Presidents – Incumbent and Future

There is so much being said, tweeted, shared and commented on by everyone, it got me wondering what does the South African president Jacob Zuma and the USA Presidential Candidates look like in Tarot.

5hierophant Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma – DOB 12 April 1942 (1+2+4+1+9+4+2 = 23/5)
Msholozi is certainly living up to his destiny/birth date – His essence is about destruction and illusions. He should follow the path of restructure and restore to the greater good, but this is only done on a personal level and not with the interests of the population in mind. He is however a man of great courage and sexual force, a natural charismatic – he sees the truth as a danger especially in difficult and challenging times. He will break down existing forms to find their true value and is in need of internal restructuring.

Every now and then he has moments or flashes of enlightenment but carries on regardless with military precision without feelings of panic or fear. He is not able to change voluntarily and will fight to keep things the way they are. Imagination and conviction are his drivers and once he is moving in a particular direction he maintains the impetus as an egocentric individual.

2016 is the year of learning for Zuma … he will look to others for assistance. The ancestors ask ‘what traditions are you upholding and rebelling against’?

Crossing over to the USA Presidential race – Immediately we see that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are destined to rule (one way or another) Hillary The Empress and Donald the Emperor – no wonder its such a huge battle, masculine vs. feminine.

 8 November 2016
Hillary : 10 Wheel of Fortune :
Breakthrough; Prosperity; Karma; Abundance; Opportunity; Cycles
Donald: 11 Strength
Strength; Passion; Creative energy; Taming of the beast within; Courage; Moral victory

So what kind of leaders would they be?

thumb_3-empress_1024-2Hillary Clinton – DOB 26 October 1947 (26+10+1947 = 57 / 12 / 3)
Hillary Clinton (HC) begins her process’ from a place of spirit, before she makes a choice or decision she will consider ‘what is the right thing to do”.  Everything is considered within logic and reason. With a good understanding of timing and the cycles of opportunity, she will wait for the right moment, which affords the breakthrough and success that follows. Communication is her strength and she is able to balance action and reaction well. Execution of action would be fast and she brings prosperity, opportunity and abundance to those she leads.

HC has a destiny to fulfil; she is a light bearer and way shower. She commands respect and is creative in finding solutions. Her strength is being centred in body, mind and spirit. She has the inclination towards renewal and regeneration and this will bring economic improvement and abundance back into the country.

2016 is a year of sacrifice with wisdom, breaking old patterns and dissolving barriers, it’s a year to surrender to prophecy.

iTongo Tarot CardDonald Trump – DOB 14 June 1946 (14+6+1946 = 40 / 4)
Donald Trump makes decisions based on his own experience. He will find others to work in co-operation of his ideas and ideals. Not unlike HC at his core DT is also driven to create harmony through integration based in spiritual wisdom. He identifies strongly with the symbols of the patriarch and leadership. The question is how does he manage the responsibility of power – does he walk with wisdom or rely solely on his perceived gifts and talents? How strong is his emotional intelligence versus his intellectual capacity?

DT’s success in business comes from the ability to magic something out of nothing and moving forward when the time is right. He steps off the cliff believing he can fly (and he usually does) because he has good judgement and the courage to transform – the downside is that he would usually do this in isolation and not always consider the repercussions to others. He believes his destiny is to win (at all costs) and he will change the USA. Time will tell if he is ‘the fool’ or ‘the emperor’.

2016 is DT’s year of transition, transformation and rebirth.

 

 

 

 

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Everything Changes

iSilamelaYesterday the Equinox marked the official start of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere and we celebrated Wold Peace Day!

We ask ourselves what has been renewed in me – what am I growing towards. Spring always brings a sense of hope and renewal.  Everything around us seems so much brighter.  We are inspired by the circle of life – as the earth renews so too are our spirits.

For some we are motivated to get our bodies ‘beach ready’, others begin new projects – there is a sense of inspiration and innovation.  New beginnings and our eternal hope that the world will be a better place.  We rely on our self sufficiency to get going and get things done.  We share our good moods with generosity of spirit.  We believe that anything is possible. With our increased self confidence and esteem we forge ahead, keeping time with the growth cycle of renewal.

Our hearts and minds are open and our bodies are strong. We are experiencing success and the joy of self expression. Our intentions are clear and we have a firm grip on our emotions and are ready to explore new opportunities without fear. We are invincible!

