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The way to my room is up a staircase that is lined by Santas and Nutcrackers (including my first Nutcracker from when I danced as Clara in the Nutcracker ballet as a child) that greet you along the way. I was even tucked into my cozy bed, which my mom warmed up for me, by the whole family!! LOL!
I’m grateful to have a family that loves me so and grateful to be surrounded by the enchantment of childhood innocence and wonder with all of the beautiful decorations my parents enjoy putting up for the holiday.
As I shared before, I am an eternal child-at-heart that loves the sparkly magick, crisp air, white winter wonderlands, smell of pine needles, holiday spices, and wood fireplaces burning, despite not being a big holiday celebrator. And I’m getting a lot of that between my time at Lake Tahoe and now here at Christmas faeryland with the family.
I thought I’d share some of the magick here with all of you, perhaps tickling the child within, as it does for me. My parents DO love decorating and these are just SOME of the lovely sweetness (and my favorites) you’ll find gracing the halls and rooms at Christmas time here.
Right now I smell sweet cinnamon pears baking in the oven and my mouth is watering for one of the vegan apple dumplings my dad made just for me, which calls for breakfast!!
The last couple of days were very special to me on many levels. I had a chance to explore the most magickal places that I love on my memorable return to Lake Tahoe. Waterfalls, lake, trees, stones, mountains, snow flurries of delicate pixie-dusted flakes kissing my face…they all spoke to my heart.
I felt myself go even deeper within, as these months and days of late have continued to bring much introspection to my experience – at times not knowing myself at all, while knowing myself even better.
And I found myself feeling out of sorts a bit and honoring the voices I haven’t always given the space to speak. This brought more exploration, at times confusion and at times more clarity, yet I was willing to be with that even if it meant seeming uncharacteristic because I know the way in is the way out.
As I sat in silence at the water’s edge, on my favorite prehistoric rock formations, I gazed into the waters of Lake Tahoe and could see and hear the ancient ones speaking to me in each lapping ripple.
It is hard to leave and yet anything I need, I know I carry within the deep and flowing well of my heart – knowing that is what always brings me comfort when there seems none to be found.
It doesn’t feel right to say goodbye and so instead I say, until next time…..my heart is always with you, come what may.
I’ll be heading out at sunrise tomorrow, Sunday, to make my way back to my beloved Lake Tahoe for some Tania time, before then spending the week with my family in Reno for the holidays. I’ll be away Sunday the 14th through Friday the 19th and not back to things/work again until Monday the 22nd. So, just wanted to let you know why you may not hear a bunch from me, although I may share some short inspirations now and then.
Then I’ll be heading out for a long Christmas weekend from the 24th through the 28th, back in time to wrap up 2014!
I’ll have email access while away for important messages, but won’t be able to handle any work except during the times I’m home in between being away.
That means this month is speeding by, and January will get things back on track with a more regular work schedule. So please be aware that tattoo designs will be focused on likely come January, as I have a couple of painting commissions I’m needing to complete when I’m home. Thank you for your patience.
I’m looking forward to my time in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It should be beautiful at the lake with this big storm that has been blowing through the last couple of days…good thing for me they seemed to have gotten weather predictions right for now, as the storm seems to be providing a two day window to get the roads ready for me!
I heard that there were 7 foot waves at the lake and people were surfing!! That’s incredible!!
Every chance I have to connect with the energies there is food to my soul and all my dear little ones and I have such a connection to this place as well. Nestor lived there with me for about two years and transitioned there. And Gaia and Joy both came into my life while I lived there, having Lake Tahoe as our first shared home together.
There are many beautiful memories, closure, healing, integration, empowerment, and new beginnings that have all taken place in this special area close to my heart. Some of the dearest people in my life all came into my life while I lived there. And some of my most amazing experiences all happened during the time I lived there.
Two of which I was dreaming about last night, after sleeping with two new crystal friends from the Gem Faire visit on yesterday’s 12/12 portal.
And Lake Tahoe is definitely a portal of powerful energy in my life and I’m always grateful to return…perhaps one day living there again. Who knows.
But it also always definitely provides a little boost, inspiration, and channeled messages for what’s to come!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and week ahead! Embrace the beautiful water energy in flow that the rain and snow has brought.
He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!
And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!
Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.
Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul. ~Michelle Delio
Symbols work in the most amazing way. They are like codes to speak directly with the divine mind. ~Christopher Penczak
Tattoos fulfill a need to inscribe the self as an individual. ~Margo Demello
I continue to receive an influx of powerful commissions for sacred tattoo designs that keep me gratefully busy amidst my other work. I am always open to ways to give back and was recently inspired by a few clients to create a referral gift program to do just that.
