21 The Universe – Indalo

iTongo Tarot Card21The Universe – INDALO

CONCEPT Totality; Wholeness of body, mind, spirit; A state of knowing; Completion; Renewal; Regeneration

When I look at this card I am reminded that we are all one and part of the Universal mind and force.  Every thought,  action and emotion is the souls unity with others.  We are perfect in our manifestation, we just have to look around and know that our external world reflects our inner world – that in itself is validation.

Each and every one of us has unlimited potential, we are all natural explorers and adventurers and we should be visionary in what we hope to achieve in this life time.  We need to rise above our circumstances and make something of the hand we have been dealt.  Good fortune should always be shared and pay it forward, in kindness, generosity of spirit and being emotionally available to those in need.

Difficult circumstances should rather be approached as a challenge, everything and everyone has the capacity to change.  We need to just take the time to plot the course, be clear about where we are going and what results we want from our efforts.  Some change takes longer than others, but as I said last week, rather look at how far you have come, acknowledge the differences, adjust your thinking and keep moving forward.  If its not working, make it work or find another way to achieve your goals.  Remember you cant pray for rain and then complain when you get wet – buy an umbrella!

Throughout time, man has observed, recorded, and interpreted the skies. He has made use of astronomy to structure his life and determine his calendar. The geographical location of different cultures has helped shape their perception of how the universe works.  The universe is always listening.  Find your special star that will help you navigate your way through life.  Trust in the universe to help and guide you.

Believe in yourself and your abilities, conquer your fears and manage your demons.  Only you can do it.  Only you are responsible for the choices you make.  Live life to the full, don’t regret a single day.  Don’t miss an opportunity to do it better, but most of all love yourself and love your life.  sprinkle a little stardust, its a wonderful life.

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Girl Power – Honour the Feminine within

iTongo Tarot CardFOUR of MORITSOANA (Cups/Water)
People of the West
Key word – EGO
Sense of individuality | Consciousness | Idealisation of self | Express emotions | Simple truth | Evaluation of life and relationships| | Self reflection and renewal | Disengaged to others | Seek peace and serenity

In keeping with Woman’s month and honouring strong woman, the women in our lives or the feminine strength within all of us our card for the week is Four of Cups.  For some this is a card about wishful thinking and it reminds us to pay attention to what we do have now and to count our many blessings.  We shouldn’t wish our lives away but rather enjoy the fruits of our labours today.  We are constantly working towards something and often we forget to take note of how far we have come, and to acknowledge our achievements along the way.  When you build a house you have the vision of the end result, but it takes brick by brick to achieve that result, so too when we are on a journey of the soul – it takes time.  Focus on the positive and manage the negative.

Trust in yourself and your sense of individuality.  When we live our lives consciously we are able to express our emotions, evaluate life around us and further relationships we are nurturing.  We do however need to take time each day to reflect and renew.  All it takes is 10 minutes, sit quietly and meditate, contemplate or think through a problem.  Solutions are always at hand.

Make the choice and eliminate anything or anyone that is not adding quality to your choice.  Get organised.  Seek that peace and serenity we all desire.

When we look at the balance within, we need to look at the two aspects of self our feminine which is our emotions, our need to nurture and create and the masculine aspects which is our intellect, analysis and action.  How are we responding to the world around us?  How much time are we giving to a situation?  Which part of us is the most dominant?

When w e think of the masculine and feminine within we also need to be aware that each also has aspects of the other.  The masculine is about dominance and action but is tempered with benevolence and compassion. The same would apply to our feminine selves, we are the creators of life and embody wisdom and grace. Just like Athena we can also be the warrior and we fight for what we want, fearlessly.

This week continue to honour the feminine within, and the women in your life.  Be supportive and gentle when dealing with their hopes, dreams and fears.  Nurture and nourish your relationships, be they romantic or work related.  Every connection is valuable and take some time to find creative solutions.  Sometimes the simple truth is absolute.  Be like water and go with the flow. It’s World Humanitarian Day, so be nice!

iTongo Legend

Queen Mantatisi (1781-1836) was the Commander of the Batlokoa of Southern Africa, and was perhaps one of the most well-known and feared women military leaders during the early 19th century. She was the daughter of Chief Mothaba of the Basia in the Harrismith District; the area that was later named the Orange Free State.