Be inspired by the world and people around you. Be inspired by yourself. Look back at all that you have achieved. Life is a process and when we work at it each moment, we are rewarded. Plant the seeds of hope and vision – watch your future grow.  Count your blessings and give gratitude that you are still here … persevering on and achieving success.

iTongo notes: iSilimela – The Digging Stars
Throughout time, man has observed, recorded, and interpreted the skies. He has made use of astronomy to structure his life and determine his calendar. The geographical location of different cultures has helped shape their perception of how the universe works. For rural South Africans, whose livelihood depends on properly timed planting, harvesting and hunting, the stars have been a valuable source of information.

The stars in the iSilimela cluster (the Pleiades star cluster) are called the digging stars, and this cluster’s appearance is the marker of a renewed year and the beginning of the growing season.

The iSilimela are friendly and comforting stars, who watch over the family. When the cluster appears in the east, mothers lift their children up and teach them to stretch their hands out to the stars. In this way, the mothers show the stars to their children, and their children to the stars.

 

Ladies of iTongo – Queen of Earth

iTongo Tarot CardOur final lady of iTongo this month is Queen of Mavhele (Coins/Earth) we pay homage to our earth mother Modjadji, the Rain queens of the BaLoBedu.

In a country where rain means the difference between life and death, the ability to control it is a most valuable gift. This gift is about abundance, fertility and growth.

What do we learn from Modjadji? Through our gifts we are able to nurture, guide and support others. We act with generosity and patience. As light workers we understand that we act as the agents of transformation, we nurture, push and advise but their issues are not our issues. We do not take up the burdens of others. Each one of us needs to take responsibility for our own choices and ultimately the outcome.

In business, there are people known as rainmakers. These are people who bring in new business ‘almost like magic’, and are often key figures within their community or organization. These people are ‘connected’. To the universe of possibility, and the ability to recognize an opportunity when it presents and to have the will to see it through.

Let your imagination flow with the rhythm and timing of life. Protect the earth and all her treasure, be aware of the foot print you leave behind. Take responsibility for your choices and your position. Be prepared for growth. Immortality comes from what you leave behind.

Make it Rain!

Modjadji – The Rain Queen

The legend of the Lovedu people of South Africa includes the deity known as Modjadji, the Rain Queen, who has the power to cause rain to fall on her people and send drought to their enemies. The land of Modjadji is known as LoBedu (land of offerings) and her people as the BaLoBedu.

In a savage world of ceaseless warfare and oppression, this small tribe was left unscathed for fear that the awesome queen would take umbrage and curse offenders by withholding the precious rain. The Zulu held her in awe and called her Mabelamane.

Modjadji I lived in isolation and was beautiful, wise, and immortal. The impenetrable wall of mystique around her person and power brought her fame, and led to the weaving of many myths and legends. Immortality is achieved by the succession of the queens. The secrets are imparted to the successor just before the death of the queen. The new queen must accept the inevitable ending of any career and/or public life she may already have embarked upon, thus ensuring that Modjadji (meaning ruler of the day) continues. The second Rain Queen, Masalanabo Modjadji is said to have been the inspiration for H. Rider Haggard’s novel, She: A History of Adventure.  She also is said to have inspired the song ‘She’ written and originally recorded by Charles Aznevor was made popular in the sound track from Notting-hill sung by Elvis Costello.

The current status of the Rain Queen dynasy. After the death of her grandmother, Rain Queen Mokope Constance was crowned the sixth rain queen on 16 April 2003. This made her the youngest queen in the history of the BaLoBedu tribe. She died on 10 June 2005 at the age of 27. A son, Prince Lekukena (b. 1998) and a daughter, Princess Masalanabo (b.2005), survive her. Since Princess Masalanabo is fathered by a commoner, traditionalists are not likely to accept her as the rightful heiress to the Rain Queen crown. There is concern that the 200 year-old dynasty may come to an end.

Ladies of Fire – Growth through Responsible Change

This week our two ladies of iTongo come from the Xhosa, People of the South, and their lives were intertwined by destiny.

In mid-1856, Nongqawuse believed she saw her ancestors in a pool of water in the Gxarha River. She claimed that the ancestors told her they would arise and sweep the British settlers into the sea, replenish the granaries and fill the kraals with healthy cattle. As an act of good faith, she said the Xhosa people should destroy their crops, the grain stores and kill their cattle. Those who refused would be turned into frogs, mice, and ants and blown into the sea by a mighty whirlwind.

Queen Suthu was a shrewd woman of substance and ruled alongside her son King Sandile. They were influenced by Nongqawuse and gave their blessing. Had they not done this, the terrible tragedy could have been averted.

