10 Wheel of Fortune – Growth through Change

ITHUBARound and round she goes, where she lands no one knows … 10 The Wheel of fortune is our Karma card. It is about moments of opportunity and chance or Karma. Success and good fortune. We are filled with optimism and generosity of spirit. It is believed that we create our own destiny, that our past actions bring us to exactly where we need to be in the present.

This is a week of new beginnings. We are feeling creative and inspired. We feel and believe that change is coming. We know that the time is now!

In Greek mythology there are three women known Moirai also known as the fates. Clotho, Lachesis and Antropos. Clotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measured the length of that life and Antropos cut the thread. So this week we need to spin, measure and cut.

The wheel reminds us of perpetual motion. Day follows night, summer follows spring, action follows thought. We need to be aware that every time we put something into motion we are going to bring about change. When we manage change it may be dramatic, but when we don’t manage change, change happens anyway and can often end up traumatic.

When we experience the traumatic 10 The Wheel of fortune reminds us that ‘this too shall pass’, good times or bad times everything passes and everything changes. The Buddhists teach that life is impermanent. The only things guaranteed are birth, change and death, everything else in between is a result of our thoughts and actions.

Karma is a word bandied about. We all understand that its principal is ‘cause and effect’, what we do comes back. Its about our activities and the intention that motivates. Action creates the seed in the mind, which causes the result when met with the right conditions. Sometimes we have absolute control and sometimes we just have to go with the flow and manage our responses.

The wheel may turn slowly, but it always turns. This gives us heart when we are in troubled times and inspires us when we are strong and focused. Thinking positive thoughts or say out loud affirmations will help keep you focused and clear the mind of negative thinking.

Resisting change can be bad for our health. It creates more stress than the changes. When in doubt go back to what you know. Healthy nutrition, exercise and daily meditation or yoga practice will keep you going and in fine physical shape.

Carolyn Myss points out that if we want to know what we were doing in the past, we need to look at our bodies now, if we want to know what we will be doing in the future, we need to look at our minds now. What are your thoughts? How often do you act on them? Have you been satisfied with the results?

Be accountable for your actions. Its time to own up and take responsibility, stop being a victim. Stop sabotaging yourself. Some things do just happen, there is a whole world of possibility going on around us and those close to us are making choices for themselves, which in turn affect us. Its not what happens to us, its how we deal with it – do we see it as an opportunity or do we see it as a block to our hearts desires.

We are said to create our own destiny, but without the help of others we can find the road to success a bumpy ride. As the wheel turns we experience all that is attached to that wheel. Times when we are on top of it all, sometimes feeling we are spinning out of control, other times our world is lying fallow and no matter what we try to do, we just cant seem to get out of the doldrums. Then something unexpected happens and we are being pulled in a direction (we sometimes don’t understand) but we go with the flow, recognising the opportunities that come our way and making new choices more inline with each new situation or opportunity.

Choose your path wisely, take time to consider exactly what you want – round and round she goes … knowing where its going to land is liberating.

20 The Earth – Growth through Judgement

IminyanyaOne of my favourite cards. 20 The Earth and a significant card for this week, not only have we moved into the Astrological sign of Taurus (Earth) but we are about to experience a Meteor show tomorrow night around 21:43. When the earth moves through the center of the dust trail left by a comet and we have a display. Look N-NE experts are predicting at least 18 streaks over an hour some very bright with tails. Happy hunting.

The invitation this week is to follow your destiny. Its about the evolution of your spirit. Living with good judgement brings introspection and rebirth. Now is the time for personal evaluation and transformation. Its time for that cocoon to open and reveal the butterfly within. Its time for your own metamorphosis.

In traditional tarot card 20 is called Judgement. This week is an evaluation week. It’s about wise judgement and the integration of who we are with what we are doing. In order for us to move forward without the baggage of the past we do have to sit in Judgement of ourselves, our life and decide what is working and what we need to build on discard and let go of. We can’t afford to jump to conclusions or have clouded judgement. We need to be focused and think things through with a clear mind. This could also be the week for a spiritual awakening.

Everyone needs some kinds of help, guidance and support from time to time. As much as we believe “I can do this on my own”, we all need input, sometimes a cautionary hand. Take time to honour the ancestors (Iminyanya), seek council with your Divine or ask the Angels … any form of communication with energy or power greater than yourself is available in abundance this week.