I know that many of you have been interested in getting more designs or know of people embarking on this path, so perhaps you’ll find this supportive in more ways than one.
Here’s how it works – When you refer a client to me who commissions a sacred tattoo design you will receive 2 FREE Gifts:
1st: Receive a FREE Reiki-charged Crystal
2nd: Receive $100 off YOUR own sacred tattoo design (that’s nearly 60% off your 1st hour’s deposit)
If you’ve already commissioned one, this savings will be applied to your next one – Not transferable
How To Receive Your Gifts:
Make sure that the client you refer shares with me, upon contact, who they were referred by. Once they decide to commission a design, I will contact you about your gifts.
I continue to have a waiting list and due to increased time involved in each piece, which I prefer to flow with rather than feel pressured, and needing to create more time for myself and my other work, I am now only able to take 4 new clients a month, rather than 6, alongside the current waiting list. This also helps me to be able to turn work around more efficiently.
I try to provide a guesstimate on the timing when you commission a piece, but due to clients that have needed more time with their ideas and clarity, as well as some clients being ready when I get to them and others not, things tend to readjust on the timeline with all the shuffling. I’m open and flexible to this and when there’s an opening, I will move on to the next client on the waiting list until I find one that IS ready. And once the client who deferred their place becomes ready, they will receive priority once I’ve completed the current project at hand.
That said, if you have a rush job, due to a tattoo appointment or something else important to you, I will do my best to fit you in on off-hours, but remember that this will equate to a higher hourly rate reflectively. I can’t always guarantee being able to do rush jobs, but you can contact me with your requests and we’ll see what is possible.
Remember that in order to commission a design, I require the first hour deposit upfront, as all tattoos take at least one hour, and the balance is due upon agreement of its closure. This deposit both holds your space, AND is applied as the first hour of the design process.
The design process (the actual pencil to paper time) is $175 an hour.
I don’t charge for the consulting, my tuning in, any research, and writing up the symbolic meaning for each client. There’s a lot that goes into these designs, which is yet another reason I need to decrease how many new clients I can take in, as I need to pace myself energetically.
If you have questions about this you can message me here: Contact Tania Marie
And if you’d like to commission a sacred tattoo design, you can find more information, as well as a link to place your deposit here: Life Changing Tattoos
Don’t forget that if you have a tattoo aficionado in your life, know of anyone thinking about getting a tattoo, or find yourself exploring this journey, here are some Christmas gift ideas:
Spiritual Skin Paperback on Amazon: Paperback
Spiritual Skin Kindle Version on Amazon: Kindle
Personally Signed/Inscribed Copies of Spiritual Skin by the Author: I am no longer offering personally signed and inscribed books, but if you would like one, I have just 2 original copies remaining that can be made out to you or to someone else as a gift. For an inscription and to order, please message me for details. Price is $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping/handling within the U.S.
Change is happening!! Make the change! We must release, let go, and drop things, in order to have the new. There are a lot of extremes being felt and experienced, so we really have to relax and breathe, while we “expect the unexpected”.
Be the peace within the chaos.
This is NOT a time to make spontaneous, quick decisions or impulsive moves…patience, maturity, integrity is needed during all the surprises happening.
Now is all about detachment…you can have your intentions and ideas, but don’t get attached to things, because it’s all unpredictable right now and the most important thing is only to take a step and see where that step leads you without jumping ahead.
New stuff in all areas of our lives are constantly going to be coming in, but wise discernment and decisions, as well as learning not to react, are key.
Remember that all things are temporary, but the essence of these experiences is what remains with us, will enrich our lives, and seed the new.
Kaypacha’s mantra this month is great, which you’ll find with Laura’s comments.
Originally posted on Laura Bruno's Blog:
Kaypacha gives us an astrological warning to “expect the unexpected,” “hold onto our hats and make the change.” He warns us against rash decisions, because the energies are wild. He doesn’t use the terms “Problem, Reaction, Solution,” but his video explains the current challenge to have patience so as to make wise decisions, not just go by impulse or extreme attachments. He notes in the comments section on YouTube: “The great depression happened as Uranus in Aries squared Pluto in Cancer and both Hitler and Roosevelt came to power in 1933 when they were exact…. this is the time when we will see one type of social change or another… let’s hope it is for the better….. Injoy!”
He describes how Spirit gives us only the next step or two at a time, often not the entire picture. Especially with this sixth of seven Uranus-Pluto Squares, things come and go…
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Return to natural harmony and be as one with all of nature….this is the everyday magick. Thank you Sindy for this rich reminder and exercise.
