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.



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.





National Heritage Day – South Africa

Iminyanya20 The Earth – IMINYANYA (The Ancestors)

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

Iminyanya invites you to follow your destiny.

Reaping reward from past actions /Analysis and evaluation /Absolution /Responsibility /New view of reality /Making wise judgements /Integration /Wholeness /Ancestral and family matters /Avoidable influences

What is awakening?  How are you renewed?  Are you observing situations objectively and fairly?

The Ancestors: Iminyanya/amadlozi/badimo/vadzimo/abezimu – all these terms refer to those who have died and joined the spiritual world. In most African cultures, death is viewed not as the destruction of life but the immortality of the spirit.

24 September is a very busy day in South Africa – National Heritage Day, National Braai Day and also the day that commemorates the life of the great Zulu king Shaka. King Shaka

All South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their heritage, and that’s quite a melting pot in our Rainbow Nation. Our diversity of race, religion and creed are different, and its those differences we should celebrate and learn from.  It’s those differences that make South Africa a country with so much potential – if we could all just stop moaning about what’s wrong and do something to make it right.

Reading some of the comments online about Heritage Day, it saddens me that so few people acknowledge and respect their heritage. Heritage is something that is passed down from generation to generation … and its not just about financial gain, it’s about the preservation of our land, scenic parks, animals, sites of significance or historical importance.  It’s about preserving what we have for future generations benefit, pleasure and knowledge. This generation is failing. Our Rhino is almost extinct, global warming and toxic air is increasing, education levels are getting lower and lower. There is so much focus on the individual that the ‘whole’ is suffering.

Genetically speaking we are born into a predefined race and creed.  This is affected not only by geography but also economic status.  Throughout our lives we are able at any given point to change, alter and adjust our circumstances.  Some choose to follow the patterns of the past, some choose to do nothing and wait for others, others choose to break free and set their own path.

Spring brings us an opportunity to awaken and be renewed.  To look at our lives and carefully consider what is my heritage?  To ask what can be changed or renewed.  To take action to bring about those changes we seek. To take responsibility for those choices and actions. We need a new view on reality.  It is what it is and not moving forward within ourselves limits our possibilities and opportunities.  We should rejoice in the fact that we are able to make a difference.  That we are able to take a stand for what we believe in.

The stages of our lives follow the same pattern of birth, childhood, maturing, adult and ultimately death. We need to look at each of those phases and ask “did I do the best I could”?  As we grow up under the care of others, we inherit their views, ideals and philosophies.  When we mature into creative and reproductive adults, we begin to form our own opinions and perhaps start our own traditions.

Have we chosen to live a good and righteous life?  Are we truly doing the best we can to preserve our inheritance from our ancestors and how are we creating a better world for the future.

Death is unavoidable but one should not fear the end, rather be in a position that at any given moment when Death comes calling, we are free of attachments, regrets and that we have lived our best life.  For when we are dead we become the ancestors to the living – what is your legacy?

What is your immortality of spirit?

iTongo legend

The snake is commonly found in African mythology and is regarded as immortal because it sheds its skin and continues to live. For the Zulu, the snake is a metamorphosed amalgam of the ancestors, who visit either in dreams or in reality. A snake that enters the house is unthreatening and is viewed as ‘family’ and as such is never harmed.

Ouroboros (tail-devourer), a snake depicted with its tail in its mouth forming a continuous circle, is considered a symbol of eternity. It is present in many African artworks – cloth patterns, wall paintings, and metal works.

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

In order for African people to live in harmony with the creator and creation, all natural laws and observances were divinely revealed to the first African generation as a community at the beginning of time. The death of that generation meant the beginning of intercession between the living and the creator, or ancestor worship, as the first generation had now joined the spiritual world thereby marking the beginning of the ancestors.

Many African peoples regard the earth as a female deity, a mother-goddess who rules all people and is the mother of all creatures. The earth lives and gives birth to ever-new generations of beings and the ancestors live in the earth.

The earth’s elements: fire, air, and water are recognised as gifts from the great mother, yet the earth is seldom worshipped. Nevertheless, the earth has a very powerful spirit that rules over life and death.

Happy Birthday South Africa

South Africa is celebrating Freedom Day, marking 18 years since the election of a ‘new’ South Africa.

The age of SA 18 (1+8=9) and the year ahead 27/4/2012 (2+7+4+2+1+2=9) both add to the number nine, we have a double nines, which in turn add to 18. Gives one a sense that all aspects are working together and the collective energy is about spirit and introspection.  Inyanga18 The Moon talks to the unconscious, emotional security and compassion.  The ability to make choices guided by universal trust. The Great Mother also asks us to face self-delusions and deception.

Card for the year is 9 The Hermit – INDUNA.

INDUNAThis is the best year to complete any unresolved issues from the past.  The ‘Born Free generation” are young adults and should be taking their position in the world without the encumbrances of the past.  They are the true symbol of transition.

This year will see many endings and resolutions with a definite movement in new directions and new beginnings.  Opportunities are presented by older, wiser nations.  The key is not to compromise values, but rather go it alone.

