Monthly Archives: February 2012

Comfrey Poultices – Bone Mending Magick!


Comfrey

Not many know that I just recently fractured my left foot – a spiral fracture of the metatarsal bone to be exact – two Saturdays ago via a silly fall from atop my stool in my office, as I was reaching in my storage shelves to find my satin emerald table cloth for last Saturday’s art opening event I had. I guess I took that good luck phrase people say to you, “break a leg,” a little too seriously.

Everything happens for a reason and one of the message I got was that I needed to slow down and that change was going to shatteringly hit my life in a big way! Oh boy!

My intuition told me that it was a fracture and that it would need to just heal on its own, but at the prompting of loved ones, five days after the fall, I went to see an orthopedic doctor to get it checked out. They were worried since it was hugely swollen and bruised and didn’t want permanent damage done. Gotta love peeps for caring!

In the meantime, the lovely Laura Bruno, whom I’d shared the news with, since she’s my dear friend, had mentioned looking up information on comfrey poultices to see what I could find and to use my own guidance and judgment on its use, forewarning only to use it “externally” for short periods if I did, as it can be toxic to the liver. But she remembered it being called “knitbone.”

So I did look it up and did some research including information on how to make my own comfrey poultices and in the interim I stayed off my foot (hopping around at first, then picked up crutches at the local pharmacy) while I applied my comfrey magickal potions all day long for the next 4 days, starting Sunday after the fall on Saturday.

I read it was good both fresh and dried so after calling to find fresh comfrey, to no avail, I was lucky to have one store that carried it dried. Mixing it with my ionized/alkaline water and a little flour to create a paste, I spread the comfrey poultices on cotton rags and folded them into  squares. I put a freshly made one on my foot where I knew the fracture was and wrapped it in bandages to hold it in place. I then took the remaining 3 and put them in a ziploc bag with parchment paper inbetween, in the freezer to use in the days following.

When I visited the doctor last Thursday he confirmed my suspicions and basically said the fracture would have to heal itself. I saw the x-rays he took and he showed me how my bone was perfectly straight and aligned with a line through it. I believe the comfrey poultices had already worked their magick, as I had wacked the heck out of my foot with all my weight on the wood floor when I came crashing down off the stool. One good thing came of the doctor visit, which I try to avoid unless absolutely necessary, was getting this very funny black hard shoe I like to call my Frankenfoot because it makes me look like and walk like Frankenstein! LOL! The doctor said I could put pressure on my foot and to use my pain as a gauge, as doing so actually induces healing. My sweet friend and rock support system through all of this and then some, Allison Jacobson, had confirmed this when she researched my injury and read many people talking about how some tried not putting any pressure on it and some did and those that did actually had the best healing.

Until then I’d completely stayed off my foot and had been applying the comfrey every day, while using my crutches. But upon return home I did away with my crutches and started trying out my foot, finding I could actually put pressure on it and I wasn’t having pains by just mindfully shifting weight a bit and with the use of my new Frankenfoot I was Frankensteining around the house! Yay!! Mobility again! Really makes you grateful for what you have! My foot immediately started decreasing the huge swelling that I had and now my foot only has a tiny bit of swelling, but is getting close to normal. It still has the bruising a lot, but bruising takes a bit more time for my body regardless.

Today I just made the last batch of my comfrey poultices to utilize for the next four days and I feel I’ll be on my way after this. It has only been a week and a half and it’s already done some efficient healing! The doctor told me to expect 4-6 weeks, but between my comfrey and Reiki, and all the lovely healing support from great friends like Laura and Allison, that time will likely be cut in half or 2/3.

I’ve been able to just walk on my own now with this shoe, but mostly because I wanted to ease into things, but it feels like my foot would be fine without the shoe (as now and then I do walk without it at home) and I know shortly I’ll be able to just walk gingerly on my own. No marathon runs or strenuous hikes and biking, but definitely will be walking normally in no time.

Comfrey is one powerful healing plant! It’s also known as the miracle herb and forgotten herb. Well….it won’t be forgotten in my book!

Here’s some info on Comfrey:

Known for centuries as a priceless herb for wounds, sprains, bruises, and broken bones in both people and animals, comfrey (genus name, Symphytum –  meaning to “unite or knit together,” leaves and roots can be used both fresh or dried. The name com-firma means, simply, “knitting of bones,” which is why comfrey is often called knitbone and healing herb.

Comfrey’s success as a healing agent is due to a special substance it contains called allantoin—a substance that speeds the production of new cells and aids in wound granulation (healing) – basically a cell proliferative. This means it makes cells grow faster, which is one of the reasons why comfrey-treated bones knit so fast, wounds mend quickly, and burns heal with such little to no scarring.

Allantoin is the same substance found in the placenta of a pregnant mother, which supports rapid baby growth and is also in the mother’s milk in abundance and then decreases as the child grows.

Comfrey is rich in vitamin B12, which is important to vegans and vegetarians, as very few plants have B12, and is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, E, A, pantothenic acid plus calcium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Good thing is that you can receive the greatest medicinal benefits equally so without ingesting it, so this way you can avoid the toxicity it can cause. But used externally for short periods comfrey is safe, even for babies. When used as a wound dressing its magick shines through and can really work wonders.

