Monthly Archives: January 2013

Join Me & Fellow Indie Artists April 11th for RAW: Los Angeles Presents MARVEL

RAW natural born artistsThere’s an awesome “celebration of the arts” showcase event coming up in Los Angeles on April 11th, 2013 that I’m excited to be a part of, as I really believe in what this is all about. This event is RAW: Los Angeles Presents MARVEL – and it’s sure to be a fun evening of eclectic talent and indie artists from a plethora of genres coming together in community.

How fun is that? Multi-faceted artists and art all under one roof at the same time is a recipe for inspiration and “raw” excitement if nothing else, but that’s a lot!

For those of you not familiar with RAW here’s a little background. RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. They are a community made up of creative individuals across the nation – 54 cities across the U.S. and Australia and this year will be launching in China and Europe – that host monthly showcases that spotlight indie talent.

It all started when a small-town girl graduated high school and moved to the big city of Los Angeles, CA with a wish to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a fashion designer. After pouring her heart, soul, sweat and tears into her work, she started to think, “there’s got to be a better way to get my work out there.” This kick started her taking matters into her own hands and in 2005, Heidi Luerra threw her first multi-faceted showcase in Los Angeles and discovered her calling – to create a platform to support and share the works of all the talented people out there.

RAW’s mission is to provide support to independent artists to inspire and cultivate creativity and they encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.

RAW is a multi-faceted arts showcase that handpicks and spotlights talent from various sectors within the artistic realm: independent film, fashion, music, visual art, hair design, makeup artistry, modeling, DJing, photography, performance art and all creative arts. The RAW season runs from February to October. They provide a platform for independent artists of all creative expression to be seen, heard, and loved. RAW executes this through two main avenues: grassroots arts showcases which spotlight one artist in each of the categories, as well as through the exclusive web community. They serve as a link between the arts community, industry professionals, press and like organizations, aspiring to—with the help of many of its supporters—connect and unify creative individuals.

I love their devotion to supporting the creative arts, as I feel it is such a vital aspect to our lives, just as I shared in this post: The Intrinsic Value of Creativity and Art – Cultivating Your Inner Artist

Needless to say, April 11th will be a fun evening and a chance to see some really talented up and coming artists, as well as enjoy the entertainment, all while supporting the arts!

The line-up of artists is only JUST starting to come in, as they will have upwards of 60 individual and unique artists at this event. So you can keep checking out the line up online, or just stop in and be pleasantly surprised by the plethora of talent that will be in presence. As the event approaches more information on the artists, lineup and this specific showcase’s details will be available. I’ll keep you posted as they come in.

Tania MarieIf you’re in the Los Angeles area, I would love to see you there in support of the creative arts. And even if you can’t make it, or are not in the area, ticket purchases go to supporting the independent artists who are sharing their valuable creative expression with the world. So you can still be a part of the art, by supporting from your heart.

I’m still feeling out the eclectic mix that I will be sharing at the event which may include pieces from my Universal ARKitecture and In Lak’ech series, some of my fav originals,  AND more than likely some fresh new creations that I’m in process of receiving, plus more!

Tickets can be purchased here in advance at $5 discount: I AM RAW

You can either click on the link that says “Buy a Ticket for this Artist” or click on “Marvel April 2013”

My RAW Bio and Profile can be found here as well.


Here is the information for RAW: Los Angeles Presents MARVEL



April 11th, 2013

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm



Belasco Theater

1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles



Cocktail Attire

$15 Advance Ticket Purchase

$20 At Door (Cash Only)



I am looking forward to connecting with the community of artists here in Los Angeles, helping to keep the creative arts alive and thriving, and to see you there! Thank you for realizing the value of art and for supporting its cultivation. 

Galactic Family of Light – Moving More Fully Into This Realization

Galactic Family of LightThis post comes again from Peggy Black and her Morning Messages. Peggy and her “team,” as she refers to the loving guides that channel through her, share beautiful, simple and loving messages I enjoy reading, as they always are mirroring of what I experience or receive, and in this particular case are spot on to my own messages and things I’ve been sharing. Perhaps you will also find some connection with the message in terms of what you have been experiencing. It reflects on this time for celebrating the internal shifts and changes that HAVE occurred, as well as to be extra mindful of your spoken words, thoughts, and emotional offerings, as manifestations occur quickly, if not instantly. Increased synchronicities are unfolding and it is wise to be gentle with yourself, mindful of your body and what you put into it, as well as how you are feeling in order to move through the densities with greater ease and grace – bringing increased love, laughter, and lightness into your life, as you connect more deeply with humanity and your Galactic family. Freedom to move inter-dimensionally is at hand on this journey into luminous being. I hope you enjoy.

_________ Message from the “team”_________ 


Galactic Family of Light  
Peggy Black and the “team”

We are here, joining you in the midst of all things. You are to be acknowledged for consciously anchoring the energy from the core center of the galaxy. The crossing of this energy threshold signals the beginning of change in the collective field. Those of you who are aware of what has taken place can celebrate, for you were the physical chalice of all that was being offered.

We realize that many were expecting great and grand sweeping changes once this event took place in your reality. Let us assure you that on our level there were great and grand sweeping changes. These profound shifts will now begin to filter into the physical reality that you are focused upon. The celestial alignment anchoring the new reality of earth into the realms of the 5th dimension has occurred. The higher frequencies and the vibrations of light held in the 5th dimension are now more available to feel and experience.

