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The days are warming up and Spring is here in KwaZulu-Natal.
This is the time of year where rain-making ceremonies begin to be organised and initiated, to ensure the heavy spring rains that are vital after the very dry winters…
Everything around seems to call for the water as new life
begins to stir in the trees and plants, even the rocks in the low rivers long to be bathed in the sacred waters of Spring rain.
The rain-making ceremonies are important in the communities; it is time for sincere earth consciousness and connection to ‘Ma’, held within the arms of the women of the community. The ceremonies vary from region and tribe in Southern Africa, but all are connected to the balance of divine female and male in the conscious natural world and the consciousness of the planet herself.
This is no less for the community we are re-locating to who are busy in preparation for such rain- making rites.
Africa Shaman Experience Sangomas, Makhosi Sarah Wager and Makhosi Ngcobo paid a visit to the site and community which Africa Shaman Experience is re-locating to. Final Kunga was given to the King and gratitude to the Induna who has been supporting our move there throughout the visits…
The site has been chosen and given the go ahead; on our last visit we walked the land with the Induna who was able to show us some of the sacred sites and the hill which the whole area is named after ‘Hlatikulu’ (the high hill in the distance in the picture here). We deeply appreciate that our homestead will face this hill and it will be in our view every day. Hlatikulu means ‘great forest’ and indeed that hill is covered by a large area of indigenous forest which is under protection.
Our next step is to repair the road a little which leads to the site of what will be ‘African Shaman Homestead’; it is truly exciting and a great honour to be part of the community there and to be welcomed so greatly by the King. We will keep you updated on our progress and our funding plans. We still need donations and if you wish to find out more or want contribute in some way;
please email us; email@example.com
Makhosi Ngcobo was also interviewed last week by SABC radio on the issues around the Lonmin mine tragedy. It is still a highly charged situation and the truth is going to come out as to what the ‘real’ cause of those events are. As a Sangoma he was asked to comment on the alleged involvement of a Sangoma in the situation. Makhosi Ngcobo explained the work of the Sangomas and the difference between Sangomas and other traditional practitioners; and the actions which lead to negative activity or positive healing. Unfortunately due to a lack of information in the media, there are lots of mis-understandings and mis-information about what a Sangoma does so that basically everything gets put under the umbrella of Sangoma even if it has nothing to do with the work of they do; it is deeply disturbing to Sangomas working very hard to raise consciousness and continue to offer spiritual healing and empowerment.
We are also concerned at the continued lack of respect for the earth and the practices of mining; it is an issue that seems to be raising its head at this time in the world as the pressure increases for fast dwindling natural resources and there is much land grabbing for ‘rights’ to those resources, regardless of the tribes, peoples, and nature affected.
In September we will be holding retreat in Umngeni Valley and there are still places available.
This is a sacred site to the Sangomas and San shamans. Umngeni Valley has since ancient time been sacred to the San, Nguni tribes and Zulu people. Hugely under pressure from development all around it, the Sangomas have been guided to make access to its wisdoms available in the hope that its recognition and awareness in the people will help to heal and protect it.
On the 3 day, 2 night retreat;
Experience the tranquillity of a reserve valley, its healing places, sacred to the people and the Sangomas.
Experience a sunrise meditation to welcome the land spirit ancestors into your awareness.
You will experience meditation and attunement to the ancestral coding held within the rocks of the Cycad site.
You will be taken to the grave site of the King and be able to tune into the voice of the Valley.
A visit to the Umngeni River to wash and cleanse and ask for the blessings of the great snake and the goddess.
Experience connection to the animal memories held within the valley.
Personal medicine time with the Facilitators and Sangomas.
There are a limited number of places on this retreat; if you would like further details, costs and to book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Thunderstorms being exceedingly frequent and violent in tropical and sub-tropical Africa, more particularly, perhaps, in the south, where the abundance of ironstone in the hills may add to the danger from lightning, the art-or science-of averting them, or, at any rate, of preventing damage, has been developed in great detail. The Zulus have their ‘heaven-herds’ who shepherd the thunderclouds, or ‘heaven-doctors’.”
‘Myths of the Bantu’
For anyone wanting to learn more about Rituals, Sacred Sites, Zulu tradition, African Shamanism and their personal relationship with their ancestors and how to work with them; the mentorship correspondence course is for you… http://africashamanexperience.com/the-african-zulu-shamanism-mentorship-program
For anyone wanting a personal reading and consultation with a Sangoma;