Balance in Opposites

Two of Assegai Swords)

Two of Assegai Swords)

TWO of ASSEGAI – People of the East – Key word – DUALITY

As above, so below | Nurture new ideas | Bring into reality | Mental balance and peace | Still the mind | Accept truth | Listening and hearing | Finding balance | Open to wholeness

The Two of swords is about finding mental peace and balance within opposites.  Think of a coin, it has two sides, one side has a value stamped on it, the other side is hidden yet its value is not less.  What we need to do is accept the truth, both sides are equal and when we still our minds we are able to find that balance, harmony and partnership.

As above, so below is a well known saying – what does it really mean?  Is it the reflection of opposites?  Is it that what is in ‘heaven’ we have on earth? The element of Air is represented in Swords, and the suit is about intellect, how and what we think.  This is all acquired knowledge and we have to use the links between our inner world and the greater consciousness to find balance and to be open to the wholeness of what we may find in our lives.  Its about creating a partnership with all that is within and available to us.

We need to hear and truly listen when the Ancestors, Spirits, Guides are speaking to us.  More often than not we  hear our inner voice guiding us, but how many of us actually action what we believe.  Keep the channels of communication open and you will be surprised at what you learn.  Trust in your system, even if others don’t understand or follow.  Its about being true to your authentic self.

Life is often difficult and we experience painful consequences because of the choices we have made.  This is a time to grab life with both hands and face your fears or what is hidden head on.  Don’t be mislead by the lack of information, just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean its not there.  Flip the coin (so to speak) and discover the alternatives that are available to you.  Life can be random, but its usually the same issues that keep us from moving forward.  Take the road less travelled.  Doing nothing is worse than trying and not succeeding – at least there is a lesson and try again.  There are always risks, but if we approach a situation with our eyes open, and we have prepared ourselves to all the eventualities we will more often than not achieve success.

The most famous sword in Western mythology is Excalibur from the Arthurian legends – the sword of truth and power.  This week raise that sword up and find power within your truth.  King Shaka of the Zulu, great innovation was the design and introduction the iKlwa, a short stabbing assegai.  He designed this weapon for close hand to hand combat.  Legend tells that the blade was fortified by a human liver, because the Zulu believe that it’s the liver and not the heart to be the seat of valour.   Never be afraid to speak your truth.  Truth is absolute, it never changes.  This does not mean that we cannot change, or approach life from different angles.  This adaption is necessary – the reason and motivation of WHY we are doing it is what remains in truth, the HOW is flexible to meet the circumstances.  Sometimes we need to just let things be … we sometimes have to compromise the ‘how’ but never should we compromise the ’why’.

Consciousness for this week is to allow your true feeling to come out, don’t block your emotions, go with your gut and turn a deaf ear without being defensive about your position.

Don’t avoid the truth – it is, what it is, so maintain your cool and remember that there is always something unseen, its up to you to discover it.

If you feel stuck and cant see the way forward, take a moment, close your eyes and still your mind.  Balance your inner world and you will find balance and harmony in your external world.

Finally, with your sword of truth or dagger of courage cut through the BS.  Onward and upward!

iTongo Legend

Senzangakhona kaJama (c. 1762–1816) was a chief of the Zulu clan, succeeding his father Jama kaNdaba. His name derived from the Zulu word meaning “he who acts with good reason”. During his chieftaincy, the Zulu were a small clan in the Mthethwa confederation that Dingiswayo ruled.

Prince Senzangakhona kaJama, heir to the chieftainship of the Zulu, was out hunting with his companions. At the riverside, they came upon the girls from the neighbouring Langeni clan and oral tradition tells that the handsome young price saw Nandi, a daughter of Bhebhe, the chief of the Langeni and fell in love with her. They entered into an intimate relationship, permitted in Nguni custom, providing pregnancy did not ensue.

Senzangakhona married at least sixteen wives with whom he fathered fourteen known sons (daughters were not counted). Senzangakhona was the father of three Zulu kings, including the great Shaka.

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The Intellectual Mother

Queen of SwordsQUEEN of ASSEGAI/Swords/Air

People of the East – Key word – INTUITION

Intellectual maturity | Knowledge by perception | Expressing a Philosophy| Witty; Laughter | Insight | Prophetic | Honest direct communication | Getting to the heart of the matter | Realistic expectations

This week we pay homage to the women of South Africa.  Its national Breast Cancer Awareness month and 10 October marks the death of King Shaka’s mother Nandi whom he called the Queen of Queens.

Our focus this week is to bring our emotional self in line with our intellect.  To learn to trust our intuition and get down to the heart of the matter with realistic expectations.

