | Convention | Tradition | Permanence | Lasting solutions | The establishment | Conservative

This week we should be focusing on what keeps us grounded and also what is the root of our thoughts and actions.  We live our lives with motivation and intent, these drivers or base instincts are how we view and respond to everything that we experience.

We are born with two basic instincts “Fight or Flight” (Survival of self) and “Creation” (Survival of the species).  Everything else is acquired knowledge and information and our first responses are ‘my safety’ and ‘what do I make of this’.  The same goes for our actions, self protection and creation.

We all talk about destiny and living our truth, we believe we have a plan to live up to and spend most of our lives trying to establish what that purpose is and then to live it to the fullest.  Did we make a covenant with our soul?  An agreement to do or be a particular type of person? To follow a path that benefits not only us but mankind.  To honour and respect, self, family, the earth and her bounty.

We may have all those instincts but the ‘knowing’ of what to do comes from our childhood, family and home connections.  When we are little we use our elders as our role models.  We learn to think and do, as they do.  We inherit their wealth of experience and we feel the bonds of blood, we begin to position ourselves in the world.  We create an identity based on what is around us and our experiences.  This pattern then becomes the filter that we measure all our own experiences against.

So what happens to those that are less fortunate, those that have negative grounding in their formative years. (Birth to ages 5-7).  Some through their own soul contract feel the need to change what they have learnt to living a life that is more aligned to their own inner voice.  Others live out the negative influence and manifest through their actions – anger, aggression, addictions, obsessions, depression, sadness and pain from abandonment issues…  the list goes on.

We can change – we have a need to change to be in accordance with our authentic selves … but it takes a fair amount of effort and conscious living to bring about those changes.  We don’t have to follow a traditional path – we can find our own solutions and conventions.  People see us and treat us exactly as we allow them!

Starting with the basics –  Ask yourself the following

  1. What patterns did you inherit from your family?
  2. Do you have a personal code of honour/ laws or rules you live by?  What are they?
  3. What are your fears?  Where in your body do you feel them?
  4. What do you believe your rights to be?  How/what do you project?
  5. How connected do you feel to ….humanity, your family, the divine?

If you didn’t have good role models in your development years, you may want to look at other people that have had a positive impact on your life.  These are people who have left an indelible impression on your concept of self.  They could be distant family members, friends or colleagues.  These people can determine whether you live consistently with your authentic self or live a counteractive life which is controlled by your ‘manufactured’ self and limits or destroys who you really are.

The lesson is that we are all one, that we are part of all that is, and that is happening, to us and around us.  We should live our lives with harmony and balance and discover that which brings us the greatest peace and fulfills our Covenant.

Don’t just Survive, be Creative in how you live your life.

iTongo Legend

Ngoma Lungundu (The Drum of the Dead)
Oral history has it that during the late 17th century, a powerful Karanga-Rodzvi clan called Singo migrated south from central Zimbabwe, crossed the Vhembe River (Limpopo) and settled in the land of Vhangona. According to some written accounts, the Singo were Karangas who broke away from the Changamire Rodzvi.

In VhaVenda oral tradition, the Singo Kings had a sacred drum so great in size that it required six men to carry it. This drum was known as Ngoma Lungundu, the “drum of the dead” or Mwari (the Great God of the Singo).

Since it was believed that the Lemba were beyond reproach, they were tasked by Mwari to carry the drum south. They were also given strict instruction that that the drum was never to touch the ground. At night the drum had to be suspended from a tree. Sometimes when it appeared the drum was beating by itself, it was said that the ancestor-god Mwari is playing it.

Ngoma Lungundu was believed to be the spear and shield of the Singo that would protect them on their journeys. The king worked miracles with this drum because it had magical powers. When beaten by the king in times of threat, the drum would protect the people against attack and allow them to defeat their enemies. The drum struck such fear into enemies’ hearts that they fainted, fled in terror, or died. Through conquest the Vhangona came to revere and fear this sacred instrument. When beaten in times of drought, the drum would bring rain.

The Lemba
This group is believed to have descended from Semitic (Arab) traders who entered Africa around 696AD. The Lemba believe themselves to be Black Jews, descendants of the lost tribe of Israel.

Professor Tudor Parfitt (Modern Jewish Studies – University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) analysed the DNA of the Lemba, and showed that many Lemba males have a Y chromosome that is also found among the male descendants of the Jewish priesthood (part of the Levite tribe) in Israel. He also concluded in his book (The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark ) that the Ark of the Covenant was among other things a drum which had been led out of Jerusalem by Israelites in about 586 BC before the Babylonian invasion.

Respect

iTongo Tarot CardSEVEN of MAVHELE (Coins/Pentacles/Earth)
People of the North
Key word – RESPECT

Morality | Honour | Assessment | Evaluate status | Reaping rewards | Consider alternatives | Crossroads | Due diligence | Self esteem | Fair social standing | Attention to detail | Treat with consideration | Learn from mistakes

Respect is a feeling of value or reverence for someone or something – we are taught at an early age to respect our parents, authority, our home, our possessions.  We can have respect for concepts and ideals, like the law/authority, our country and achievements by others.  But when it comes to self respect we seem to fall into the ‘not worthy’ way of thinking.  This pattern is usually set up in childhood by parents and teachers not considering the impact of their words and actions.  We will then choose partners in life that behave in a similar manner – and so the cycle continues.