Originally posted on bluebutterfliesandme:
FITCHER’S FEATHERED BIRD
ONE WITH NATURE “Isn’t Earth a lovely place to spend some time? Take a few moments to drink in the beauty of this planet. Focus on the flowers and plants. Feel gratitude for the animals that hold everything in balance. Be appreciative of the water sources that provide nourishment for your body and soul. Feel the magnificence of the mountains, the prairies, the seaside and deserts. Breathe it all in and receive the nurturance that Mother Nature provides for all.
We offer you an exercise to help become more in tune with the energies and sentience of the Beings around you. The best place to do this is in Nature, away from the noise and interruptions of humankind. If you have trees nearby, choose one for this activity. Second choice would be a bush or perennial flowers. If you are in a place that has…
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Dates to Remember & Gifts to Receive ~ 2015 Sacred Journey to Peru & British Columbia Horses & Reiki Retreat
Walking the Path of the Great Central Sun ~ March Equinox Sacred Journey to Peru
Full Details & Booking can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/sacredperujourney
3/20/15 carries a threefold energy with it…it will be the Equinox, a New Moon, and also a Total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Pisces (my Native Sun Sign)
PLUS! Each person that registers will be receiving a personal Reiki-charged Quartz Crystal to work with during our journey and take back home infused with the energy of this sacred place
Payment plans available
All registrations need to be confirmed by February 9, 2015
We have limited spaces for this because of the intimate nature of the work
A non-refundable deposit of $300 holds your space for this unique and incredible chance to work intimately with the horses, as well as receive Reiki certification training
You then have the option of easy monthly payments – the more in advance you register, the smaller the payments
Full Details & Booking can be found at: tinyurl.com/eponarise
If you have any questions you can contact me here: Tania Marie
“I am often accused of being childish. I prefer to interpret that as child-like. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish. I still listen to instinctual urges. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia
Yes, I’m a nearly 42-year-old, constant child of 3, simultaneously living in the timeless infinite. The magick has never been lost in my life, I find wonder in every experience, and I continue to believe.
You can imagine how excited I was when I found my most beloved friends in a box in the garage just this past Friday, pictured above. I had E.T. the longest, and Eeyore came into my life later.
They are the only stuffed animals I kept of nearly a hundred that I had. I used to play make-believe by myself with all of my friends seen and unseen, creating experiences for us all to explore, singing songs, and talking away.
I never needed a play mate, as I was quite content in my own little world. My brother used to try and come in and interrupt things, but my parents would tell him to leave me alone, as I would get quite disturbed at the interruption. LOL
“Whoever wants to understand much must play much.” ~Gottfried Benn
My parents actually tape-recorded me singing and talking when I was three, which they still have and we like to play now and then, giggling away at it all. They also have other fun recordings they saved of us as children opening presents at Christmas and me singing a Christmas carol, Away in a Manger, in the choir doing a solo at age 3 in front of hundreds of people where I briefly pause and take a gulp of air in the middle of it without a flinch or care. My parents said everyone smiled and got a kick out of that in the audience. :)
Needless to say, my stuffed friends – enchanted to me – were very dear and still are.
I always connected to my cosmic self since I was a child and my E.T. friend provided a sense of comfort and home where I felt uprooted. My mom would tuck me into bed with E.T. throughout childhood AND high school, sheets up to both our chins. And then Eeyore joined as well.
“In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.” ~Papiha Ghosh
This particular stuffed Eeyore happens to look like my beloved, departed Nestor. The two of them together, E.T. and Eeyore, remind me of me and Nestor on many levels, as you can see in this photo above left.
E.T. and Eeyore have traveled with me, even joining me in a couple classes I participated in, in Sedona with Laura, just after Nestor transitioned. They are both in perfect condition except for E.T.’s finger and toe being bitten by Nestor…a nice little reminder of her always being a part of me and with me, or as E.T. says, “I’ll be right here.”
And now they have rejoined me in bed and are bringing their warmth, love and magick again into my life and dream time. I love going to sleep and waking in the night and morning, finding them wrapped together under one or both of my arms. For the first time last night, somehow Eeyore and E.T. switched places and E.T. was actually upside down, but they were still side by side, as they always are. I wonder what we were up to in the night? :)
I have always lived in my imagination and brought my imagination to life. I will continue to do so throughout my infinite existence.
Imagination is our creative power source from which we shape our experiences and create new and more enriching realities.
“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” ~Robert Fulghum