Value through Growth

PromiseNine of Moritsoana (pronounced Morie – Tswana)  is equal to the suit of Cups, the element is water which governs our emotions.  Time of day is Sunset and season is autumn.  Direction is west.  The symbol of Moritsoana is clay pots, the Sotho people use for water, grain and storing precious possessions.  The visual is a Blue Diamond, the most precious of all and one of our greatest gifts is to aspire to a “Diamond Mind” which is clear, translucent and unflawed.

The 9 of Moritsoana is about the promise of things to come. With the right focus and intent we are able to achieve anything we set our minds to.  This is the week we need to check our emotions, our feelings and experience the power of love.  A week to sharpen our intuition and trust our vision.  Most of all we need to live with hope.

What is your promise to yourself?  How do you plan to delight your senses and seek out pleasure?  What do you wish for?

Self-worth is key this week.  We are all precious and valuable.  Each one of us in unique and we understand that everything in life arises from what we feel, think, what we say and what we ultimately chose to do, Being fully aware of our thoughts and actions, and developing an understanding of who we are allows us to fulfil the dreams we have.

Often misunderstanding occurs when one imposes one’s expectations  onto  things and the people around us; expectations about how one hopes things will be, or about how one is afraid of how things might be.  Knowledge and understanding occurs when one sees things simply, as they are, being confident in a simple straight-forward approach to life.

But! How ?
One practices simplicity.  Life is simple!  We need to be mindful of the choices we make, we need to understand what motivates us, we need to learn to live with focus and intent.

We don’t have to struggle to survive after all. We have already survived. We don’t have to ‘sell out’ to achieve our goals.  We can learn to understand how things are and manage how we would like them to be.  The best way is to know yourself (warts and all) and to live life with focus and intent.  The right motivation brings the right results.  I use a mnemonic when I have to plan or question my intent.  The process is called If …. The Price is Right.

Planning  –  Know who you are. Know what you want.  No point in dreaming of being an Astronaut when you are afraid of flying.

Revolution  –  Fight for your beliefs.  Everything worth believing in deserves a good fight.

Involution  –  Internalise and own it.  When you have identified the “what” you need to make it your own and be prepared to ‘own it’ take responsibility.

Choice  –  Choose wisely and Change Management.  Once we have made a choice we set into motion change.  Are you ready to manage that change?

Evolution  –  Execute – Putting it all together.  If YES is the answer to the choices then its time to execute.  Make it happen.  Move forward.  The price is right!

This Friday we usher in Chinese New year and it’s the year of the horse.  Which is in keeping with our Card of the Year of The Chariot. The spirit of the horse is recognised as making all effort to improve oneself.  It is energetic, bright and warm hearted.  Horses are considered to be intelligent.  People born under the sign of the Horse are excellent communicators, intelligent, kind and are often popular because of their sense of humour.  However Horse people do not like restraints and tend to interfere with the natural course of things, they want to go their own way.

There is a saying “if wishes were horses then beggars would ride”.  Make a wish, pony up and ride towards your destiny.

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Growth and focus through work

8 Mavhele8 Mavhele – Dilligence.
Mavhele is equal to the suit of Coins or Pentacles.  Its about physical manifesting, our reality and truth.  The element is Earth, time of day is night, season is Winter.  Mavhele means mielie/maize/corn which is the most sustaining, versatile and basic food.  This week Diligence is about careful and persistent work or effort.

Earth is also about the laws of attraction and abundance.  Earth keeps us grounded.  Earth personalities tend to be calm, practical, hard-working, brave, smart, wise, stable and patient; however, they can also be stubborn, possessive, nearsighted and often very harsh.

The number 8 is the last even number of the single digits. 8 is about money and power and does affect career, business and finances but it is also a number of balance and harmony – eight is the great equaliser and as easily as it adds growth it can take it away.  8’s balance the material world with spirit, they are practical and realistic.  Being focused on results – usually in power and money, yet it is not about being greedy, they just sees finance and power as a tool to accomplish goals.

It has been said that ‘starvation is the mother of invention’ well diligence is the mother of good fortune.  We make our own luck by working towards our goals with focus and perseverance. Preparing for the opportunity and recognising it when its here.

We know that the harder we work the better and more satisfying the results.  We can’t expect to get fit by having a gym membership; we have to show up each day.  Showing up is not enough – we have to actually DO the exercises.  With diligence and patience our efforts are rewarded, whether is weight loss, general fitness or winning that race.  It’s all about focus and perseverance, having a clear goal, hope, wish, dream and putting in the effort to achieve it.  When we work hard we pay attention to the detail, with a persistent and methodical approach we constantly move forward (the aim of the Chariot) our card of the year.