What do we learn from these two ladies? We need to take responsibility for the choices we make. There is of course the danger of over reaching our capabilities and with that comes the burden of assuming responsibility. Sometimes life adds certain restrictions to our actions, which often delays our personal growth and blocks our energy. At times like this we need to remember that for every action there is a reaction, so we need to be mindful of our expressed intent.

When we are in a situation that could have possible negative outcomes, the best is to take a moment to reflect. Take a step back and reassess the possible damage. We need to understand our own power in action. What it takes to manifest our passions in a practical way. Simply allow that ray of light within to guide us. Be vigorous and strong within your self-assurance. Feel – think – act – change!

Remember to be gracious, warm and outgoing when approaching others or a situation. Maintain your personal integrity with maturity. These two ladies represent the feminine power in action.

iTongo Tarot CardTEN of ISIBANE (Fire/Wands) – People of the South – Key word – RESPONSIBILITY
Nongqawuse (c.1840 –1898) was the 14 year-old girl whose prophecies led to the Xhosa cattle-killing crisis of 1856–1857.

She predicted that the ancestors’ promise would be fulfilled on 18 February 1857 when the sun would rise as a blood sun, stand still in the sky, and then set again in the East. Chief Sandile, on hearing the prophecy from Nongqawuse’s uncle, Mhlakazi, ordered his followers to obey it.

For ten months, the Gcaleka acted as men possessed, killing their livestock, and destroying their crops until all that was left was their faith. The cattle-killing frenzy affected the whole of the Xhosa nation, and it is estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 head of cattle were killed. It is reported that the Xhosa population dropped from 105 000 in January 1857 to 26 000 in December 1858.

As the appointed day dawned, a breeze blew off the sea and the Gcaleka people sat waiting. The sun rose, made its passage across the hot February sky, and set in silent majesty in the west. Darkness fell on a ruined people. Those left to rebuild the nation survived only through the help of neighbouring tribes and the Europeans.

Nongqawuse, fled to King Williamstown where she sought sanctuary with the British. There are conflicting reports of what became of her. Some believe she was sent to Robben Island, but there is no record of her ever having been there; others believe that she settled on a farm in the Alexandria district in the Eastern Cape. She died in 1898. Today, the valley where Nongqawuse met the spirits is still called Intlambo kaNongqawuse (Xhosa for Valley of Nongqawuse).

Queen of iSibane (Fire)QUEEN of ISIBANE (Fire/Wands) – People of the South – Key word – RADIANCE
Queen Suthu: According to Xhosa tradition, when a chief or king dies and the heir is under age, his mother, or uncle acts as regent on his behalf until he becomes a man.

Queen Suthu was the youngest wife of Chief Ngqika. She was a great beauty in her youth and a knowledgeable politician. On Ngqika’s death in 1829, Suthu became regent of the Rharhabe Xhosa on behalf of her son, Sandile, until he came of age. Suthu’s prestigious and important position was consistent with Xhosa tradition where the mother of the chief is always held in high esteem and occupies a place as major adviser and counsellor to her son.

Queen Suthu was a shrewd woman of substance and a survivor. She overcame witchcraft accusations in 1842 and was well known to British missionaries.  Because of her experience in dealing with the British, she often served as an emissary between tribes and the British officials and missionaries.

More than once, she appeared in court on behalf of her son Sandile when he was captured by the British during the War of the Axe in 1846. Sandile was shot by the British in 1878.

Queen Suthu attended church services frequently and was respected by the British; however, she would not tolerate their demands to desist from holding traditional ceremonies on the Christian Sabbath.

The Ladies of Air – Growth through Intellect

In South Africa, August is Womens Month  with National Womens day on 9 August.  This month I will be paying homage to the women of  iTongo Tarot.  Starting with The Ladies of Air.

Queen of SwordsQUEEN of ASSEGAI (Swords/Air) – People of the East
Nandi (the sweet one) kaBhebhe eLangeni (c.1760 – 1827) Daughter of Bhebhe, a chief of the Langeni tribe, and the mother of Shaka, King of the Zulu and the third wife of Senzangakhona, ruler of the Zulu chiefdom.

What do we learn from Nandi’s journey?
This was a woman who managed to maintain her dignity and focus, no matter what trials and tribulations she endured.  She had a single purpose, to have her son Shaka recognised as the true heir of the Zulu kingdom.  She was determined that Senzangakhona (Shaka’s father), would marry her and legitimise their son.  He offered a paltry sum for her Lobola, which she turned down (this lady knew her value) and legend has it that she settled on 50 head of cattle.

