The Moon - Inyanga

31 January 2018 – Moon trifecta, Super Moon, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse

Today we have a triple whammy which has not happened in 150 years. Super Blood moon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoon, Blue Moon and Lunar Eclipse  so brace yourselves for an awe-inspiring magical day. Its either going to be a triple treat or a triple threat. Are you ready?

The Moon - Inyanga18 The Moon is the card for the year supported by 9 The Hermit and 11 Strength. Today we add 7 The Chariot.

This is a year all about our emotional selves, we discover strength by looking within and assessing the lessons we learnt in 2017. Most of us are tested on a daily basis in some way or another. Its time to reach down deep and find your strength to rise up and meet the challenges. Be it to overcome an obstacle, to persevere in a relationship or project or those fighting disease and loss. This inner strength or consciousness is about learning to live with focus and intent.

The Moon invites you to seek your undiscovered self. The Chariot or Warrior invites you to be inspired and fearless as you walk your path to self discovery. Only when we are at one with ourselves are we truly able to live the life we desire.

Experience is a great teacher – how well have you learnt the lessons from the past and how are you acting on that knowledge? The energy of The Hermit and light bearer illuminates our path, the invitation is to in turn be the way-shower to others who are perhaps struggling to find their way, their truth.

Once we are in our still point and have connected with our truth we acquire the understanding and motivation (living with intent) to make the right choices, to act and speak with a good heart and to have the appropriate response in all situations.

iTongo Tarot CardHow does the energy of the Chariot help us?
The first step is to establish what inspires you? What is that great dream that you imagine? What are you doing to get there? Instead of new year resolutions (which most are broken by now) rather set new year solutions. Goals to work towards, you have a whole year to achieve them.

Walking the path of the Warrior is an honourable journey. Be your own Samurai – fight for what you believe in, honour those who help you along the way. Stand victorious over your enemies (challenges, self doubt, ego, fear, attachment etc.)

Imagination is your vehicle to your destiny. You need to have the courage of your convictions to push on and not give up. Inspiration comes when we are in control of our thoughts and emotions. We also need to allow time for things to manifest – its not Abracadabra and poof your world has changed, all your desires have been fulfilled, it’s about how you change then your world will be changed.

Some of our challenges are our greatest motivators and help us to maintain the impetus of our actions as we apply our wisdom. 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.

There are many tools available – Prayer, meditation, yoga, contemplation etc. A simple way to quiet the mind to allow the unconscious to become conscious is through 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 in our bodies

Our body parts are neutral, they have no emotion or thought – it is up to us to make sure that the right message is getting to the right centre, so we can enjoy the right response. So when we calm the mind by working with the breath we are simultaneously and automatically taming and training the mind.  We take a deep breath when life becomes stressful – let out a deep breath when the moment of anxiety has passed – breath regulates our temperature and mood.  It is through breath that we can bring about physiological change within our bodies.  We express ourselves through breath.  Laugher, groaning, panting etc. Find the tool that best supports your inner landscape. Our inner world is reflected in our outer world.  Look around and see what is right and what is wrong.  Take ownership of your thoughts and actions and make the changes that will bring about your best life.  Breathe.

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. Life is full of opportunities, we just need to be prepared, to recognise the opportunity when it presents. Some opportunites seem like obstacles, but with the right mindset, calculation and evaluation of the situation/challenge we can fiercly go into battle and be victorious. Live the Kaizen way this is a tool about constant improvement by ‘flow’ and ‘process’.

Knock those doubts, inertia and woe-is-me thoughts right out and live the warrior way with focus and intent, be fearless and inspired. A true warrior cry is reflected in the poem Invictus

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

iTongo Legend about Eclipses

A beautiful young princess and her admirer, a brave hunter, were deeply in love. Her father the king could not sanction this liaison as he had promised her to the son of his life long friend, a neighbouring king. The prince to whom she was promised was well known in the community for his cruelty and brutality. Fearing that his daughter would elope, the king kept her heavily guarded with his best men.

