Africa Day & World Tarot Day

19 The Sun - uBuntu19 The Sun – UBUNTU
ubuntu n. (-ntu) : Humaneness; humanity; human nature

Today we celebrate World Africa Day and World Tarot Day, a day to truly live and honour the concept of uBuntu. The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (“a person is a person through (other) persons”) or simply “I am because you are”.  Ubuntu the 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.

Together we have created the world that we live in, together we need to work towards cleaning our planet, eradicating disease and poverty.  Together we need to stand firm and say ‘enough is enough’.

We all need to live consciously – truly see the world around us.  Step out of our closed worlds and be a shining light to others. Lead by example, show compassion, live life with optimism and glory in ‘you are because I am’.  We need to live with higher awareness and bring back the joy and radiance of living with a strong moral order.

We do have the power of one – but the power of a team is that much stronger. 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 their humanness without showing how they relate to other people.

As individuals we need to drive public innovation by reigniting society to release the holds on innovation, progress and success because of exclusion.  In South Africa we need to recapture the dream of 1994 and embrace uBuntu.

Our constitution clearly states in the preamble
“We the People (that’s all of us)……… adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the of the Republic, so as to:

  • Heal the divisions of the pastand establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights
  • Lay the foundationsfor a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law
  • Improve the quality of lifeof all citizens and free the potential of each person and
  • Build a united and democratic South Africaable to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in a family of nations.

How many of us have joined hands with others to address the above?  How many of us are helping others in any way we can? How many have stepped up?

Neuroscience and global experience teaches us that humans function better when they have self confidence, are motivated and helped over their obstacles of poverty, hunger and despair. Neuroscience also shows that multigenerational trauma is passed down genetically to the next generation.  Germany and the Nordic countries are way ahead of the rest of the world, they identified this and put programmes into action to ‘heal the wounds of the past”.

Today help someone else experience the power of the Sun, by the warming of hearts and be the guiding light towards another day – a brighter day and keep on ‘the sunny side of life’.




45th President of the United States

I was wondering what kind of President the 45th would be.  last year I posted during the primaries Presidents – Incumbent and Future on the candidates personalities – now with the change of power in a year of Change and Karma,2017 – The Year Ahead how will the 45th POTUS shape up?

INDUNA4+5=9 The Hermit CONCEPT: Completion; Introspection; Divine inspiration; Wise old man; Teacher; Advisor; Humanitarian.  Essentially this card represents the archetype of the wise old man and ‘the light bearer’  …  Trumps personal card is 4 The Emperor so he is right where he should be and 5 The Hierophant is a card of ruling power and family.  It brings learning and teaching through institutions.

The first 100 days will show what kind of leader and how much positive change will the new administration bring.  How many traditions will be upheld and which will be rebelled against.  4 The Emperor is all about the animus (masculine energy) and leadership with wisdom.  The hope is that the responsibility of power is taken seriously, that choices and decisions are made intellectually as opposed to emotional.

iTongo Legend: Induna (plural: izinduna) is a Zulu title meaning advisor, great leader, ambassador, headman, or commander of a group of warriors. It can also mean spokesperson or mediator as the izinduna often acted as a link between the people and the king. The title was reserved for senior officials appointed by the king or chief, and was awarded to individuals held in high esteem for their qualities of leadership, bravery, or service to the community.

iTongo Tarot CardThe 45th card in iTongo Tarot is 9 Wands – keyword – Fortitude.  Displaying courage in the face of adversity.  Risk assessment with caution. Endurance – holding fast and firm and having the courage of convictions. He is going have to be quick and light to hold his own against enemies.  It may take some time to explore options and alternatives to find the appropriate disciplines that align with his inherent ideals. By nature he will protect himself and his family first, the invitation is that ‘family’ is seen as the whole USA.

iTongo Legend: Nine of iSibane (Fire) Chief Rharhabe (1722 –1787) was the Right-Hand son of the House of Phalo. Rharhabe is recognised as one of the great warriors, who bravely conquered the Khoi, San and the first clans of the independent Tshawe houses of Ntinde, Hleke, Gwali, Mdange, and Amagqunukhwebe.



