The Western Phoenix, often credited as originating from ancient Greece or Egypt, is a magical mythical bird who rebirths itself from the ashes of its predecessor. But just because Phoenix is mythical does not mean we have nothing to learn from Phoenix’s medicine. Phoenix is the symbol of rebirth, renewal, and eternity.Continue reading Gemini (Phoenix) Power Animal Symbol of Rebirth, Eternity
Humans have been fascinated by aurochs for tens of thousands of years. They’ve been depicted in cave paintings found in Europe. Though cattle were domesticated around ten thousand years ago, we are still mesmerized by images of the powerful, mighty bull.
Bull is associated with the traits aggression, stubbornness, stamina, and rage.
Picture a matador facing off against a bull. The bull snorts and dips his head, issuing a challenge to the man. As the man nonchalantly waves his red cape, the bull stamps his front hoof several times and readies his charge.Continue reading Taurus (Bull) Power Animal Symbol of Stubbornness, Aggression
Ram is the representation of the astrological sign Aries. It is the first sign in the astrological calendar, signifying leadership. In the Chinese zodiac, the year of the Ram is a sign of prosperity and auspiciousness.
Ram, the male sheep, is a headstrong, sometimes violent, independent leader who follows no one else. Ram is endowed with typical masculine traits such as Action, Leadership, Strength, and Virility.Continue reading Aries (Ram) Power Animal Symbol of Strength, Leadership
What comes to mind, when you think of the flamingo? A silly pink bird used as a common lawn ornament? Perhaps the unusual way it balances on one leg when it sleeps?
The flamingo is an unusual bird, though they are by no means rare. They are found naturally on all major continents except Australia and Antarctica, mostly along shallow lakes near the sea, though they are also a common sight at many zoos around the world.
With their vibrant pink colors, flamingoes are an obvious symbol of beauty. But how do they get that beauty? What work or virtues must one have to maintain such an image? Beauty isn’t always given, sometimes it is earned, and its maintenance is always hard work.Continue reading Flamingo Power Animal Symbol of Beauty, Conviction, Rest, Extroversion, Familial Bonds
Deep beneath the grassy plain, a small unassuming beetle wandered along, just above the dirt line. She was on the hunt for a meal to feed the growing eggs in her abdomen.
Her antennae sensed the air around her as she detected a carcass some distance away. As she headed toward the decaying carrion, she suddenly sensed several other small insects around her.Continue reading Bombardier Beetle Power Animal Symbol of Humbleness
By Ina Woolcott
Bat’s wisdom includes shamanic death and rebirth, initiation, viewing past lives, pollination of new ideas, transition, understanding grief, the use of vibrational sound, camouflage, invisibility, ability to observe unseen, secrets.
Continue reading Bat Power Animal Symbol Of Rebirth
By Ina Woolcott
The zebra’s gifts include seeing in black and white, clarity without filters, balance, agility, uniqueness, power, sureness of path, keeping up individuality within the herd.
The zebra’s black and white stripes camouflage it against predators, who often cant identify individuals in the herd. However to the herd members the patterns are unique from zebra to zebra, helping to identify one another – they are as unique as our fingerprints. Blending into a crowd without losing your individuality is one powerful aspect of Zebra. Zebras also help us to be supportive members within our communities. These abilities protect them from danger, as well as their agility and speedy. Continue reading Zebra Power Animal Symbol Of Individuality Balance
My book ‘Yesterday’s News’ is a jigsaw collective story of poetry, prose and ballads, connecting me to God in love and gratitude.
The format is apocalyptic, prophetical, fragmented and cryptic in it’s fashioned style of writing. For me the poetry is an accounted journal of my emotions, thoughts and ideas concerning my life personally and analytically in a philosophical point of view.
My poetry writing has been prophesized linking my past to the present and future. It is focused and centered around the fight between good and evil and love as the supreme ruler.
I am on a mission which is to dictate a new language in the biblical sense which states we are all one in a universal mind and consciousness. Metaphysically it needs no transcribing, it has already been performed by God when he communicated the messages to me through automatic telepathy.
‘Yesterday’s News’ is a prophecy of blessings, miracles and good fortune that Jesus lives and breathes and that God exists in that still small voice in all of us.
Morally I believe I was chosen for this task to generate hope and faith in visioning a better world here on Earth if we just believe, the endless world, the promised land of the milk and honey, does emphatically exist. What ye thinketh ye shall receive. Read ‘Yesterday’s News’ and join me in becoming a co-creator with God to bring in the New World, the Unreal one residing in the parallel universe where our Lord and Savior lives.
Yeha-Noha, Native American Chant | Wishes of Happiness and Prosperity
Posted By Ina Woolcott
This video reveals images of power animals/totems to the song Yeha-Noha “wishes of happiness and prosperity.” It reveals our planet and our animals, in their purest state, the way the first Americans saw them. The animals have beautiful eyes, windows to the soul, without any of the negative emotions sometimes shown by man. Very proud and graceful.
The song Yeha-Noha comes form the beautiful album called Sacred Spirit, which is available on Amazon, (see below). I was 15 when the album first came out, and I asked for it for Christmas. My parents bought it for me, and I still have it and listen to it often. I used to be afraid of what my friends would think when they came round so I used to hide it, that they would make fun of me for being into Native Americans. Now, as I have gotten older I am proud about my love for the Native American culture. Never be ashamed or be afraid of what people will say or think. Be your own person and be true to yourself.
By Ina Woolcott
The Xhosa tribe are peoples of Bantu ancestry who live in south-east South Africa. In the last 2 centuries they have spread throughout the southern and central-southern parts of the country. Presently around 8 million Xhosa people exist. The peoples are divided into several sub-groups – the main subgroups being the Bhaca, Bomvana, Mfengu, Mpondo, Mpondomise, Xesibe, and Thimbu – with related but distinct heritages. They have their own language, with Xhosa being South Africa’s most common home language, after Zulu, to which Xhosa is closely related. One characteristic of the Xhosa language are the renowned click sounds (15 of them), originally borrowed from now extinct Khoisan languages of the region.
