Monthly Archives: February 2014

Quick Tips for Interacting with Faeries


Of course I must repost this one from my Faery sis, Miss Laura Bruno. This is a wonderful post on interacting with Faeries and after today’s road trip journey and passing several places that were called “The Portal” along the way, this feels fitting, as if I’ve traveled through one to reach the enchanted mountain and forest area of Mammoth Lakes. Portals are doorways into other dimensional and worldly experiences. I definitely feel in one right now that is outside time and space of my life as I know it. I also follow the Faery rules in life (and have as far back as I can remember) particularly the one about “A person’s word is bond.” These are words I live by and take to heart in all of my interactions. I hope you enjoy this post and that it will bring you in closer reverence and awe of the realm of the Faeries.

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I just returned from a book group during which people had questions about connecting with the Faery Realm. Since many people ask similar questions, I thought I’d share just a few tips here. Please bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list!

1. Do you see them with your eyes? How can I see them with my own eyes?

Yes, sometimes I do see them with my physical eyes, but it is much more common for me — and many, many others, including prolific faery authors and people who’ve worked with faeries for decades — to recognize faeries with the inner eye. If you try too hard to focus with the outer eyes, then even the little glimpses you do catch often fade in an instant.

It is worth keeping in mind that:

a) Many faeries are extremely private and do not wish to be seen. Faery Lore…

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Hitting the Reset Button – While I’m Away Reminders February 15 – 24


elephantJust a reminder that I am going to be away on a little recharging journey starting tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 15th and won’t be back until Monday night, February 24th. I will have computer access to assist with any questions and inquiries, but won’t be available for any sessions or requests during this time.

If you are interested in anything including healing and artistic services, you can still contact me and we can schedule something for after I return.

I will likely not post blogs as often while gone, but will have some time here and there to share. I will still be connected and keeping an eye on things, as well as be energetically tuned in to the collective scene and what inspirations I’m guided to express.

I’m looking forward to some time in the mountains and snow of Mammoth, where I’m headed. This will be a way to reset the button for a new cycle for me, as my birthday comes just two days after I return.

Then, will finish off this time away, further up north in Santa Rosa at Dr. McDougall’s Center for the 3-Day Advanced Study Weekend and the Bay Area at The Commonwealth Club, before heading home – it will be a big weekend for Meatonomics. So along with getting a recharge, I’m sure I’ll return loaded with a lot of insightful information on the world scene of health, food, the environment, and more!

In the meantime, don’t forget that February 28th is the last day to register for the upcoming March Reiki Renewal Retreat in Laguna Beach. All details are at the link. If you are only wanting to come for one or both of the workshop days, please message me for individual rates.

March 20th is the last day to register early for the upcoming Accelerate Your Vibration Bimini Retreat in July and take advantage of the pre-registration discount for a single traveler or the special discount on groups of more than one. You can also take advantage of both and DOUBLE the discounts, which saves you up to $200.

And lastly, there’s also this month’s February Special on Sacred Tattoo Designs that is good through the end of the month only. For more on that please visit: Tania’s Offering of the Month

There looks to be a Reiki 1 and 2 Workshop forming in Costa Mesa for Friday, March 7th, so if this is of interest, please contact me for more details.

Please direct any questions and inquiries to my email: tania@taniamarie.com

I hope everyone enjoys their Full Moon Love celebration today and please remember to extend all conscious efforts you put forth on certain days, to every day of your life. When you live life as if every moment and every day is special, you’ll find life to be an eternal and seamless celebration that will keep you balanced and vibrant in your well being of heart, body, mind, and soul.

Love and Creative Magick to you always!!

Gaia – Earth Mother and Turtle? Ancient Wisdom For Conscious Living


In honor of my tortoise, Gaia, and our Earth Mother she is named after, I felt guided to repost this, which is an article I wrote for a Reno/Tahoe based publication while living there that was called “The Willow”. It was inspired by Gaia coming into my life and the dots I was connecting then. Given her recent journey and work in the depths of “Gaia” herself, this felt significant and a powerful exploration, as we journey through today’s potent Full Moon and explore the origins of our authenticity in balance with the natural rhythms. As we share expressions of our love today with ourselves and others, let us not forget our Mother Earth who gifts us in abundance every day of our lives. Love and reverence to ALL of life!

Tania Marie

Eternal Earth ~ Agate

Gaia is etymologically a compound word composed of two elements: Ge, meaning “Earth,” which is also a pre-Greek substrate word related to Ki in Sumerian, also meaning Earth and Aia comes from an Indo-European derivative meaning “Grandmother.” Therefore, the full etymology of Gaia was once “Grandmother Earth.”

Most of us know Gaia simply as Earth or Mother Earth; the primordial element from which all things originated, which is what the Romans believed as well. They knew Gaia, the Great Mother, as a single living entity that encompassed the totality of every element in the Universe; land, sea, or sky.

