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2017 – The Year Ahead

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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).

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Everything Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

20 The Earth – Growth through Judgement

IminyanyaOne of my favourite cards. 20 The Earth and a significant card for this week, not only have we moved into the Astrological sign of Taurus (Earth) but we are about to experience a Meteor show tomorrow night around 21:43. When the earth moves through the center of the dust trail left by a comet and we have a display. Look N-NE experts are predicting at least 18 streaks over an hour some very bright with tails. Happy hunting.

The invitation this week is to follow your destiny. Its about the evolution of your spirit. Living with good judgement brings introspection and rebirth. Now is the time for personal evaluation and transformation. Its time for that cocoon to open and reveal the butterfly within. Its time for your own metamorphosis.

In traditional tarot card 20 is called Judgement. This week is an evaluation week. It’s about wise judgement and the integration of who we are with what we are doing. In order for us to move forward without the baggage of the past we do have to sit in Judgement of ourselves, our life and decide what is working and what we need to build on discard and let go of. We can’t afford to jump to conclusions or have clouded judgement. We need to be focused and think things through with a clear mind. This could also be the week for a spiritual awakening.

Everyone needs some kinds of help, guidance and support from time to time. As much as we believe “I can do this on my own”, we all need input, sometimes a cautionary hand. Take time to honour the ancestors (Iminyanya), seek council with your Divine or ask the Angels … any form of communication with energy or power greater than yourself is available in abundance this week.

Explore new ways to connect, you will benefit you in ways you have not imagined – and nothing ventured, nothing gained. This is a time of reward for past efforts, specifically where you have tried to make amends to others, where you have asked for forgiveness and actually shown through your actions that you are sincere. You will find that forgiveness and within that your will find peace.

This is not a good time to be sitting on the fence. You need to be proactive in finding your reason for being. You need to find the clarity in all the situations in your life. Its time to take a stand for who you are, what you believe in and what you want out of your relationships and life in general. It’s time to experience the happiness that you seek.

Ever wondered about second chances? Well this is the time when you will be rewarded for your efforts. IF you have done the work, IF you are honest and true in your motivation, IF you are repentant for your actions and words, then you will find that this is the time, the moment when your transformation or metamorphosis takes place. Everyone deserves a second chance.

The visual of 20 The Earth is a snake, the Rainbow Serpent wrapped around the earth, protecting it from self destruction. Also known as Ouroborus or the tail devourer. This snake forms a continuous circle and is considered a symbol of eternity.

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.

Like the snake, it is time to shed all that is no longer useful or supportive in your life. Let go and open up to new possibilities. Transform yourself. Whatever is lying dormant in your psyche will rise this week. Be prepared for your epiphany or A-Ha moment. Be aware of what is being renewed and what is awakening.

Take the time for reflection and self evaluation. Meditation is a useful tool to bring you to the point of deeper understanding and recognition of the common themes throughout your life. Lessons learnt will help you to not make the same mistakes and how to avoid conflicting situations in the future. This is a significant stage in your journey – don’t get lost or distracted.

Transformation can heal your life. Understand and value the road you have already travelled, the end goal is in sight. Confront any unfinished business so that you move forward unencumbered by the past. What has already happened has shown you your strengths – use them. View your future with a knowing and understanding of self.

Forgive and forget. Speak openly from the heart. Allow the Ancestors to guide you and show you the way to freedom, from your memories, from past hurt and perceived failures. Its not how many times you fall, its how many times you get up.

8 of iSibane (Wands) – Growth through Passion & Power

iTongo Tarot CardThe Eight of iSibane is about virility.  It’s the power and the passion that we all possess.  This is the week to let your passion fly, state your intentions clearly, awaken you personality and declare – I am who I am! With pride and strength.

With all this energy going on inside you may feel that a lot of things are still ‘up in the air’ and you are waiting on others to get the ball rolling, that’s  OK, it will happen when it happens.  What you can do in the meantime is work on focusing your own energy and power.

For most of us patience is a difficult lesson, especially when the world around us is about instant gratification.  The eight of iSibane is about balance.  With stillness comes peace.