Like with anything consult an expert or doctor when seriously injured, but even doctor’s admit to comfrey’s power to speed the healing process. So it’s a great, complimentary support to any treatment you need, desire or choose. So if you find yourself with an unexpected wound, cut, sprain, burn, or break, you can turn to comfrey for comfort. Comfy Comfrey to the rescue!!!

Again, remember never to ingest comfrey and to only use it topically. Consult a professional when in doubt. I offer no medical advice. I only offer my personal experience. And after having had 2 other fractures, of which I never used comfrey poultices with, I can say that it DOES make a huge difference in the efficient healing process.

Read more about comfrey here and  about how “Modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments.” Yes, it’s not just a witch’s magickal brew!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfrey

Here is one version of how you can make your comfrey poultices:

Embodiments of Raw Earth and Cosmos Unite – Joyful Earth Crystals are Back!


Allison Jacobson and Tania Marie with some of their new line at the Circa 92 Salon Art Opening

I am soooo excited, elated, joyous, love-filled, passionate and crazy about the new Joyful Earth Crystals that have, and ARE, birthing as we speak. Can you say, YAY!? I’ve been holding on for the right moment, with a bunch of crystal friends, to bring them into being so that they can move on to their intended new keepers and assist with the current, especially 2012, energies! All in divine timing. Yes, I’ve learned that very well indeed.

Each Joyful Earth Crystal is imbued with Reiki healing love and individual, energetic programming specifically focused on empowering their new keeper with the supportive energies they have to share AND will be specifically attuned to your energies if you hear their call.

These pieces are new collaborative creations with Allison Jacobson, Designer and Reiki Master Teacher, for a blending of our intuitive energies, individual gifts, visionary designs, and synergistic friendship, together in partnership, to birth amazing new crystal pieces to support empowered living in the now.

You can read more about Joyful Earth Crystals and the energy behind them here: http://taniamarie.com/crystaljewelry.htm. All of the new Joyful Earth Crystals pendants are available for purchase. They will be officially posted at the link provided in the next couple of days, where you can purchase them directly. If you see one you especially are drawn to and don’t want to wait or miss out, you can simply message me at tania@taniamarie.com to put in your intended request.

Custom pieces available if you’d like to commission a particular energy of your intents. There are tons more are on the way to include double and triple stone pendants, as well as single crystals, a fun line, and some unique pieces that will rock your socks off.

Here are our new babies:

Violet Serenity

Violet Serenity

Mystical, purple violet Amethyst cluster wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

$235 plus shipping and handling

Amethyst Properties: extremely powerful and protective, high spiritual vibration, enhances serene and higher states of consciousness and meditation, calms and stimulates the mind, improves concentration, emotional centering and contentment, one of the most spiritual stones, promotes divine love, selflessness, spiritual wisdom, opens and strengthens intuition and enhances psychic gifts, works with crown chakra opening, promotes peace and inspiration, represents principles of complete metamorphosis, soothes, relaxes, heals, promotes healthy sleep habits and channeling, because of its transmutational energies it helps open gateways into intense and transforming spiritual experiences while protecting the wearer from black magic, breaks up old emotional thought processes, attracts justice, protects and wards off danger and violent death, increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, as well as raises thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level. Amethyst brings clarity to the conscious and unconscious mind.

Single crystals are very beneficial but clusters are even more powerful. Powerful enough in fact that a cluster of amethyst can cleanse other stones. When worn, amethyst will alleviate migraines and headaches caused by nerves, purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system, as well as balancing and healing all chakras. People who regularly wear an amethyst necklace are said to fascinate others with their personality and charisma. Store a small piece of amethyst with your tarot cards or runes to keep the power of the divination tools high.

Love Enduring

Love Enduring

Luminous, icy pink Rose Quartz wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

$240 plus shipping and handling 

Rose Quartz Properties: often called the “Love Stone,” emanates gentle vibration of unconditional love, mother love, caring, kindness, stone of universal love and healing, restores trust and harmony in relationships, purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, romantic love, family love, deep inner healing and feelings of peace, calming and reassuring, de-stresses, soothing and happy stone, helps to comfort in times of grief, dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes, encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance invoking self-trust and self-worth, strengthens and balances the physical heart and circulatory system, releases impurities from body fluids, hastens recovery, reduces high blood pressure, aids chest and lung problems, heals the kidneys and adrenals, alleviates vertigo, has the power to increase fertility and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth, opens and balances the heart chakra, aids love of your fellow man (or woman), enables our heart energies to expand and embrace everything with pure, unconditional love.

Rose Quartz encourages us to take a more light-hearted approach to life, not to take things so much to heart that we become unduly upset and stressed. Emotionally rose quartz brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance. It raises one’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It helps balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. Rose quartz removes fears, resentments and anger. It can also heal and release childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love, in part by enhancing inner awareness. It can help with reconciliation with family and others. Overwhelming or unreasonable guilt is eased by rose quartz. In the psychic and spiritual realms, rose quartz is often used to attract love, and for love spells. It is also used to ease the process of transition in dying. Rose quartz can be helpful for dream recall and dream work.

Rainbow Jaguar

Rainbow Jaguar

Marbled sunset hues of burnt red and yellow oranges, baby pink and white mist clouds Agate wrapped in pure copper with a pure copper, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All copper is solid and American made.