The Greeks knew her as an ancient primeval goddess who personified the Earth and whose emergence appeared at the creation of the Universe, born from Chaos. Gaia’s power was far reaching in Ancient Greece, making oaths sworn in her name to be the most binding of all.

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Purification & Authenticity – February’s Full Moon In Leo On Valentine’s Day


moon in leoThe month of February is one of “Purification” – derived from Latin “Februarius mensis” meaning month of purification. The word itself – February – comes from the Latin word “Februarius” from Latin “februare”, which means to “purify” or “expiate.”

In Ancient Rome a festival and purification ritual was held on February 15th – Februa – which was the Full Moon in the old Lunar Roman calendar. This festival day – “dies februatus” – day of purification, was considered a rite of Spring that heralded Nature’s fertile seeds stirring and preparing to bloom.

This reminds me of my Valentine’s Day post from last year, “Green is the New Pink – Spreading the Emerald Glow of Love Today and Always“, which you may enjoy reading again, or for the first time if you didn’t last year.

Avia Venefica always has some very insightful and interesting information on symbolism that she shares and some of nature’s symbolism for February she discusses, help you to understand this “purifying” energy that is fertile in this month. This includes the Ancient Celtic sacred system of tree knowledge, which is the Ogham.

Incidentally, I added an Ogham tree letter that represents a sacred tree and symbolism to my newest tattoo. 😉

This month’s sacred trees are the Rowan and Ash, which perfectly embody February’s energy. The Rowan helps with discernment (a key theme lately) that helps us clarify the paths we are taking, as well as assists in transitioning (just like the Ash does), while protecting, and leading us to find balance. And the Ash sparks and ignites new hope and inspiration that will support rebirth and renewal for expansive creation.

We also have February’s symbolic flowers – Violet and Primrose that mirror much the same. Violets herald hope and that inspirational trust when their petals emerge in the snow. Primroses initiate energy into action with courage to forge ahead even in the midst of bleak and challenging conditions, and also remind of the continuous renewing cycles, while staying devoted to our hearts. Primrose is also connected to the Faery realms and Ancient Celtic wisdom shares that where a patch of Primroses are, a gateway/portal exists to journey there.

And for us, today, Valentine’s Day February 14th, happens to share our splendid Full Moon in Leo, which adds a dramatically energetic and invigorating charge to the processes of purification we are moving through this month. There’s no hiding out from things now indeed!

Not only do things want to come to the surface and be “seen”, but this can sometimes involve some surprising shocks and twists, especially when Aquarius is involved, which the Sun and Mercury are in. Yet these ultimately are leading you to your authenticity, which results in direct connection to the collective/humanity’s highest good.

We’re in an innovative and shattering phase with Aquarius in Mercury, but with the retrograde until the 20th of March, this can come in ways that will help us rise to the occasion. Let’s not see this as a problematic time, but rather an opportune time to exercise your gifts and harness energy in a new and empowering way that can provide expansive growth.

Truths are to be revealed, both to yourself and to others. Veils lifted. Fears faced. And courage is derived from vulnerability.

So hang on to your hats, and remember the things you’ve asked for, as this will help you to understand the experiences that come up aren’t as surprising as they seem, but simply mirroring the highest good in reflection to what you desire. We can avoid creating a lot of drama if we realize what is really at work.

This is definitely a creative, expressive, and supercharged time for opening that heart wide and letting it flow in ways you haven’t before. Maybe that means an emotional release that will relieve and renew. Maybe that means an expansion that will stretch your heart to realms unexplored yet. In what ever way it flows, it will bring you more closely and intimately in alignment with your unique authenticity.

It’s the perfect time, if you haven’t already, to recognize the most divine relationship you’ll ever have is the one with yourself and that all else is a reflection of the type of dance you choose to partner in, each time you hit the dance floor of experience in the embodiment of your personal frequency aglow.

If there’s something feeling off, unfulfilled, or missing, take the time to tune into yourself today and over this month, to ask and truly listen to what that void space has to share. Chances are, your inner soul child is simply wanting to be heard. And being heard, actually entails you have taken to heart what he or she says, and make a new commitment to do at least one small thing each day to support the requests.

These requests aren’t simply whims, but reflect a deeper knowing that will likely surpass your ability in the now to comprehend, but if you take the trustful steps to support them and do what it takes to integrate what could be of assistance to that process, the results will bless you beyond measure of any one thing you feel lacking and have been chasing after.

A new kind of clarity and understanding is available to each of us. It will awaken and shift you the instant you recognize and embrace it. And it will always keep you in check so as to alert you of imbalances where you can then make different choices that will harmonize and return that balance that is so needed for everything to flourish. This will also help you to become more attuned to the natural world that will move you in divine cycles, rather than struggling against them to create artificial ones.

