King of Wands – iSibane

iTongo Tarot CardKING of ISIBANE  People of the South (Xhosa)
Key word – CHARISMA

The father of light | Natural leader | Commanding presence | Positive masculine power | Long term goals accomplished | Confront opposition directly | Inspire enthusiasm | Spontaneity | Ecstasy | Generous | Dignity and self respect

There is a lot going on this week.  First we need to refresh and take stock of our Card of the Year – 6 The Lovers and to take note of the Astrological triads of planets called the Grand Sextile.  The energy of six promotes growth and nurtures healing.  It is also the number of service, and as we all know we need to take responsibility for our actions and choices that involve others.  Working with this energy we will have the opportunity to speak out on behalf of those that cant.  Promote equality and harmony for all.

Our King of iSibane tells the story of Chief Ndlambe who has often been referred to as the father of African nationalism because he remained steadfast in his beliefs and refused to give up his land despite the overwhelming power of the British forces.

We hear someone being referred to as Charismatic, and what that simply means is that we connect and relate to their charm, and often we are inspired by the way they live and conduct their lives.

How do you inspire others? Give freely of yourself, your time, your energy and mostly your wisdom.  We all have the ability to lead by example.  We can’t all lead a country or organisation, but we all natural leaders and have the ability to lead those nearest and dearest.  Most don’t even try, because they look at the collective and believe they are unequipped or unworthy to step up and make a difference.  Often its the smallest act of kindness that can motivate a huge change.

We don’t have to be arrogant or commanding to achieve our goals – gentle persuasion goes a lot further than rigid domineering attitudes.

The masculine energy of the King helps us with our spiritual exploration and connections.  Its a direct connection to our Divine – the warning here is not to go too fast or too far.  Remember spirituality, peace and harmony is a process not a destination.  Give yourself the time and space to just be – keep at it daily with mindful intent and allow the universe to guide you.

Dream the dream, and set your long term accomplishments.  Create the plan and execute one step at a time.  Work steadily towards your goals and stand firm in what you believe in.  Change is always difficult – we fear the unknown and we are not sure of our resources and reserves.  Its easier to just go with the flow, even when the flow is not supporting our hopes, dreams and ideals.   We need to remember that as long as we have the courage of our convictions, we will overcome.  We need to stand steadfast and firm in what we believe in. Life is about our stamina to persevere – all too often we throw our hands up and say “I cant anymore” and its just then, in that moment that we have a breakthrough.  We have the knowledge tools and skills to achieve all that we dream, we just need to hold fast – we just have to persist.

This week – inspire and lead others – hang in there … it will be worth it.

iTongo Legend

Chief Ndlambe (c.1755–1828) was the second son of Chief Rharhabe and his mother was Nojoli, after whom Nojoli Mountain near Somerset East was named. Ndlambe had eight sons, Mdushane, Mhala, Mqhayi, Thuba, Sam Sam, Kuse, Mxhamli, and Nowawe1.

On the death of his father, Chief Rharhabe, Ndlambe served as regent of the kingdom from 1782–1796 for his nephew, Ngqika. During his years of regency, he succeeded in establishing himself as a powerful leader. For the first several decades of Dutch settlement in Ndlambe’s territory, the Zuurveld, his sovereignty remained unquestioned.

By 1796, his Great Place was on the banks of the Bushman’s River, close to Macleantown near the Xinira River. At this site, a group of boulders, are said to be part of the throne on which Ndlambe once sat and held court.

In 1811, the Dutch-speaking farmers persuaded the British colonial government to use military force to clear the entire area between the Sundays and Fish Rivers of its African inhabitants. At that time, this area was known as the Zuurveld, after the sour grasses that dominate the terrain. Nine Frontier Wars were fought in this area and Ndlambe was involved in five of them.

Ndlambe and his sub-chiefs tried to negotiate with the British military and civil officials. The negotiations failed because Ndlambe refused to agree to the voluntary removal of his people from their homes. War started and when it became evident that the British guns and horses gave them a huge advantage, Ndlambe, outsmarting his British adversaries, led his people in a night-time evacuation, and moved them safely across the Fish River.

His life spanned a major transition period in South African history, and he is often referred to as ‘the father of African nationalism’ as he remained steadfast in his refusal to give up his land to the colonialists despite the overwhelming power of the British military forces.

When Chief Ndlambe died in 1828, allegedly over 90 years old, the entire nation shaved their heads in mourning.