$215 plus shipping and handling 

Agate Properties: grounding, healing, balancing yin/yang energy, centering to physical energy bringing emotional, physical and intellectual into harmony, as a grounding stone it increases energy in bursts as needed making it also a conservation stone enhancing longevity, soothing, calming, eases anxiety and stress, brings great strength (emotional and physical), dispels fears, multiple layers bring hidden info to light, builds self-acceptance and confidence, gives courage, very protective stone – especially good for children, great in medicine bags, jewelry, or to carry in pocket, helps to speak one’s truth and improve mental function, enhances creativity and strengthens intellect (good stone for students and artists), helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance and insomnia, overcomes negativity of heart, lessens feelings of envy, assists in acceptance of all things, fosters renewal of love and courage, helps heal and improve relationships, stone of marital and romantic fidelity, sense of safety and security, encourages quiet contemplation, brings good luck, cleanses and stabilizes the aura by removing and/or transforming negative energy, raises consciousness and links to collective awareness of the oneness of life, strengthens the body and the body’s connection to the earth.

As a stone of strength, it was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors physical strength and make them victorious in battle.

Sacred Divinity

Sacred Divinity

Serene, emerald green Jade Ganesh wrapped in pure copper with a pure copper, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All copper is solid and American made.

$215 plus shipping and handling

Jade Properties: stabilizes the personality, integrates the mind with the body, provides purity and serenity, increases love and nurturing, while protecting and harmonizing, releases negative thoughts, aids emotional release, especially irritability, aids release of suppressed emotions via dreams, encourages you to become your authentic self, assists in recognizing yourself as a spiritual being on a human journey, cleanses as it aids the elimination organs, assists supra-adrenal glands, helps to remove toxins, brings devotion to your purpose and realization of your potential, promotes balancing of your needs with the requirements of the day, allowing you to nurture the things that are of prime importance to well-being, provides confidence, self-assuredness, self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

Jade is known as a sacred stone by the ancient and some current primitive tribes. It allows you to access the knowledge used during the Mayan “dreamtime,” as it help you connect with the elders of the Mayan culture. The Mayans revered jade as the “Sovereign of Harmony” facilitating peace with the physical, emotional, and intellectual structures, as well as with the materialistic world. It was said to bring accord to the environment, to transmute negativity and instill resourcefulness.

Star Seed

Star Seed

Radiating, golden amber Aragonite cluster wrapped in pure copper with a pure copper, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All copper is solid and American made.

$215 plus shipping and handling 

Aragonite Properties: truth, aids emotional balancing and stability, mental stability, understanding, perception, a stabilizing stone that centers and grounds physical energies, useful to mediate in times of stress, helps to prepare for meditation and stabilizes spiritual development, provides insight into the causes of problems and situations, aids concentration and brings tolerance and flexibility to the mind, teaches acceptance and patience, especially helpful to those who feel they have too much responsibility, provides strength and support, helps combat anger and emotional stress, attuned to the Earth Goddess, encouraging conservation and recycling, reliable earth-healer and grounding stone, transforms geopathic stress, brings warmth to the extremities, combats deficiencies in Vitamins A and D, combats dis-ease and can stop night twitches and muscle spasms, helps with general aches and pains, wonderful for deep, peaceful meditation, uplifts emotions, supports patience under stress, helps navigate business/managerial/personal challenges with a clear head and steady hand, reminds us of our true center, represents our own spiritual and physical growth, calming stone good for family and companionship as it eases inner restlessness and nerves, centering stone, directs energy and self-discipline, helps to persevere and move past old limitations, draws out heat of fevers, reduces inflammation, calms the nervous system, as well as good for chronic fatigue.

Aragonite’s six-sided crystal forms symbolize the hexagram and the Star of David or Solomon’s Seal. The crystal clusters show us how the individual relates to the universe as a whole. They radiate outward from the center as a seed, or individual soul, that grows and manifests itself through life’s experiences and events.

Angelic Illuminator

Angelic Illuminator

Ethereal, frosted Quartz cluster wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

$240 plus shipping and handling 

Quartz Cluster Properties: cooperation, purification, uplifts, supports flowing Feng Shui, powerful energy, encourages a sense of community, creates harmony, removes negativity from its environment – whether on a body or in a room, cleanses and activates quartz and other minerals, strong amplification properties that resonate the energy outwards into both the room where they are located and into nearby rooms.

Quartz Properties that the Clusters hold: power stone that harmonizes and balances, has the ability to receive, store and send energy, powerful manifestation tool, the most versatile, multipurpose, powerful healing stone due to its unique helical spiral crystalline form, a master healer that can be used for any and all conditions, stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance, takes energy to the most perfect state that is possible going back to before the dis-ease set in, cleanses and enhances the organs and subtle bodies and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connects the physical dimension with the mind, ultimate “anything stone,” radiates all the color vibrations within the spectrum of light, can be utilized and programmed for any use which bring light and energy into our spiritual bodies, a “stone of the mind,” quartz can be used to imprint with any energy or information and helps to focus the mind, purifies the spiritual, mental, and physical, a powerfully protective stone bringing the purified energy in, used to perform diagnostic healing, and to communicate with spirits and other worlds.

Clusters sometimes contain many metaphysical configurations, all working together harmoniously. Quartz clusters serve to bring the “group” energy of the associated crystal to the surrounding environment, enhancing harmony and peace in groups, in the family, and in other social and/or business environments. These crystals have all the properties of Quartz, and in addition, being in cluster form they throw out a lot of combined energy that benefits entire rooms, and in some cases whole houses and neighborhoods. You may lay other crystals carefully on clusters to charge them up. Quartz attracts and enables you to use more life force energy. Have it around you, on you, or in elixir form, in you.