An 8 is made up of two perfect circles – balance and harmony, each in equal measure.  The Lemniscate or the horizontal number 8 also known as the infinity symbol represents the concept of perpetual motion, which is the supreme signature of the Universe and all cycles – as you sow, so shall you reap.

Laws of cause and effect, Karma and the return of all your energy in infinite cycles. Take a close look at your situation and work in practical ways to bring balance and harmony.  This is a good week to stabilise, use your time efficiently and be dependable.  Don’t make promises or arrangements you know you cant keep.  Work hard, but don’t be a workaholic.  Sometimes a break and some time out allows new energy to flow, making you more effective.

The main message is one of accountability for our actions.  This card reminds us that we all have a conscience – we should listen to it more often.  Pay attention to the whispering in your ear, we should do the right thing.  We need to learn from our mistakes.  Take some time to examine the past.  What choices and actions would you have done differently?  What can you do today to bring change? What are you setting up now for the future? What do you expect the results to be.

Identify areas in your life that need change, find the solution and the way to success.  Start a diary, make a vision board, contemplate, meditate – In the circle of life we are all connected, we are all one.

The Fire of iSibane brings the acceleration of affairs.  Things may begin to happen at a rapid pace.  What the cosmos teaches us that within everything there is order – and so too should be your growth.  Any blockage or obstacle can be overcome through the transformative power of Fire energy.

Your goals are within reach and new ideas will bring satisfactory conclusions.  At times you may feel swept off your feet, all you have to do is hit the ground running.  Keep up and keep going.

Another sense of urgency that may arise is your commitment to spirit.  Major breakthroughs are possible.  If you have plotted your course well all you have to do is implement it.  Spiritual activities increase and assume greater significance the more you practice. The stronger your sense of purpose the greater the result.

This power is especially in the 8 of Wands/Fire.  Part of you is the foundation (below) and part of you is spirit (above) both reflect equally and as you transmit, so you receive.

When opportunity knocks, you need to be ready.  Pay attention to everything that comes your way.  Strike while the iron is hot, and when all is said and done you will be satisfied with the results.

 

iTongo Legend
Mpondo and Mpondomise

Between the escarpment of the Drakensberg and the sea, lives a number of tribes, and between the uMtata and umTamvuna Rivers live the Mpondo and Mpondomise peoples. Tradition tells that the Mpondo have lived in the same part of the country for twelve generations, spanning nearly three centuries, and that Chief Cabe was the first to be buried in what is now KwaZulu-Natal.

Both the Mpondo and Mpondomise, like all the Nguni people, are divided into patrilineal clans (iziduko), where descent is based on the male line. Members of each clan are regarded as related for they can trace their descent from a common ancestor, but not all of them can trace their exact genealogical connection. Nevertheless, fellow members of a clan are forbidden to marry for they are regarded in this respect as brothers and sisters. Most clans have several thousand members, so the choice of marriage partners is severely limited.

The Mpondo number forty-six clans that can trace descent from their far distant ancestor, Mpondo.

Growth and focus through work

8 Mavhele8 Mavhele – Dilligence.
Mavhele is equal to the suit of Coins or Pentacles.  Its about physical manifesting, our reality and truth.  The element is Earth, time of day is night, season is Winter.  Mavhele means mielie/maize/corn which is the most sustaining, versatile and basic food.  This week Diligence is about careful and persistent work or effort.

Earth is also about the laws of attraction and abundance.  Earth keeps us grounded.  Earth personalities tend to be calm, practical, hard-working, brave, smart, wise, stable and patient; however, they can also be stubborn, possessive, nearsighted and often very harsh.

The number 8 is the last even number of the single digits. 8 is about money and power and does affect career, business and finances but it is also a number of balance and harmony – eight is the great equaliser and as easily as it adds growth it can take it away.  8’s balance the material world with spirit, they are practical and realistic.  Being focused on results – usually in power and money, yet it is not about being greedy, they just sees finance and power as a tool to accomplish goals.

It has been said that ‘starvation is the mother of invention’ well diligence is the mother of good fortune.  We make our own luck by working towards our goals with focus and perseverance. Preparing for the opportunity and recognising it when its here.