Where are the barriers to your self love? Remove the veils and masks and be real about how you feel, not hiding behind what you think you “should” be feeling, saying, or showing to others. The time for being politically correct is a thing of the past. Never was this helpful and it definitely won’t be in this energetic landscape you want to play in fully. If you can’t be genuine with something – and you know when you’re not – then take time to explore what’s behind that.

This is a Full Moon for opening up and expanding into more authentic love and compassion for self, others, and all of life.

Gaia, Tattoos, Lapis Lazuli, & Expansive Shifts – The Journey Continues


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How I first found Gaia yesterday on 2/11/14

It has been quite the powerfully charged couple of days and it is feeling like something has shifted, not just personally, but in a collective way since 2/11. Synchronously, these shifts I’m feeling align with a couple of momentous experiences that took place that very day.

As many of you know, my sweet Russian tortoise, Gaia, has been “away” since Friday, December 27th, 2013. She suddenly disappeared from our yard and I didn’t see her until yesterday when she appeared just as magickally as she had gone. I knew where ever she was, she was where she needed to be and trusted that her choice to go was important and one to honor and support, leaving Divine unfolding to do its thing.

To many it would be thought that she had decided to hibernate, as that is what tortoises naturally might do at this time of year. But I never actually believed this was what was happening – at least not in the way that “other” tortoises and turtles do. I saw her departure as a self-induced state of physical suspension where she was able to focus on a collective mission at hand, which she could only do in this state. She had journeyed into Deep Earth – Gaia went to the depths of Gaia! And would not return until it was “mission complete” or there was reason to.

If you know Gaia, like I know Gaia, you’d come to understand quickly that she’s one determined being with the kind of tenacity and strength that will out-do anyone a 100 times her size. It is a great honor to be in the presence of such a magnificent being. I have great reverence for her and gratitude for all that she has been to me in this life and beyond.

Since Gaia had never actually hibernated in all of the time I’ve had her for the last 6 years, this was an unusual occurrence, in any event. But nonetheless, I released worry and trusted that all was well, however that may be. I didn’t need to know any more than I already did.

And so life went on this last month and a half, while I kept the communication channels open in case Gaia were to need anything or have a message for me.

During the last couple of weeks, I started to notice Joy, my rabbit, shifting from her usual spots in my office where she stays with me all day, to laying in the spots only Gaia used to hang out – under my desk near the CPU unit and all of the electrical wires and power cords. Gaia communicates in codes and binary, and likes to be near these kind of energy/power sources.

So, I started to notice Joy may be either in communication with Gaia, was missing her, or relaying a message to me. Like with anything, learning to interpret messages, signs, dreams, feelings, visions, etc. is a process. 😉 But my gut felt it was something in terms of communication – either communicating with, or awaiting communication from Gaia.

Then just this past Sunday, the 9th (2 days before Gaia’s appearance), I had a dream with Gaia. Gaia, Joy, and Nestor have all communicated with me in the past via dreams with some really potent accurate and clear messages that would “wow” you. My dream time is a very potent realm for me and one of my prophetic areas of life where I receive messages, do work, and prepare things for the physical world. The challenge always lies in the interpretation, but whether or not I immediately understand the message, it always ends up becoming clear later.

And I DO have very clear and detailed dreamscape experiences.

But on this night one of my dreams involved Gaia. She appeared in my dream and I could feel her working her way through something. I realized she was inside the bottom of the box spring mattress and had been wrapped in a maze of thin sheets of felt-like material that covered the bottom of the mattress and finally had found the hole from which she had gone through in the first place, and then emerged and started marching out of the bedroom and into my office. The word that stuck out was “veil” when I was seeing her surrounded by these thin sheets and then breaking through the “veil”.

I immediately was excited to see her and could tell she seemed disoriented and out of it. I brought her food in case she was hungry after being away for so long. She ate a little slowly and then seemed to gag, as her body was still needing to slowly assimilate from not eating for so long.

Then I awoke. I immediately felt the dream had been symbolic. That Gaia was trying to message me about something. Since “veil” had stood out, it at first felt to be her sharing that something was shifting and clarity would be coming – something would be revealed and no longer hidden or an illusion.

I still feel this is part of the message, although have now come to see the dream was also prophetic and her way of letting me know she was on her way back to Earth’s surface and to me. The reason the original message still holds is because I know Gaia was doing some very important collective work and there was a big shift not only I, but many others I spoke to, shared feeling had happened on the 11th – the day she appeared after her work was done. And many had expressed feeling something had been lifted, or a block removed.