11 Strength

11strength11 Strength – AMANDLA
amandla n. (-ndla) : Force; strength; power; might

Strength/ Passion/ Creative energy; Taming of the beast within/ Courage/ Moral victory/ Power /Commanding and outgoing /Self-control /Responding to a force /Awareness /Conviction /Enthusiasm /Moderation /Extremes /Balance between rationale and intuition

We often find ourselves facing life changing choices and challenges.  Sometimes experience helps us make the right choice, sometimes we need to dig deep to find the answers.

When we take time out to reflect on who we are, what we want and what we are prepared to do, we are often surprised that what the heart wants is not necessarily what we are actually doing.  This poses the dilemma of heart vs. head.  Which one is the true leader?

Last week I discussed Heart Consciousness and we do need to listen to that little voice deep within.  This is our seat of power, where we get the strength from to carry on. The heart is the centre of our balance, its also what gives us the courage of our convictions.

Like the Lion in The Wizard of Oz, as he searched for a heart so he could have courage, so too should we continue to search for our hearts.  Finding that workable balance between what we think and what we feel is the right thing to do.

When we connect to spirit we are whole-heartedly committed to living our best life.  We have a knowing of peace and calm within.  We have the balance of intuition and insight – seeing things for what they are and accepting the task of changing what needs to and letting go of what is not serving us in our journey.

When we are in that state of Divine being, we increase our sense of self esteem, our common sense and find our creativity to manifest all that we desire.  We all have the potential for abundance, we just have to look for it.  Sometimes the answers are revealed in our dreams, sometimes in our day-dreams.

We don’t desire things without a foundation.  Look back on your childhood – what were your dreams, hopes and ambitions.  Look at what you are doing now, have you achieved those dreams?  What are you doing to fulfill your destiny?

This week find your courage to persist.  Make the changes needed.  Live life fearlessly.

Let Your Love Shine – Ace of Water

iTongo Tarot CardACE of MORITSOANA (Cups/Water)
People of the West Key word – LOVE

The gift of love | Power of love | Open heart – attraction | Deep feelings | Intimacy | Atonement | Forgiveness | Emotional awareness | Responding sympathetically | Emotional status

Tricky concept this week.  Love!  Emotions! Feelings! At one time or another we have all been there, done that.  We accept without question that as living beings we have the ability to love and to be loved.  From a very early age we have emotional awareness.  We learn very early on about the power of love.

The trend these days is practicing universal love and becoming more ‘heart centered’.  What is it?  How do we do it?

On a physical level – the heart is in the centre of our bodies, it is protected by the rib-cage.  The heart is vital to our health and life and is the only organ we attribute our emotions to – we call it the ‘seat of emotion’, when we express our desire we say ‘with all my heart’.

I was recently introduced to the amazing research of the Institute of HeartMath.  They work with the subtle energy of the intuitive heart.  With special instruments they can measure the electro magnetic energy of the heart.  The waves generated by the heart (measured with an ECG) show that the heart is the largest wave generator and can actually be measured up to five feet away from the body.  The other astounding finding is that it’s the heart that influences the brain (measured with an EEG).  The electrical information permeates every cell in the body, including the brain whilst radiating out. We have been taught that the brain controls everything, but the heart is auto-rhythmic which means it can work  without input from the brain.  There is an intelligence and consciousness in the heart.  Research has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four ways –

  • neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses)
  • biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters)
  • biophysically (through pressure waves)
  • and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions).

These communications affect our perceptions, reactions, intuition and decision making ability.  The feeling and emotional perceptions of the heart trigger the chemical changes throughout the body.

The heart affects our consciousness to such an extent that in order to truly live, we need to have our hearts open, with a clear flow of energy.  Using the mind alone, leads us to a separation of feeling which leads to sterile thoughts without understanding.

The last few generations have been all about living by our intellect and materialistic focus.  We need to rationalise everything and more we do so the less connection we have with our hearts – the intangible and the unexplained.

If we are going to be ‘head-centered’ then we need to learn to be ‘whole-brain’ rather than just left or right brain oriented.  How often have you felt divided between head and heart?  Which one usually wins?  The more specialised we are the more one-dimensional we become, which leads us to be less than all we could be.

So how do we begin to live with ‘heart-consciousness’?  We begin by setting the ego free, taking care of self.  Start treating others, as you want them to treat you.  Understand the difference between kindness and compassion.  Share openly and willingly with everything in your world.  Respect your environment and respect your body.  Forgive.  Uplift.