We know that the harder we work the better and more satisfying the results.  We can’t expect to get fit by having a gym membership; we have to show up each day.  Showing up is not enough – we have to actually DO the exercises.  With diligence and patience our efforts are rewarded, whether is weight loss, general fitness or winning that race.  It’s all about focus and perseverance, having a clear goal, hope, wish, dream and putting in the effort to achieve it.  When we work hard we pay attention to the detail, with a persistent and methodical approach we constantly move forward (the aim of the Chariot) our card of the year.

I often like to assign Tarot cards to what is going on around me.  I allocate cards to number plates, add birthdays and when I am witness to a situation I often ask myself “What card represents this situation”? Its one of the ways I keep focus and it’s a lot of fun, some results are very interesting.

Whilst watching Madiba’s funeral on TV both officiating priests told the same story of about a man who leaves his wealth among his servants. He did not distribute the wealth equally.  To the first he gave 5 talents, the second 2 and the third 1.  The first two set to work and when their master returned they showed that they were able to multiply their masters wealth.  The master was impressed and elevated their status.  The third servant did nothing to increase the wealth, but played it safe and buried the talent.  The reason he did this was that he did not trust the master and because he feared repercussions if he lost the money, he played it safe and hid the money. He was not rewarded and he was cast out.

8 of Mavhele – Diligence is what this parable is about.  We are all given talents and gifts.  If we hide them, and don’t use them, then nothing changes and there is no personal growth.  With hard work, insight and focus we can bring our ‘talents’ forward, to serve our purpose and to achieve our goals.  We cannot expect a hand out, but when others see the effort we are putting into our endeavours, there will almost always be a ‘hand up’ to help us.

Role models like Madiba, reflect the end result to which we aspire.  But we should also acknowledge the road it took for him to get there.  He had his fair share of pain and suffering along the way.  He rebelled and retaliated with violence.  But at some point he found his talent, he nurtured and cultivated it, and he lived by it.  So too should we.

Discover your gift.  Nurture it and use it wisely.  Be faithful to your work ethic.  This is the week to ‘walk your talk’.  Put our shoulders to the wheel and push through the difficulties or what we perceive to be blockages, and work it all through to the end. How many times have we begun a project, all fired up and eager and at the first hurdle lost interest.  We let something go because it’s “too hard”.

Keeping our eye on the end result, we need to prioritise the methods.  Slow, steady and consistent is the way to achieve. Sure you can take some short-cuts, but you can’t jump a step.  In the near future all may seem good, but in the long term the short cuts will let you down and sometimes all that you have worked for comes crumbling down.  The important thing here is to find balance between learning, effort and results.

The important message here is to stay healthy within the changes.  Remain flexible and adaptable.  Not everything goes exactly as we planned and sometimes a little blip or divergence along the way is a good thing, teaches us to view options and alternatives.  To be open to change.

As Albert Einstein once said “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge” .

Dream big and work hard. It will be worth it.

6 Assegai – Growth Through Suffering

iTongo Tarot CardAssegai is equal to the Suit of Swords and its element is Air.  The tribe represented is Zulu, which translated means ‘People of Heaven’.  The direction is East, time of day is Dawn and the season is Spring.  An assegai is a Traditional type of spear with a long slender shaft, which is thrown through the Air.  The suit of Assegai’s governs our Intellect, ideas, dreams, speech, the intangible, insight, wisdom, reason and justice.

Setting our consciousness for this week is going to take a bit of effort. We will need to manage and control our minds, our dreams, what we say out loud.  Manage our wisdom and journey within for insight, reason and justice. The best time of the day for this is at dawn.  Face East and just breathe.  Become aware of your thoughts and body.

Firstly we need to understand how our own physiology works.  How do we regulate our bodies and minds so that we can achieve our best life.  Our aim is to clear the mind, have a focal point and cleanse the body.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or “prana” in Sanskrit is said to be the vehicle of the mind.  Because it is the prana that makes our mind move.  One of the simplest ways to manage stress is through Breath Control.  It is through breath that all those messages are carried through the blood stream to the relevant muscle, which in turn reacts.

