Spirituality /Archetype of wise old man /Personal wisdom and insight /Light is shed on a dark path /Self-examination and assessment /Wisdom through life experience /A time of decision and renewal /Explore to find an appropriate discipline /High ideals grounded in the reality of life /Deep love for beauty, order and harmony
Our card of the week is the Hermit – Induna. We have heard and seen a lot of chatter about the Super Moon this past week, and for some it may have been quite an emotional and spiritual time. Some may have noticed a change in their dreams or a pull towards their spirituality.
The Hermit invites us to build on those experiences and work with our own personal wisdom and insights. Issues that have seemed difficult may now have a clearer meaning. The path that we are meant to follow is illuminated and we need to reassess our goals – taking note of our achievements. This is a time of self examination and assessment. We are who and where we are because of the choices we have made in the past, acknowledging this is what brings our wisdom, order and harmony into the light.
The energy of the Hermit is to radiate our inner spiritual force and bring light to others. As the light bearer he asks that we show the way by self acceptance, which translates into confidence. As long as the intention is pure, the results will speak the truth with wisdom and insight. Share your knowledge freely, offer guidance based on your own higher learning and experience. Lead by example in a quiet and gentle way.
We are all teachers in some way. The Hermit asks us to look inwards to find insight and to manifest that knowledge with courage. Sometimes we do need to withdraw from all the madness that surrounds us. Take time to explore within. We tend to fear ‘being alone’ but sometimes we need to take that journey to discover the gifts that solitude can offer. Be a seeker of knowledge and insight. As the saying goes “Seek and ye shall find”. It is helpful to know what it is that we seek, whether it’s peace, spiritual connection, joy or simply a greater understanding of self and the world. Trust in your own abilities and really tune in … your inner voice will guide you.
Number 9 is the number of completion so that new beginnings may start. This week finish outstanding business. Make space for the new beginnings. Look out for those Ah-Hah moments, when light is shed on your path. Remember you hold the light within, share it.
Induna (plural: izinduna) is a Zulu title meaning advisor, great leader, ambassador, headman, or commander of a group of warriors. It can also mean spokesperson or mediator as the izinduna often acted as a link between the people and the king. The title was reserved for senior officials appointed by the king or chief, and was awarded to individuals held in high esteem for their qualities of leadership, bravery, or service to the community.
The Elders Both older men and women are leaders in African tribal tradition. Owing to their wisdom and life experience, they are able to see when harmony is disturbed and whether the ancestors are displeased. There is no gender differentiation; instead, this depends on gender roles within different ethnic groups.