She married Mokotjo, the chief of the neighbouring Batlokoa. Mokotjo died while their son, Sekonyela, was still too young to take over control of the chieftaincy. As a result, Mantatisi assumed control and acted as regent.

Reports claim that Mantatisi was a tall, attractive woman who bore her husband four sons. After her husband’s death, her clan suffered a series of military encroachments by the AmaHlubi clans who were fleeing their homes in neighbouring Natal and Zululand. According to historians, Mantatisi took the Batlokoa into the Caledon Valley where, after seizing crops and cattle, they drove out the more peaceful Sotho clans living in that area.

Her reign of military conquest extended as far as central modern day Botswana. At the height of her military and political power, her army numbered forty thousand warriors. However, she eventually suffered a series of defeats beginning in Bechuanaland in January 1823.

After Mantatisi’s son, Sekonyele, reached maturity, he took control of the Batlokoa social structures and military arm. Eventually, he was conquered by Moshoeshoe I1, son of a chief of the Bakoteli – a branch of the Kwêna (Crocodile) clan.

Let the Sun shine in!

19sun19 The Sun – UBUNTU
Ubuntu invites you to practice humanity towards others.

Collaboration /Teamwork /Partnership /Personal potential /Illumination /Rebirth /Universal consciousness /Adjustment /Success /Optimism /Shining light /Glory /Honour /Higher knowledge /Higher awareness /Archetype of the child /Good judgement /Willpower /Moral order

The Sun is one of those ‘happy’ cards in a tarot deck.  It fills us with a feeling of freedom and optimism.  We all know how we feel on a perfect sunny day, we are expanded and share our sense of goodwill.  This is the basis of uBuntu – the philosophy and practice of humanity, kindness towards others.  This is also a time to honour those people in our lives that have made a difference.  The Zulu maxim “We are who we are because of others”.  Take stock of how people have helped you become who you are today.  People who have unconditionally been there to support, guide and advise, when you needed a hand up, or help or have served as a shining example on how to live your best life.

Feel the joy of self expression – be your own person but always remember that you are part of something wonderful and its the people around you that help make it true.  Its all about collaboration and teamwork.  When we partner with others we are often lifted beyond what we believe our personal potential to be.  They help illuminate the path ahead and at times enable our rebirth.

In order to achieve success we have to adjust our way of thinking.  The Sun is the Archetype of the Child.  Within each of us is the child we were – the innocent, divine, orphan and wounded.  For some they remain the eternal child, like Peter Pan.  The wonder of the child is the ability to dream unencumbered by life.  This week dream those dreams, be inspired and filled with the wonder of the world around you.

For some, they carry the Wounded Child archetype which hold those memories of abuse and neglect which has a substantial impact on your adult life. Many failures we experience are blamed on our childhood.  As an adult we owe it to ourselves to heal those wounds.  To take control back and believe that we are Divine and practice forgiveness, of ourselves and towards others who hurt us.  Its the only way we can truly move on.

We need to dig deep and find the remnants of that magical child, the one that is enchanting and sees the beauty and potential in all things.  Baudelaire wrote the ‘genius is childhood recaptured”.  Remember the magic of your imagination and the belief that anything was possible.  The key phrase this week is ‘Once upon a time … ”  What is your story?  What is your ‘happy ever after’? Take note of your shining moments. See the truth, accept what is, is.  Change what you can, adjust your way of thinking.  Honour your self, practice good judgement, have the willpower to follow through and practice the spirit of uBuntu.  You too are a shining example to others, show kindness, be emotionally available and live the dream.

iTongo Legend

Ubuntu (Moral Order)

Ubuntu is the African concept of ‘humanity towards others’. It is the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. It is about having compassion towards other human beings, helping them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

To achieve harmony, respect is fundamental in all aspects. What is right and wrong is assessed by how it affects other people. No one can show his humanness without showing how he relates to other people. Disharmony and disrespect are punishable by the Creator through the ancestors.

Free will encompasses ubuntu. The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (“a person is a person through (other) persons”) may have no apparent religious connotation in the context of Western society, but in an African context it suggests that one can become an ancestor worthy of respect or veneration by behaving with humanity. Those who uphold the principle of ubuntu throughout their lives will achieve, in death, a unity with those still living.