The visual of this card is Nandi giving birth to Shaka.  As we all know, it takes nine months for a baby to grow to the point of being able to sustain life on its own.  But before that there is the process of actually giving birth.  These days many mothers choose “C” sections, but the natural way is to push, to push through the pain, breathing through the pain and when the child is born the final life connection through the umbilical cord is severed.  This is the underlying message of the Six of Assegai.  We know there will be a ‘new life’, we know we have to follow a process and then we have the trial and challenge to bring that ‘new life’ to materialize.  If we keep at it, we are successful, and the reward is worth the effort.

Birthing scenes in the movies is all about breathing and panting.  We cannot survive without breath (AIR) and we cannot survive without blood.  The ancient Greeks attributed the element of Air to blood as it was both hot and moist.

Everything we experience in our lives is about the process that is needed to achieve the end goal.  Whether we are at work, tending a garden or playing.  We follow simple golden rules.  Some of it is learnt from observing others, some life experience comes from our own trials and errors.  The harder we have had to work for something the greater the sense of achievement and reward.

In the Year of the Chariot we are asked to keep moving forward, and this week we know that its not going to be easy, but we also know that if we hang in and persevere we will achieve.  The journey will be pleasant, just don’t get yourself into situations that require legal assistance, the outcome is not favourable.

You are the centre of your universe.  If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself.  Then that will help to bring change in your family.  From there it just gets bigger and bigger.

When you feel overwhelmed, breathe.  Breath is a great stress reliever.  Counting to 10 really does work.  It gives you time to clear your mind and prepares your body for the next action.  So when it gets too much … take a deep breath and count to 10.

If you are anxious or worried, focused breath will bring you back to the present.  Remember it’s only in this moment that you have the power to change, to do something.  Panting has its purpose, but when you find yourself out of breath, slow it down, take your time.

This week begin to heal and pick up the pieces of your life.  Go on holiday, travel or if you are planning to move, this is a good week.  As much as the goals promise joy, it can take the depths of despair to recognise what you actually want.  Even though it may not feel ideal at present, remember you are moving toward a positive place.

All together, breathe in 1-2-3-4, hold 1-2-3-4, exhale 1-2-3-4-5-6, hold 1-2-3-4.

May you transition through your suffering and experience a new frame of mind.

2014 The Year Ahead

ImageThe Chariot – INDWE

CONCEPT: Change; As above so below; Impulsive momentum; Imagination; Victorious warrior

Indwe invites you to honour the way of the warrior. Be inspired, be fearless.

2013 was a 6 year The Year of the Lovers, which was all about choice and paradox.  2014 is putting those choices into action.  This is the year we find our inner warrior more specifically being victorious warriors.

How do we distinguish ourselves?  How do we stand up and be counted?

The call of 2014 is to be inspired and fearless, to honour the warrior within.  We all have one.  Inspiration comes when we are in control of our thoughts and emotions, but it needs space to manifest.  Imagination is the vehicle of destiny.  Walt Disney said, “if you can dream it you can do it”.  The challenge this year is to have the courage of your convictions.

The 7 of the Chariot is made from 2+0+1+4=16.  16 is The Tower which is all about deconstruction to be able to reconstruct.  Perhaps the challenge of the year is to break down those barriers and face your fears head on, clear all the debris and clutter from your thoughts and your life, then begin to rebuild, with solid foundations and a purpose.

The Chariot is also about being in control and facing your fears, about movement and change powered by a lot of energy.  If you don’t control and focus that energy you could find yourself caught up in a whirlwind of panic.  When its focused and directed with a clear goal in mind and you still need to have the willingness to get there, then all your dreams could be realised.

2014 is knowing what you want, having the focus and intent to achieve it and knowing what to do when you get there.  This is the speedy part of the journey.  Victory is within your sights; don’t give up at the end line. Proceed with determination and ambition.  Testing and proving your abilities – giving it your best shot.

The Chariot represents balance.  Keeping a light hand on the reins but steering with a good heart and an open mind.  Try not to let those bumps in the road throw you off course.  Little things can be blown out of all proportion if not dealt with immediately.  Don’t spend your energy and time worrying about things that you can’t do anything about.  Focus on the big picture – the road ahead.