Allow yourself to be acknowledged for all the active internal shifts and changes you have processed in the last series of years. We assure you that the density that has been transformed from this dimension has been monumental. You have done your personal work in clearing compressed vibrational traumas from your physical body, your mental patterns and your field. You have also assisted and supported the clearing of compressed vibrational traumas from the collective consciousness as well.

We say congratulations and keep up the good work, there is still more to be transformed. We assure you that you are making the difference by bringing your light, love and willingness to this galactic theater. We also assure you that literally the changes are coming forth with greater speed and manifestation then ever before.

In the coming days there will be an increased awareness that your spoken words and emotional offerings are manifesting more quickly. Many of you are now experiencing this very thing as you state your intentions and the results show up in your life without delay. We invite you to begin to consciously clean up just how you use the power of your spoken words. There are no throw away words.

Learn to listen to how you are stating your lack or your bounty, your challenges or your blessings, your gripes or your gratitudes. What you are telling the universal energies will manifest in some expression in your life and experience.

Each word carries the vibration of your personal power and intention. These word/sound vibrations, infused and partnered with the force of your emotional expression, interface with the quantum field of all possibilities and bring forth what has been offered. We invite you to own this awareness and power from your multidimensional perception. This truly is how the act of creation works and you know this in your deepest self.

In the past there was a buffer of time which allowed you to correct many of these false or misqualified statements that you offered without much thought or intention. In the coming times you will be amazed at how rapidly your thoughts, desires and intentions are showing up. So we invite you to claim this personal power as you practice creating life-enhancing realities for yourself, your community and the world.

You will also become aware of the incredible synchronicities that occur to bring about these realities. Recognize and remember that synchronicities are meant to be a part of your experience. They serve as guidelines or markers to let you know that you are “in the flow”; consider them signs along the way. This will become a fun and playful aspect of creating your new realities and experiences.

We invite you to look for and acknowledge these unusual events that are somehow related. Once you begin to train your awareness to see these, so to speak, “miracles” or recognize a seeming odd coincidence occurring, you will know that you are on the right track. Watch for the synchronicities as they show up and celebrate your clarity.

Also begin to notice how your physical body is feeling, for it is also undergoing tremendous changes. Each cell is shifting to hold more and more light frequencies. This does not happen overnight. So be kind to yourself and conscious of the foods you ingest, making sure that they are whole, healthy and fresh. Make a practice of infusing your conscious energy blessings, into any substance you put into your body. Remember you are a transformer of energy frequencies as a multidimensional being.

Drink water, for this holy substance supports the work of the cells and tissues in becoming more crystalline and light filled. We invite you to honor yourself with the gift of being in the nature that is available. Drink in this holy substance of energy and frequency offered by nature for it will revitalize your subtle energy bodies. Be sure that you find ways and methods to relax each day even for small moments or mini rest bits. You are also invited to play, joyfully and childlike. Be sure to incorporate laughter in your daily pattern, for laughter is a powerful healing vibration which resets your energy field.

You are also experiencing altered states of awareness, noticing a subtle shift in your perception. Welcome those experiences; you are beginning to own your true authentic self as a multidimensional being. The dimensions are much like rooms in a large dwelling; you will discover these dimensions or rooms as you explore the possibilities and allow yourself to move beyond your rigid boundaries. Again we invite you to play with this concept and potentiality.

Allow yourself to explore creating a space for this to occur naturally. Part of the shift in consciousness, the awakening and the ascension is the recognition and the ability to move freely along the timeline as well as from one dimension to another. You have had those moments where you truly do this, however we are inviting you to be aware of when you make this shift and to practice and welcome this ability to unfold.

You will find the perfect method which will support this shift in awareness. Sages and ancient ones have all given clues of how to bring about this shift; our favorite will always be the use of sound vibrations; chanting and drumming will certainly create a shift, as will dancing and meditation. There will come a time when you will able to shift your consciousness and alter you perception just with the desire and intention.

You will begin to explore the other dimensions and timelines with greater ease, each time bringing a new awareness back into this dense dimension of physical reality and duality. You will learn how to be in the altered-state of non-duality and still be present in this here and now. The doors are open for you; allow yourself to cross the threshold into the wonder.

We are welcoming you into the galactic family of light. Your planet and humanity is moving more fully into this realization. It is important that you always honor your physical body and presence in this dense polarity and dimension; however we also want you to honor and welcome your divine multidimensional presence. Each day invite this divine partnership, anchor this energy to the electromagnetic and geomagnetic field of this planet, and embrace the clear knowing that you are receiving pure energy and support from the one true source of the All That Is.

Remember you are here on assignment to transmute and transform the dense unconsciousness and the misqualified energy that has been offered into this matrix or reality. You are a master and we are just reminding you of your true self. When we invite you to “lighten up” we mean this on every level.

Bring your light of consciousness to each experience; offer your light of joy and gratitude as often as possible; drink in the energy of light that is being given to you at each moment, from all of nature, the stars and your very galaxy.  Your every cell is adjusting and shifting to hold and anchor more and more light conscious vibration. You are literally being bathed at all times with this beautiful healing, ever expanding, vibration of light.

Welcome this pure energy you call light, acknowledge this pure energy of light, and begin to offer and share this light with all you encounter. You are becoming a true being of light vibration. Remember that you are light. You come from light and you will always be an extension of light. You are a guardian of the light.

