Double the Abundance

Today 26 – 01 – 2015 is an 8 day which is also the number for the year.  So brace yourselves, its double everything.

iTongo Tarot CardKey words and concept for 8 Justice – Balance; Justice; Realignment; Equilibrium; Logic and reason.

StrengthFor those of you who follow Waite 8 is Strength – Strength; Passion; Creative energy; Taming of the beast within; Courage; Moral victory.

Need for clarity of mind, impartial judgment and a balanced intellect.

Justice is about The mediator, adjuster, arbitrator. — One who has a deep love for simplicity, clarity, fairness and balance. So today especially for Libra, be aware of your centre and stay grounded because balance is needed.  If you haven’t set your resolutions yet, this is a good time to start that diet, balance your cheque book, tidy up your life, let go …

8 Justice is also about Karma.  You may have noticed changes on a spiritual level, these energies are adjusting your cycles which will lead towards balance and harmony.  Expect some profound moments and clarity and better sense of equilibrium.  Embrace the laws of cause and effect.  Embrace logic and fairness – a sense of judgement will prevail.

If you are dealing with any legal issues this card is a positive sign.  Things will go well this week. Also a good week to sign contracts or enter into agreements with others. If you are hesitant seek sound advice and keep your cool. Its best not to be ruled by emotions at this time – apply your intellect and logic.

If you missed “The Year Ahead” here is the link http://wp.me/p25KRU-df

iTongo Tarot Legends
As with most of the other tribes of South Africa, the Venda (VhaVenda) came from the Great Lakes of Central Africa. The Venda people are one of the last groups to have entered the area south of the Limpopo River. They first settled in the Soutpansberg Mountains.

The Venda language, TshiVenda or LuVenda, emerged as a distinct dialect in the 16th Century. In the 20th Century, the TshiVenda vocabulary was similar to SeSotho, but the grammar shares similarities with Shona dialects, spoken in Zimbabwe.

Venda law and custom constituted a system designed to protect firstly family rights, then the chiefdom and finally the individual. This placed the onus on the individual and the realisation that his actions affected the greater community, especially his/her descent group.

Venda culture has a strong emphasis on male authority (patrilineal). Moral behaviour is essentially the right and good actions of the man who does not upset the balance and harmony between the clan, society, and nature. Nature and man work together in harmony as the actions of one has consequences on the other.

The good man was not only one who respected seniors and was loyal to his family, he was also a good neighbour1. He was to live with generosity of heart and possessions and be free of the suspicion of witchcraft. He needed to be meticulous in observance of custom and loyal to the chief.

The formal handling of disputes began with the local headman and ended with the chief at the capital. A panel of elders assisted the chief and would advise on points of law and provide continuity of experience.

The process of bringing a case to court was simple and logical. If one felt that his rights had been violated, he would report the matter to his immediate headman. A date was set for the hearing and all parties concerned instructed to attend with any relevant witnesses. The case was heard in the men’s meeting place, which was a prominent feature of the homestead of chief or headman. Women were not permitted to attend these proceedings, unless they were directly involved in the case. Witnesses were allowed to hear all the testimonies and were often allowed to modify their own. In a case of civil wrong, the judgement would be restitution and compensation – the intention to ‘right a wrong’, i.e. stolen goods to be returned, the trespasser removed, or unfulfilled contracts honoured. In the case of damage or actions, which could not be undone, compensation was awarded and was usually paid for in livestock. Failing the ownership or possession of livestock, the complainant was entitled to exact satisfaction and take what he could.

Criminal offences were homicide, grievous assault, rape, incest, crimes against the chiefdom’s authorities and witchcraft/sorcery.

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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.

PAGE of ASSEGAI (Swords) – Growth through Communication

iTongo Tarot CardCommunication – a word that is bandied about so much these days. We are told to speak our minds, we are encouraged to share our thoughts and ideas. There is so much social intercourse that at times we are overwhelmed by the messages and certainly the messengers.

We communicate our truth and expose what is hidden. Every now and then we connect, we have a meeting of the minds and we are able to develop our plans or ideas with the cooperation of others. When we communicate we are learning and also teaching. We have an opportunity to put forth what we know with logic and reason.

The most important element of communication is listening. If we don’t listen to our inner voice, to our spirit, we know the consequences – we veer off our path and have to work twice as hard to get back on track.