A lavish celebration was held to honour the princess on the morning of the wedding ceremony. When masked dancers appeared before the king, the princess recognised her lover among them and realised that this would be her opportunity to escape. She only needed a moment of darkness and confusion to succeed in her bid.

Mother moon, well known for her romantic inclination, cast her shadow over the face of the sun, timing it just long enough for the young princess to take off her cloak and disappear into the crowd, hiding behind the mask of her lover.

Legend has it that when an eclipse takes place, all you have to do is close your eyes and wish for true love and this wish will be realised.

 

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2018 – Discovering the Unconscious Self

The Moon - Inyanga2018 – 18 The Moon – INYANGA
inyanga/izinyanga n. (-nyanga) : Month; moon; healer; traditional doctor

As we begin our new year with a Super Moon bright in the sky on a Monday we will begin to feel the changes within and around us. 2018 is a year all about phases and faces. The aspects of self, and with each face/phase we will experience different parts of ourselves. Thankfully some phases will be ending and new beginnings are just around the corner.

The word inyanga means month; moon; and what a month we begin with – a super moon, on a Monday and January and March both have Blue Moons. January 31st has a Blue Moon Lunar eclipse. Buckle up, its going to be a bumpy ride for some.

Inyanga also means healer; traditional doctor. This indicates that in a Moon year we are to be our own spirit-physicians, because we are responsible for how we live and how we feel and only we can heal ourselves.

Some people are very sensitive to the phases of the moon.  Life is experienced more intensely and totally during full moon. We can be extremely sensitive and emotional during moon phases.   The best way to mange this is to surround ourselves with a structured environment and positive people. The word Lunatic comes from Old French lunatique “insane,” or directly from Late Latin lunaticus “moon-struck,” from Latin luna “moon”

The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. It’s an excellent time for starting new projects or at least initiating change. Use the tools that are available to help you with connecting to your unconscious and the Divine. Meditate, breathe, pray. Go for healing, Yoga/exercise, a reading or take time to research and learn about what interests you. Trust those flashes of inspiration, you are being guided and shown a path.   Follow up with positive action and start something meaningful.

When we keep rhythm with the moon we are more likely to succeed. As the moon waxes (grows) we build and develop, we nurture and tend to what was begun. By the time of the full moon we should have realised our goals, everything is seen in a better light. When the moon starts to wane (decrease) we reap the rewards of our past efforts and in the last quarter we need to consolidate our efforts, complete anything left undone. This is a time for reflection and to face the darker side of our natures.

The Moon has many faces – We know that we behave and respond to our world differently at home, at work, with friends with lovers. At no stage when we are in one of these persona’s do we feel conflicted, because we know who we are and we are adapting and adjusting to our environment. We also know that “this too shall pass” change is inevitable and when we are prepared, change is welcomed, when we are not paying attention change can be dramatic and traumatic.

Remember that we all have the right to get the most out of life. 2018 is a good year to expand your consciousness beyond the level of everyday reality. Each individual is able to bring about changes that affect every level of their lives and in turn their society. We owe it to ourselves to at least try. Some challenges and changes we choose to acknowledge and work with, but for the most part, we tend to want life to give us the answers, before we have understood or even asked the question. This only leads to confusion and depression – of soul and spirit.

One of our greatest tools and ‘life-hacks’ is our dream world. Dreaming is one of the ways our unconscious can talk to our conscious – take note of what is being done and said. Walt Disney said “if you can dream it, you can do it”. If not already doing it, start a dream diary. Journaling each day will show you the differences in your consciousness. Most common are dreams where we are simply downloading the day, our successes and our failures, our fears and triumphs – we can learn a lot about ourselves from these dreams. Then we have dreams of clarity – these are the dreams that leave a lasting impression and often we find them staying with us for days. Sometimes these dreams can be precognitive (showing us clearly of what is to come) and then there are the dreams when we connect with Divine inspiration. These dreams are rare but when they happen we will change our course no matter what.

Don’t let your dreams die! Live each day with intuition, passion and purpose. We have time and should make the best of it. We owe it to ourselves to manifest our dreams into our reality. 2018 is the year for awakening and self realisation.