We are honored to have this opportunity to acknowledge and welcome you into the divine family of light and love. We offer our gratitude and deep appreciation for the work and service you continue to extend into this physical reality. Be kind to yourself and others as these shifts and changes in density bring challenges. We are always available to assist and support upon your invitation and request. the ‘team’

Love this. Tina Turner singing a “Vedic Blessing to the World.” Thank you Laura for sharing. ❤ More manifestations of our shifting world reality.

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Tina Turner sings kirtan! Who knew? Here she sings a Vedic peace blessing, in call and response style with children: (Translation below the video)

A Vedic blessing for the world:

Oṃ. sarveśāṃ svastir bhavatu;

sarveśāṃ śāntir bhavatu;

sarveśāṃ pūrṇaṃ bhavatu;

sarveśāṃ maṅgalaṃ bhavatu

“May everyone enjoy well-being;

may everyone enjoy peace;

may everyone enjoy fullness;

may everyone enjoy auspiciousness.”

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Only 1 More Week to Pre-Register for Accelerated Reiki Workshops & Yoga in New Jersey

Infinitive Wellness Sharanam LogoFebruary Accelerated Reiki & Yoga Workshops ~ Opening to Living and Giving from Your Heart:

Nutley, New Jersey Reiki Classes at Infinitive Wellness Sharanam Yoga Studio

Enjoy a loving weekend of Reiki and Yoga with Tania Marie and Venus Banguela

Beginning the day with Heart Enlightening Vinyasa Flow will be a beautiful way to become present in your experience, as you synchronize movement and breath to create that sense of wholeness. A perfect way to ready yourself for taking this experience of Oneness to the next level with your Heart Opening Reiki training, as you anchor yourself in the experience of your body and soul in preparation. Each day of this weekend will be a heart-full way to experience the new and to open yourself to living, giving and receiving in empowering ways.

About Your Teachers for this Weekend:

Sacred tattoo design completedVenus and I connected in early 2011 when I had the honor to assist her in co-creating a couple of amazing sacred tattoo designs for her, one of which she just had finalized into full color (pictured here)- gorgeous! We had an instant resonation and magickal things just ignited through our journey together during the process and beyond. We discovered a heart resonance and have continued our beautiful connection since, which led us to co-collaborate on creating this offering in the spirit of co-creation, heart service, and community sharing. We hope you will enjoy the meeting of our hearts with yours.

venusVenus Banguela:  Venus Banguela, founder of Infinitive Wellness Sharanam is a Certified Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow. She is also a Holistic Health Coach specializing in nutrition and lifestyle wellness. Her yoga teaching style is full of fiery passion and gentle compassion, with a heavy focus on alignment. She is passionate about consciously connecting one with their inner divinity as well as incorporating Ayurveda (the Science of life and the sister of yoga) and all aspects of the sacred teachings. Her classes tend to bring a calming effect to her students allowing de-stressing from our fast paced society to occur. Venus has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has felt yoga’s healing properties first hand. Meditation, chanting and yoga philosophies have been a large part of her journey toward wellness. She has pursued teaching in response to her need to share the many beautiful experiences and benefits she has been blessed to have encountered. Venus received her 200-hour yoga training from Joschi Yoga Institute in NYC and her Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She believes wellness is a birthright for all to enjoy and that yoga, nourishing food and lifestyle is the path in reaching it. Venus will forever be a humbled student of life. As one lesson is learned, endless ones await

Tania MarieTania Marie: Tania Marie is a Reiki Master Teacher and intuitive healer who has taught this healing art to many students from around the world. She is a skilled, experienced practitioner who has lovingly supported countless people globally with healing and empowerment and regularly uses Reiki in her own life to achieve desired intentions. Tania is also a visionary artist, designer, author of Spiritual Skin, world traveler and CEO of Emerald Bridge. Her devoted passion and service are to focus on heart-based services and offerings intended to help support global peace and a return to natural harmony within and without. Her commitment to integrative healing, both personally and collectively, has led her across the globe to many exotic lands and energy portals. An adventurer at heart, she continues to explore.



Infinitive Wellness Sharanam
145 1/2 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110



Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013


Time and Schedule for Both Days:

9 am – 10 am Heart Enlightening Vinyasa Flow with Venus

10:30 am – 4:30 pm  Open Your Heart with Reiki training by Tania


Pre-registration Prices for Reiki if Register by 1/21/13:

All 3 classes: $800 (savings of $200 off regular price of $1000)

Reiki 1 and 2 classes on Saturday: $333 (savings of $167 off regular price of $500)

Reiki 3 Master Teacher Class on Sunday: $555 (savings of $111 off regular price of $666)


If you Register for Reiki after 1/21/13:

All 3 classes: $900 (savings of $100 off regular price of $500)

Reiki 1 and 2 classes on Saturday: $400 (savings of $100 off regular price of $500)

Reiki 3 Master Teacher Class on Sunday: $600 (savings of $66 off regular price of $666)


Heart Enlightening Vinyasa Flow is optional at $15 for the hour long class that will precede your Reiki training. We highly recommend it to receive the fullness of intent and connection for this weekend from the gifts each teacher offers to your heart-opening experience on this journey.


Limited space so be sure to register early.

Please bring any snacks/lunch you would like and any particular refreshment needs. Tea provided.

Updates will be announced as time approaches.


Contact Venus at 732.6687480 or to register for Yoga

You can contact me at or  775-343-9244 to register for Reiki


Secure credit card payments through Paypal accepted.


group healingIf you are interested in hosting Reiki Workshops at your studio or sacred space, have a group of people in mind that would like to receive teaching, or would like to co-collaborate on an event, retreat or weekend, you can also contact me at with your inquiries.