We need to Tell it like it is.  You will find the Queen guides you in being highly perceptive and quick thinking, helping you to cut through all the internal noise and confusion.  She is a straight talker with no hidden agendas.  Become impartial and present your thoughts and ideas openly, concisely and with honesty.

The astrological correspondence to the Queen of Air is Libra, which simply means ‘to teach’ and the lesson is learning through consequences of our thoughts, words and actions.  The symbolism of the scales is about balance.  The planet in play is Mercury which is all about the mind and communication. In Greek mythology Mercury is Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods, with one half of self in the physical world and the other in the realm of the gods.  So in the fertile landscape of the mind, its mercury that gathers and interprets your experience and life potential .

caduceusMercury is also known as a great healer, the caduceus or Mercury’s staff is the recognized logo of medicine and health institutions. The entwining snakes represent the life force (also the symbol for iTongo) the rod, represents change through fire (Kundalini energy), the wings divine grace.

This week we need to consider what fascinates and puzzles us, about ourselves as well as others.  How we think determines where we land up. This is also a warning, because the speed of Mercury is well known and you don’t want to catapult off in a direction that is only partly formed.  Be careful what you are wishing for.  The messenger of the gods can be charming and shrewd.  For you at the Taxi Mercury is the planet you want to take special note of, as he rules communication which includes media, when he is crossed his shadow self of trickster comes out.  Mis-communication even deceptions can come into play.

This is also a great week for travelers – whether going on holiday or travelling for business the journey should be hassle free.  Its also a week where one should make the internal journey, find your still point, sit in contemplation – discover and nurture self.

The Queen of Swords is also about wealth – not necessarily about money, but about bringing wealth and ‘richness’ into your consciousness – sometimes its called abundance.  Brainstorm ideas with colleagues, take the sword and cut deep into the heart of the matter, face the truth, even if it is unpleasant, pure honesty is the way.  Abide by the rules of engagement, size up the situation quickly, look for hidden agendas and motives and don’t ‘try one on’ this week, it will come back and bite you…

However this is also a time to bring out that natural wit and humour.  You will find yourself quick on the uptake and delight others with your point of view, don’t harm with your words just be as candid as possible. No need to be self righteous or abrasive in your judgements.

The power and energy of the Queen is not to be taken lightly, rather let her serve you well, you already know what you want and need just trust your instincts and go after it. Pick your battles wisely and reduce your stress levels by staying in truth and the moment.  Judge impartially without emotional or sentimental influences.

Give a thought to those who are fighting Breast Cancer, participate in local fund raisers, offer your assistance to anyone you know with cancer, its time to stand up and be counted.  This is the week to ‘walk the talk’.

 iTongo Legend

Nandi (the sweet one) kaBhebhe eLangeni (c.1760 – 1827) Daughter of Bhebhe, a chief of the Langeni tribe, and the mother of Shaka, King of the Zulu.

As a traditional marriage ceremony had not been conducted, Nandi was not recognised as queen nor was her son, Shaka, acknowledged as an heir. Even in her own home she was ridiculed and shunned. The relationship of Senzangakhona and Nandi seems to have been difficult and ended in the chieftain driving Nandi from his court. Fearing for their lives, she left the esiKlebeni homestead of Shaka’s father and sought sanctuary in the Mhlathuze Valley of the Langeni people. Nandi spent many years being shunted back and forth between the Zulu and her own tribe. After the death of her father, she and her son once again had to leave their home seeking refuge.

At the time of the Great Famine, known as the Madlantule (c.1802) Shaka and Nandi went to the Mthethwa people to the home of Nandi’s aunt under the aegis of Dingiswayo, who welcomed them.

Growing up Shaka was taunted by those who resented his claims to chiefly descent. On the death of Senzangakhona (Shaka’s father), Dingiswayo lent his young protégé the military support necessary to oust and assassinate his senior half-brother, Sigujana, and make himself chieftain of the Zulu.

Once he was in a position of power, Shaka exacted revenge on all who had belittled or betrayed them. As his kingdom grew, he built KwaBulawayo, a royal household of about 1,400 huts in the Mhlathuze valley (some 27km from the present town of Eshowe) and here Shaka declared Nandi, “Queen of Queens”.

Nandi died of dysentery on 10 October 1827. Shaka put on his war regalia and proceeded to wail in anguish. The entire tribe erupted into attendant mourning. Tradition held that upon the death of someone of Nandi’s stature, several servants and attendants should be wounded or killed. On Shaka’s orders, several people were executed on the spot, and a general massacre broke out. In this case, the event became a cover for many people to settle old scores, and it is reported, up to seven thousand people died in the massacre.  Nandi’s grave is outside Eshowe, and is marked Nindi.