The Moon is also about deception, we need to be vigilant about what is being presented. Not all things are as they seem and we need to trust our intuition when looking for the deeper meaning of self and life. We need to keep awareness of whatever persona we are projecting and ask – we are holding our truth. Adapting does not mean we have to give in or sell out our core values.

What additional energy supports us through 2018.

INDUNALessons from the past: 9 – The Hermit – INDUNA
We have heard and seen a lot of chatter about the Super Moon, and for some it may be quite an emotional and spiritual time. Some may have noticed a change in their dreams or a pull towards their spirituality.

The Hermit invites us to build on those experiences and work with our own personal wisdom and insights. What did you learn about yourself in 2017. What coping mechanisms did you instill, what were your successes and why? What were your failures and why? Issues that have seemed difficult may now have a clearer meaning. The path that we are meant to follow is illuminated and we need to reassess our goals – taking note of our achievements. 2018 is a time of self examination and assessment. We are exactly where we are because of the choices we have made in the past, acknowledging this is what brings our wisdom, order and harmony into the light.

The energy of the Hermit is to radiate our inner spiritual force and bring light to others. As the light bearer he asks that we show the way by self acceptance, which translates into confidence. As long as the intention is pure, the results will speak the truth with wisdom and insight. Share your knowledge freely, offer guidance based on your own higher learning and experience. Lead by example in a quiet and gentle way. We are all teachers in some way.

Laying Foundations for the Future

11strength11 Strength – AMANDLA
amandla n. (-ndla) : Force; strength; power; might

Most of us are tested in some way on a daily basis to reach down deep and find our strength. Be it to overcome an obstacle, to persevere in a relationship or project or those fighting disease and loss.

Strength is about focus and purpose. Living consciously is living with focus and intent. Understanding our motivation and preparing ourselves for the right responses to life and her lessons. Being focused allows us to make the right choices in the moment, which in turn results in the desired result.

 Preparing for 2019

How do you show courage in the face of adversity?
How are you remaining true to yourself?
How often do you submit to your weaker nature and accept the unacceptable?
How do you stand up for yourself?
How do you manage your fears?  Buddhism talks about ‘healthy and unhealthy’ fears. Healthy fear is being aware that an activity, choice or action is dangerous and harmful and to be avoided at all costs. Unhealthy fear is reacting to something in the future that may not ever materialise.

 ”Come to the edge,” He said.  They said, ”We are afraid.”  ”Come to the edge,” He said. They came. He pushed them… and they flew. Guillaume Apollinaire 1880-1918, Italian-born French Poet

Look for the hero inside yourself when working with the Strength card.  Be your own person.

amaNdla 2018! Phambili 2018! Phezulu 2018
Power, forward and upward 2018

 iTongo legend

IminyanyaWhen Unkulunkulu the great god of the universe finished creating the universe, he called upon his dear friend the rainbow serpent to keep the earth safe for all time. The giant serpent with all the colours imagined reflecting on his skin wrapped his body around the earth, putting his tail in his mouth to keep the mountains that rose from the mighty oceans from splitting the earth apart.

Unkulunkulu added the plants, animals and man. And so was born the universal force of substance and matter. A reflection of as above so below with unlimited potential.   Man would be natural explorers and adventurers. The sun, moon and stars pledged to guide man. The creation was magnificent with rainbows of colour bursting forth in the darkness. Stars finding stars and clustering together to crate their own families.

Father sun and mother moon were not to be outdone. The sun said he would rise like a mighty warrior in the east; he will travel across the sky and burn out all the stars. When man looks to me he will be blinded, but if man looks to the ground he will see himself. As I travel across the world, I will bring heat, light and comfort. If man does not honour my mighty power I will burn his land and his people. I will dry up the rivers and the lakes. My lesson to man is that he is not alone, he is master of his own destiny.

Mother moon said that she would shine, no matter what. She will be seen in the daylight and at night will cast her glow upon the people to guide their way. She will renew herself every 28 days to show man that as she diminishes in size and disappears, she will always return, slowly each night until her full radiance has been achieved. Then man shall stand on the highest mountain and bring their children to me.