Even though she knew of the prophecy that one day her son would be murdered by his brothers, she pursued the throne, because she knew her son would be king.

“Nandi, daughter of Bhebhe, your first-born shall be king,
Giving birth to a mighty nation of blood stained spears and thundering black shields,
The conditions of the prophecy are that your son remembers
not to defy the ancestors by reaching for powers that are not of his heritage.
The heavens will destroy him from his own blood. “

Nandi was named Queen of Queens when Shaka became king of the Zulu.  She ruled alongside her son with realistic expectations, a sound philosophy and never shied away from difficulties.

iTongo Tarot CardOur next ‘Lady of Air’ is Shaka’s aunt Princess Mkabayi.  The adage “Behind every man is a woman of power” is a true reflection of the woman Princess Mkabayi was.  She had the ability to accept reality with a clear perspective.  She consolidated her resources and was not afraid to act on her thoughts.  She teaches us to follow through on our ideas, maintain harmony and balance within.  Move the focus from within and see the visible manifestation of our thoughts in our actions.

Princess Mkabayi was the elder sister of Senzangakhona, and daughter of King Jama.  She was one of a set of twins and according to Zulu custom, one twin should be sacrificed to avoid the death of one parent. Jama refused to kill one of the twins and so broke a well-established tradition. His wife, Queen Sikhombazana, died without bearing him further successors, and people believed this was a consequence of his act.

A woman of great intellect, Mkabayi presided over the reigns of four kings – King Senzangakhona, King Shaka, King Dingane, and King Mpande. They all drew on her wisdom and experience, and a famous phrase at the time was “Buzani ku Mkabayi”, which means “consult Mkabayi for any solution”.

The Four Kings
Senzangakhona kaJama (c.1762-1816), son of Jama, was chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816. During the chieftaincy of Senzangakhona, the house of Zulu was a small clan in the Mthethwa confederation, which was ruled by Dingiswayo.

Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c.1787-1828), son of Senzangakhona, ruled from 1816 to 1828. Shaka (sometimes spelled Tshaka, Tchaka or Chaka; sometimes referred to as Shaka Zulu; was the most influential leader of the Zulu empire.

Dingane kaSenzangakhona (c.1795-1840), son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka, ruled from 1828 to 1840. He came to power after assassinating his half-brother Shaka with the help of another brother, Mhlangana, and Shaka’s advisor, Mbopa.

Mpande kaSenzangakhona (1798-1872), son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka and Dingane, ruled between 1840 and 1872, making him the longest reigning Zulu king.

17 The Star – Growth through Hope

iSilamelaWe talk about the separation of Church (Spirit) and State, this week my interpretation is different. It’s a plea and a hope that collectively we will do the right thing. That we will be conscious of the collective. South Africa goes to the Polls on Wednesday for a Watershed election. Probably the most important election since 1994. Do we vote with hope, inspiration and faith in a new and better life, or do we follow traditional voting lines.

We are a country that is hurting. Millions are worse off than they were 20 years ago. Self-esteem has been eroded and collectively we are wandering in the wilderness without insight and prospects to our destiny.

We have the power within each of us to make a difference. We have the power to let our voice be heard. That power is our vote. It is our right and our obligation to exercise that vote on 7 May.

Change doesn’t just happen. We need to make it happen and we need to make it happen for the greater good. We can no longer live with corruption, greed and dishonesty. Too many people have lost their way and lost hope. Too many people are living without dignity and the basics to sustain life.

We need to be inspired by the knowledge we have and vote for truth. We need to really think about the future we want – and not just sit back and wait for an outcome. Each one of us is responsible for the choices we make, we have the opportunity, now, to make that change.

This card is also about making a wish – what do you wish for yourself, for your family and for the generations to come?

The main focus this week is on regaining hope, being inspired, generous and at peace with what is. We are working collectively on the subconscious level and need to let our energy flow freely, know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

This is the week for renewed hope, in ourselves as well as trusting in the universe, expect a breakthrough and new opportunities. The Star follows the Tower, which is about destruction and regeneration. We have had 20 years of slow degradation and destruction. Now it is the energy of the star that allows us to rebuild and heal which brings about our transformation.

We know that we have to keep changing in order to keep in harmony with the world around us. Understanding that everything changes teaches us to live in the present moment, with focus and intent. The more we are able to embrace the present moment, the more we get out of life. Hope is the understanding that no matter how bad of difficult the situation, anything is possible. We can be, create and live whatever life we want.