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

Soothing sea green, periwinkle blue, and red/fuchsia marbled Ruby with Fuchsite wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

$240 plus shipping and handling

Ruby in Fuchsite Properties (a lovely combination of natural red Ruby crystals embedded in pale to medium green Fuchsite): merges the qualities of Ruby and Fuchsite for the perfect Heart Stone, helps to clear and transform destructive blockages of the Heart Chakra, fills the void with positive, loving, healing energies, helps one to maintain an awareness of individuality and true self-worth to help overcome co-dependency, while also completely connecting with humanity as a whole, helps to open and enhance psychic awareness, laying with Ruby Fuchsite on the Third-Eye can awaken latent psychic abilities by opening up the Heart Chakra to receive information from the Third-Eye Chakra, use when working with any healing modality as this stone will help to amplify the body’s energy field, enhances the connection to spiritual realms, thinning the veil between this 3rd density reality and the other dimensions, perfect companion to use when connecting and communicating with the spirit world, this combination of two complementary colored crystals opens and activates the Crown Chakra and is helpful in deepening meditative states, promotes physical vitality, passion and enthusiasm, recovery/relief from extended or chronic illness, assists strengthening the heart and blood flow/circulation issues, treats repetitive strain injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome, increases flexibility and aids alignment of spine, benefits the heart, spleen, adrenal glands and circulation, wonderful piece to keep close for those who have trouble going to sleep and/or staying asleep, positive energizing stone believed to assist in meeting your twin or soul mate, helps with all things related to love and relationships, promotes a happy, promotes positive state of mind, provides motivation to goals and ambitions, brings courage and wisdom to follow your joy, supports healing, knowledge and wealth, helps develop psychic awareness and deep meditative states, improves connection with the spirit world, helps you understand your interactions with other people and can improve your resilience to emotional tension.

Ruby embedded in Fuchsite is a recently discovered, unique stone that blends the healing properties of both Ruby and Fuchsite and allows you to use the gifts of the mind, guided by the heart.  Resonating with the 4th (heart) and 7th (crown) chakras, it brings one to an understanding of higher love.

Mirror of Your Soul

Mirror of Your Soul

Luminescent, soft lilac Lepidolite wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

$240 plus shipping and handling

Lepidolite Properties: transition, awareness, emotional balance, aids deep meditation, prayer, goodness, a “stone of transition or transformation,” assists in the gentle release and reorganization of old behavioral and psychological patterns to induce change, brings deep emotional healing, soothes and reduces stress and depression, dissipates negativity and insists on being used for the highest good, activates the throat, heart, third eye chakras and the intellect, opens the crown chakra, clears blockages and brings cosmic awareness, facilitates astral travel and accesses the Akashic Record, helps to take you forward into the future, tuning you in to thoughts and feelings from other lives that are creating a blockage in your life now, aids in overcoming any kind of emotional or mental dependency, supports in the release of addictions and complaints of all kinds, encourages independence, self-love and trust, combines its power of objectivity with direction and unimpeded communication, focusing on what is important and making it an excellent stone for business pursuits, clears electromagnetic pollution and provides a shield against the effects of modern pollutions, soothes the nervous system to aid with reduction of stress, can be used to restructure DNA, enhances the generation of negative ions, relieves exhaustion and aids in the relief of tension and related disorders, relieves exhaustion, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, numbs neuralgia, stabilizes mood swings, excellent for menopause, treats illnesses caused by “sick-building syndrome” or computer stress, excellent for bipolar disorders, working on the brain’s pain centers and stabilizing mood swings, good for reducing depression, despondency, obsessive thinking and confusion, stimulates the intellect to help focus on what’s important, detoxifies the skin and connective tissue, known as a powerful pain remover.

Lepidolite is a soft lilac colored stone of calm, trust, peace, spirituality, luck, love and acceptance with extremely high vibrations. Placed directly on the body Lepidolite is said to ease joint problems, numb sciatica, help relieve allergies and to strengthen the immune system. Lepidolite enhances, self-love, patience and optimism. It is wonderful for dreamwork, rebirthing and for dream recall. It can also bring a growing energy to gardening and agriculture. Lepidolite is known to clear out all of the redundant messages and voices form the past that hold us back from happiness and/or success. It aids in attracting supportive friends and colleagues, as well as bring opportunities to succeed. It will help any and all living in unavoidably stressful experiences (such as city dwellers) to maintain a calm, and serene center. Placed on the body, Lepidolite is used to locate the site of the body’s dis-ease; vibrating gently to indicate the source. To promote a restful night’s sleep free of nightmares, place Lepidolite near the headboard of the bed.

Cosmic Generator

Cosmic Generator

Mystical, deep purple Amethyst cluster (the top of a stalactite) wrapped in fine, pure silver with a pure sterling silver, 18” adjustable chain with lobster clasp. All silver is hypoallergenic (contains no lead or nickel) and American made.

