iTongo Tarot

Some people who are working with iTongo Tarot have written to me asking about anomalies in the deck. Here is a brief explanation of what I was thinking and trying to portray in the two most common asked about cards. 6 The Lovers and 4 The Emperor.

iTongo Tarot is a deck designed for personal transformation – a deck for meditation and personal guidance.

iTongo Tarot Card6 – THE LOVERS
UTHANDO uthando n. (-thando): Love
CONCEPT:Choice and decision; Eternal triangle; The merging of opposites; Balance and wholeness

The traditional tarot has two people (male and female) and a ‘divine’ presence – I moved away from this because I personally don’t read The Lovers as a ‘romantic love’ card but rather as a card that indicates choices and decisions to be made – it’s a card of maintaining or finding balance within the eternal triangle. I felt that if we were to use this card for meditation and inner guidance the ‘humanising’ of the visuals would be a distraction.

The symbolism on the card is The Bird (As Above) The River (As Below) and the Bridge (The choice) thus forming the triangle of harmony between body, mind and soul.

The Bird – the higher we fly the broader the perspective – this also represents the element of Air. The greater our view of a situation and the deeper our thoughts, the better our choices. This symbol also gives us the intellectual freedom to survey all that is within our thoughts and concepts – to rise and fall as we choose.

The River – This represents the element of water and our emotions. The concept of impermanence. impermanence is an inescapable fact. There are three things we can guarentee – birth, change and death. Change is inevitable. The key is to anticiate and be ready for change. As the River flows it is always changing yet it remains the river. So too should we flow to wards our purpose. We may divert when there are obstacles in our way but if we remain true to ourselves and our path we will reach our goal. When we prepare to make choices we need to understand that whatever we choose to do, we will create change, we need to be emotionally ready to deal with those changes.

The Bridge – This represents the physical and Earth. As we stand on one side, we have an option to cross over to the other side. We have the means to do so, what we need to find is the will (Fire). What is our motivation and intent? What are we seeking on the other side?

We use Bridges as a metaphor for transitioning between life and death (the rainbow bridge) we ‘build bridges’ to cement relationships and we ‘burn bridges’ to end relationships. Bridges create solid foundations and are the vehicles for moving forward.

I hope this adds some clarity – as you prepare to cross your own bridge may it be with a clear mind and full heart.

iTongo Tarot CardNext is 4 The Emperor
INDLOVU indlovu/izindlovu n. (-dlovu) : Elephant
CONCEPT: Symbol of the patriarch and the animus (masculine energy); Wisdom; Leadership; The responsibility of power; intellectual as opposed to emotional

In African mythology and legends there are no Emperors as such – rather Kings and Chiefs. Researching for a benign masculine deity (or Historical figure) that encompassed the strength and leadership the Emperor represents proved to be quite a task.

All humans have shortcomings and flaws – I believe the power and the energy of the Elephant which symbolises wisdom, strength, moderation, and eternity in African lore was a significant symbol for inner transformational work. Deities were wrathful and vengeful and didn’t fit into the wise leadership of The Emperor.

I could have chosen a King or Chief to represent, but felt that it humanized the concept and imposed limitations on ones inner journey. Again looking at the concept and symbolism I chose the Elephant (Power within structure) to represent the energy to manifest.

Elephants are portrayed by many cultures in their cosmology to represent wise leaders and stability, they are hardworking, practical and have an excellent social structure. They are the largest of the land mammals but can move through the bush as silently as any stalking animal.

When working with The Emperor allow the wisdom of the ages to flow and remember you carry the wealth of knowledge within. Seek silently!

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).

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.

 

 

 

 

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.