4 The Emperor – INDLOVU

iTongo Tarot Card4 The Emperor – INDLOVU
CONCEPT Symbol of the patriarch and the animus (masculine energy); Wisdom; Leadership; The responsibility of power; intellectual as opposed to emotional

Indlovu invites you to walk the path with wisdom.
• • •
Enterprising behaviour /Stability /Hardworking, practical and trustworthy /Deep love of the creative process /Practical implementation /Opportunity of great benefit /Wise leadership in moderation /Visionary /Personal power /Authority

Today’s date is a tricky one – depending on the method of calculation we get quite an interesting set of numbers.

10+6+2+0+1+3=22/4 or 1+0+6+2+0+1+3=13/4 either way our final number is 4 The Emperor

22 is attributed to 0 The fool – The Alpha and Omega in a tarot deck. 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.

13 Death/Transformation The death card is probably the most maligned and misunderstood of all the cards.  Most people take in a breath and fear what is coming next – generally 13 Death is not about physical death, rather it is a metaphor for death and rebirth in life.  The concept is about transition and transformation.  As we let go there is regeneration.  Without change there is no moving forward.  We need to use our inner powers of imagination and our ability to construct or restructure our lives.

Both 22 and 13 add to the number 4 The Emperor. With that in mind I think about our ’emperor’ Madiba, who is once again hospitalised.  It is interesting following the news and Twitter feeds – this time there are two distinct lines of communication.  Messages to get better soon, and messages that perhaps its time to let him go.

Nelson Mandela is a man who typifies all the energy of The Emperor.  An activist, a statesman and leader of men and a man with humility and compassion.  He truly understood and practiced the responsibility of power.  His vision of a great country rising up through leadership in moderation. Truly the ‘Father of the Nation’.

Nelson Mandela and HH Dalai Lama 1996 at Tuinhuis Cape Town

Nelson Mandela and HH Dalai Lama 1996 at Tuinhuis Cape Town

I have had the great fortune of meeting this amazing man (twice) and when one is in his presence there is no denying his energy, his power and his compassion.

As he releases his physical body, we feel the draining of energy, we know that our world will be a little darker once he is gone, yet we will always have the lessons his life taught us.

  • Fight for what you believe in
  • Find forgiveness within
  • Truth is absolute
  • Practice what you preach

Madiba’s strength during his time of incarceration came from the poem Invictus by  William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

This week we should keep vigil for our ‘father’, honour his accomplishments and release him from mortal bondage with love and light. We are reminded that we are the captains of our fate and souls.


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