Interestingly 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse.  More about that in February.

2014 is the year for journeys – not just physical travel but the journey within.  Each week if you have participated in the meditation, you should have a good idea of how to clear the mind and find your still point.  Another simple way to quiet the mind to create the space  for your unconscious selves to connect with your conscious self.  This is achieved through simply watching the breath.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or in Sanskrit “prana” is said to be the vehicle of the mind.  Because it is the prana that makes our mind move. It is through breath that all those messages are carried through the blood stream to the relevant muscle, or organ, which in turn reacts.

The Chariot – Indwe represents the positive aspects of the ego.  A healthy ego is one that is strong and self assured.  It knows what it wants and how to get it.   Control self and you control your environment.

Staying with control, and control issues – romance, love, sexual attraction is going to be heightened this coming year.  Passion (with a capital P) is going to be flowing.  Enjoy!  The caution is of course that without control that same passion could end up as an obsession.  The same energy is available on the financial front.  Most will see that all the work and choices they made in 2013 brings well deserved rewards in 2014.  What  you began last year is accelerated this year.

On a mundane level in 2014 you could find yourself experiencing, moving house, extensive travel or career changes.  All these become the actions that propel you forward, closer to your goals.  No matter what you do, you will experience change.  Don’t resist, variety is the spice of life and you will have the capacity to multi-task, so its not all about what you want, its how many things you can do simultaneously.  You can stay in one single situation personally or professionally if it provides the variety and challenge that you need and want.

Remember family and home can be your sanctuary when you need to recharge. Balance activity with quiet time.  If things become too boring you will feel strong motivation to change.  Too much quiet is dull.  Activity without results can cause anxiety, change is important as long as it produces tangible results.

Be a leader and motivate other positively, take responsibility for your actions.  Let go of all that no longer serves you.  Enjoy that you are at the top of your game.  Keep moving forward in balance and harmony.

11 Strength

11strength11 Strength – AMANDLA
amandla n. (-ndla) : Force; strength; power; might

Strength/ Passion/ Creative energy; Taming of the beast within/ Courage/ Moral victory/ Power /Commanding and outgoing /Self-control /Responding to a force /Awareness /Conviction /Enthusiasm /Moderation /Extremes /Balance between rationale and intuition

We often find ourselves facing life changing choices and challenges.  Sometimes experience helps us make the right choice, sometimes we need to dig deep to find the answers.

When we take time out to reflect on who we are, what we want and what we are prepared to do, we are often surprised that what the heart wants is not necessarily what we are actually doing.  This poses the dilemma of heart vs. head.  Which one is the true leader?

Last week I discussed Heart Consciousness and we do need to listen to that little voice deep within.  This is our seat of power, where we get the strength from to carry on. The heart is the centre of our balance, its also what gives us the courage of our convictions.

Like the Lion in The Wizard of Oz, as he searched for a heart so he could have courage, so too should we continue to search for our hearts.  Finding that workable balance between what we think and what we feel is the right thing to do.

When we connect to spirit we are whole-heartedly committed to living our best life.  We have a knowing of peace and calm within.  We have the balance of intuition and insight – seeing things for what they are and accepting the task of changing what needs to and letting go of what is not serving us in our journey.

When we are in that state of Divine being, we increase our sense of self esteem, our common sense and find our creativity to manifest all that we desire.  We all have the potential for abundance, we just have to look for it.  Sometimes the answers are revealed in our dreams, sometimes in our day-dreams.

We don’t desire things without a foundation.  Look back on your childhood – what were your dreams, hopes and ambitions.  Look at what you are doing now, have you achieved those dreams?  What are you doing to fulfill your destiny?

This week find your courage to persist.  Make the changes needed.  Live life fearlessly.

21 The Universe – A Clearer Connection

iTongo Tarot Card21 The Universe – INDALO
indalo (N) iindalo (plural) : Formation; creation
CONCEPT Totality; Wholeness of body, mind, spirit; A state of knowing; Completion; Renewal; Regeneration  Indalo invites you to connect to the universal spirit.