(A little fun side note: I used to have a mattress and the box spring mattress had a thin felt-like sheet that was stapled across the bottom. Joy had ingeniously decided to bite open a hole in the bottom of it big enough to jump up into, and used to run along the bottom of the box spring mattress and lay suspended there above the ground, held by the felt material, like a bunny hammock. LOL! So there was a connecting factor to interpreting Gaia’s message to me that I see now later. She also likely had messaged Joy about her return and reminding me of this story of Joy, was to let me know she was fine and like bunny’s that burrow into their warren mazes, Gaia too would find her way out of the labyrinth from which she came.)

So then we fast-forward to Tuesday the 11th, a day that marked my having an appointment to get my final sacred tattoo. It was already a celebratory day, but little did I know how much bigger the celebration would get.

To add to the story and timing, I originally had an appointment for February 5th, but it had to be moved by my tattoo artist, and so now became 2/11. For me, personally, this aligned with being an 11/2 Master day numerologically, and collectively, also an 11/2 Master day. I also had previously had a plan to meet up for lunch with a dear friend of mine in LA before heading off to my tattoo appointment – a birthday gift to me from me. However, being that I was going to be away for 10 days, and I was falling behind on work I needed to get done before going, my responsible voice stepped in and said it was best to cancel my lunch date and stay home. This is not like me to cancel play dates, but I have learned I need to listen to my internal messaging, as there is always a reason, even if not fully grasped as to what it is at first.

But I did for some reason feel there was more to the reason to be home, although had no idea what it could be. Needless to say, I did end up getting everything I wanted done that day before I had to head out for my drive to LA and my appointment, and as I was rushing to eat some lunch before I left, instead of sitting at the table or eating in my office, as I might usually do, I decided to just stand at the kitchen counter so I could be quick.

As I was standing and eating, my left eye caught something in the distance outside. Now, to understand how divine this is, not only in timing, but where I was standing, there is only a very tiny portion of the yard that can be seen through the sliding glass door from this position. But the tiny portion, was exactly the portion I needed to see at that moment.

I noticed something round on top of the cedar chips along the perimeter of the yard. And suddenly I knew. It came over me like a warm rush, chills, and overflow of love – Gaia had returned! In that second, before I could even make her out fully yet from this distance, the entire meaning and bigger picture of it all rushed through me in full understanding, respect, honor, and gratitude, without my needing to describe it.

gaia returns (1)I started to tear up and joyful cries flowed. I then rushed out the door and ran over to greet my friend who had returned. And there sat Gaia, all covered in dirt, basking in the sun and resting from what must have been an arduous journey to get here from where she came, and to arrive at just this timing. (Another interesting fact is, as you can see in both photos, there is this grayish area among the cedar chips. This is a thin felt-like sheet that lines the perimeter where the cedar lays on top. Another reflection of the thin felt fabric – veil – in my dream)

I could tell she was out of it, disoriented (just like in my dream), and needing time to rest and integrate. So I telepathically communed with her, looked to see if I could find a hole where she might have emerged from, but could see nothing, let her be, but went inside to get some kale (just as I had in my dream) to put beside her in case she was hungry. When I returned, she had moved a little from where I had found her, as you can see in this photo, but she was not hungry yet.

I was overjoyed and felt not only excitement to see my friend, but was excited for, and proud of, her for the work she had been doing, and also grateful that she had returned in time to see me off before this momentous tattoo venture I was now going on. Everything felt so tied together, and since I don’t only see my tattoos as personal, but collectively connected, I again was breathing in the totality of the reiterating reflection of this through Gaia’s return and the connection with what I was about to do.

I knew the rest of the day would unfold seamlessly, that I was being guided and supported, and that what would come to be my “Spiritual Skin,” would definitely be “More Than Skin Deep“. 😉

And so I was off to my tattoo appointment (arriving there in an hour without an ounce of traffic), feeling the expansiveness of what had shifted and was activated this day. I had been feeling an expansion was upon me/us and that full click of the switch seemed to have ignited. Even when I got to my appointment, I found that James, the vegan tattoo artist here in LA, was in the process of expanding his shop, had now another artist sharing his space, and soon to be a piercer, as well as the breaking down of walls to push the shop out more and sharing a common space with the hair dresser next door. It was also the first time I met James’ partner, who was herself sharing of their daughter on the way in a couple of months – hence in “creation” expansion herself.

And all flowed more than well. My tattoo coming to life in the flesh in the magick and beauty I had envisioned and I couldn’t be more pleased with what is currently a new favorite I wear on my body with great respect and honor.

lapis-lazuliI know that all of my loved ones were with me, and it was also the first time I had brought with me one of my crystal friends along for the tattooing journey – a new and amazing! Lapis Lazuli that has become a staple part of my daily AND nightly experiences. I held my Lapis friend during my tattooing session, as he fits so perfectly and comfortably in the palm of my hand.