SOLD

Amethyst Properties: extremely powerful and protective, high spiritual vibration, enhances serene and higher states of consciousness and meditation, calms and stimulates the mind, improves concentration, emotional centering and contentment, one of the most spiritual stones, promotes divine love, selflessness, spiritual wisdom, opens and strengthens intuition and enhances psychic gifts, works with crown chakra opening, promotes peace and inspiration, represents principles of complete metamorphosis, soothes, relaxes, heals, promotes healthy sleep habits and channeling, because of its transmutational energies it helps open gateways into intense and transforming spiritual experiences while protecting the wearer from black magic, breaks up old emotional thought processes, attracts justice, protects and wards off danger and violent death, increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, as well as raises thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level. Amethyst brings clarity to the conscious and unconscious mind.

Single crystals are very beneficial but clusters are even more powerful. Powerful enough in fact that a cluster of amethyst can cleanse other stones. When worn, amethyst will alleviate migraines and headaches caused by nerves, purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system, as well as balancing and healing all chakras. People who regularly wear an amethyst necklace are said to fascinate others with their personality and charisma. Store a small piece of amethyst with your tarot cards or runes to keep the power of the divination tools high.

And a fun line of costume pieces by Allison Jacobson:

All Things Possible

All Things Possible

Steampunk-esque, designer wrapped black pearl glass and purple and gold beads with matching chain

$30 plus shipping and handling

Dance of Light

Dance of Light

Elegant, designer wrapped antique, apricot glass with 16” pure sterling silver chain

SOLD

Celebrating an Evening of Creative Collaborations


Me with my art

This past Saturday, 2/25, we enjoyed a fun filled night of celebrations and artistic inspirations at the Circa 92 Art Show, which was a collaborative effort of style, art, design, food, photography, music and great people. As I’ve mentioned, I believe that co-creating and collaborating like this is the wave of the future and that we will be seeing more meetings of the minds and hearts as things unfold in 2012 and beyond.

My friends surprised me with a little pre-birthday celebration and gorgeous piece-of-art cake, both by sight and taste, by Bianca Blanco of http://www.bellasavour.com/ , which truly topped the night off. And thank you for the gorgeous sunflowers (my fav!) and wildflowers bouquet from Allison and Chris Jacobson. I am so blessed to have such thoughtful and supportive friends.

From left to right: Bianco Blanco, me and Allison Jacobson

I just want to extend my gratitude once again to everyone that came for this evening, both from near and far. Thank you again to Yoshi Ito, salon owner and Mato Nakajima, salon manager for inviting me to be part of their creative vision. Again, thank you to Bianca Blanco for her beautiful and delicious vegan cupcake contribution and to Jenny Ross of 118 Degrees for her raw vegan appetizers and desserts. Thank you to Full Moon for their food that included veggie sushi and to Palms and DJ Red Conspiracy for their musical vibes. Much gratitude goes out to Alanna Airitam of http://www.2ndchakrastudio.com – 2nd Chakra Studio – photography for self promotion of small businesses, blogs, performers, and real people – for capturing the whole night on film. And to Allison Jacobson for her gorgeous pendant designs and for her all-around support from start to finish with everything. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Me sharing about my paintings to patrons of the arts - Sanctus Germain, CEO of Saint Germain Sweets, Co. pictured right

It was a really great evening and beautiful turnout. I was excited to be debuting new pieces of art that are a new genre of creations for me channeling through, to be launching our new crystal pendants (blog to come with these new birthings!) and to present my book, Spiritual Skin in person for the first time.

It was a night, as I put it, to “experience.” Just as I let go and allow when I create, it was my hope that those that joined us for this evening and those of you that will join us for events to come, will always keep that at the heart of your goal – to let go, allow and simply “experience” through your heart.

Me giving my brief talk

For those that weren’t able to join us, this was the message of my talk on the evening of 2/25, as well as wanting everyone to remember that:

“When we celebrate the works and accomplishments of others, we celebrate that creative potential within us all.

Life, to me, is about authentically expressing your heart’s passions and understanding the collective synergy that you provide in service when you share that compassionately with others.”

Until the next event, wishing you creative magick and love!

To see all the photos from this evening please visit my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/taniamarie5

As Above, So Below


Wanted to share my latest Heart Visions channeled creation called, As Above, So Below.

I will let it speak for itself. Enjoy the experience…..

This painting will be at the Art Show tomorrow 2/25 at Circa 92, along with other creations and is now available. It will be up on my website www.taniamarie.com by end of today where you can also find info about the event. Only the original is available of As Above, So Below. No prints will be made.

A Day of Joy!


Joy

Today is all about JOY!!! Yes, Joy for life, Joy of love and definitely love of JOY!!!

Happy 3 year Anniversary Joy (aka Tiny and several other love names)!!! Today, three years ago, I picked up my precious little Joy from SaveABunny.org  as a birthday gift to me, after she came into my dream and spoke to me telepathically. This connection was made by my dearly departed Nestor in a story that is too long to share and hard for some to grasp. The pick up was shared with Laura Bruno, who accompanied me for a special birthday celebration feast at Cafe Gratitude up north, followed by a visit to the shelter to get my new bunny love. It was about a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from my home in Lake Tahoe, but worth it for good food, friend, fun and love!

Laura and I had met the SaveABunny.org Founder, Marcy Schaaf and some of her staff at the World Veg Festival in San Francisco, which included Ambassador Scooter, a sweet rescue lop bunny whose found sanctuary with Marcy.