Explore new ways to connect, you will benefit you in ways you have not imagined – and nothing ventured, nothing gained. This is a time of reward for past efforts, specifically where you have tried to make amends to others, where you have asked for forgiveness and actually shown through your actions that you are sincere. You will find that forgiveness and within that your will find peace.

This is not a good time to be sitting on the fence. You need to be proactive in finding your reason for being. You need to find the clarity in all the situations in your life. Its time to take a stand for who you are, what you believe in and what you want out of your relationships and life in general. It’s time to experience the happiness that you seek.

Ever wondered about second chances? Well this is the time when you will be rewarded for your efforts. IF you have done the work, IF you are honest and true in your motivation, IF you are repentant for your actions and words, then you will find that this is the time, the moment when your transformation or metamorphosis takes place. Everyone deserves a second chance.

The visual of 20 The Earth is a snake, the Rainbow Serpent wrapped around the earth, protecting it from self destruction. Also known as Ouroborus or the tail devourer. This snake forms a continuous circle and is considered a symbol of eternity.

According to legend, the snake carried the creator in his mouth while the earth was being created. The creator feared that the earth would sink into the sea beneath the weight of the mountains. The snake coiled itself around the earth, holding firm with its tail in its mouth; this hold must never be loosened, otherwise all of creation will disintegrate.

Like the snake, it is time to shed all that is no longer useful or supportive in your life. Let go and open up to new possibilities. Transform yourself. Whatever is lying dormant in your psyche will rise this week. Be prepared for your epiphany or A-Ha moment. Be aware of what is being renewed and what is awakening.

Take the time for reflection and self evaluation. Meditation is a useful tool to bring you to the point of deeper understanding and recognition of the common themes throughout your life. Lessons learnt will help you to not make the same mistakes and how to avoid conflicting situations in the future. This is a significant stage in your journey – don’t get lost or distracted.

Transformation can heal your life. Understand and value the road you have already travelled, the end goal is in sight. Confront any unfinished business so that you move forward unencumbered by the past. What has already happened has shown you your strengths – use them. View your future with a knowing and understanding of self.

Forgive and forget. Speak openly from the heart. Allow the Ancestors to guide you and show you the way to freedom, from your memories, from past hurt and perceived failures. Its not how many times you fall, its how many times you get up.

Three of Mavhele (Coins) Growth through Unity

iTongo Tarot CardOur card this week the three of Mavhele/Coins/Earth reminds us of unity, body, mind and spirit. Past, present and future. Its about being one with all that we are. Recognising that there is an interconnection and coherence between all things. We are where we are because of our past. We make choices in the present that determine our future.

Planning and preparation brings the competence needed to meet our goals and finding harmony within and then between others. Working together as a team creates powerful results. This is a good week to focus on group actions. Whether it’s at work being an integral part of a team, on the sports field or within your family unit. Together, you can do it!

This 3 is a positive card and works well with career questions. This is the time to evaluate your position, are you happy, fulfilled, successful? What more can you do to make your career work for you? You know that your colleagues appreciate the effort you put in. You are a team player, but sometimes you feel that you need to fast track that promotion. You don’t need to stop what you are doing and start again, what you need to do now is finesse.

The same would apply to those that are seeking work. Think laterally, what skills do you have and how can you apply them to the positions being offered. Take an accountant, its not just crunching the numbers, its also about projections, futures and management.

If you need to brush up on your talents or skills, then this is the week to book that course, read more or practice. You may even be called upon to assist or work on a new project – whatever happens be prepared to shine. What you are putting into process now has long term rewards. Your efforts are recognised and there is a sense of satisfaction of ‘a job well done’.

Business opportunities or profitable ventures seem to be around in abundance this week. Grab those opportunities with both hands. Your financial affairs will blossom. Just remember that you can’t do this alone, so ask for help or help someone else. You are all working towards a common goal. Success! Bliss!

On a spiritual level we work with the Trinity, the father, the son and the holy spirit. All are distinct yet all are one – substance, essence and nature. The Triad of heaven-human-earth.

Ask yourself what is your Divine within. Are you taking care of your body? Eating healthy, exercising? How are you stimulating your mind? Learning growing, being curious? How are you taking care of spirit? Prayer, meditation? We have to treat each of the aspects of self as a whole. No point working out and developing physical muscles, we have to work our brain and our soul. It all fits together, as a team, in unity. One without the other and you could find yourself going around in circles – the objective is to keep moving forward. The three principles of growth are 1. The initiation (of thought/inspiration) 2. The Germination/Gestation (the process of development and growth) and 3. The fruitfulness (the result, the prize, the achievement) its about imagination meeting opportunity to create a result.