Reiki is a beautiful expression of unconditional love and service that can empower your life and unite you with others, as it bridges you together through the source of Universal Life Force Energy.

If you’ve been feeling the desire to connect more deeply with yourself and others, or needing loving support to help bring you back to wholeness from the intense shifts taking place in your life and around you, then taking a journey of the heart to help anchor in the acceleration of experiences, at the core, may be of resonance to you.

Reiki is one tool that can support this and is an option that perfectly mirrors the essence of this year.

Reiki has the ability to bring greater sense of self, clarity, empowerment, peace, joy, and deeper love and compassion. The focus is on learning, sharing, supporting and expanding your heart through Reiki (pronounced ray-key). The practice of channeling Reiki is an easy-to-learn, gentle and powerful system of natural healing that reduces stress, induces relaxation, supports intentions and provides many other healing benefits. The Reiki classes I offer are part of the Traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Certification Training.

If you’ve been interested in taking a class and embarking on this life-changing and empowering path, then this weekend may be the perfect answer for you. Whether you are new to Reiki, have already been through some of the levels, are preparing to teach and want a refresher, or want to incorporate Reiki into your current healing practice, you will find these classes to be supportive and timely in terms of the now. If you have trained with another teacher that is no longer accessible for you, you can continue your training with me, if that resonates, after we discuss where you are at in your process and what would most be supportive in reflection of that.

In these workshops you will be trained, initiated, and certified in Reiki 1, 2, and 3, as well as enjoy practicing with the group and receiving valuable insights and personal attention.

You have the option of taking the whole accelerated weekend or just Saturday’s Reiki 1 and 2 classes or Sunday’s Reiki 3 Master Teacher class individually, depending on your desires and needs.

Non-local classes must be registered and paid for no later than two days before class begins, as I need to prepare all materials before traveling and know how many people will be attending.

Sacred Elephant Tattoo Design for the Heart Chakra

Sacred Elephant Tattoo Design for the Heart Chakra – Click on photo to enlarge

I’ve been so excited to see many of my clients having their sacred tattoo designs brought to life in the flesh this year. 2013 really seems to be an empowering opening for everyone and these Spiritual Skin symbolisms are helping the new energies to take form. I’ve enjoyed the images sent in, and shared, of finalized tattoos and tattoos in the process from my clients. It’s also been an honor to also see some of them in person.

The journey is always an individual one and based on a combination of divine and personal timing coming together synchronously. For this reason, some of the designs I helped co-create last year, are now just manifesting physically, but I’m also seeing the speeding up process, as my newest clients have all been immediately turning around their designs in ink!

This weekend I finalized the last of three sacred tattoo designs for 3 male clients I was working on this week. They have all been so powerful and really took me through quite a journey with each.

This last one is a beautiful marking point to end this energetic grouping with. It is the co-creation of  the design work I donated towards a vegan-themed tattoo to the silent auction at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres in Acton, CA, which helped raise funds to continue the dedicated work Farm Sanctuary does in rescue, education and advocacy.

All three of these recent pieces were large, this one being the biggest so far at 10 inches wide by 14 inches tall in measurement. It’s intended to sit center of the chest with head at the Heart Chakra, ear to ear spanning from nipple to nipple, and then trunk tapering down to navel. Pretty powerful and offsets a sort of Yin/Yang energy to my client’s full back piece.

After much reflection on the energies and ideas presented, I felt very drawn to only focusing on the elephant that you see pictured here, as it has such a presence and strength to carry the energy of the symbolism, without a lot more. Integrating layers and aspects within the elephant, representative of a personal soul journey inwardly evolving into manifestation, rather than outside of the elephant, felt resonating. It also felt aligned to keep this design on the more organic and realism side, with some elements of magical and spiritual more subtle rather than poignant, as my client’s back piece was.

Less was more in this area of the Heart Chakra to come from a place of simplistic, yet powerful truth.

I focused on the elephant, a Swahili word, Furaha – which means joy, musical resonance (the Treble Clef), the Sun and Moon depictions, and a Gerber “Daisy” to symbolize homage for my client’s beloved animal companion that bears that name. These came through as the most important aspects to represent and convey.

The elephant depiction is an artistic representation of a beloved photograph by Nick Brandt, a favorite photographer of my client’s. The background, when inked, will reflect (as only a hint in the design template shows) will be like the background in the photo, keeping the elephant in a natural environment, and yet there is a sort of surreal aspect in the desolate plane and the clouds, with the elephant so regally and powerfully present. Darkening the shading near and around the elephant and then diminishing/softening, as it extends out so it is like something materializing, is my vision expressed for how this will come into being when inked.

I placed the Treble Clef in the trunk. You can see it, but it is also worked into the trunk to be a little hidden. I felt since the elephant’s trunk is the way it communicates through sound, this to be a mirroring place, plus the fact we often hear of the elephants “trumpeting” their sound, hence the music overlay.

In the elephant’s right ear (left when facing) I worked into the elephants folds of the ear, the Gerber Daisy in homage to the animal companion in my client’s life named Daisy. And in the elephant’s left ear (right when facing) at the bottom folds I worked in the Swahili word Furaha that was very important also this client. I wanted it not to stand out like a sore thumb, but to look like part of the design. The sun and the moon I placed at the Third Eye/Crown Chakra area of the elephant. The crescent moon supporting and cradling the sun image above and overlaying it (both worked into the folds of the skin a bit) with a infinite spiral center. This felt to be a way to bring integration into the enlightenment aspect (and the journey of ascending , evolution, and centered power) of the elephant and focused and emanating energy. I liked having the sun and moon together in a sort of Yin/Yang balancing way. It also felt to be creating a very intentful energy when you gaze upon the elephant that draws in and gives out from the center of “beingness”.