Universal spirit (iTongo) /Universal mind and force /Universal substance or matter /Balance between body, mind, and soul /Unity with others /Perfection in manifestation /External world reflects your inner world /Validation /Unlimited potential /Visionary /Natural explorer and adventurer

We talk a lot about the universe and universal energy, this great amorphous place, Divine something or energy that is available to us, but what does it all mean? How do we connect or begin to understand the vastness of the subject?

The term energy is widely used by practitioners from ancient traditions to alternative medicines to New Age spiritual workers.  Spiritual energy is often associated with the words ‘qi’, ‘prana’ and spirit simply meaning that that breath is life, life is seen as an electromagnetic field that is in and around all living things. So energy is considered to exist and animates the human soul or spirit.

I subscribe to the theory that we are spiritual being having a human experience.  It brings me comfort to know that I am a part of something greater than myself and my humanity. I need to know that I belong, that I share something Divine with everything that I am and everything that I could be.

How do we learn to manage this ‘energy’ to focus it and to get the best out of our ‘human’ experience.  The simplest way is to breathe.  Just sit quietly and watch your breath.

Breath is life, the basic and most fundamental expression of our life.  In yoga the breath or “prana” is said to be the vehicle of the mind.  Because it is the prana that makes our mind move.  One of the simplest ways to manage stress is through Breath Control.  It is through breath that all those messages are carried through the blood stream to the relevant muscle, which in turn reacts.

Our body parts are neutral, they have no emotion or thought – it is up to us to make sure that the right message is getting to the right centre, so we can enjoy the right response.

So when you calm the mind by working with the breath you are simultaneously and automatically taming and training the mind.  We take a deep breath when life becomes stressful – let out a deep breath when the moment of anxiety has passed – breath regulates our temperature and mood.  It is through breath that we can bring about physiological change within our bodies.  We express ourselves through breath.  Laugher,  groaning, panting etc.

It is because of the intimate relationship between mind and body, and the existence of special physiological centres (chakras) within our body, that physical exercise and the practice of mindfulness can have positive effects on health.

We learn from quantum physics that energy never dies, it simply transforms.  Our bodies are made up of electromagnetic energy.  We constantly transmit and receive information  which chakra-systemis processed through a system called the Chakra System.   The word Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel.  It is a wheel-like spinning vortex that interpenetrates the physical body, with the outer ends of each vortex forming a specific layer of the auric field.  The whirling circular motion forms a cavity or vacuum in the centre that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibration level.  It is then processed and returned to the auric field.

There are 7 major chakras that are aligned along the spinal column.

In any study of the anatomy of the aura it is important to understand the significance of the chakra system.  The Chakras exist on all levels of the aura and serve as linking mechanisms between the auric field and the physical body as well as linking mechanisms between the different levels of the auric field itself. It is generally believed that it is the Chakra System that generates the Aura. The Chakra System is like the main frame of a computer.  Information is stored and evaluated here.  The Aura is like the operator, interacting and gathering Information, for processing.  It is in the Chakra System that all energy and information is stored and ‘value’ attached to it.

The Buddhists believe that the human body can be compared to a city, the channels to its roads, the winds to a horse, and the mind to a rider.  There are 72 000 subtle channels in the body, but three principal ones:  The central channel, running parallel to the spine, and the right and left channels which run either side of it.  The right and left channels coil around the central one at a number of points to form a series of “knots”.  Along the central channel are situated a number of “channel wheels” the chakras or energy centres, from which channels branch off like the ribs of an umbrella. Through these channels flow the winds, or inner air.

There has been no scientific proof that the Chakra system exists, but science has been able to measure and study the Aura.  This is done through Kirlian Photography.  The camera is an optical measuring procedure. Fine sensors scan and measure the electromagnetic energy field of the body or any other living organism. The measured values represent different vibratory rates and therefore different colours.

The energy flow of the Chakras are clockwise, and the energy flow of the Aura is from root of the spine, up the back (spine) and down the core of the body returning to  the root centre.  Each Chakra has its own energy wave length, colour and purpose in the system.  Chakras can be isolated for balancing but never work in isolation, each is interdependent of the others, and the quality of information received from the aura.

This week, watch your breath, make a clearer connection to the universe and your Divine.

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