Joy in my Lake Tahoe home where she quickly showed me what a spiritual bunny she was always gravitating to my crystals and altars

Founded in 1999, SaveABunny is a nonprofit, volunteer-oriented animal rescue organization based in Mill Valley, California and recognized as a leader in the “new generation” of rabbit rescue. SaveABunny rescues and assists Northern California shelters to adopt more than 300 domestic rabbits per year and is funded primarily through donations and grants, and secondarily through adoption fees and specialty services such as boarding, rabbit grooming, and limited merchandise sales. I was assisting Laura, as her photograher, with an article she was writing for We Like It Raw, when we were guided to the SaveABunny booth.

After talking with Marcy, not only did I learn the very disheartening fact that rabbits are the #3 most euthanized animals after dogs and cats, but I discovered what Nestie had in store for me. I knew I had to be a part of supporting Marcy’s heartfelt efforts and so I did visit the shelter to give healing Reiki energy to the bunnies there, which is how I first met Joy Juliana – as she was named Juliana, which I kept as her middle name and still call her Jules and Jewel as some of her nick names. I received confirmation of Nestie’s nudge when a SaveABunny t-shirt suddenly came into my visual field. I turned to Laura and said, “Oh my gosh! It’s Nestie!” And so it was, and of course I quickly purchased the t-shirt (All proceeds going straight to the bunnies of course!) with grey lop-earred bunny under a Full Moon, of all things! It is an exact image of what Nestor looked like and depicted her connection with the moon. I always heed the signs!

T-shirt image I purchased from SaveABunny

(Image left is the SaveABunny t-shirt I bought at the World Veg Festival – which I like to call, Nestie under the Full Moon: Comes from the Reflection of Compassion (Aijo-no-kagami) series of five rabbit watercolors created by artist Elizabeth Koval Maffeo of Koval Designs. Each painting is inspired by the Japanese story “Rabbit in the Moon.” This story deals with the rabbit’s compassion and charity. These paintings are created to symbolize that display of compassion.)

At first I was against getting another bunny, after having lost Nestor, which was the most traumatic experience of my life. But I knew Nestie knew better and there was some healing alchemy in her plan in store. So, I listened to the insistent nudges that kept coming to me with visions of Joy and not being able to stop thinking about her. I ended up emailing Marcy to ask about her after some time had past from my first meeting with her. Marcy informed me that a family had come to see her and were thinking about taking her, but she knew my dedicated love and being a Reiki practitioner herself she understood the magick of the story I relayed and said, if you want her, she’s yours.

Joy and me, image created by my good friend Cliff Durfee

I didn’t hesitate after that and went to get her two days before my birthday. Marcy informed me that right after I had told her I was taking Joy, that the family had called wanting Joy for sure. Timing is everything! Joy knew this, which is why she showed up in my dream with a message really fast because she preferred coming home with me and knew she had only a window to work quickly. Luckily I listend because she has brought so much love and magick back into my life and has not only aided my healing of losing Nestor physically, but she’s proven to bring some very powerful gifts into our experience together, allows me to cuddle her, whereas Nestie had her own way I honored, and facilitates communication between Nestor and I, sometimes channeling Nestor.

It’s such an amazing friendship we have.

There just simply are NO coincidences! Thank you Nestie! And thanks to Marcy for the love that she shares, for Laura who supported me in the process of bringing Joy into my life and for Joy showing up just when I needed her, and she me.

Joy and our large rabbit amethyst geode connected with Nestor's energy

I love you Tiny!!!

Joy under another altar table

Joy hanging out and hamming it up with the rabbit and turtle statues in my solarium overlooking Lake Tahoe

Close up of Joy under the altar

Marcy and Scooter center with SaveABunny staff members at the Veg Fest

Joy with her amethyst geode - photo captured a large orb in the amethyst

Never Lose Sight of the Dream that Leads You Home


Sometimes we just need little inspiring reminders and supportive words that fuel the voices within that can sometimes become faint when there are other influences we allow to infiltrate what we know.

So today I’m just sharing some inspirations from messages I’ve received to support continued belief in my dreams and in staying true to who I am despite ANYTHING. Perhaps they might speak to you today as that synchronous nudge, answer, or message you were asking for or needed.

I was touched by this beautiful birthday card I received from my parents yesterday with this message pictured above.

I also received another birthday card with a message with five years of shifting meaning that came to me now in a new way, pictured below by my dear friend, Laura.

And yesterday, as I was listening to one of my cds I was intuitively drawn to while I was painting, I came across one of my many favorite songs, which holds these lyrics by Pamela McNeill, as message. It’s on a Yanni cd and the song is called “The Promise” :

The way the moon bends down to light the sea

And catches hold

Of mountains strong

They stand beside me and all that I am

They have written in my soul

I’ve made a promise to never lose sight

Of the dream that leads me home

And this much I know

Time like a river

Sends me away

But here on these shores

My heart remains

From these shores I came

A tender wind that reaches through the years

And sings me on

Through joy and pain

It breathes within me and all that I am

It has written in my soul

I’ve made a promise to never lose sight

Of  the dream that leads me home

And this much I know

And this much I know


Great insights on “Ascension and Earning Money” for those having challenges in the now with financial abundance

The Heart of First Matter – Cosmic Alchemy in a Sacred Tattoo


New Sacred Tattoo Design by Tania Marie

Today I’d like to share an interesting journey that led me to an answer and some cool unfoldings and new discoveries. Every now and then I like to share the stories behind some of the creations that channel through, as they hold some cool synchronous messages, as well as shed interesting light on supportive information that can be of benefit to others.