As time moved on, Mother moon watched the people below slumbering, and noticed that the plants lived as she did, they would grow, bloom, bear fruit and then in the autumn, they would drop their leaves and fruit and look like they had died, but in the springtime after the healing rains the cycle would begin again, new growth, new fruit, stronger trees.

With man she saw that they grew a little each day, until they we fully grown, then they faded out a little each day until there was nothing. Mother did not feel that this was right, so she called upon the great god of the universe to help the nations of men. Unkulunkulu called on the chameleon to take the message to man and tell them that they shall not die.

uKufaThe chameleon set off at a pace, along the way he began to get hungry and he decided to stop for a snack, nibbling on the succulent leaves – after all his important message will let them know that they will not die, so it didn’t really matter how long he took. Unkulunkulu realised after some time that chameleon had not delivered his message to the nations of man. He then called on the speedy lizard to deliver his message. The lizard knew he could outrun the chameleon and he set off darting amongst the rocks. He too became drowsy and said to himself, “I will take the message to the nations of man when the moon rises”.

Mother moons beautiful face rose as a big ball of fire from behind the mountains in the east. Growing lighter and brighter as she rose higher and higher. By the time she was high in the night sky, she saw that man had not received the important message from Unkulunkulu. She saw the lazy lizard under a rock and the chameleon still snacking on the plants. She decided that she would send the message to the nations of man. She called her faithful servant Mantis to deliver the message. She said tell man “as I die and dying live, so shall ye also die and dying live”. Mantis accepted the important task and began to make his way, along the mighty river, near the sacred lake of the ancestors.

Hare was sitting munching his dinner and overheard the message, “Hah” he said, “I am faster than any of these silly messengers, I will take the message to the nations of man”. He bounded off towards the village, repeating in his head “ as I live so shall you die”, no that wasn’t it. He tried again “as I live and die so shall you live”. Nope that wasn’t it either. “Aha – as I die and dying live, so shall ye also die and dying live.” Yes that’s it.

Hopping into the sacred kraal of man, hare thumped his foot hard on the ground. “Listen up beasts, man, woman and child, I Hare have an important message from mother moon”. The people gathered round, they were so excited to hear from the great mother. The head induna moved forward and said, “speak Hare, what is the message”. Hare was so excited being the centre of attention he blurted out “as I live so ye shall die”. The nations of man were struck with the pain of the message. Father looked to mother, mother looked to child and knew that their time together would end. A great sadness and darkness came upon man. This message had come from Unkulunkulu as well as mother moon. “We hear you Hare, we shall make the best of our time allowed”.

Just then mantis came hopping into the kraal, “don’t listen to him, don’t listen to him he is hare brained and stupid”. “The correct message is “as I die and dying live, so shall ye also die and dying live”. Man looked at mantis, you are too late my friend, as we are all already dying.

Mother moon heard the wailing from the people and she was so angry at hare that she slapped him across his face splitting his lip. “Huh! Is this the thanks I get for being your messenger?” Well take this … he sat his tail in the fire and leapt around so swiftly the coals rose up and burnt the moons face. Each time thereafter when man looked up to the moon, they saw the marking of Hare and were reminded that even the gods and ancestors cannot change the path of their destiny. They had to live each day the best they could for one day each one shall die.

ITHUBA

2017 – The Year Ahead

ITHUBA2+0+1+7=10/1
Card of the year 10 The Wheel of Fortune
Supporting Card 1 The Magician
Round and round she goes, where she lands nobody knows – The Wheel of fortune is about chance and opportunity, the cycles of life which offer us breakthroughs, abundance, karma and prosperity. It’s a year of new beginnings, feel creative and be inspired. Where there are endings, process, accept and let go.  Which ever way you approach 2017 there is one thing you can be sure of – Change is coming!

The wheel reminds us of perpetual motion. Just like our own cycles of experience, beginnings and endings, day follows night, summer follows spring – there are periods of growth and abundance, we see the fruits of our labours and other times when we need to let go and be still – because we know that through the night its always darkest before dawn. Depending where you are in your personal Wheel, this could be a year of opportunity and good fortune if you are on the downward turn, then be prepared for a bumpy 2017.