Thinking about getting married or renewing vows? This is a good week to focus on your personal relationships. Pop the question, your loved one is likely to say yes. Three is also the energy of the ‘creative’ and one surprise could be pregnancy. Just experience the joy of being alive and the people in your life. This is a period of increase and expansion, don’t hold yourself back, go for the brass ring. In fact go for GOLD!

Create or attend celebrations and gatherings. Accept every invitation. Nothing happening … then make something happen. Invite friends over, share your bounty. Take cake to the office. Have fun, share the goodwill and excel.

iTongo Legend

Marriages are only concluded between members of different clans that are between individuals who do not have the same clan name. However, a man may marry a woman from the same family as his paternal grandmother.

The prospective bride is kept secluded for two weeks before the wedding in a specially made structure in her parents’ house, to shield her from men’s eyes. When she emerges from her seclusion, she is wrapped in a blanket and covered by an umbrella that is held for her by a younger girl who also attends to her other needs.

Ndebele women traditionally adorn themselves with a variety of ornaments, each symbolising their status in society.

On her wedding day, the bride is given a marriage blanket (nguba), which she will adorn with beadwork to record significant events throughout her lifetime. After marriage, a wife’s dress becomes increasingly elaborate and spectacular, and she covers her head out of respect for her husband. The head coverings range from simple beaded bands to elaborate headdresses (amacubi).

After the wedding, the couple live in the area belonging to the husband’s clan. Women retain the clan name of their fathers but children born of the marriage take their father’s clan name.

To mark the birth of the first child, a married woman may wear a five-fingered apron (an ijogolo).

5 of Moritsoana (Cups) Growth through Loss

iTongo Tarot CardOur card this week is a subject most of us know and dread. Sorrow and loss has a way of changing us, and how we see the world around us. For some it has been such an integral part of their lives for so long, that often they feel lonely and empty when its not there.

The Five of Moritsoana helps us come to terms with endings. To understand the pain of loss, whether it is a loved one, a job or simply parts of ourselves that gets lost in the chaos of living.

We are living in violent times, many of us have lost loved ones unexpectedly. We are in shock and feel numb, mostly confused. We experience a physical reaction to the loss, we feel nausea, muscle weakness, dry mouth, our whole body trembles. We are disbelieving, feel angry sometimes even guilty because we think “I should have; I could have; why didn’t I just ….”

When we feel emotional distress physically in our bodies at times the pain is unbearable but through the pain comes insight and when we remember we are able to make adjustments with hope. No matter how dark it all seems there is always the possibility for personal growth. We need to adapt to a new normal. We need to adjust our foundation.

As long as we have memory, our departed has life. Remember all the times spent together. We should focus on these times rather than our own loss. We should celebrate their life not get stuck on the time of death or the manner of death.

We have to go on with our lives, we have to make the best of our circumstances. To live in the past is a dangerous thing, to not go on is destructive to ones life. We can retain a connection with our loved one for a period after death, and then we have to let them go, they too have other things to do. We should mourn, we should go through the process, its healthy, but to hang on to something that was – is not healthy.

By releasing the loved one you release yourself. Grief is not an event it’s a process. Allow for numbness. This serves a valuable purpose; it gives your emotions time to catch up with what your mind already knows. Grief is something to be experienced rather than to be overcome.

Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of life. Grief is a typical reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, or loss of good health due to illness.

We all mourn at different rates. Some people are able to put death into life’s perspective and move on, but often the family will make them feel guilty that they have moved on, by either remarrying or selling a home – we deal with death in our own way, and we need to allow the individual their process.

Again it has to be in perspective. You had the gift of that life for a period, it was special and sacred, now the loved one has passed, you owe it to yourself and to them to rebuild your life. Never forget but move on.

Develop a support system. Find those people who encourage you to be yourself and acknowledge your feelings, both happy and sad. Embrace your spirituality. Talk with those who won’t be critical of your feelings of hurt and abandonment. Allow a search for meaning. Healing occurs in the opportunity to pose the questions, not necessarily in answering them.

The experience of grief is powerful. So, too, is your ability to help yourself heal. In doing the work of grieving, you are moving toward a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in your life.