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.

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