It is important to add that this Lapis Lazuli was also a birthday gift to me from me, which I had just purchased on February 6th. Until now I hadn’t owned any single Lapis. I just had a Lapis beaded necklace with Lapis Ankh. But I had an intention to one day have a special piece I could work with. And when I was at a local crystal shop just a couple of minutes from the house picking up something for a friend, at the last minute this Lapis Lazuli instantly stole my heart and I only needed to pick it up once and we were wed. 😉

Lapis Lazuli is an amazing stone of royalty and symbol of the starry night that always reminds me of my Egyptian roots. It’s a stone of inner truth and power, openness, mental clarity, intuitive and psychic awareness, magick, courage, manifestation, trust, hope, communication, good for writing and automatic writing, protection, and dream work – helping to bring information from dreams into waking life with wisdom.

Immediately I knew this Lapis was special and have slept with him under my pillow every night since bringing him home. The moment I did take him home and held him to my Third Eye, I was instantly provided clear insight on the last missing piece of a project I was working on. And that first night, and continuing forward, I had these enhanced prophetic, and detailed dreams. I only have to think of my Lapis and I get these clear images that flash in my Third Eye and bright light that illuminates.

I was with my Lapis the night Gaia communicated as well. 🙂 There seems to have taken place, an upgrade and enhancement to all things that were before, but in a new dimensional realm of experience.

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And even clarity on symbolism in my tattoo, just a couple of days before getting it done, came through in magickal ways with the presence of my Lapis friend. (I will likely do a separate post on my tattoo another time). For now, I’ll just share the image that is now worn proudly on my skin and that I am absolutely in LOVE with.

The image is of the triple rabbit symbol, but I wanted my rabbits to be more organic, with each rabbit being unique, and each having an otherworldly/human quality. They are layered over a Full Moon, which they are circling round, and that is spinning out of a galactic vortex, exploding with tiny magickal stars. And inside the center sits a sacred Ogham tree letter that holds layered meaning.

All of my tattoos are done in black and shades of gray, but this is the only tattoo that we added white to. James asked what I thought of that and instantly it was like he was reading my mind, as this was to be a special piece in so many ways, and by pixie-dusting it, was just the brush of enchantment it needed.

And if you recall from a previous post where I mentioned my getting this tattoo, the area where it now lives and breathes, had also shown up in a dream sequence experience where I had received an implant underneath the skin that felt to be preparing the energy. Interestingly, the implant was a shiny silver-shaped disk, which would mirror the shape of the Full Moon that now resides there – a Full Moon that will also be mirrored in tomorrow’s Full Moon in Leo on Valentine’s Day. 🙂

So now my tattoo is in healing, but there is another magickal piece to this story.

On Sunday, the day before I had the dream of Gaia, I was working on completing a tattoo design for a client. And that night, after I was done, I noticed that my right, drawing hand (same right arm I got my tattoo on) was sore right where my thumb joint connects to the rest of my hand. The design was the one I posted last, Galactic Butterfly Activation. Little did I know what all was really being activated. Lol! And makes sense, given the power of this symbol and the meaning it holds.

The next day, Monday, I awoke with more pain to my hand in that thumb joint area, but it was extending down a bit and in connection with the middle finger. And by Tuesday, it was really in pain and now had extended down along the top of my forearm and was getting numb as well. It hurt a lot to use my mouse and to type, or to write. So I was wondering if I would need to stay away from things for a long time (thinking good I’m going on vacation Saturday), as I don’t want to permanently damage one of my main tools I use for my work.

I remember it was at it’s worst when I was in the tattoo shop, and I massaged it whenever I had the chance. But there was great pain when I moved it and a lot of numbing.

But the next morning, after getting my tattoo on the very same arm, I woke and all pain was gone, leaving only a tiny stiffness in the joint and has continued today without the pain and numbing I had felt.

Was it the tattoo? Was it the old clearing and releasing? Was it the needle working like acupuncture? Or was it simply an energetic shift that was taking place on all levels through a culmination of all things, including the power of sacred symbolism to shift on a DNA level?

What ever one believes or doesn’t, I am living these experiences and their meaning for me is all that is important.

Yesterday was another extension of expansion that unfolded while I was teaching an intimate Reiki 3 Master Teacher Workshop. I found the timing of this to also be powerful, as originally this workshop wasn’t to be until March 5th, but had been changed by request. And coming the day after Gaia’s return, my tattoo, and before the Full Moon, was quite a day to say the least.

I was so happy to have Gaia arrive back for a Master Teacher training and the day of Trinity energy, mirroring my tattoo, was reflected in three women coming together – a new student, a past student, and myself – could that not also be like the Maiden, Mother and Crone? And I had my three soul companions around – Gaia, Joy, and Nestor.

Our experiences during class were like a seamless flow of synergistic weaving that was impeccably orchestrated. And even our conversations extended into the realm of the “three” energy, as we discussed the dynamics of the triangular field of experience from black, to white, to gray.