Close up of integrated symbols into the elephant – click on image to enlarge

A little more on the symbolism involved, as I love to share how very intricate things are, even in their seeming simplicity:

The daisy (a symbol of gentleness, innocence and sweetness of life) in the right ear lends its energy to that of the left brain (which is our more male/analytical/logical part of brain). So the daisy brings this softening to that aspect and lends an “ear” to listening compassionately to others. The word “Furaha” in the left ear, associated with the right brain of (female/intuitive/creative part of brain), brings the essence of joy to this process when we wisely let these aspects guide us in integrated balance with our wisdom. Here we listen to all aspects of life in presence, both within and without, giving and receiving joy in the process of embracing.

The Treble Clef trunk lends its energy to speaking, communicating, engaging, sharing, from the music of your heart and in harmony and synergy with your trueness, as well as to and with others. Understanding there is a subtle musical essence in how we speak and in everything we create and these tones are important in relaying the core essence and energy behind what is shared. So it helps to be mindful of integrating the feeling with the action and having them vibrate and harmonize as one. To speak from your truth and to share your individual song with the world.

The sun and moon help to keep that presence of mind and intention and to stay balanced, centered, integrated, mindful, and having that gentle strength that exudes from within.

Here is some information on Elephant symbolism for anyone interested:

Marveled by the Chinese, Indians and Africans as the most auspicious symbol from the animal kingdom embodying strength, dignity, virility, fertility, prudence, wisdom and intelligence, the elephant is worshipped and honored, sacred and loved. In Buddhism, the elephant is one of the eight precious holy animals and the India God Ganesha (remover of obstacles) is pictured as having the head of an elephant – signs of revered greatness.

In Feng Shui, the Elephant is considered a sacred symbol. Although it is often used to symbolize power, wisdom, strength and fertility, it can also be used to symbolize longevity and success. It can act as the grantor of wishes and as the protector of the household. For most feng shui applications, the elephants are usually depicted with the trunk up, as this symbolizes the showering of good luck, prosperity and victory.

Elephant Wisdom:

Connection to ancient wisdom
Removal of obstacles and barriers
Using education opportunities

There is always more than meets the eye in how I piece things together, than simply a drawing or putting things where ever they fit.

I’m excited to see this come into manifestation soon and excited that James Spooner, Los Angeles vegan tattoo artist, will again be co-collaborating on this one. Fun! James will, as he does beautifully, add his own artistic flair and tweaks to the piece and it becomes, as each sacred tattoo design does, collaborative effort of all three people together.

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle and PDF formats here: Spiritual Skin

Starfish Symbolism – Exploring the Magick of these “Star People”

Magickal capture of rainbow light around these beautiful ochre starfish at Crystal Cove

Every day of the weekend I get out in nature hiking in the mountains or hills and walking on the beach to be in the elements I love so much and to recharge. Each time is always a beautiful and invigorating experience, but yesterday had to be one of, if not the most magickal beach days yet.

The tide was out unusually farther than it has been in ages (according to the wildlife naturalist that strolls the beaches to educate, as this beach is protected as an underwater haven), which revealed a rare sighting of so many Starfish in one place in the wild that I have ever seen – had to be like a 100 or more! These particular ones we saw are “Ochre Stars” and range from orange to purple and every variation in between.

These stunning beings brought out the little girl in me that was in awe at each discovery, and exploring in wonder of these miracles and beauty all around. I was skipping, giggling, eyes popping out in welcome surprise…I was simply, SO happy inside. Intuitively this felt to be a sign of abundant inspiration, miracles, and rebirthing, but I also kept saying and thinking to myself – “Wow! Look at all these ethereal Star People I’m so blessed to be in the presence of that have decided to reveal themselves on this rare day.” – yes they actually ARE connected to all of these symbolisms, including our Cosmic family.

And as the artist I am, I love to photograph what I’m seeing through my heart and eyes, in order to bring the beauty and profoundness of life to others.

Starfish have always been one of my top five favorite ocean beings. Their symbolism is so magickal and beautifully powerful to me and in my life. So to see SO many all at once yesterday, and at this particular time, was a true gift reminiscent of the abundant stars in the sky they are mirroring.

A couple of the photos I took came out with spectacular captures of rainbow lighting that were surrounding these amazing Starfish. It really helped demonstrate the pure and magickal energy that was abound and what I was experiencing in the joy of this gifted encounter.

Because this was such a profoundly moving experience for me, I felt guided to post the photos and express a bit about the powerful symbolism of Starfish to share the magick with you.

The Starfish is a universal and celestial symbol of infinite divine love. It has been used to represent the Virgin Mary – or Stella Maris, which means Star of the Sea – an ancient title she goes by because she is believed to lovingly intercede as a guide and protector of those who travel over troubled waters or seek their livelihoods on the sea. For this reason she is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times, which the Starfish reflects in this mirroring symbolism. In addition to love, the Starfish also emanates the energies of inspiration, guidance, brilliance, intuition, and vigilance, with its connection to the stars.