We cant actively love everyone – that would overload our systems, but we can live with loving kindness.  A Zen teacher once said  “Take care of what’s in front of you”.  Practice the laws of cause and effect, don’t harass others and they wont harass you, be inoffensive, don’t torture, destruct or anger others and they wont do it to you.  Project the right thoughts and feelings and you will have a friendly, happy environment which creates the sense of well being.

Love leads to the freedom of the mind.

iTongo Legend

Sesotho, or Southern Sotho, is spoken in the country of Lesotho, which is entirely surrounded by South African territory, as well as in the Free State province, southern Gauteng, and in the vicinity of Pretoria and Brits. With Setswana and isiZulu, Sesotho was one of the first African languages to be rendered in written form, initiated by the missionaries Casalis and Arbousset of the Paris Evangelical Mission.

The language of the Tswana people is spoken mostly in Botswana, a country on the northwestern border of South Africa, as well as in the Northern Cape province, the central and western Free State and in the North West.

Geography of Ace of Moritsŏana
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park (proclaimed 13 September 1963) lies in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs. The most famous of these is the imposing Brandwag rock.

Golden Gate is situated in one of the most important water catchment areas in South Africa and more than 50% of the water supply of South Africa comes from this area.

21 The Universe – A Clearer Connection

iTongo Tarot Card21 The Universe – INDALO
indalo (N) iindalo (plural) : Formation; creation
CONCEPT Totality; Wholeness of body, mind, spirit; A state of knowing; Completion; Renewal; Regeneration  Indalo invites you to connect to the universal spirit.

Universal spirit (iTongo) /Universal mind and force /Universal substance or matter /Balance between body, mind, and soul /Unity with others /Perfection in manifestation /External world reflects your inner world /Validation /Unlimited potential /Visionary /Natural explorer and adventurer

We talk a lot about the universe and universal energy, this great amorphous place, Divine something or energy that is available to us, but what does it all mean? How do we connect or begin to understand the vastness of the subject?

The term energy is widely used by practitioners from ancient traditions to alternative medicines to New Age spiritual workers.  Spiritual energy is often associated with the words ‘qi’, ‘prana’ and spirit simply meaning that that breath is life, life is seen as an electromagnetic field that is in and around all living things. So energy is considered to exist and animates the human soul or spirit.

I subscribe to the theory that we are spiritual being having a human experience.  It brings me comfort to know that I am a part of something greater than myself and my humanity. I need to know that I belong, that I share something Divine with everything that I am and everything that I could be.

How do we learn to manage this ‘energy’ to focus it and to get the best out of our ‘human’ experience.  The simplest way is to breathe.  Just sit quietly and watch your breath.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or “prana” is said to be the vehicle of the mind.  Because it is the prana that makes our mind move.  One of the simplest ways to manage stress is through Breath Control.  It is through breath that all those messages are carried through the blood stream to the relevant muscle, which in turn reacts.

Our body parts are neutral, they have no emotion or thought – it is up to us to make sure that the right message is getting to the right centre, so we can enjoy the right response.

So when you calm the mind by working with the breath you are simultaneously and automatically taming and training the mind.  We take a deep breath when life becomes stressful – let out a deep breath when the moment of anxiety has passed – breath regulates our temperature and mood.  It is through breath that we can bring about physiological change within our bodies.  We express ourselves through breath.  Laugher,  groaning, panting etc.

It is because of the intimate relationship between mind and body, and the existence of special physiological centres (chakras) within our body, that physical exercise and the practice of mindfulness can have positive effects on health.

We learn from quantum physics that energy never dies, it simply transforms.  Our bodies are made up of electromagnetic energy.  We constantly transmit and receive information  which chakra-systemis processed through a system called the Chakra System.   The word Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel.  It is a wheel-like spinning vortex that interpenetrates the physical body, with the outer ends of each vortex forming a specific layer of the auric field.  The whirling circular motion forms a cavity or vacuum in the centre that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibration level.  It is then processed and returned to the auric field.

There are 7 major chakras that are aligned along the spinal column.

In any study of the anatomy of the aura it is important to understand the significance of the chakra system.  The Chakras exist on all levels of the aura and serve as linking mechanisms between the auric field and the physical body as well as linking mechanisms between the different levels of the auric field itself. It is generally believed that it is the Chakra System that generates the Aura. The Chakra System is like the main frame of a computer.  Information is stored and evaluated here.  The Aura is like the operator, interacting and gathering Information, for processing.  It is in the Chakra System that all energy and information is stored and ‘value’ attached to it.