The name “Xhosa” is meant to have originated from a tribal leader called uXhosa, although there is also a theory that the word xhosa may be a deviation from Khoi-khoi or San meaning ‘fierce’ or ‘angry’ – the AmaXhosa are known as the fierce people. Their language is known as isiXhosa.
In 1994 the apartheid system – a system of ethnic separation in South Africa from 1948 – of bantustans, the Xhosas were denied South African citizenship, and tried confine them to the nominally self-governing “homelands” of Transkei and Ciskei, now both a part of the Eastern Cape Province where most Xhosa remain.
Lore, Religion, Rites and Arts and Crafts
The traditional Xhosa belief includes diviners/seers, also known as sangoma. These people serve as herbalists, prophets, and healers for the community. Women in the main fulfil this role, after taking a 5 year apprenticeship.
The Xhosas have a strong oral tradition. One tradition holds that the first chief and acknowledged “father” of Xhosa society was Tshawe. Here it is generally accepted that he was the patriarch of loose confederation of clans that eventually became the Xhosa, though this cant be dated accurately. Then, the Xhosa were more a group of related clans than a united nation. They were loyal to Tshawe, but were sovereign chiefdoms, governing their own daily affairs. These clans gradually expanded to meet their needs. Soon Xhosa speakers stretched west to the Groot-Vis river, North into modern day KwaZulu/Natal, and inland to the Drakensberg mountains. These clans were loyal to a local monarch, with no single chief ruling the entire nation. Some well known chiefs of this period included Vusani of the Thembu clan, Gambushe of the Bomvana clan, and Faku of the Mpondo clan. Another story claims that the leader from whose name the Xhosa people take their name was the first ever human on Earth.
The key figure in this tradition is the imbongi, or praise singer. Iimbongi (plural) traditionally live near the chief’s “great place” (the cultural and political focus of his activity). They accompany the chief on important occasions. The imbongi, Zolani Mkiva preceded Nelson Mandela at his Presidential inauguration in 1994. Iimbongis’ poetry, called isibongo, commends the work and adventures of chiefs and ancestors.
The supreme being is known as uThixo or uQamata. Ancestors act as intermediaries and have a role in the lives of the living, they are honoured in rituals. Dreams are very important in divination and when contacting ancestors. Traditional rites include rituals, initiations, and feasts. Today, modern rituals generally concern matters of illness and psychological wellbeing.
One traditional ritual that still regularly takes place is the manhood ritual, a secret rite initiating boys into adulthood. The initiates (abakwetha), live in isolation sometimes several weeks, frequently in the mountains. White clay is put on their bodies and they observe numerous taboos. The pinnacle is ritual circumcision.
This has sparked controversy in this modern day and age. Over 300 circumcision and initiation related deaths occurred since 1994. There has been a spread of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV due to circumcising initiates with the same blade
Girls too get initiated into womanhood and are secluded, but for less time and they aren’t circumcised
Amongst other rites, there is also the seclusion of mums for 10 days after giving birth, aswell as the burial of the afterbirth and umbilical cord near the village. This mirrors in the traditional greeting ‘Inkaba yakho iphi?’ translating directly to ‘where is your navel?’ The answer tells someone where you live, your clan affiliation, your social status, and it also holds a wealth of cultural information. Most importantly, it determines where you belong”
In the 1820’s, Christian missionaries set up outposts among the Xhosa. The first Bible translation was done in the mid-1850s, though the Xhosa did not convert in great numbers until the 1900s, especially within the African Initiated Churches. There are some denominations that blend Christianity with the more traditional beliefs.
The traditional diet foods include goat meat, beef, mutton, sorghum, maize and umphokoqo (dry maize porridge), umngqusho (made from dried, stamped cord and dried beans), amasi (milk that is frequently sour ), beans, pumpkins and vegetables.
Traditional crafts include pottery, weaving and beadwork. Traditional music features drums, mouth harps, stringed-instruments, rattles, flutes, whistles and especially group singing accompanied by hand clapping. For various ritual occasions there are songs – a well known Xhosa song is a wedding song called Qongqongthwane, performed by Miriam Makeba as Click Song #1. There are several other modern groups who sing, record and perform in Xhosa. The Xhosa were introduced by missionaries to Western choral singing. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, part of the National anthem of South Africa, is a Xhosa hymn written by Enoch Sontonga in 1897.
In the 19th Century the first newspapers, books and plays in Xhosa came into being. Xhosa poetry is becoming ever more acclaimed. Some films have also been made in the Xhosa language
Famous Xhosa people
Nelson Mandela – the former President of South Africa is a Xhosa-speaking member of the Thembu people. Charlize Theron – the South African film-star is a competent Xhosa-speaker. Helen Zille – the Mayor of Cape Town and leader of the opposition in Parliament is a competent Xhosa-speaker. Other famous Xhosa speakers include – Amampondo, Stephen Biko, Fats Bookulane, Brenda Fassie, Ken Gampu, Chris Hani, General Bantu Holomisa, Archibald Campbell Jordan, John Kani, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Govan Mbeki, Thabo Mbeki, S.E.K. Mqhayi, Victoria Mxenge, Bongani Ndodana, Bulelani Ngcuka, Makhaya Ntini, Winston Ntshona, Percy Qoboza, Walter Sisulu, Robert Sobukwe, Enoch Sontonga, Oliver Tambo, Zwelithini Tunyiswa, Desmond Tutu, Ashley Buti , St John Page Yako, Dr. George Clark.
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