It is believed that we create our own destiny that our past actions bring us to where we are in the present. Sometimes Karma is a B****! Have you been naughty or nice?  Change is coming – are you ready?  The Invictus Poem by William Ernest Henley echoes the essence of the Wheel of Fortune “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”   Are you prepared to be master of your fate?

Some say that this is a lucky card, I believe we make our own luck. I prefer to be prepared for any opportunity that comes my way. We need to be alert to the answer to our wishes/prayers. 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. There are 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, recognizing the opportunities that come our way and making new choices that are more inline with each new situation or opportunity.

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 saying affirmations out loud will help keep you focused and clear the mind of negative thinking.  Now would be a good time to do a vision board for 2017. Not only will it help you focus your vision for the year, but will keep you on the path you choose.

To make 2017 work for you – Be accountable. Its time to own up and take responsibility for your choices and actions, its time to stop feeling victims of circumstance. Stop sabotaging yourself. There is a whole world of possibility going on around us all the time. 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.

1 The Magician - SangomaHow does 1 The Magician card support us?
It is about focusing and making full use of your own internal power. This card indicates that we must use our inherent gifts and talents not only for our own growth but also for the good of others. The number 1 is associated with new beginnings, it is also associated with ‘self’. On the positive side it’s about growth, development and the use of creative skills, on the down side it could be about ego, sense of self importance.

The Magician is served by the four elements, air, fire, water and earth – which can translate to our own aspects of body, mind, soul and speech, so it is up to us to make sure that we are balanced and that each aspect of self is in harmony with the others.

10 The Wheel of Fortune is about timing, dawn, noon, sunset, night – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. The Magician helps us recognise the right time.  Be it time for expansion and the opportunity to take control and realise our potential. Timing is everything, and when we are tuned into ourselves and what’s influencing us, we will know when the time is right to move or stay. Trying to force matters ‘out of their time’ is often what causes disappointment and frustration.

We all have the ability to connect to the greater consciousness, to connect with our divine and our spirit, when we make that connection with clarity and intent we are able to create new cycles that manifest our desires. Apply your skills and make it happen. Be clear about your wishes, know what the motivation and intent is, follow through with the commitment without distractions and it will happen.

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.  Happy New Year!

iTongo Myth and Legend
The Rain Bull
– In African culture, for the earth to become plentiful, the rain bull must be quietly stalked and lassoed by the horns with a leather thong which has been blessed by a Sangoma . This huge powerful creature grazes in the reeds at the sources of springs, and once caught, will be led across the lands that men wish to make fertile. Then, say the legends, the rain will fall and lightning flash.

Other legends tell that when it starts raining the bull has to be killed and cut up into pieces, which are thrown where the rain must fall. In these places, food will grow in abundance.  To the indigenous people, even rain clouds can appear as monstrous rain beasts, gigantic monsters filled with rain. They believe that if the rain falls softly and gently it is the rain cow wetting the earth, and if the rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning, then the rain bull is in attendance. (The bull must be kept calm and appeased at all times otherwise his anger will release violent storms with thunder and lightning).

Listen to Intuition

The High Priestess - Moyo2 The High Priestess

MOYÔ

CONCEPT Intuition; Self-resourcefulness; Dissolving barriers; The Oracle; Releasing boundaries

Moyô invites you to heal through nature.

The universal mother /Seeking esoteric knowledge /Secrets revealed through dreams /Abundant potential /Finding balance through intuition & insight /Increase self-esteem /Common sense /Value your independence /Excellent negotiator /Democracy

Discovering and learning to work with our intuition is often avoided as we fear the ‘energies’ we may be attracting.  Within each of us we have that still point, that place where we have absolute truth.  We all have experienced intuition and inspiration, through working with our inner knowing we are able to access the power within.