A Knight in Shining Armour

At some point we have all wished for a Knight in Shining Armour to swoop along and slay the dragon, rescue us from our lives or gently kiss us awake.  Well this week be prepared, your Knight or Warrior is going to be moving things along at warp speed.

LogicWARRIOR of ASSEGAI/ Knight of Swords

People of the East (Zulu) – Key word – LOGIC

Philosophical focus | Connection to life | Reason | Be frank and direct | Knowledge | Forceful intellect | Debate – argue | Act with certainty | Pioneering warrior | Authoritative

This week is all about exercising logic, be frank and direct when dealing with others.  Based on your own knowledge you can afford to be forceful when putting your point across.  Be authoritative.

Even though the weather is not co-operating this is a week when you will feel at your peak, on all levels – body, mind and spirit.  You will feel grounded and connected to your life.

With this great sense of power this is a good time to be a pioneering warrior.  Look at life from a different perspective, implement plans and actions to move you forward.  If necessary argue your point with reason and focus, no need to get obnoxious about it.

If you are presenting at a meeting or interview for a new position, be assured (not cocky) clearly state your intentions, needs and ambitions.  Show that you are versatile and able to construct from information gathered.  Be innovative and you will get things accomplished. Not planning any changes at work, then be prepared for a really busy week, in fact you will be the whiz kid on the block.  The ‘higher-Ups” will take notice – this is your time to shine.

The Warrior of Assegai also bodes well for relationships – be prepared to be swept off your feet.  The Knight in shining armour is not going to come knocking on your door – be proactive, get dressed up, make fabulous and go out to environments rich with the kind of person you would want to share your life with.   In a committed relationship?  Then enjoy and experience the depth of each other.  This could also apply to your work colleagues, explore the person who sits next to you for eight hours a day.

The warrior also asks that you take time out to be still, to listen to your heart.  Allow space for new thoughts and ideas.  Allow space for peace.  Allow space for your Divine.

Through innovation, focus and commitment, we can achieve everything we set our minds to.

iTongo Tarot Myth, Legend & Hisotry

Shaka was without doubt the greatest commander to have come out of Africa. Shaka’s military innovations such as the iKlwa (short stabbing spear), the age-grade regimental system (ibuthos) and the ”horns” battle formation helped make the Zulu one of the most powerful nations in southern and south-eastern Africa.

The “horn” formation had three elements:

1. The main force, the “chest”, which closed in on the enemy pinning it in position;

2. The “horns”, which flanked the enemy on both sides, encircling it; and then together with the “chest” destroying it; and

3. The “loins”, a large reserve, which was placed, seated, behind the “chest” with its back to the battle. The “loins” would be committed wherever the enemy threatened to break out of the encirclement.

Regimental izinDuna (chiefs) used hand signals and messengers to co-ordinate battle movements. The scheme was elegant in its simplicity, and well understood by the warriors assigned to each echelon.

Shaka built up his forces by enrolling young men from the entire kingdom into the ibuthos. Each ibutho had its own name, was lodged at one of the royal households, and its own herd of royal cattle, which supplied the young men with meat. The cattle hides were used to make shields and each regiment’s shields had its own distinctive skin colouring.  Shaka’s shield was white with one single black mark.

Queen of Assegai (Swords)

Queen of Assegai/SwordsPeople of the East (Zulu)

Key word – INTUITION

Intellectual maturity | Knowledge by perception | Expressing a Philosophy| Witty; Laughter | Insight | Prophetic | Honest direct communication | Getting to the heart of the matter | Realistic expectations

The Queen of Assegai is all about direct communication and she invites you to think as she does.  This is not a week for romantic ideals, but rather slicing through to the heart of the matter.  Face the truth, even if it is unpleasant and be upfront with everyone.

Nandi (the sweet one) – Shaka’s mother was a woman who was marginalised and tormented most of her life – tradition did not allow for women to speak up and speak their minds.  She was a great mother, not only to Shaka but also to the nation.  We need to understand that where we have come from and the trials we have face have shaped us in the present.  We do not have to allow the trauma of the past to dictate our future, we need to cut those cords that bind.

Size up the situation, be direct in your communication and let go of what is not working for you.  Understand the hidden motives of others, don’t be fooled by the façades of others.  Look deep into their actions and in turn your reactions.