But what about our own self respect?  How do we assess and evaluate our status?  Where do we perceive ourselves to be in the great scheme of things?  What is our have social standing?  Are our actions worthy of respect? Where do we have authority?

We are surrounded by ‘totemic’ icons and  archetype symbols that represent a collective value – flags, coats of arms, business and product logos. Each of these symbols represents a philosophy, culture or interest group.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, these pictures convey a symbolic language.  Within that symbolism is the cause for respect.  Be it actions or simply the message of hope, we cling to the imagery to sustain or inform us of actions or thoughts.

swooshBrands are built around a philosophy and concept.  Take Nike’s famous ‘swoosh’ which represents simple, fluid and fast.  The symbolism is drawn from the Winged Victory of Samothrace also known as The Greek Goddess of Victory – Nike.  When we see this logo we are aware of  the message and the challenge to be victorious.

What is our personal icon, what image do we present to the world?  Healthy, grounded self respect is an important part of our emotional well being.  It is the filter that we view the world through.  We cannot have self respect without caring and being true to our authentic selves.  If we don’t trust or respect ourselves, how can we expect others to do so.  This is something we have to work on consciously and continuously.  We should pay attention to our actions and with careful consideration.  We should learn from our mistakes.  How often do we take the moral high ground?

What is our value?  What is our worth?  If we don’t see it, we can’t earn it.  Respect is both given and received.  We expect people to respect us, our bodies, our thoughts, ideas and possessions according to the standards of society, but it is built over time by our actions and can be wiped out with one single action or inconsiderate phrase.

The Seven of Mavhele shows us that through perseverance, effort and determination success is inevitable.  When we live consciously, we will reap the rewards of our actions.  We will experience a sense of self worth, material security and creative inspiration.  All we have to do is be patient – no good deed goes unrewarded.

What is your logo, what is your slogan for living your best life?  What makes you victorious?

iTongo Legend

The totem group is an extension of kinship groups and exists apart from family and lineage groups. It is a fairly loose association of presumed agnatic kin and is the only other social grouping based on kinship.

The word for totem is moano or seano, derived from the verb go ana, to honour, venerate, or respect, sometimes also to swear an oath. A clan’s totem is usually an animal, and totems can be changed under certain circumstances. For example, when the Pedi, an offshoot of the Tswana-speaking Kgatla, relocated in about 1650 and settled in an area to the south of the Steelpoort River they changed their totem from a monkey to a porcupine (noku). This change can be traced back genealogically to the founders of the original lineage group.

The totem group of the Pedi is not a clan, although the totemic system probably had its origin in a clan system. The Pedi have no word for a totem group, and do not actually consider themselves as belonging to such a group. They recognise the association between people venerating the same totem, and in a formal introduction, a person’s origin can be established based on “what totem he dances”.

The significance of the totem is not of religious importance but rather of supernatural importance. There are no rituals associated with totems, although it is bad luck to kill a totem animal. Bad luck will also follow anyone who swears on the name of a totem and then breaks that promise.

Although, a large number of the Pedi still acknowledge their totem, it appears that totemic association is on the wane.

0 The Fool – The Circle of Life

Ulwaluko0 The Fool – ULWALUKO
Ulwaluko invites you to be initiated into your destiny.

New phase of life begins /Transformation through a rite of passage /A spiritual journey /Reproduction and regeneration of spirit /The collective unconscious /Future oriented /Involution /Independent /Pioneering /Timing

The Fool card represents beginnings and endings.  Often numbered Zero or Twenty Two.  The number Zero is a perfect circle, without beginning or end. It is limitless and nothing all at the same time. It is the number that unifies others and gives them strength, it is the Alpha and Omega.

Zero is our number before birth, our cosmic egg or our source and original consciousness, the power of the Divine that was before manifestation and as the circle turns to that source and consciousness do we return.

Eclipse

Eclipse

Zero is also the number of Pluto, which is in Retrograde so we are feeling pressure to clean up our acts.  Eliminate outdated ideas and patterns and spend time researching and reaching into our inner world for answers.  We will also notice having done the work we seem to have a greater control over our lives.

We do not want to keep repeating patterns that block our growth or our pursuit of happiness. We seek the wholeness of consciousness, body, mind and spirit.  We seek to unify all that we are and live our truth.

It has been claimed that the more Zero’s we have in our birth date or name the ‘closer to the Divine we are’ – I find that rather limiting and would prefer that we are the masters of our destiny, filled with possibility – the essence of the Divine is there to complete all that I am.  The Zero is about potential and choice.

With The Fool as 22 we draw the energy of our dreams becoming reality based on wisdom and experience.  We recognise our own evolution through time and are able to harness our personal power.  One of my favourite expressions is “collective intent and co-operation”.  We cant do it all alone, we always need guidance, assistance and the space (0) to complete our journey.

There is the age old question “did God create man, or man create God”?  No matter which path of faith we choose to follow, most of us would like to believe that mortal death does not end the essence of man.  That we transform and transcend as spirit, returning to source.  Energy that make us who we are does not simply cease to exist, it transforms.  Death may end a life but never the relationship.  As long as we have memory the departed has life.

0 The Fool asks us to be aware of our circle of life, of what we have made out of the power of possibility, what inspiration we have drawn from the collective and how do we serve – how do we co-operate with the collective intent.