In Egyptian mythology, the Starfish is one of the many titles of the Goddess Isis – a name by which tempest-tossed sailors adored and honored her as. It is thought that the attributes of a marine deity may have been bestowed on Isis by sea-faring Greeks of Alexandria and that this assumption is then thought to point to Sirius, the bright star of Isis, being the Stella Maris.

There is no coincidence, I feel, in this shared name by Isis and Mary since there are many similarities between them leading to a connection. In either and both cases, the Starfish comes to symbolize the same attributes that they convey and I found this very fitting to my personal connection with both.

The Starfish is considered a keystone species that affects many other organisms in an ecosystem and plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community.

The Starfish is also a symbol of healing and regeneration due to its amazing ability to regenerate an arm and an entirely new Starfish. They are able to simply drop an arm and scurry away to safety at will in order to outsmart predators. Because quite a few of the vital organs are housed in Starfish arms this enables the possibility to grow an entire new Starfish from an arm and part of the central disc, if ripped off it.

So, it is thought if you see a Starfish in your dreams, this may suggest a period of healing and regeneration, as well as could indicate that you have many options to weigh and decisions to make.

Starfish wisdom includes a connection to the Star People :), regeneration, Moon magick, beauty, and tidal movement. They are a way for us to realize our potentials, promises of dreams, ways to connect with the mystical, and to flow with the waters of life in trust. For me, it was all of this and a warm communing with my Cosmic family that gave me great joy.

I was drawn to one smooth stone on the beach this special day that reminded me of a moonstone, of the hidden miracles of life, and the sparkling stars in the Cosmos because of the way it sparkles with shimmer and pixie dust at just the right angles and is pearl in color. A beautiful gift of the sea and my friends, as a reminder of this day and the energy I know is there around me to call on and tap into when needed.

I felt an overwhelming joyful presence that still carries with me today from this experience and am feeling that depth of connection continuing to journey further.

Everything around you is a miracle waiting to be discovered. You are always surrounded by support, love, and the ability to create anew. I hope you each find time in your life to take pause of the beautiful messages and presences around you. To listen when your intuition, heart and body take you on a journey outside of your normal routine, to honor the brilliance and magnificence of every Earthly and Cosmic gift, and to be in the joy of All That Is.

I love this poem by e. e. cummings that my dear friend Jenny Yemaya shared with me yesterday. It perfectly mirrors this day and the last line is so true!

maggie and milly and molly and may by e. e. cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

Exploring and Deepening – Feeling Freer and More Freely Giving

Lake Tahoe

Reflecting at my beloved Lake Tahoe

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ~ Peter F. Drucker

This seems to be the underlying theme of the energies that this year is heralding for me so far. How are things translating in your life with the new energies? Have you noticed a shift, even if slight? Perhaps greater peace or increased synchronicities? Wishing for something and then getting it? Maybe big life moves and changes are taking place? Starting new projects or training, new jobs, new relationships with others or yourself, making a literal move, exploring a passion you’ve long had, releasing, cleaning out, facing and integrating the old? Have you finally decided to make that commitment to what you’ve longed for, what ever it is? Or perhaps, like me, you feel a sense of calm and greater wholeness as the changes take form within?

I’ve definitely experienced a shift, since the tail end of 2012, and it’s taken place, gratefully this time, with such natural flow that from outside it may seem as though nothing much has changed, yet inside I am quite aware of the magnitude of that change and how it is translating.

That is how I see things have been unfolding for many others as well. Since we are each unique and on different trajectories of our individual journeys, in some cases, outward reflections may be more dramatic and/or the way of experiencing the shifts may come more dramatically. Some of this is just the natural process of things integrating and releasing. Some of it is a call to pause and rest, if you haven’t, in order to allow yourself to integrate and for your body to adjust to the new frequencies. And in some cases,  if it’s not recognized that you’ve asked for these shifts you’re experiencing, there may be some remnants of struggle to fully embrace what they mean for you as they “do” come to fruition.

Since intentions are so powerful, now more than ever, it is equally as important when asking for things, to be mindful of how you would also like to receive them. Perhaps adding, “with gentle grace please,” would be more supportive for your process rather than, “bring it!” LOL

I’m always interested in knowing how others are experiencing the energy currently in their lives and love to hear stories about the way that expresses, relative to each. Since we are all connected, there are always common themes and shared waves of experiences that seem to emerge. We also tap into the same well of collective feelings and thoughts and so many times we will answer what one was questioning and asking for, finish where the other left off, speak out loud what the other was thinking, or provide the insight at just the right moment needed…I love to see the thread of comments and posts here or on Facebook and to receive emails and messages about this happening regularly.

Contacting the Source deep within releases your creative power that is both You and More than You

We are continuously tapping into our collective Source and opening the channels to greater connection, depth, and telepathic exchange. No longer is it just the empaths, sensitives, intuitives and psychics experiencing these synchronicities, but everyone is beginning to realize there’s something magickal at work, even if just in the back of their minds. 🙂

Starfish in Bimini

Starfish reflections in the aqua Bimini waters – finding your inner star

For me, despite feeling drawn energetically more inward right now, I am noticing the depth of connection I feel to everyone and everything has increased in magnitude even when I honor this need to go within. I also see a direct reflection on increased quality of life and output.

Another interesting piece I’ve been watching over the last few months is the dropping away of ideas about things I once used to long for, or thought I wanted and needed in a certain way, the more I’ve tapped into the Source at the center of my being. The way in which I am receiving what I desired at the core, is now coming through my deeper connection experienced and through unlimited ways and sources. This change and release not only leaves me feeling more whole and empowered, as this continues unfolding, but leaves me also feeling freer, which in turn allows me to freely give even more.