The Buddhists believe that the human body can be compared to a city, the channels to its roads, the winds to a horse, and the mind to a rider.  There are 72 000 subtle channels in the body, but three principal ones:  The central channel, running parallel to the spine, and the right and left channels which run either side of it.  The right and left channels coil around the central one at a number of points to form a series of “knots”.  Along the central channel are situated a number of “channel wheels” the chakras or energy centres, from which channels branch off like the ribs of an umbrella. Through these channels flow the winds, or inner air.

There has been no scientific proof that the Chakra system exists, but science has been able to measure and study the Aura.  This is done through Kirlian Photography.  The camera is an optical measuring procedure. Fine sensors scan and measure the electromagnetic energy field of the body or any other living organism. The measured values represent different vibratory rates and therefore different colours.

The energy flow of the Chakras are clockwise, and the energy flow of the Aura is from root of the spine, up the back (spine) and down the core of the body returning to  the root centre.  Each Chakra has its own energy wave length, colour and purpose in the system.  Chakras can be isolated for balancing but never work in isolation, each is interdependent of the others, and the quality of information received from the aura.

This week, watch your breath, make a clearer connection to the universe and your Divine.

Other posts  The UniverseBreath

14 Temperance

14 Temperance - Kwena14 Temperance – KWÊNA

CONCEPT Synthesis; Integration; Mediation; Creation of harmony; Co-operation
The balance of masculine and feminine /Polarity of relationships /Philosophical expansive growth /Oppositions and paradoxes /Visionary and natural alchemist /Transformation through spiritual wisdom /Versatile /Bridging worlds /Integration through the creative process /Integration of emotional forces with the physical

The invitation this week is to find and maintain balance, how do we do this?  We discover the balance and harmony between all things, starting with ourselves and then our families and then our communities.  We learn to understand that within each of us we have the power and the ability to bridge worlds and to integrate our thoughts and emotions with our actions.

Temperance is the key word this week.  Temperance is seen as a virtue, a core habit we need to foster as no virtue can be sustained if we are unable to control ourselves.  We need to take a close look at our lives and note the habits and behaviours that are in excess.  Too much of anything can become harmful and disruptive to our way of life.

Self-restraint can be difficult.  This is not about denying us pleasure or that extra mouthful, it’s about recognising when enough is enough.  It’s about knowing when we are about to shift the balance within, towards excess or negative thoughts and emotions.  Without some form of self-discipline we move through life without thought of consequence, and when we find ourselves in a negative space, we are surprised and often ask “how did I get here?”  “Why me?”

We make choices, everything we do is a choice.  The Art of Temperance is to find the path or the way that keeps the balance.  Within our hearts and our environment.

This week take a close look at what is going on in your mind, your emotions and your life.  How much of what you are experiencing is because of the choices you have made. Do you take responsibility for your own life.  Look at the people in your life – how is their behaviour or their needs impacting on you.  How are you responding – are your reactions valid.  Do you set boundaries and limits?  Do you allow others to sway you from your path?  Do you allow others to dictate how you should be living your life?  In doing their bidding are you sacrificing who you intrinsically are? Are you compromising your values to please others?

Making changes to old habits and thought patterns is challenging, but the rewards are so worth the effort.  Make the connection to your Divine, meditate, breathe, pray or simply sit quietly and contemplate your inner landscape.  Find your still point, find your balance.

Life is about change – even if we remain in the same place, everything around us is flowing towards its purpose, everything, every moment is different.  Its like a river, the river is always the river with its purpose to flow towards the ocean, but we never see the same part of the river twice. The manifestation is different but the source is the same.  This allows us to be different, to approach each situation as unique, to apply the relevant action but to always remain true to who we are and what we believe in.  To not be distracted by others and their agendas.  Rather seek the point of balance and harmony within each situation.  Don’t compromise your values and vision.

Live life with a focused awareness – the more conscious we are of ourselves, our physical sensations and surroundings the more power we have in the moment to make the right choice moment by moment.  As we build on this mindfulness the better we live our lives without judgement or regret.

In each of us is the potential for good and bad, to live in the light or in the shadows…  We experience joy and pain, somewhere in between is where we find that moment, that point of truth, purity and the true majesty of self.