The universe works in mysterious ways. We ask, or ‘put it out there’ what we desire and then for some reason we expect it all to happen in an instant. We want the ‘burning bush’ experience. We want instant answers. Well the good news is that the Universe does answer immediately – but in subtle ways. If you live with focus and intent you will be rewarded. Listen to the lyrics of a song, read a headline. Take note of a phone call from someone. Every moment is filled with the possibility and the answer, we just have to be mindful of the question to recognize the answer and the help we receive.

Be warned not to get into the habit of ‘knowing it all’. Be humble in your approach and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s always available. Share the load or the burden – talk to someone. Pray. Meditate. Listen to Spirit. Explore your spiritual beliefs and systems. Even if you don’t buy into some practices, we all need to believe that there is something greater than ourselves. Open your mind and look deeply into your faith system.

I am a great believer in lists – physically manifest what is on your mind. Write a pro’s and con’s list. Write down a scenario ‘in a perfect world’ who would you be and what would you be doing. Trying to get something off your chest regarding someone else? Then write them a letter. You don’t have to send it, but once its out you will feel so much better.

Tell someone you love them. Tell someone you are grateful for their presence in your life. Call a friend, sometimes just making that connection can change their whole world and perspective.

There are many ways we communicate – not just verbal, but eye contact, our body language and our actions. Are you sending the right message. Are you being heard and understood. Are your signals clear and focused. What is the message you send out about yourself and your state of being?

iTongo Legend

Traditional Zulu beadwork is used as a means of communication by unrelated unmarried males and females, and is colloquially referred to as “Zulu Love Letters”. Symbolism is encoded within a limited number of colours and geometric figures. Colour symbols have alternative values but the values of geometric symbols are constant.

The bead code is deceptively simple and follows one basic geometric symbol – The Triangle. The three corners of the triangle represent Father, Mother, and Child. A maximum of seven colours is used to portray a wealth of meaning and imagery.

THREE of ISIBANE – Growth through INSPIRATION

iTongo Tarot CardThe Three of iSibane or Wands indicates that we have learnt our lessons well and we may actually be feeling that everything is going according to plan. 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 with out fear. We are visionary!

Give yourself credit for staying the course and now you are reaping the benefits. Appreciation and respect come your way. Acknowledge all that you bring to situations. Acknowledge all that you are and hold your head up high. Share your good fortune and leadership with others. Be the first to explore the new opportunities that present.

With this newfound energy and sense of self make your position clear. Those that cant or wont accept your ideas are not worthy. Don’t waste time on them, move on. You are on a trajectory to success and you have learnt that dwelling within the hopeless never works. Growth has matured your spiritual views and you now have a more sensible approach to most matters. Considered action brings success and rewards.

Move forward with intention and control. Take a simple idea and allow it the time to gestate and develop. The three of iSibane marks the first stage of new possibilities and that you are almost at your goal. I say almost because living is a dynamic that has a way of surprising us. When we achieve what we set out to achieve we realise that there is so much more. Don’t be disheartened – more is good. We need to constantly be growing and moving forward. When we stop dreaming and imagining a better life we stop living. Everything is cyclical. We sow, we grow and we reap.

Three’s are all about fertility and growth, abundance and partnerships. This is an opportunity for a fresh start with long-term success. If you are considering business ideas, this is the perfect time to get those ideas out there. Pitch your project. Tell your boss what you are thinking. Share your insights and ideas.

You are in a position where your perspective is great. You are able to see the bigger picture and plan your way ahead with clarity. You can see the rewards on the horizon. You understand that it will take time and you are prepared to wait with confidence and commitment to see your dream and ideas come to fruition.

Invest with optimism and inspiration. Don’t plant onions and expect roses.

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. Count your blessings and give gratitude that you are still here … persevering on and achieving success.

iTongo Legend

Ulibo is the First Fruits Ceremony (Umkhosi wokweshwama)

The Xhosa observe a ceremony called ukuShwama. The term ukuShwama (to proclaim) is from the same root as ukuShwamela (to preach) and is given to the proclamation made to the general public to gather at the chiefs great place (Kraal) for the inauguration of the ceremony.