And it was now the second time that Joy did not physically join class, which again was part of the expansion that is taking place. Last class she had prepared the energy of the room, but left when the students arrived. Yesterday, she stayed in my office the entire time. I know it is the next level of our connection between myself, Gaia, Joy, and Nestor that is being messaged to me for how the work we will be doing is now to start unfolding.

They will always be with me, connected to me, and supporting me (just as I will be them), but we will not have to be physically together to do that. More and more we will just trust in the open channels and telepathic love we share that bridges all boundaries and empowers beyond measure.

But back to Gaia.

I’d like to finish this post with the most endearing, amazing, and precious moment of reverence and love I’ve had with Gaia – I’m tearing up right now writing this. The depth of meaning to all that has been unfolding and that does in my daily life, in general, I can’t possibly express. Yet, I know many of you understand in your own unique ways with all that you experience. So some things are simply left unsaid.

This special experience happened this morning. Since Gaia returned, we washed her up and brought her indoors. The first evening she spent on her heating blanket, then fell asleep on the cold tile, likely needing to moderate her body temperature back in stages. She remained out of it and still not eating. Next morning she spent on her heating blanket and still no food, but later during Reiki training, she came marching through and made her way to my office and I later found her asleep under the bottom of my wall tapestry of  Faery Queen Astranaithes – also known as the magickal Dragon Witch.

This morning when she woke up I brought her to her heating blanket and then put out some more food. This time she went to it and slowly ate several bites, taking her time to assimilate it. Then I watched what she wanted to do next, as I made smoothies and golden raisin, cinnamon scones in the kitchen. I saw her walk toward the door to the yard and looked at it, then went back to her heating blanket. I had a feeling she wanted back outside.

I went to go sit with her and check in. And this is when the most magickal moment happened.

I won’t be able to explain the magnitude, but I’ll just share what I experienced. I sat there with my hand, palm facing up, next to her, as I telepathically spoke to her. My hand started heating up like when I do Reiki and then Gaia slowly reached her right, front leg up and forward, letting it come to rest across my index and middle fingers where they connect to my palm. And she kept it there, as she then turned her neck towards me and stretched it as far as she could, looking me directly in my eyes, while we sat there – “holding hands”.

I was overcome with emotions hearing her saying thank you for everything, for trusting, and supporting her. All of the mutual respect, honor, gratitude and love we have shared through the ages all washed over us both in those minutes and we also were clear on how this journey would need to continue. I understood.

We were not only a human with her tortoise companion – leg in hand, but we were two souls meeting in our wholeness, as we recognized everything in that moment that was us and beyond us.

Tears rolled, as she then reached forward into my hand with her left, front leg and then slowly put half her body in my hand while again stretching to look up at me, asking me to lift and hold her up, as she once did for me. I held her to my heart and then knew she wanted back outside and wanted me to carry her there.

meandgaia1My special song is playing right now in the background, as I finish this. It’s a song I use to travel to another realm, many times with Nestor, Joy, and Gaia – a sacred and healing space. Perfect timing to be completing this story, as my CD is ending with song #11, which is my favorite for inner journeying.

And so Gaia has been outside since 8:30 am this morning and just a few minutes ago, while writing this, I went to check on her – finding her marching over the area, back and forth, where I had found her.

I came back and continued writing a bit, but felt to go check again.

I just returned and in full tears of a feeling beyond words, as the song is now ending, I can share that Gaia has returned to the depths of Gaia – our connection and understanding deepened in mirror to the depths she will be traveling. Again, her timing is impeccable.

A Message from the Raven


Thanks for this share Laura and Raven. I encounter many birds in my daily and nature visits and have been watching their patterns and appearances that seem increasingly prolific and catching my attention. So this rings true to me. I feel that all of the animal kingdom and Nature are messaging us, so keep an open ear to the messages they are sharing. Since birds in particular are divine messengers that deliver spiritual communication, they are like sentinels of land, sky and water that keep watch, survey, and convey to us both what is of Earth and Cosmic origin. Their appearances are meaningful and their voice carries great wisdom.

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This came through as a blog comment from “Raven,” whom I know and who has powerful spiritual and shamanic gifts. The message seems important enough to bump up to its own post:

“Laura, I have received a bit of insight related to the bird sightings brought up here and elsewhere. I spoke with raven during a shamanic journey today and asked if he had a message for the people. He said the family of birds is somewhat confused and struggling. They can feel pockets of radiation and many other environmental assaults, and they attempt to avoid it by flying to places where they might not normally be seen. They are also affected by unusual weather modifications, HAARP and similar microwave technologies. This is not surprising at all, but what is a bit of a surprise is that the reason they seem “friendlier” and more engaging with humans now is that…

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Lessons Through Love – A Woman’s Bond With Her Horse and Soul Companion


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy sweet friend, Njari Johnson shared a beautiful story this morning about a woman – Holly Tagg – and her horse companion – Abe -which really hit home. It reminded me so much about my relationship and bond with Nestor (my rabbit) and how the depth of love we shared was, and continues to be, the greatest teaching in my life.