This goes to say how important it is to intend the source of what it is we want, or the essence of what it provides, rather than how that needs to look or be. Releasing that attachment, allows for much more to come than we thought could.

This has not always been the case for me, as I come from a long, rough, lonely road that likely mirrors much of what many of you have gone through. And the more the journey progresses, the more I see and experience the reality of what is possible and the reason to keep the faith and believe, despite all odds.

Change is possible and there is a depth to our hearts, connectiveness, and understanding that is accessible now more than ever. And with continued nurturing, community support, and willingness, your/our greatest power is coming into being.

I am continually enjoying discovering with each of you, the reality of this infinitiveness we all speak of and the truth that all we ever needed DOES really lie within. Everything is icing on the cake we create from our creative power, free will, and choice. Centered at our core, is the Source of All That Is.

I find that this is also having an effect on the things I create, how I relate with others, what I feel daily, the well of energy I have to draw upon, and what and how I share. I can tell when I’ve been in the deeper recesses of being, by what manifests from the reflected experience.

While there may be times I energetically go more within or retreat, I experience this as greater depth of connection to everyone and everything regardless. It also provides my means of recharge and balance, so that I may more effectively hone in on what’s most important, put forth more focused and harnessed energy, have more to give, as well as draw from “the greater good” source within me.

I feel more expansive and here in presence, even if I’m not physically always experienced. Interestingly, this is the way I experience my beloved and departed Nestor who is no longer in physical form. Kind of a cool perspective to reflect on, which I have been in this reflective time I’m in. And something I’m enjoying to further explore and deepen.

Sacred Native American Indian Shamanic Tattoo Design

Sacred Shamanic Tattoo Design

Sacred Native American Indian Shamanic Tattoo Design – click image to enlarge for detail

I just completed the second sacred tattoo design in a series of three separate pieces I’m co-creating with a few beautiful male clients. Wow! These guys are giving off the powerful energy! I’ve been in and out energetically the last several days, as I’ve been receiving and working with these energies that each has to share.

My client for this current piece I’m sharing messaged me today saying “I think you’ve been really busy because I can feel you around me.” 🙂



Little did he know today was the big day of revealing and I was finalizing his sacred tattoo design at that moment!

I love each piece I get the chance to work on, as they are all so reflective of the unique beauty of each person’s energy. And of course every time I create a new one it becomes my new favorite – let’s just say they all are, but for today, I am in love with this piece.

Perhaps it is my own connection with Native American Indian energy, Shamanism and Shapeshifting…or perhaps I just really enjoyed the manifestation of the story that unfolded.

Either way, this is a powerful and large piece (again a left, upper arm sleeve) that conveys my client’s resonance with his Shamanic soul connections.

It conveys Native American Indian medicine wisdom and powers specific to him and his guides.

You can click on the image to see more of the detail enlarged, as well as will get a hint of the 9 subtle stars I added around the main design. The intention is that the background be like the cosmos, with the stars peeking through the shaded areas by using negative space by shading around them. 9, for the completion of a cycle and for wholeness and the culmination of beginning anew.

This piece nearly brought me to tears when it fully manifested. I will let it speak for itself and hope you enjoy feeling the energy this beautiful soul has brought forth to integrate into his “Spiritual Skin.”

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle and PDF formats here: Spiritual Skin

The Silly, the Simple, and the Sweet – Two of My Favorite Books that Can “Lighten” Your Life

Today, through personal experiences and hearing from others, I was lovingly reminded of several things I find to be of importance. Two, of which, are the ever-valuable energy of laughter and lightness.
I can’t reiterate enough how much laughing, sillyness, giggles, and pure, unbridled, mischievous fun is! I giggle my way through much of my day and put on quite the show here at home. Who needs tv? (I actually don’t watch any). My brother and I are two of the masters of goof – much more masterful at it together, however.
I cherish the friends and people in my life who know how to let out a hardy laugh and be goofy, and that are amused by my being able to make myself do the same. 🙂
I have learned to remind myself to take everything in lightness, which has assisted quick turnarounds in the heat of things.   What once would have weighed on me, now quickly shifts, because I choose differently. I am always grateful for the messages that help me to let it all go and find the humor.
I’m just a big child at heart who spews cartoons, animated films, silly songs and tales from my childhood as the undercurrents of my teachings, even though there exists seriousness and responsibility in the way I am committed to the journey. I feel that everything can be simplified and everything really isn’t that hard. Life is what I make it to be and life CAN be light and fun.
At least that’s the way I plan to continue to consciously stay on top of creating mine as, no matter what happens. I’ve gone through enough experiences to know that hardships don’t last, because the silver lining is always in my hands to unwrap, and that it just is completely non-productive and destructive when I let things override this inner truth I know.
Yes, you can still hold this energy even when you’re doing your quarterly taxes, as I was today and laughed my butt off at some crazy way I had concocted calculating them all year, which made no sense (and still can’t figure out how the heck it happened), but totally ended up producing the right result. Thank goodness for my intuitive guidance, even if I didn’t “know” what I was doing, and for my catching myself in humor to save the day. No cause for alarm, as laughter and trust always sees me through, if I remember to harness it. It’s when I don’t that I”m in trouble. Luckily this doesn’t happen much anymore.

The humor in life is all around us, waiting for us to “get the joke.”