Before the authorisation from the supreme chief, none may eat the ripening grain and vegetables. Notice is sent to the whole tribe that on a certain day the chief will shwama. All are expected to go to the great place and each individual must bring a portion of the first fruits of the field, pumpkins, beans, sugar cane, and grains.

Feasting on these first fruits then takes place at the chief’s kraal, after which all members of the tribe retire to their homes. On the following day, early in the morning, the women in each family throughout the tribe prepare and cook a portion of the early fruits. Meanwhile, the men assemble in the cattle kraal and the food, when ready, is taken out to them.

A small piece of the food is placed on the back of the hand of each one present. Each individual then consumes this piece, at the same time spitting out a little towards the east and a little towards the west, exclaiming as he does so, “zila ngolozayo” (abstain, when next year comes round). This is a declaration that the custom will be continued in the following year.

16 The Tower – Growth through Deconstruction

ThulamelaThe past two weeks have been about change and transformation, we have identified that which is not working for us and now this week we need to deconstruct those illusions and delusions and begin to restructure and restore our power and passion.

Its always difficult and challenging to say the least when we are faced with change. We must never forget our true value. When we allow others to take control of our lives we find ourselves in positions and situations we did not choose. Often we are less than satisfied with the results. So this week we need to take back that control, put ego aside and jump into our desired future.

This card need not be as ominous as the Death card as it too represents change. And change is certain – if we resist changing ourselves, our ways, thoughts and actions then life will bring the changes to us, without inner control the changes can be traumatic, with control they may still be dramatic but manageable.

You may feel that you are being poked at from many different directions and the energy around you is argumentative, keep control. Don’t lose your temper or remain in a state of irritation. Not everything is or should be personal, what ever you do this is not a time to panic. When we panic we lose our focus and understanding and tend to make bad judgement calls. When we carefully consider the outcome and think things through and we are not in a state of crisis then we are rewarded with the results that we want.

As much as you are ‘doing it for yourself’ remember that others are also doing it for themselves. In the situations that present, you need to ask, is this going to work for me, if not then you need to make the required adjustments and carry on with your own plan.

This is particularly true in the workplace. We don’t have much choice on how the business is run, the expectations, basic rules and regulations. However we do have the choice to co-operate, give our best to that end. If we are unhappy, then we need to make changes. Nothing thrives in negative conditions. We need to decide if the environment we are in supports our inner being, adds something to our lives, helps us to be our true selves. If not then we need to move on. We always pay the price for our decisions. So whatever comes your way this week – “Keep calm and Carry On”

The most important aspect of the Tower is that from destruction comes the opportunity to rebuild. It can be a time of awakening and is about what inspires you to create. Destruction is also a release from the bondage and all that constricts you. This is a time for truth and honesty, be prepared for that lightning bolt from out of nowhere. Be shocked out of your comfort zone. The choice is yours, to stay in the self defeating way or to reach for the transformation and inspiration that is within.

13 Death – Growth through Transformation

uKufaThrough out our lives we experience Death, in some form or another. We have little deaths that barely touch us and some of us have lost loved ones. Ultimately we will all face our own death.

When card 13 Death comes up in a reading, it does not signify physical death but rather a process of transformation and change. It indicates to us that there is something in our lives that we have to let go of in order to move forward. So the big questions this week, are; What do you need to let go of? How do you need to transform your life?

Each time we invite change and are prepared to let go and move forward we create space for new growth, for regeneration. We cannot wait for the world to decide our next step. We need to have a focus and a goal that we are working towards. Making decisions in a vacuum creates ‘iffy’ results at best, which we are never happy with.

When we have a clear desired outcome, everything we think, do and experience can be viewed in that context. We have a yard stick to measure our progress. We are able to ask “how does this help me”? and if it doesn’t then we should let it go. Most of us have an ideal that we try to live up to. Sometimes we need to make adjustments along the way. Be open to new ideas. Be inspired by the people around you. Do more! Do it better!

Moving on is not a sign of forgetting; it’s a sign of healing. We are not meant to live life in grief and regret. We are meant to face each day with its challenges with an open heart and clear mind. We need to be kinder to ourselves and forgive ourselves for our failings. Having said that we also need to be mindful of our truth. Most of the personal drama we experience is because we have made choices and decisions without thinking them through. Without feeling and with the wrong motivation and intention. When we make mistakes its wiser to learn from them than ignoring the outcome and hoping that next time it will be different. If we don’t change how we do things, how can we possibly expect different outcomes.