The simplest is working with our dreams.  We all dream, it’s a question of remembering and interpreting those dreams.  I believe that our dream world is the ‘interpreter’ between our unconscious and conscious minds.  That is why we dream in symbols.  Some dreams are about us downloading the day and have no significance other than to make space for new thoughts and ideas.  Some dreams allow us the opportunity to work through our issues and situations without actually having to go through them. And some dreams are communications from our inner selves – these are the dreams we need to take note of for our growth and understanding.

The High Priestess is a spiritual card, so this week we are asked to find our balance through the connections of intuition and insight. This week its OK to rely on your ‘gut feelings’ – trust that what you believe you know, is correct.  More often than not we second guess that little voice inside, we make choices and decisions based on our intellect, and remember the brain always has an agenda, whereas our inner voice’s sole purpose is to protect us and keep us safe and on our paths of truth.

The High Priestess brings with her pleasant surprises and synchronicity.  All of a sudden, what we have been chasing/pursuing all comes together. Perhaps even new opportunities, life may just feel simpler, easier when the Priestess is in play.  There is also a sensual side to the Priestess, so those looking for love will find it in all the right places.

The lesson of this card is to begin consulting with your unconscious and learn to interpret through the subconscious so that you can live consciously each day.  Make the right choices and have the right responses.

Start a dream diary.  It doesn’t matter if you cant remember your dreams, start with just asking yourself “what am I feeling”? perhaps there is a residue of emotion, a sound or random visuals.  Over time you will begin to recognise your symbols and archetypes, you will develop a map with billboards that explain what you are thinking and feeling.

Another way is to sit quietly each day and meditate – remember meditation is a process not a destination, no need to push for some kind of ‘experience’, just allow the thoughts to arise, don’t get involved in the thoughts, take note and let them go.  Anything that has arisen make a note in your diary and look out for those thoughts in your dreams.

What I enjoy on The Taxi is the segment ‘Song in your Head’ this could also be an indication of messages from your unconscious.  Keep a note of the song, the lyric or even the tune.  Nothing is by accident, we are constantly being guided to acknowledge and act on our intuition.

The High Priestess is about serenity, knowledge and understanding.  She is the guardian to our inner world and lifts the veil of awareness to show us our true selves.  She guides us to enlightenment and divine knowledge.  This week listen to and trust your inner voice.

iTongo Legend

The majestic Baobab tree is revered in African culture and is the undisputed monarch of the savannah trees of Africa. In ancient times, kings, elders, and leaders from the Limpopo region would meet under giant Baobabs to discuss matters of great importance. Not only did these trees provide shelter and sustenance, but tribal leaders also believed that the spirit of the Baobab (oracle*) would always guide them to make wise decisions.

Many myths and folklore are associated with the Baobab. The San believed that the Baobab had offended God and, in revenge, God planted the tree upside down. The San believed that any person who plucked the flowers would be torn apart by lions, as punishment for disturbing the spirits in the flowers. It is also believed that after soaking the pips in water, the drinker will be mighty and protected from crocodiles.

Almost every part of the tree is useful to man. A single Baobab may hold as much as four- and-a-half thousand litres of water. Their white flowers are large and sweet smelling, often likened to the stars of the evening sky as they only bloom at night. The pollen of the flowers yields an excellent glue, and the seeds are pleasant to suck (rich in protein, calcium, oil and phosphates), or they can be ground and roasted to make a coffee.

The fruit pod contains tartaric acid (which is used in sherbet) and is often called the ‘cream of tartar’ tree. Elephants, monkeys, and baboons depend on its fruit (the vitamin C content of one fruit is equivalent to four oranges). A white pulp, inside the seed pods, when mixed with water, is used to treat malaria. Young leaves have high calcium content and can be used as a kind of spinach. The spongy wood is used to make ropes or paper.

Order of the Baobab

The Order of the Baobab represents exceptional contribution, and is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service that goes beyond the call of duty in the following categories: struggle for democracy; building democracy and human rights; nation-building; peace and security; journalism, literature, arts, culture, sports and music; business and the economy; science, medicine and technological innovation; and community service. The Order of the Baobab is awarded in three classes: gold, silver, and bronze.