I also cherish and value the simple and sweet in life and strive to help make things that way for others as well. I love the innocence, purity, and rawness of things, as well as can’t help but believe. Likely I would be called corny, a little kid, naive, or idealistic, and to these I say, “If you wanted to say something insulting you may want to try again.” 😉

As I was going through my shelves and drawers to find things I needed today, I was guided to two of my books that seemed to jump out at me.I wanted to share them because they carry this lightness and simplicity of sweet energy I am sharing about and because they are special to me and perhaps might be to you too!In “light” of the energy of child-like wonder, joyous fun, and heart-warming sweetness, here are two wonderful stories that are great for adults and kids alike! They take the really heavy stuff and make it all just so dang lovely and easy to understand and embrace that you can’t help but smile in your heart.

Both books were interestingly, and synchronously, sent to me in the mail as beautiful and unexpected gifts from one person I met only once, but distantly knew through someone else, and another whom I’ve never met in person, and know only online. In each case, both very dear and both “knew” me very well, nonetheless, in light of what they were guided to send. They also tapped into two very poignant animal symbolisms in my life: the rabbit and the butterfly.

They soon became cherished stories that remain in my heart, as do the people remain a part of me (although one I don’t have any contact with anymore).


The first is “Ramar, The Rabbit with Rainbow Wings” by Darrell T. Hare holds a resonance with my dear Nestor (because I see her as the rabbit with rainbow wings and much more!) and shares a simply expressed, beautiful and powerful message. Being a child at heart, simplicity, as I shared, is always of most resonance to me and this book is so sweet in that way.

Here is a book review of it, in case you feel called to it one day:

Every generation or so a story comes along, one of such enduring resonance and poignancy that it transcends time and space–Ramar is just such a story. It is a tale of soaring spiritual power–sometimes magical, sometimes profound–and always, at its heart, a celebration of life and the limitless potential of the human spirit. — The unforgettable story of a rabbit with a beautiful soul and a pair of rainbow wings.

The second is “Hope for the Flowers” by Trina Paulus. It shares a touching story of change, and supports the process of evolutionary transformation, facing fears and the unknown, death, mourning, disillusionment, and finally discovering the heart of hearts – who you really are when you dare to risk to find out. It offers support with courage, explorations, and change in all areas of life.

Both perfect for the child within and at heart, as well as the child in your life.

Today, I felt a surge of lightness around me in both love, support, and flowing laughter…the kind that comes when you realize the miracle of life and of you. This carried me through several heavy things today that could have gone another way, but I changed the course of the experiences in embracing the nectar of life and seeing it through the eyes of a cosmic-hearted, earth-bound child. LOL!

Make a promise to yourself today to take yourself and things less seriously, laugh, love and have fun a little bit more, simplify your life, and try not to over-analyze and think your brain to death like those cartoon characters whose heads explode with over-use! Laughter and flow are some of the main ingredients of good health and longevity.

Life is sweet and so are you.

I honor, love and recognize the rainbow-winged rabbit and butterfly in each of you!

Utah Reiki Workshops? – An Opportunity for Reiki Certification in Park City

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The giving of Reiki Initiation Attunements to the group in Bimini

I am grateful for all the beautiful gifts in my life that come in unusual and surprising ways/packages, and I LOVE to be able to gift others as well. It’s all about the circle of giving and receiving and to be open to them both in abundance, as they come to us in more ways than what sometimes we limit ourselves to seeing, because we have attachments to the way we would like to have it come.

Feeling much gratitude for being gifted some upcoming trips (thank you to the special people making these possible) that are enabling me to be able to gift others. As I’ve posted, I will be in Reno at the end of this month, 1/26 – 2/3, and in New Jersey 2/8 – 2/11. These trips provide me the ability to spread the Reiki love and offer Reiki training and certification, I might not otherwise be able to, which will in turn gift many others through all that are touched.

It seems that the Universe has a lot of in-person sharing, connecting and collaborating in store this year and I am embracing the nudges that feel intuitively in alignment.

Being one that gets 10 x’s colder than most people at any given time and place, it is interesting to see all the snow and cold this year has lined up so far and for my personal sacred journey later. It’s definitely aligned with a deeply-reflective, inner-truth-and-stillness-within year I’m heading into.

Tania MarieUtah Reiki Workshops?

When I posted the upcoming Reiki workshops in Reno and New Jersey, I was asked by someone I know in Utah if I was heading that way with any offerings. I paused at the synchronicity and said, well…actually I am, but hadn’t thought about offering Reiki while I was there. However, given the nudge, I decided I would at least provide the opportunity while I am.

So, if you are in the Park City, Utah area, I will be there between 2/16 and 2/23 and am happy to offer, and figure out setting up, a class or classes. This can be a private or group class. Just let me know of your interests and we’ll go from there in arranging the specifics. I can offer the same pre-registration specials (but with 1/27/13 as the cut off to receive them) and training opportunities you can find at the link below.

Don’t forget the pre-registration specials for Accelerated Reiki Workshops in Reno, Nevada ends 1/13/13 and in Nutley, New Jersey ends 1/21/13.

For more information on these workshops visit:

Accelerated Reiki Workshops – Opening to Living and Giving from Your Heart

Remember: These non-local classes must be registered and paid for no later than two days before class begins, as materials and manuals need to be prepared before traveling and a final count of how many people will be attending is needed. 

To register, contact me at 

If you are interested in hosting Reiki Workshops at your studio or sacred space in the area you live, have a group of people in mind that would like to receive teaching, or would like to co-collaborate on an event, retreat or weekend, you can also contact me at with your inquiries.

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