Having said that, this is also a week to lighten up a little – life is serious, but is also meant to be lived and enjoyed.  Laugh out loud and dance like no one is there. Express your joy.

Delight in your sense of humour and make some one smile – it’s a week to bring a little laughter and light into our sometimes dreary lives.  Give a thought to the families here at Red Cross, extend a helping hand to those that are in pain or suffering, be it from physical burdens or grief, just lighten their load. Spread a little sunshine.

Diffuse awkward situations and have realistic expectations.  Be quick thinking and perceptive and tell it like it is – you need to be present in your life this week because it may be a week filled with dialogue and you may be asked your opinions – know where you stand, and what you stand for. Be happy to share your experience and expertise, but be open to learning new things.  Engage with your world around you with wisdom.  This is the week about ideas and communication.  Exercise good judgement based on your life experience and intellect.  This is not a week for being impulsive.

This is a week about hope – what you set up and achieve this week will have an effect on your future endeavours.  Make the right and mature choice.

 LEGEND: Nandi (the sweet one) kaBhebhe eLangeni (c.1760 – 1827) Daughter of Bhebhe, a chief of the Langeni tribe, and the mother of Shaka, King of the Zulu and the third wife of Senzangakhona, ruler of the Zulu chiefdom.

As a traditional marriage ceremony had not been conducted, Nandi was not recognised as queen nor was her son, Shaka, acknowledged as an heir. Even in her own home she was ridiculed and shunned. The relationship of Senzangakhona and Nandi seems to have been difficult and ended in the chieftain driving Nandi from his court. Fearing for their lives, she left the esiKlebeni homestead of Shaka’s father and sought sanctuary in the Mhlathuze Valley of the Langeni people. Nandi spent many years being shunted back and forth between the Zulu and her own tribe. After the death of her father, she and her son once again had to leave their home seeking refuge.

At the time of the Great Famine, known as the Madlantule (c.1802) Shaka and Nandi went to the Mthethwa people to the home of Nandi’s aunt under the aegis of Dingiswayo, who welcomed them. Growing up Shaka was taunted by those who resented his claims to chiefly descent. On the death of Senzangakhona (Shaka’s father), Dingiswayo lent his young protégé the military support necessary to oust and assassinate his senior half-brother, Sigujana, and make himself chieftain of the Zulu.

Once he was in a position of power, Shaka exacted revenge on all who had belittled or betrayed them. As his kingdom grew, he built KwaBulawayo, a royal household of about 1,400 huts in the Mhlathuze valley (some 27km from the present town of Eshowe) and here Shaka declared Nandi, “Queen of Queens”.

Nandi died of dysentery on 10 October 1827. Shaka put on his war regalia and proceeded to wail in anguish. The entire tribe erupted into attendant mourning. Tradition held that upon the death of someone of Nandi’s stature, several servants and attendants should be wounded or killed. On Shaka’s orders, several people were executed on the spot, and a general massacre broke out. In this case, the event became a cover for many people to settle old scores, and it is reported, up to seven thousand people died in the massacre.  Nandi’s grave is outside Eshowe, and is marked Nindi.

Eight of Assegai (Air) Danger

We are born with an inherent nature, its acquired knowledge that moulds and shapes us. Over our lifetime as we mature we add to our life experience and knowledge base.  Sometimes we get stuck in a pattern, this is the enemy within.

We need to constantly be adjusting our beliefs and attitudes.  There is no need to feel confused, helpless and powerless.  The objective is to remove the obstacles – whether its fear, lack of focus or perceived limitations.  Unless we take that leap of faith, that the soul knows what it wants and needs, we will continue to repeat the same mistakes, make the same choices that don’t serve us in the long run and feel powerless.

Take time to evaluate which of the scripts still work in your adult world.  Which lessons have borne fruit?  What is it that makes you feel strong and powerful?  Which circumstances (material, emotional or intellectual) are holding you back from being all that you could be.

One common thread that I have identified with my clients is the desire to change but are held back by the fear of the unknown.  Finding the strength to go against everything familiar and to make significant changes.  It doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” situation.  Gradually ease out the toxic in your life and fill those spaces with what nurtures your inherent nature, what motivates your growth and brings about that inner peace.

The road to self-knowing and fulfilment is a long one, but certainly worth travelling.  As they say “history has a way of repeating itself” – why not let your repeats be joyful and victorious.

Swords, Air

 

EIGHT of ASSEGAI – People of the East

Key word – DANGER

The enemy within | Beliefs and attitudes | Purpose | Self inflicted pain | Remove obstacles | Restricted creative expression | Loss | Confusion| Powerless | Persecution | Confinement