Infinity, and beyond

When was the last time you came across something truly original?  It has been said that everything tangible and intangible has already been thought of and done, all we do is add layers or nuance to something that already exists and that someone else (usually in the dark ages) has already claimed as original.

A few days ago I received this …


I have never seen the infinity sign used to mark the passing of someone.  What a brilliant idea!

It got me to thinking about how many of us get ‘stuck’ on that death date.  We forget that our loved one had years and years of life before that dreaded day.  We also forget that energy doesn’t just stop – it transforms and lives on.  They live on in our memory.  They stay with us and we pass on their life and legacy to the next generation.

Nelson Mandela was a world icon.  He embodied the principles of humanity, forgiveness and hope.  We often say rest in eternal peace.  Got me to thinking again about the difference between eternity and infinity.

20earthEternity means no beginning and no end (symbol Ouroborus)

iTongo Tarot card 20 The Earth – IMINYANYA (The Ancestors)

CONCEPT:  Good judgement; Rebirth; Introspection; Transformation; Evaluation; Metamorphosis

Infinity means a beginning but no end. (Symbol Lemniscate) card back

Madiba’s beginning in this life (18 July 1918) his energy and spirit lives on in infinity.

iTongo Tarot Card Back.  Embracing eternity and infinity.  There is a beginning without end.


4 The Emperor – INDLOVU

iTongo Tarot Card4 The Emperor – INDLOVU
CONCEPT Symbol of the patriarch and the animus (masculine energy); Wisdom; Leadership; The responsibility of power; intellectual as opposed to emotional

Indlovu invites you to walk the path with wisdom.
• • •
Enterprising behaviour /Stability /Hardworking, practical and trustworthy /Deep love of the creative process /Practical implementation /Opportunity of great benefit /Wise leadership in moderation /Visionary /Personal power /Authority

Today’s date is a tricky one – depending on the method of calculation we get quite an interesting set of numbers.

10+6+2+0+1+3=22/4 or 1+0+6+2+0+1+3=13/4 either way our final number is 4 The Emperor

22 is attributed to 0 The fool – The Alpha and Omega in a tarot deck. The Fool card represents beginnings and endings.  Often numbered Zero or Twenty Two.  The number Zero is a perfect circle, without beginning or end. It is limitless and nothing all at the same time. It is the number that unifies others and gives them strength, it is the Alpha and Omega.

13 Death/Transformation The death card is probably the most maligned and misunderstood of all the cards.  Most people take in a breath and fear what is coming next – generally 13 Death is not about physical death, rather it is a metaphor for death and rebirth in life.  The concept is about transition and transformation.  As we let go there is regeneration.  Without change there is no moving forward.  We need to use our inner powers of imagination and our ability to construct or restructure our lives.

Both 22 and 13 add to the number 4 The Emperor. With that in mind I think about our ’emperor’ Madiba, who is once again hospitalised.  It is interesting following the news and Twitter feeds – this time there are two distinct lines of communication.  Messages to get better soon, and messages that perhaps its time to let him go.

Nelson Mandela is a man who typifies all the energy of The Emperor.  An activist, a statesman and leader of men and a man with humility and compassion.  He truly understood and practiced the responsibility of power.  His vision of a great country rising up through leadership in moderation. Truly the ‘Father of the Nation’.

Nelson Mandela and HH Dalai Lama 1996 at Tuinhuis Cape Town

Nelson Mandela and HH Dalai Lama 1996 at Tuinhuis Cape Town

I have had the great fortune of meeting this amazing man (twice) and when one is in his presence there is no denying his energy, his power and his compassion.

As he releases his physical body, we feel the draining of energy, we know that our world will be a little darker once he is gone, yet we will always have the lessons his life taught us.

  • Fight for what you believe in
  • Find forgiveness within
  • Truth is absolute
  • Practice what you preach

Madiba’s strength during his time of incarceration came from the poem Invictus by  William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

This week we should keep vigil for our ‘father’, honour his accomplishments and release him from mortal bondage with love and light. We are reminded that we are the captains of our fate and souls.

Knights in Shining Armour

The random card that I drew for today is Warrior of Moritsoana (Morey Sauna).

Knight of CupsWARRIOR of MORITSŎANA People of the West Key word – IDEALISTIC

Idealisation of love | Grace | Wonder in mutual attraction | Sentimental love| Emphasised emotions | The poetry of life | Beauty | Heightened mood and feelings | Empathy | A pleasing environment

Card visual:  Back ground the Lesotho Mountains.  Warrior is dressed in traditional war regalia with the totem of his unit or clan on his shield.  This Sotho warrior is from the baHlaping (Tlhapi – fish) clan.

The Sotho lived in small chiefdoms with homesteads grouped into villages. Economic responsibilities were shared and they traditionally raised livestock; cattle, goats, and sheep and cultivated grains and tobacco. The Sotho were skilled artisans and renowned for their metal and leather-work, wood and ivory carving.


This week we can afford to be a tad idealistic.  Why not be able to have the happily ever after.  Sometimes we limit ourselves, for a variety of reasons but more often than not it’s because we believe we do not deserve it.

Well known and loved fairy tales share a common theme.  The forlorn, orphaned young person is cast out or cursed or put upon by evil stepmothers, sisters etc.  After various trials and tribulations (usually lasting 100 years) she is saved by an act of kindness usually a prince or knight in shining armour.

The message from all these stories is that no matter what your circumstances, if we wait and truly believe in ourselves, salvation will come.  We live in an instant gratification times.  We don’t want to wait for the knight in shining armour, we want a quick fix – like a fine wine, some things take time to mature and develop into their full potential.

Another theme that runs through all the stories and fables is being pure of heart. I can’t think of a fairy story or parable where the evil ugly sister got the prince.  So as we dream to be fulfilled, saved or transformed, we need to consider our motivation and intent.  Why do we want certain things?  Why do we feel that life is not living up to our expectations?  What trials and tribulations do we need to go through to reach the nirvana we desire.

How realistic are we about love.  We confuse lust and romantic love, which is all flowers and candles with true love.  True love is a state of Grace not the sentimental love that Hollywood propagates, but rather the even flow of the poetry of life.  The beauty of heightened mood and feelings.  The glorious wash of emotion, clear and true without attachments of need and greed.

Fairy tales are the system foundation that we set up as children.  We aspire to the ‘happy ever after’.  We look at the end result and somehow are able to gloss over and turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering that was endured before the ever after moment.  We also do this with real life people.  We hold up Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa as icons for humanity, which of us would be able to live their lives and walk in their shoes.  To undergo the difficulties they lived through and still maintain a purity of spirit.

There is no reason why we cant ‘have it all’.  We just need to be prepared to put in the effort for the reward. As someone once said “Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars”.