I often like to assign Tarot cards to what is going on around me.  I allocate cards to number plates, add birthdays and when I am witness to a situation I often ask myself “What card represents this situation”? Its one of the ways I keep focus and it’s a lot of fun, some results are very interesting.

Whilst watching Madiba’s funeral on TV both officiating priests told the same story of about a man who leaves his wealth among his servants. He did not distribute the wealth equally.  To the first he gave 5 talents, the second 2 and the third 1.  The first two set to work and when their master returned they showed that they were able to multiply their masters wealth.  The master was impressed and elevated their status.  The third servant did nothing to increase the wealth, but played it safe and buried the talent.  The reason he did this was that he did not trust the master and because he feared repercussions if he lost the money, he played it safe and hid the money. He was not rewarded and he was cast out.

8 of Mavhele – Diligence is what this parable is about.  We are all given talents and gifts.  If we hide them, and don’t use them, then nothing changes and there is no personal growth.  With hard work, insight and focus we can bring our ‘talents’ forward, to serve our purpose and to achieve our goals.  We cannot expect a hand out, but when others see the effort we are putting into our endeavours, there will almost always be a ‘hand up’ to help us.

Role models like Madiba, reflect the end result to which we aspire.  But we should also acknowledge the road it took for him to get there.  He had his fair share of pain and suffering along the way.  He rebelled and retaliated with violence.  But at some point he found his talent, he nurtured and cultivated it, and he lived by it.  So too should we.

Discover your gift.  Nurture it and use it wisely.  Be faithful to your work ethic.  This is the week to ‘walk your talk’.  Put our shoulders to the wheel and push through the difficulties or what we perceive to be blockages, and work it all through to the end. How many times have we begun a project, all fired up and eager and at the first hurdle lost interest.  We let something go because it’s “too hard”.

Keeping our eye on the end result, we need to prioritise the methods.  Slow, steady and consistent is the way to achieve. Sure you can take some short-cuts, but you can’t jump a step.  In the near future all may seem good, but in the long term the short cuts will let you down and sometimes all that you have worked for comes crumbling down.  The important thing here is to find balance between learning, effort and results.

The important message here is to stay healthy within the changes.  Remain flexible and adaptable.  Not everything goes exactly as we planned and sometimes a little blip or divergence along the way is a good thing, teaches us to view options and alternatives.  To be open to change.

As Albert Einstein once said “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge” .

Dream big and work hard. It will be worth it.

6 Assegai – Growth Through Suffering

iTongo Tarot CardAssegai is equal to the Suit of Swords and its element is Air.  The tribe represented is Zulu, which translated means ‘People of Heaven’.  The direction is East, time of day is Dawn and the season is Spring.  An assegai is a Traditional type of spear with a long slender shaft, which is thrown through the Air.  The suit of Assegai’s governs our Intellect, ideas, dreams, speech, the intangible, insight, wisdom, reason and justice.

Setting our consciousness for this week is going to take a bit of effort. We will need to manage and control our minds, our dreams, what we say out loud.  Manage our wisdom and journey within for insight, reason and justice. The best time of the day for this is at dawn.  Face East and just breathe.  Become aware of your thoughts and body.

Firstly we need to understand how our own physiology works.  How do we regulate our bodies and minds so that we can achieve our best life.  Our aim is to clear the mind, have a focal point and cleanse the body.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or “prana” in Sanskrit 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.

The visual of this card is Nandi giving birth to Shaka.  As we all know, it takes nine months for a baby to grow to the point of being able to sustain life on its own.  But before that there is the process of actually giving birth.  These days many mothers choose “C” sections, but the natural way is to push, to push through the pain, breathing through the pain and when the child is born the final life connection through the umbilical cord is severed.  This is the underlying message of the Six of Assegai.  We know there will be a ‘new life’, we know we have to follow a process and then we have the trial and challenge to bring that ‘new life’ to materialize.  If we keep at it, we are successful, and the reward is worth the effort.

Birthing scenes in the movies is all about breathing and panting.  We cannot survive without breath (AIR) and we cannot survive without blood.  The ancient Greeks attributed the element of Air to blood as it was both hot and moist.

Everything we experience in our lives is about the process that is needed to achieve the end goal.  Whether we are at work, tending a garden or playing.  We follow simple golden rules.  Some of it is learnt from observing others, some life experience comes from our own trials and errors.  The harder we have had to work for something the greater the sense of achievement and reward.

In the Year of the Chariot we are asked to keep moving forward, and this week we know that its not going to be easy, but we also know that if we hang in and persevere we will achieve.  The journey will be pleasant, just don’t get yourself into situations that require legal assistance, the outcome is not favourable.