I was commissioned to do a custom sacred tattoo design by a very magickal client near the end of January. This client found me by divine connection, had never wanted or even had any tattoos until now, and provided no instruction saying they were leaving it up to my guides and theirs for this creation to manifest – basically stating the belief it was an attunement process for both of us and I’d know when to start and would be guided through it now that the connection had been made.

I so loved the openness to this magickal flow that was initiated and felt an extremely deep honor in being part of the energetic co-creation.

As instructed, I let myself be guided as to when I’d start, as if I tried to start when timing wasn’t ready, I came against huge blocks, was pulled everywhere else but to focus on the design, and felt unmotivated. So I honored the trust and opening and let things percolate in the background.

When timing felt ready I began- first allowing to listen, I also started following some energetic leads of things I was sensing in research to see where things lead, and then asking for inspiration in meditation for an image.

I then saw in my mind’s eye this image that I’d drawn five years ago right before embarking on my second trip to Egypt – this one for a 9-9-9 event – 9/9/2007. I received the image in a dream, which involved a man I had not met in this life yet, but ended up being on the trip, which I drew when I awoke. I brought it with me to Egypt and showed a few people to see if anyone knew what it meant or if it had any meaning at all. I was hopeful that since these people were highly enlightened individuals, all with unique spiritual gifts, we’d be bound to discover some meaning. But, nobody knew what the symbol was, although found it interesting. I kept it in my Egypt notebook I’d taken notes in from that trip and hadn’t looked at it until I was prompted from this nudge.

I put it aside, as at first I wasn’t getting the connection since I didn’t have any idea what the symbol was. So I continued my researching of other nudges. I then suddenly stumbled upon a symbol that looked very similar to mine, while perusing other info and symbols. I started reading about it and following other threads leading me to more similar images and information that finally was revealing to me what I had stumbled upon in my own unique way.

The symbol information and others’ depictions of it was supporting the image I had drawn that basically held the same characteristics and energy. The symbol is called First Matter or The Prima Materia – The One Thing. Some also refer to it as Chaos (or Chaostar) or Earth of Paradise. Sometimes depicted as the ouroboros and even sometimes as two dueling dragons at each other’s throats, releasing inherent male and female energies through the shared blood – similar to the Yin/Yang symbol. To me, it also could be similar to Hunab Ku – The Galactic Butterfly.

Some explain the essence of the First Matter, which is chaos, as seeming to evoke octal or octagon imagery. For alchemists, chaos is the First Matter and the source of all transformative energy. This eight-pointed star (the “Chaostar”) is symbolic of the chaos and power of the First Matter, which captures within its design the fractal concept of “order within chaos.

“…the first matter, as the origin of all things which exist, must be found prior to the division of the universe into the duality of mind and matter.”

I took my original symbol I’d drawn five years ago and fused it with new, potent energy I felt guided and inspired to incorporate to create a portal symbol of this energy for my client in the now. I felt, for several reasons, guided to encircle the symbol with an artistic rendering of two dragons connected as a unified essence in that Yin/Yang, Oneness-nature, minus the dueling energy. Instead, I had them energetically “holding” the energy of the symbol between them, representing alchemical magick within our ability to masterfully co-create. The essence of the idea that even though something seems chaotic and operating outside our control, there is a harmonious order that is within our grasp when we unify our parts. I felt that each represented the empowered male and female circling continuously in harmony. The image came to birthing conclusion on yesterday’s Pisces New Moon.

My client was right. This would be an attunement process for us both, revealing some interesting things. The journey in creating this piece is also VERY mirroring for me. It unlocked some hidden wisdom that supports my “now” experience of  this “order within chaos” concept as source for transmutation and transformative integration to wholeness. A little lesson in spiritual alchemy and how to perceive things through a different lens of divine perfection for what is in manifestation, regardless of how it appears. As always, symbolism will speak to each person in relative ways.

The alchemists believed that no transformation—whether in the laboratory, in the body, or in the soul—could succeed without the presence of a mysterious ingredient known as the Materia Prima (First Matter).

I love the cohesive threads that unfold when we heed the nudges.

For more interesting information, here is a cool article from Morning Star Portal called: Spiritual Alchemy: The Prima Materia

http://www.morningstarportal.com/primamateria.html

Slowing Down Amidst the Rapid Change – Lessons that Will Catapult


Today’s post is about renewed perseverance and trust fused with the grace of steady and wise, discerning patience, release and allowance. Phew! That’s a mouthful, but let’s break it down into bite-sized morsels for better absorption.

Perseverance to see what we have set forth in motion through, regardless of what things seem like.

Trust to keep believing and knowing that the goal is near.

Grace to be in your divinity.

Steadiness to take time to reflect, keep balanced, make calculated moves with little to no effort and in deliberate steps – think of the tortoise.

Wise discernment to understand and know which choices best honor you in every experience you engage in.

Releases of all old baggage once and for all that no longer serves you and in letting go of old structures, patterns, beliefs, and ways of doing things.

Allowance in vulnerably embracing and asking for help from friends, loved ones, your spirit guides, the angels, elementals, the Universe, etc. and letting go of control in order to receive that which you ask for in a more appropriately aligned way that matches the new you you are becoming.