Within each of us is our greatest resource – Our Spirit. We have the power through our thoughts, dreams and emotions to change everything, we have the power within to transform ourselves. It all starts with YOU! If we want to see a different world around us, WE have to make a change. We need to clear out old patterns, habits and thoughts that prevent our growth. We have to live openly and honestly.

Transformation comes through healing. Heal your inner self, let go of pain, hurt, betrayal and secrets. Change how you do things. Redirect your thinking into positive possible outcomes.

You can transform your life – you just have to do it!

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.

10 Wheel of Fortune – Growth through Change

ITHUBARound and round she goes, where she lands no one knows … 10 The Wheel of fortune is our Karma card. It is about moments of opportunity and chance or Karma. Success and good fortune. We are filled with optimism and generosity of spirit. It is believed that we create our own destiny, that our past actions bring us to exactly where we need to be in the present.

This is a week of new beginnings. We are feeling creative and inspired. We feel and believe that change is coming. We know that the time is now!

In Greek mythology there are three women known Moirai also known as the fates. Clotho, Lachesis and Antropos. Clotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measured the length of that life and Antropos cut the thread. So this week we need to spin, measure and cut.

The wheel reminds us of perpetual motion. Day follows night, summer follows spring, action follows thought. We need to be aware that every time we put something into motion we are going to bring about change. When we manage change it may be dramatic, but when we don’t manage change, change happens anyway and can often end up traumatic.

When we experience the traumatic 10 The Wheel of fortune reminds us that ‘this too shall pass’, good times or bad times everything passes and everything changes. The Buddhists teach that life is impermanent. The only things guaranteed are birth, change and death, everything else in between is a result of our thoughts and actions.

Karma is a word bandied about. We all understand that its principal is ‘cause and effect’, what we do comes back. Its about our activities and the intention that motivates. Action creates the seed in the mind, which causes the result when met with the right conditions. Sometimes we have absolute control and sometimes we just have to go with the flow and manage our responses.

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 say out loud affirmations will help keep you focused and clear the mind of negative thinking.

Resisting change can be bad for our health. It creates more stress than the changes. When in doubt go back to what you know. Healthy nutrition, exercise and daily meditation or yoga practice will keep you going and in fine physical shape.

Carolyn Myss points out that if we want to know what we were doing in the past, we need to look at our bodies now, if we want to know what we will be doing in the future, we need to look at our minds now. What are your thoughts? How often do you act on them? Have you been satisfied with the results?

Be accountable for your actions. Its time to own up and take responsibility, stop being a victim. Stop sabotaging yourself. Some things do just happen, there is a whole world of possibility going on around us and those close to us are making choices for themselves, which in turn affect us. 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.

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. 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, recognising the opportunities that come our way and making new choices more inline with each new situation or opportunity.

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.

2 The High Priestess – Growth through Spirit

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

The High Priestess is a spiritual card, so this week we are asked to find our balance through the connections of intuition and insight. This week its OK to rely on your ‘gut feelings’ – trust that what you believe you know, is correct.

Discovering and learning to work with our intuition is often avoided, as we fear the ‘energies’ we may be attracting.  We all have experienced intuition and inspiration; sometimes it’s simply a ‘bright idea’ or something more profound in a ‘knowing’ of things to come.  When we work with our inner knowing we are able to access the power within.  Within each of us we have that still point, that place where we have absolute truth. How do we do that?

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

More often than not we second guess that little voice inside, we make choices and decisions based on our intellect, and remember the brain always has an agenda, its information is all acquired, whereas our inner voice’s sole purpose is to protect us and keep us safe and on our paths of truth.

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

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

The Challenge of the High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious, surface information and discover what is hidden.  She also asks you to remember the unlimited potential you hold within yourself.  Sometimes goals can be achieved by simply being in stillness, by reading the signs and allowing the chance to develop within the fullness of time.

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

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

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

iTongo Myth/Legend
Baobabs occur across the continent of Africa, and a line of Baobabs, spaced at approximately 96 kilometres from each other runs across the Kalahari Desert, North West of South Africa extending into Namibia and Botswana.

The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa, is famous for being the widest of its species in the world and is carbon dated to be around 6000 years old.

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

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

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