My favorite excerpt from Holly’s story is this:

Towards the beginning of this new communication I was out in the pasture with Abe. He wanted me to put my hand in his mouth. I kept telling him no. I suddenly saw an image in my head. I assumed it was a flash of a past life we had together. I was riding him at a full gallop through a beautiful woods. I heard a roaring sound behind us. As I turned to look I saw the whole woods was on fire. I heard Abe say, “You used to trust me with your life, now you don’t trust me at all.” I felt horrible, I put my hand in his mouth. He promptly bit me! I said, “Abe that doesn’t bode well in the trust department!” He said, “I could have broken your skin or crushed your bones. I bit you to show you that the lessons I will teach you may be painful at times, but they will never crush or break you.”

This mirrors the kind of lessons I came to know well with Nestor.

I’m really excited to see more and more stories surfacing of amazing human and animal bonds, as well as animal communication coming to the forefront. It’s a testament to shifts taking place in the world, more people embracing all of life, and the value of partnering with Mother Earth, the Nature Realm, and all of her children.

You can read the full, beautiful, and tearful story of Holly and Abe here:

A Special Tribute to My Friend and Guide Abe on His Birthday

Starfish Fun


sunday starfish (8)And here are ten photos from this weekend that I took of the Starfish Laura Bruno mentioned in her post I just reblogged: El Mundo Bueno

Starfish show up on special days and at special moments for me. Not everyone sees them, as I watch how people will walk by them without notice. Something always draws my eyes to them and then after spotting the first, it’s like a treasure map that keeps leading me to the next and next.

I take a lot of photos, but don’t always post them. However, since they were mentioned now twice recently, I thought you might enjoy the vibrant life and magick of these amazing Star Beings in full color!

I just fill with joy and love when we find each other. ❤

I love how they look like little people with head, arms, and legs in sweet and joyous poses. My favorite is this one above where you can actually see a little behind on the starfish, as he seems to dance with joy!! lol!! SO CUTE!

Some are more hidden (in the shadows) and others are living life out loud in all of their glory. Truly a mirror to let your light shine in the unique way that mirrors you.

For more information on Starfish symbolism visit: Starfish Symbolism – Exploring the Magick of These Star People

Hope they bring you some joy and inspiration to your day!

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El Mundo Bueno


This is an insightful post by my dear faery friend Laura Bruno. It reiterates my feelings that to truly understand wholeness, you must understand this is both the dark and the light and all of the in between. It’s not about ridding ourselves of things and turning a cheek, but knowing how to navigate through it all with that wisdom, grace, respect, and awe so that we become empowered, integrated, and in harmonic balance. This is touchingly expressed in the excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit at the end of this post – one of my favorites I’ve quoted before too. ❤

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In Starhawk’s novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, two vastly different worlds vie for control. In mundane terms: a utopian, earth-loving, community-oriented, individual honoring society that values freedom and the sacred fights for survival against corporate fascism, religious, financial, and soul oppression, hypocrisy, and the Police State — a culture’s unprocessed Shadow Side made manifest.

In magical realist terms:

“Doña Elena used to say that there was the Good Reality, El Mundo Bueno, literally the Good World, and the Bad Reality, El Mundo Malo, and they were always vying with each other. In the Good Reality you have a mild headache; in the Bad Reality you have a fatal brain disease. In the Good Reality, you catch hold of the rail as your foot slips; in the Bad Reality, you miss, slide down the stairs, and break your neck.

“We walk in the Good Reality as if we…

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Galactic Butterfly Activation – New Sacred Tattoo Design


Galactic Butterfly ActivationAnother amazing journey into the realm of sacred tattoos comes to closure. I have a special affinity to this one, as it shares a symbol I wear on my own “Spiritual Skin” – Hunab Ku, otherwise known as the Galactic Butterfly.

And so it is, that I was honored to bring to life the Galactic Butterfly’s Realm in my own interpretation for a sacred tattoo. I got to play with this in my painting, “Spirit” – part of my “In Lak’ech” series, but was excited with the creative challenge to focus on an alchemical infusion for sacred body art.

I even have a sore thumb where it connects to my hand and into my forearm, from focused work on this piece. Another reason I spread my work out, as it is important to keep my “tools” – hands in tact for all of the healing arts work that they do. Yes, even artists and healers have work challenges they need to be mindful of and keep in balance, otherwise we can’t work! And that includes our ability to take care of our needs first, so we have more to give – something important for everyone.