A lesson I am having to learn every day with some very loud and clear nudges. I know like many, I have experienced the consistent drive regardless of the bumps in the road that can in the moment feel completely defeating. Yet, it’s time to change the way we have been operating and for some that may be more extreme than for others, especially in reference to the types of messages we receive to get our attention. Yet things ARE really shifting. I’m seeing this rapid change over the last couple of months and I can see how my intentions are starting to manifest. So its not the time to throw in the towel even when we get hit over the head with something that can feel so discouraging, as it is reminder to us not to take with us anything old and to ensure we continue the journey anew. With the right adjustments we will leap ahead even though the steps may “seem” slower in the moment. Don’t get caught up in the details and the illusion. We cannot bring the old into what is unfolding collectively. We are so close and we are not alone in this.

I had recently gone through a sort of physical breakdown of adjustments that needed my attention and tending to, in bringing forth my last remnants of biggest challenges in life, loud and clear. And once I started to embrace the understanding of this and shifted perspective, along with getting more grounded and doing supportive things energetically, things instantly did start to shift my experience. Then came the next hurdle, or remnants of those things not quite finished, with bigger messages that would definitely be attention grabbers, which happened recently with major allergies I’ve never had in the mornings (that I finally have a handle on) and then yesterday in falling off a stool and having what appears to be a foot fracture. Accident? Of course not. An ingeniously devised mechanism of knowing how to click the light bulb on for me – a way to make myself stop.

As always, I find the message in what takes place. Not everyone has to have extreme things, but being that I’ve been an extremist, the only way my essence knows to get my attention and stop me, is to literally stop me! So while I could have remained on the floor when I fell (which I did for a few minutes of tears and pain) in discouragement and given up, I got up and said I understand. Thank you for loving me enough to help me see the way. If pain is embraced, it holds its polarity of joy for you to experience. I’m currently working on naturally healing this fracture and know the time in doing so will be beneficial to revamp some things and take a step back.

So while this may be a very challenging period, I remain optimistic and positive that the things I’ve energetically focused on are coming to be and are actually manifesting, so I have this downtime to make the refinements, take care of myself and be taken care of -calculatingly pull back the reins just a bit, before I get ready to take off. It kind of reminds me of the movie Sea Biscuit (yes, here comes another horse story) and the amazing heart of that little horse who loved to get wind of the disbelief and obstacles that seemed insurmountable (even with a fractured leg) and once he embraced that spirit of nothing can stop me even though my legs may be shorter and it seems physically impossible, the courage of my heart and the love for running free will get me where I want to be – and I’ll do it on my terms and as a whole being with all of my parts in tact and operating authentically. This fracture is but a temporary resting point to get deeper in touch and come back even stronger, as well as let things catch up with how fast I was going so that divine timing can unfold.

I’d like to leave you with these very inspiring quotes to help support any disillusionment, discouragement or dismay you may be experiencing. I know how that feels and have been there many times. What I’ve learned is to turn the painful energy into fuel for my passionate fire and continue to believe no matter what things “appear” to be or what anyone else says. I see the bigger picture, not just the pieces and I know there are no limitations unless I believe so. What could be grim to one, is an opportunity in the making for another. The choice is yours to lovingly make.

“The challenge is to believe your dreams in the center of illusion.” Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast)

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” Richard Bach, Illusions

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” Edward A. Navajo

“A small boy looked at a star and began to weep. The star said, ‘Boy, why are you weeping?’ And the boy said, ‘You are so far away I will never be able to touch you.’ And the star answered, ‘Boy, if I were not already in your heart, you would not be able to see me.’ ” John Magliola

 “Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.” Sidney Lovett

“Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.” William E. Gladstone

 “Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” Dale Turner

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“Dynamic choices made in the physical, the daring to follow the path set by the heart, are the only prerequisites to ultimate success.” Mentor, Agartha

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed, but with what is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII

 “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” e.e. Cummings

“As long as you’re actively pursuing your dream with a practical plan, you’re still achieving, even if it feels as though you’re going nowhere fast. It’s been my experience that at the very moment I feel like giving up, I’m only one step from a breakthrough. Hang on long enough and circumstances will change, too. Trust in yourself, your dream and spirit.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Juice of the Day – Tropical Vibes to Warm Up Your Winter


Today I just thought it would be fun to share the juice I just made, which is not only refreshing, but has a tropical taste and feel for those cold winter blues. A way to feel transported to a sunny, exotic beach envisioning sipping a tropical blend created just for you. Okay, well you’ll be the one creating it in the now, but what better way to do a little self-nurturing and activating of those manifesting abilities for your intentions.

I do everything by eye and of course, as an artist, I just sort of blend in what I am intuitively drawn to. This blend makes about 2 full glasses (maybe a little more) and tastes a lot like a pineapple blend even though there’s no pineapple! Yes, it’s magic! The photo isn’t so good in capturing color, but when stirred, it has a beautiful, deep peachy hue – kind of like a melon.

So this is “about” the all organic ingredients I remember for today’s juice I’ll call Living Sunrise:

4 large apples

1 pear

1 large cucumber

1 1/2 inches of ginger

10 large strawberries

2 medium oranges

1 lemon

the equivalent of about 2 – 2 1/2 large carrots

As always, you can use your left over fiber from your juicer to create some raw vegan yummies like dehydrated veggie burgers, add the fiber to make your own blend of raw crackers or bread, or add to raw cookie or cake recipes! Enjoy!

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” James M. Barrie

 

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