You are the centre of your universe.  If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself.  Then that will help to bring change in your family.  From there it just gets bigger and bigger.

When you feel overwhelmed, breathe.  Breath is a great stress reliever.  Counting to 10 really does work.  It gives you time to clear your mind and prepares your body for the next action.  So when it gets too much … take a deep breath and count to 10.

If you are anxious or worried, focused breath will bring you back to the present.  Remember it’s only in this moment that you have the power to change, to do something.  Panting has its purpose, but when you find yourself out of breath, slow it down, take your time.

This week begin to heal and pick up the pieces of your life.  Go on holiday, travel or if you are planning to move, this is a good week.  As much as the goals promise joy, it can take the depths of despair to recognise what you actually want.  Even though it may not feel ideal at present, remember you are moving toward a positive place.

All together, breathe in 1-2-3-4, hold 1-2-3-4, exhale 1-2-3-4-5-6, hold 1-2-3-4.

May you transition through your suffering and experience a new frame of mind.

2014 The Year Ahead

ImageThe Chariot – INDWE

CONCEPT: Change; As above so below; Impulsive momentum; Imagination; Victorious warrior

Indwe invites you to honour the way of the warrior. Be inspired, be fearless.

2013 was a 6 year The Year of the Lovers, which was all about choice and paradox.  2014 is putting those choices into action.  This is the year we find our inner warrior more specifically being victorious warriors.

How do we distinguish ourselves?  How do we stand up and be counted?

The call of 2014 is to be inspired and fearless, to honour the warrior within.  We all have one.  Inspiration comes when we are in control of our thoughts and emotions, but it needs space to manifest.  Imagination is the vehicle of destiny.  Walt Disney said, “if you can dream it you can do it”.  The challenge this year is to have the courage of your convictions.

The 7 of the Chariot is made from 2+0+1+4=16.  16 is The Tower which is all about deconstruction to be able to reconstruct.  Perhaps the challenge of the year is to break down those barriers and face your fears head on, clear all the debris and clutter from your thoughts and your life, then begin to rebuild, with solid foundations and a purpose.

The Chariot is also about being in control and facing your fears, about movement and change powered by a lot of energy.  If you don’t control and focus that energy you could find yourself caught up in a whirlwind of panic.  When its focused and directed with a clear goal in mind and you still need to have the willingness to get there, then all your dreams could be realised.

2014 is knowing what you want, having the focus and intent to achieve it and knowing what to do when you get there.  This is the speedy part of the journey.  Victory is within your sights; don’t give up at the end line. Proceed with determination and ambition.  Testing and proving your abilities – giving it your best shot.

The Chariot represents balance.  Keeping a light hand on the reins but steering with a good heart and an open mind.  Try not to let those bumps in the road throw you off course.  Little things can be blown out of all proportion if not dealt with immediately.  Don’t spend your energy and time worrying about things that you can’t do anything about.  Focus on the big picture – the road ahead.

Interestingly 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse.  More about that in February.

2014 is the year for journeys – not just physical travel but the journey within.  Each week if you have participated in the meditation, you should have a good idea of how to clear the mind and find your still point.  Another simple way to quiet the mind to create the space  for your unconscious selves to connect with your conscious self.  This is achieved through simply watching the breath.

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

The Chariot – Indwe represents the positive aspects of the ego.  A healthy ego is one that is strong and self assured.  It knows what it wants and how to get it.   Control self and you control your environment.

Staying with control, and control issues – romance, love, sexual attraction is going to be heightened this coming year.  Passion (with a capital P) is going to be flowing.  Enjoy!  The caution is of course that without control that same passion could end up as an obsession.  The same energy is available on the financial front.  Most will see that all the work and choices they made in 2013 brings well deserved rewards in 2014.  What  you began last year is accelerated this year.

On a mundane level in 2014 you could find yourself experiencing, moving house, extensive travel or career changes.  All these become the actions that propel you forward, closer to your goals.  No matter what you do, you will experience change.  Don’t resist, variety is the spice of life and you will have the capacity to multi-task, so its not all about what you want, its how many things you can do simultaneously.  You can stay in one single situation personally or professionally if it provides the variety and challenge that you need and want.

Remember family and home can be your sanctuary when you need to recharge. Balance activity with quiet time.  If things become too boring you will feel strong motivation to change.  Too much quiet is dull.  Activity without results can cause anxiety, change is important as long as it produces tangible results.

Be a leader and motivate other positively, take responsibility for your actions.  Let go of all that no longer serves you.  Enjoy that you are at the top of your game.  Keep moving forward in balance and harmony.