Growth Through Learning and Teaching

We have just entered the astrological sign of Taurus and the traditional tarot card link is 5 The Hierophant.  The essence of The Hierophant is about learning and teaching through institutions and tradition.  This got me wondering about the phrase “separating Church and State”.  In ancient times the leader or monarch ruled by the concept of divine right.  These people believed that it was their responsibility to take care of both the spiritual and corporeal needs of their people.

The downside of this is that when the leader was not disposed to the welfare of the people and only served his own needs, the masses suffered.  More recently we have HH Dalai Lama who served as both spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people.  HH recently resigned his political post to better serve his faith and followers.

The Hierophant in some tarot decks is also known as The Pope or Papess.  The Pope serves as ‘the Vicar of Christ on Earth’ and is believed to have authority over the Catholic Church and therefore indirectly over the state.   During the Renaissance period (when tarot was developed) the papacy was both the religious and political ruler.

I see this as rather exclusionary – not everyone follows the faith of the spiritual leader, and would have had to conform to the laws of the church.  Poor Socrates was executed by the Athenian state because they believed his teachings ‘disrespected the gods’.  In the past South Africa was seen as a Christian state, after the adoption of the constitution in 1994 South Africa is religiously neutral and guarantees the freedom of religion, belief and opinion.

What do we learn from the 5th Major?

We need to be centered within our selves and the way to do that is to practice a philosophy daily.  Whether it’s by prayer, meditation or just spending time contemplating our position in the world, we learn by insight.

It has been said that ‘you are the centre of the universe’ and I believe that.  It all starts and ends with us, as individuals.  Our thoughts and actions have an impact on those around us.  If we all learn to live with balance and harmony and we extend our knowledge to others, lead and inspire by example, then surely the world would be a better more conscious place .

We should honour our traditions – what ever they may be.  Time erodes and if we do not consciously practice what we believe in, it will disappear.  Performing rituals and rights keeps a tradition alive and passes it onto the next generation.

Family does not always have to be our biological connections.  We make a ‘family’ from people we love.  We share common experience, hopes and dreams.  We create a truth in our community. This leads us to a sense of freedom.  A power to achieve anything we believe in, we hold the keys of heaven within us. Unlock the power within, share and lead.

 5 The Hierophant – UMZI


iTongo Tarot for Transformation

CONCEPT: Practice a philosophy daily /Patriarchal law /Spiritual truth and purpose /The concept of family and community /Inspire others by example  /Growth by learning and teaching /Practical and firm /Productive; Solid work ethic /Material rewards for efforts /Freedom

UMZI invites you to experience growth through learning and teaching.

The Home (Kraal) as a Sacred Place

The home (Kraal) is the environment of a clan, comprising houses or huts, ancestral graves and cattle kraals. Interaction between these elements creates a well balanced, harmonious, and development place for children. The home is the fundamental place of worship and nothing is more sacred.

Each homestead has a great hut, called indlu enkulu. Usually, this hut is used for cooking, though sometimes for sleeping. The fireplace (iziko) divides the inside of the hut into two sections. The section to the right, on entering the door, is where women sit, and to the left is where the men sit and socialise. Behind the door on the women’s side is the place for labour and childbirth, and this area is also where the attendant religious and social practices are performed.

Divisions of the cattle kraal

Ixhanti (cattle kraal entrance) is important in African tradition as it is believed to be highly charged with the presence of the ancestors, and is also where the clan will be heard by the ancestors. Going to ixhanti shows the seriousness of the problem and it is the place where ancestors are asked to intercede.

Ancestor (amathongo) worship is a practice based on the belief that deceased family members have a continued existence, take an interest in world affairs, and/or possess the ability to influence the fortunes of the living. Ancestor veneration ensures the ancestors’ continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living; and includes requests for special favours or assistance. While not universal, ancestor veneration occurs in societies with every degree of social, political, and technological complexity, and it remains an important component of various religious practices in modern times.

Sitting position: From the entrance, the kraal is divided into two sections representing the male clan members and the members of the community. To the right, clan members sit according to seniority, while to the left sit the community members, also according to seniority by birth and initiation. Isilimela (the years of adulthood since initiation) determines the seniority of most Xhosa males.

Umthonyama (The side opposite ixhanti at the back of the kraal) Towards the back on both sides sit the young initiated males (abafana). The seniority of abafana is defined according to the period that has passed since their initiation. The youngest, therefore, sits at the back. Boys (young uninitiated males) have no special place in the kraal. They are considered immature and under the strict supervision of their parents.