But back to this sacred body art, I was just so excited by what channeled through and its timing of completion comes right before I go in tomorrow for my own sacred piece and celebratory closure of my tattoo journey. Love that this is the piece sending me off! Hunab Ku – One Giver of Movement and Measure. My very first two tattoos were a butterfly and this symbol. 😉

first sacred pieceThis piece is a counterpart to another sacred piece I had already co-created with my client (pictured left). This one will continue moving the energy up and through her Chakras and into the wholeness of that completion, illumination, activation, channeling the Divine Feminine, bringing harmonic balance, and anchoring authentic truth, power, and freedom that was intended.

It is intended to sit at the upper back and will start from the bottom of the neck/throat Chakra (the tip just reaching up over the back of the collar bone) and then flowing down and coming to sit somewhere mid-back. The design will flow over the Throat, Higher Heart, and Heart Chakras, and draw energy into the Solar Plexus, where the other design is also drawing up into. It is quite large at about 14 inches long from top to bottom and at the widest area at the bottom where the Lotuses are, it’s about 13 inches wide.

The elements that came through include, as shared, the Mayan Hunab Ku at the top – the Galactic Butterfly, which I channeled into my own interpretation of its magnificent Cosmic essence – creating an organic petal or flame like opening at top of its wings. Could be both Sun and Moon energy in the top portion of design as well.

Then three, 7 pointed Star Lotuses as that Trinity energy, as well as an interpretive 7 pointed Faery Star – also known as the Pleiadian Star and gateway to the Otherworld. They are guarded by two graceful butterflies that come from the realm of the Galactic Butterfly and signify also transformation, celebration, transition, lightness, soul, time, grace, elegance, freedom, joy and bliss, miracles, flexibility, cycles of life, creativity, gentleness, preciousness of life, as well as the medicine the ability and clarity of mind needed before self-transformation.

The energy from the Star Lotuses flows down into organic Lotuses of the Earth – bridging Cosmos and Earth. And these Lotuses are surrounded by water for that flow with the sea of life and ability to change with grace.

Down the center, the Galactic Butterfly’s bottom winged energies flow into an Infinity energy (mirroring my client’s other piece and keeps the energy moving up and down) through the third Star Lotus that then turns into the water below. I worked in some similar flows from the other piece, so they work in balance and some of this design will likely be stippled like the other in some of the areas, which will tie it in and look ethereal and lovely.

Under the center Star Lotus, is my interpretation of a cosmic Bee or Queen Bee, if you will, that came through.

Bee symbolizes understanding female warrior energy, connection to the Goddess Diana, reincarnation, the power of community and harmony, importance of our place in the collective, productivity, service for a greater good, concentration, prosperity, fertility, and sexuality. The Bee is also a symbol for accomplishing the impossible and anything you put your mind to, as aerodynamically its body is too large for its wings and should not be able to fly.

The Bee reminds you to extract the honey of life (that empowerment of fun, joy, opening your heart to the epitome of love and life and to life fully and uninhibitedly). The Bee also makes our lives fertile with ideas, creativity, and productivity with the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams. Its honeycomb, a hexagon, is the symbol of the heart and represents the sweetness of life found within your own heart and is also the symbol of the sun and its energies. The Bee reminds you to savor the honey of life, do all you can do to make your life fertile and examine your life to make it more efficient and supportive.

The Bee also is a strong symbolism of the circle of life and balance that they create, as such an important part of our ecosystem. Bees are also considered messengers of the Gods and are associated with the Sun and the Goddess according to Druid beliefs. In Hinduism the Bee relates to Vishnu, Krishna, or Kama. In Egypt, the Bee symbolized royalty. In Greece, it was the symbol of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Celts associated the Bee with hidden wisdom.

I am always in awe of what channels through and this, to me, is simply alchemical magick.

Don’t forget February’s Offering of the Month, which is a Sacred Tattoo Special:

You have the opportunity to receive a FREE signed and inscribed copy of my book, “Spiritual Skin”, along with a FREE Reiki Healing Attunement for activation of your intentions that the tattoo will help you to embody, when you commission a sacred tattoo design this month. An $85 value.

Plus one person this month will receive 1 hour of sacred design work FREE (a $175 value) by sharing with me what sacred tattooing means to you and how you feel that your design will be supportive for you. I will pick one person from the entries, which can only be sent in until February 14th – that’s only 4 days away. I will then read through what is submitted and choose one person based on the content you share – not compared to anyone else, but in terms of reflection and depth expressed.

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred visionary piece of artwork or tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com.

There is currently a waiting list. You can easily make your deposit at the link provided to embark on this journey in partnership with me.

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

To enjoy a visual journey of some of the sacred tattoo designs I’ve had the honor and privilege of co-creating, please visit: Spiritual Skin for my YouTube video.

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, 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 format here: Spiritual Skin

You can also order your personal copy here: Signed and Inscribed Copy of Spiritual Skin 

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