To support the collective energy, each and every individual needs to explore their own personal insights and wisdom.  A year of self examination and renewal. High ideals need to be grounded in reality, order and harmony.  The expression is one of  wise leadership.

To the governing members this is the year of decisions.  Time is running out, attend to unfinished business.  Don’t turn away from society.  Divine wisdom is yours through an appropriate discipline.  Taking time to contemplate whether what is being done is in the interests of the people.

Lead with wisdom, as an inDuna with the skill to balance and create harmony. The light bearer stands for guidance to help others in their progress.  Inspire and motivate the nation.  This is the year to assess and think things through.  It’s time to move on from the past and complete the cycle.

This is the year of ‘spirit’ even for atheists and non believers.  Spirit is about truth – each and every individual has their own truth.  The behaviour of the masses reflects the truth of the nation.  We all need to do the right thing.

Be conservative with finances, this is not a year for self aggrandisement or to gamble with resources.  Leadership with ‘heart’ balance and harmony will bring South Africa into a new beginning and enlightened path.

Five Card Spread for Julius Malema

Julius Malema is expelled from the ANC.  I was interested to see what advice the cards would offer.

iTongo Tarot for Transformation

Card 1: The issue –  16 The Tower – Thulamela invites you to deconstruct illusions and delusions, restructure and restore.

These are difficult and challenging times with feelings of panic and fear.  Its a time of involuntary change and a radical shift of the way things are. To regain and restore, military precision is required.  Find true value through internal restructuring.

Card 2: Past Influences – 15 The Devil – Thikoloshe invites you to set your boundaries and limits.

It would have been fortuitous to combine productivity with practicality.  Manipulation without boundaries and limits lead to confusion.  Being the trickster with materialistic intent is what brings the inability to accept what is, no matter how dynamic and assertive.  Being ego driven is the inability to move on.  Lust for power blinds.

Card 3: Future Influences – Seven of Assegai (Swords) Isolation

Feeling cut off from society and betrayal of secrets. Only after a time of introspection would it be advisable to assert  independence. Solitude and isolation is required to develop strategies. Wandering in the wilderness, alone?  There is support available, but it has to be earned.

Card 4: The Ascendent (The Ancestors) – 8 Justice – Khathulo invites you to honour truth and the law of cause and effect.

The lesson from the ancestors is to learn to understand and accept, reality and the responsibility of choice.  Balance intellect and be judged by actions rather than words.  Honour truth and accept the punishment of actions and reactions.  Accept the natural law of ‘for every action, there is a reaction’. Clear the mind to see the truth.

Card 5: The Transcendent – Ace of Mavhele (Coins) TRUTH

After introspection, being grounded and consolidating a firm base, the natural law of attraction will bring opportunity.  Be realistic and accept the absolute reality.  The realisation of dreams is available when practicing truth, tolerance and trust.


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.

FEAR is a 4-Letter Word

Fear is just a lack of information, an emotional response to a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.  Fear comes in many shapes and forms and levels, from a mild sense of uneasiness and caution to sheer terror and paranoia. Fear functions to make us alert and ready for action while expecting specific problems or outcomes.  What happens to us in our lives is a direct result of the choices we have made and how we conduct ourselves.

I am a firm believer that we are the sum total of all that we think and do. As fear is based on something that we think may happen in the future, it is clearly a mental process, which tries to predict the future – in that sense, the reason of fear is a projection of our mind.   So one could say that fear is always based on something that has not yet happened, and is therefore a fantasy in our mind rather than fact.

Every living thing has two main aspects; its primary nature and its acquired characteristics, which are influenced by Geography, the period or time, society and home environment.  When we are born, we come hard-wired or pre-loaded with two basic instincts – Survival of Self (fight or flight) and Survival of the Species (Procreation) everything else is acquired learnt knowledge.  This seems rather simplistic and limiting, but if you think about it, everything we choose to do and how we respond to external stimuli can fit into either of the basic instincts, sometimes a little of both.

Somewhere in the middle lives the ‘delusion of fear’.  It’s what we imagine ‘could’ happen.  It’s these delusions that keep us from ever truly living or experiencing new things.  From something as simple as learning to ride a bicycle to the more extreme of base jumping.  I say we learn from our mistakes, and yet at times it’s these very experiences that hold us back from trying again, or more importantly trusting again.  Trusting that even though the situation is the same, we are different and hopefully will react and interact with acquired knowledge.

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 is unfounded and in our minds.

As a tarot reader there are a few cards that when drawn, invoke a sharp intake of break or Oh-Oh reactions from the client. My top five cards in descending order.

5.  Five of Cups : Traditional interpretation is sorrow, loss, sadness.  The RWS deck shows a man, head hanging with the weight of the world in his heart.

4. Three of Swords: Heartbreak, Rejection, Separation.  RWS shows the swords piercing the heart.  This could also be ‘getting to the heart of the matter”.

Pearl of Wisdom Tarot

Courtesy Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (C) 2011 Roxi Hermsen

3. 16 The Tower: Restoration and regeneration, Internal restructuring, flash of enlightenment, involuntary change.