Vote on 7 May with clarity of what you want. Don’t waste your opportunity and spoil your paper. Each vote must count. Choose wisely and know that you have contributed to a better life for all and restore the potential to our great country.

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.

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.

King of Wands – iSibane

iTongo Tarot CardKING of ISIBANE  People of the South (Xhosa)
Key word – CHARISMA

The father of light | Natural leader | Commanding presence | Positive masculine power | Long term goals accomplished | Confront opposition directly | Inspire enthusiasm | Spontaneity | Ecstasy | Generous | Dignity and self respect

There is a lot going on this week.  First we need to refresh and take stock of our Card of the Year – 6 The Lovers and to take note of the Astrological triads of planets called the Grand Sextile.  The energy of six promotes growth and nurtures healing.  It is also the number of service, and as we all know we need to take responsibility for our actions and choices that involve others.  Working with this energy we will have the opportunity to speak out on behalf of those that cant.  Promote equality and harmony for all.

Our King of iSibane tells the story of Chief Ndlambe who has often been referred to as the father of African nationalism because he remained steadfast in his beliefs and refused to give up his land despite the overwhelming power of the British forces.

We hear someone being referred to as Charismatic, and what that simply means is that we connect and relate to their charm, and often we are inspired by the way they live and conduct their lives.

How do you inspire others? Give freely of yourself, your time, your energy and mostly your wisdom.  We all have the ability to lead by example.  We can’t all lead a country or organisation, but we all natural leaders and have the ability to lead those nearest and dearest.  Most don’t even try, because they look at the collective and believe they are unequipped or unworthy to step up and make a difference.  Often its the smallest act of kindness that can motivate a huge change.

We don’t have to be arrogant or commanding to achieve our goals – gentle persuasion goes a lot further than rigid domineering attitudes.

The masculine energy of the King helps us with our spiritual exploration and connections.  Its a direct connection to our Divine – the warning here is not to go too fast or too far.  Remember spirituality, peace and harmony is a process not a destination.  Give yourself the time and space to just be – keep at it daily with mindful intent and allow the universe to guide you.

Dream the dream, and set your long term accomplishments.  Create the plan and execute one step at a time.  Work steadily towards your goals and stand firm in what you believe in.  Change is always difficult – we fear the unknown and we are not sure of our resources and reserves.  Its easier to just go with the flow, even when the flow is not supporting our hopes, dreams and ideals.   We need to remember that as long as we have the courage of our convictions, we will overcome.  We need to stand steadfast and firm in what we believe in. Life is about our stamina to persevere – all too often we throw our hands up and say “I cant anymore” and its just then, in that moment that we have a breakthrough.  We have the knowledge tools and skills to achieve all that we dream, we just need to hold fast – we just have to persist.

This week – inspire and lead others – hang in there … it will be worth it.

iTongo Legend

Chief Ndlambe (c.1755–1828) was the second son of Chief Rharhabe and his mother was Nojoli, after whom Nojoli Mountain near Somerset East was named. Ndlambe had eight sons, Mdushane, Mhala, Mqhayi, Thuba, Sam Sam, Kuse, Mxhamli, and Nowawe1.

On the death of his father, Chief Rharhabe, Ndlambe served as regent of the kingdom from 1782–1796 for his nephew, Ngqika. During his years of regency, he succeeded in establishing himself as a powerful leader. For the first several decades of Dutch settlement in Ndlambe’s territory, the Zuurveld, his sovereignty remained unquestioned.

By 1796, his Great Place was on the banks of the Bushman’s River, close to Macleantown near the Xinira River. At this site, a group of boulders, are said to be part of the throne on which Ndlambe once sat and held court.

In 1811, the Dutch-speaking farmers persuaded the British colonial government to use military force to clear the entire area between the Sundays and Fish Rivers of its African inhabitants. At that time, this area was known as the Zuurveld, after the sour grasses that dominate the terrain. Nine Frontier Wars were fought in this area and Ndlambe was involved in five of them.

Ndlambe and his sub-chiefs tried to negotiate with the British military and civil officials. The negotiations failed because Ndlambe refused to agree to the voluntary removal of his people from their homes. War started and when it became evident that the British guns and horses gave them a huge advantage, Ndlambe, outsmarting his British adversaries, led his people in a night-time evacuation, and moved them safely across the Fish River.

His life spanned a major transition period in South African history, and he is often referred to as ‘the father of African nationalism’ as he remained steadfast in his refusal to give up his land to the colonialists despite the overwhelming power of the British military forces.

When Chief Ndlambe died in 1828, allegedly over 90 years old, the entire nation shaved their heads in mourning.