Visual from Pearls of Wisdom Tarot– The Tower’s lightning bolt of truth and unexpected chaotic, earth shaking events are upsetting. The wave washes away, the fire cleanses, the earth opens to receive and the volcano offers new fertile soil.  The broken strand of pearls sends wisdom far and wide. The vine growing from the cracks represents chance.

2.  15 The Devil – Thikoloshe (uHili) from iTongo Tarot.  The invitation is to set your boundaries and limits.  Our shadow selves, pain & pleasure, archetype of the trickster.

Thikolotshe - uHili

iTongo Tarot for Transformation

The Thikoloshe myth is very well known in South Africa, and each tribe has its own variation of what a Thikoloshe looks like. The Thikoloshe is a manifestation of mischievousness and evil, and he has immense power.

His physical appearance owes its attributes to various African creatures: large all-seeing eyes and survival cunning from the nagaap (Bushbaby); the ability to see in the dark and wisdom from the owl; the mane of a great lion that empowers him with strength and courage; and a tail like a serpent.

In Zulu mythology, Thikoloshe is also called “Hili”, and believed to be a dwarf-like water sprite. He only has one arm and one leg, and is a mischievous and evil spirit. He can become invisible by swallowing a pebble, and he then leaves his watery home to make unlawful love to women, or to fight men. If he loses the fight, he will teach his opponent magic and healing.  Malevolent people wanting to cause trouble for others sometimes call upon the Thikoloshe, and a Sangoma’s skill must be called upon to banish him.  Most of the time only children can see the Thikoloshe; he shows kindness towards them and they often become firm friends.

1.  13 Death – uKufa :  Transition, transformation, regeneration, letting go, metamorphosis, rebirth.

How Death came to Mankind


iTongo Tarot for Transformation

According to Zulu legend, God (uNkulunkulu) arose from beneath (the seat of the spiritual world) and created in the beginning men, animals, and all things. He then sent for the chameleon, saying, “Go, Chameleon, and tell the nations of men that they shall not die.” The chameleon started his journey, but walked slowly, loitering on the way, eating a shrub called ubukwebezane.

After some time, when the chameleon had not returned uNkulunkulu called the lizard ordering him to make haste and tell men that they shall die. The lizard outran the chameleon with the message, and told men that they shall die. When the chameleon eventually arrived and delivered his proclamation that man shall not die, the men refused to listen as they had already heard the words of the lizard and accepted what he said.  And so it happened that through the slowness of the chameleon and the speed of the lizard death came to all men. From that day, the chameleon was cast with his peculiar halting gait, which makes it impossible for him to run.

In multiple decks the Death card has the image of either the Death cloaked and mounted on a horse, or a skeleton with his trusty scythe.  Either of these visuals are indicative of our perception of the ‘grim reaper’.  When drawn card 13 Death is not an indication of mortal death, but rather a time of transition and transformation.

Everything in life arises from what we feel (Soul), think (Mind), what we say (Speech) and what we ultimately chose to do (Body), Being fully aware of our thoughts and actions, and developing an understanding of who we are allows us to fulfill the dreams we have and control our fears.

We all experience fear to some degree on a daily basis. Predominating are the fears of loss, of a loved one, status, position, job, and respect. Fear is related to a number of additional cognitive and emotional states including worry, anxiety, terror, horror, panic and dread.  Whether these fears are valid or we have become addicted to the physiological effect of fear.  We are tasked daily to be brave, have courage, be the warrior and fight for our survival and place on the hamster wheel of life.

Experience can also make us fear – if you have ever been attacked, one might fear people who look like the attacker assailants. What we observe we save and file away for another time when a similar situation arises.  Our reaction is based on this information.  A fair amount of these files are created in childhood.  As we mature our physical bodies and our intellect, we often don’t update our memories and perceptions.  With the result we have an unrealistic response to a certain situation.  We grow out of the boogieman under the bed, but we may have transferred that information to certain types of people (shape, build and size) are out to get us and harms us.

Observations – if we have witnessed a murder, assault or a robbery, although we are not part of the action we pick up on the terror of the person and we make that situation something to be feared.  We avoid certain places and people, because they make us feel uncomfortable and the frisson of fear is present.

Take the analogy of animals in the wild, motivated by their survival of the species (food) and survival of self.  The buck grazing calmly is not aware that it is being observed and stalked by a lioness nearby.  The lioness pounces and the chase begins, the buck is experiencing all systems on go, senses are heightened and he knows to survive he has to flee – his experience has taught him that he cannot stand and fight, he will lose.  The elephants also at the watering hole, are aware and on standby should the lioness come their way, the matriarchs of the herd are closing ranks around the younger elephants.  The monkey in the tree is curious to see what is happening, but remains where he is, instinctively knowing that he is out of danger in his position (different story if the predator was a leopard).  The crocodile sunning on the banks of the watering hole is lying in wait – he has two options, either the buck will run into his jaws or the lioness would be so exhausted it would be an easy kill for him.  To all there is danger around, and to all there is the possibility of loss, yet they do not react until the danger is directed at them.

So too should we live our lives, observation and readiness are essential tools to survival, fearing an outcome until it has actually manifested is a drain on energy and pointless.